Keeping the blogosphere posted on the goings on of the world of submarines since late 2004... and mocking and belittling general foolishness wherever it may be found. Idaho's first and foremost submarine blog. (If you don't like something on this blog, please E-mail me; don't call me at home.)

Monday, June 19, 2006

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...


Blogger The Big Q said...

First, thank you for your service. Second, was wandering around the blogs and found your site. My daughter happens to be on the Lincoln right now so I especially enjoyed seeing the picture. I rushed over to Navy News to download a bigger copy of the photo for the scrapbook. Keep up the good work.

6/20/2006 5:51 AM

Blogger rrockbeast said...

Today was yesterday in Guam.

6/20/2006 12:51 PM

Blogger rrockbeast said...

That doesn't make sense; today is tomorrow in Guam.

6/20/2006 12:53 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was indeed a "new super-secret 'time travel' weapons system", employed. Its called ... the International Date Line. So even though the article appeared on the 19th in Washington, it was already the 20th in Guam, or Day 2 of the exercise.
As for the "compliant target", ASW no longer stands for Awfully Slow Warfare.

6/20/2006 5:07 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The surface forces still sucked bad at ASW as recently as three years ago. Maybe things have changed....but I doubt it.

6/20/2006 8:04 PM

Blogger Lt(N) Fred Genest said...

If your surface forces are so bad at ASW, maybe you'll need us Canadians to tag along more often as the bad guys start equipping themselves with diesel subs, eh?

6/24/2006 1:01 PM


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