Stennis is heading for the Persian Gulf – will Washington following making it 4 carriers off Iran’s coast?
Or are they being positioned for a showdown with China?
120920-N-SF704-238 WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 20, 2012) Operating to ensure security and stability in the vital Asia-Pacific region, two of the U.S. Navy’s 11 global force aircraft carriers conducted readiness operations at the conclusion of exercise Valiant Shield. The Bremerton, Washington-based aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), foreground, the forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), background, along with the San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) exercised surface and anti-submarine training events as well as integrated flight operations in order to respond quickly to any future crises in the region.
Looks like they are both positioned for a China conflict.
Washington just pulled into Guam on the heels of the deployment of an F22 squadron from Alaska.
Alaska Reserve F-22 unit becomes fully operational
“Fully operation capable means that we are ready and able to execute our wartime tasking,” said Radliff.
F22’s Deploy from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
Carter: “Our newest forces are going to the Pacific first.” Says after highlighting F22 deployment and plans to station F35s in region.
Hawaii ANG has full complement of F-22 Raptors
Gen. Hostage: F22 is fully deployable … Our enemy sees it and it scares them.
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Sept. 19, 2012) – An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the Jolly Rogers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 launches from the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).
This week’s cover preview: Could China and Japan really go to war over these? Sadly, yes.