13+ Acres Of Sovereign American Territory
I posted this over at MilBlogs Ring HQ, but the picture looked so good, I decided to cross-post it here --
Seen yesterday in the Philippine Sea:
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) steaming in formation at the start of Exercise Valiant Shield. A much larger version of this picture is available at the Navy NewsStand. (Air Force guys might also like this picture, since it features a B-2 flying above the fleet.)
The Navy NewsStand is also apparently branching into comedy, as seen from this article on how easily USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) "firmly established herself as an ASW expert" by sinking five simulated hostile submarines [compliantly played by USS Houston (SSN 713) and USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705)] during the "first few days of the exercise". Apparently they used our new super-secret "time travel" weapons system to do this, since the article is dated today, which is the first day of the exercise.
Either that, or it's just a standard Navy surface fleet propaganda piece to make themselves think that they could actually do ASW in a real world environment against capable submarines...