Aircraft Carriers III


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GULF OF THAILAND (March 1, 2020) Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) receives cargo from dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14) during a replenishment at sea in support of Exercise Cobra Gold 2020, March 1, 2020. America Expeditionary Strike Group-31st Marine Expeditionary Unit team are participating in Cobra Gold 20, the largest theater security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region and an integral part of the U.S. commitment to strengthen engagement in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Vincent E. Zline)

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PACIFIC OCEAN (March 2, 2020) U.S. Navy Aviation Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Devin Harp, from Tehachapi, Calif., left, and U.S. Navy Aviation Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Jeremy June, from Jackson, Tenn., clean the gun bay of an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to the “Blue Diamonds” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146, in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Olympia O. McCoy)
 

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DA NANG, Vietnam (NNS) -- USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) arrived in Da Nang, March 5, for a scheduled port visit commemorating 25 years of U.S.-Vietnam diplomatic relations.

Mr. Hồ Kỳ Minh, Vice Chairman of the Da Nang People’s Committee hosted the ceremony to welcome the U.S. Navy carrier group, which included representatives of Navy Zone 3, Military Region 5, Da Nang Border Guard, Department of Foreign Relations/Ministry of National Defense, Department of Military Medicine and General Department of Logistics, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Da Nang People’s Committee, and other Vietnamese government agencies. The United States delegation was led by Adm. John C. Aquilino, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink, Rear Adm. Stu Baker, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Marie Damour, and other officials from CSG 9 and the U.S. Mission in Vietnam.

“This visit follows on the historic 2018 visit of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), the first U.S. aircraft carrier to visit Vietnam in more than 40 years,” said U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink. “It also comes at an important time in our bilateral relationship. Just 25 years after the normalization of our diplomatic ties, our relationship is the strongest it has ever been.”

“This visit demonstrates the strength of our bilateral relations and highlights our continued cooperation with partner countries and our strong support for the region, including institutions such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), of which Vietnam is this year’s chair,” said Baker. "It also serves as evidence of the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific where strong, independent nations respect one another's sovereignty, and uphold the rule of law."

Sailors will participate in cultural and professional exchanges, community service projects, sports competitions, and receptions during the port visit.

“This visit will not only serve to strengthen our bilateral defense relationship, but also help further advance our cultural and professional ties,” said Capt. Brett Crozier, Theodore Roosevelt's commanding officer. “We are honored to take part in this important port visit and to receive such a warm welcome.”

Theodore Roosevelt is America’s fourth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier with a crew of 5,000 Sailors who support and conduct air operations at sea. The strike group is comprised of a total of 6,500 Sailors, an aircraft carrier, an air wing, a cruiser, and six destroyers.

U.S. 7th Fleet conducts forward-deployed naval operations in support of U.S. national interests in the Indo-Pacific area of operations. As the U.S. Navy’s largest numbered fleet, 7th Fleet interacts with 35 other maritime nations to build partnerships that foster maritime security, promote stability, and prevent conflict.

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DA NANG, Vietnam (March 5, 2020) The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) arrives in Vietnam, March 5, 2020. The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Dylan Lavin/Released)
 

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HMS Prince of Wales was in Liverpool last week...here are some awesome photos. I got these on skyscrapercity. But the photos were found on twitter...by..stratusimagery, @seelbev, @shootliverpool, @rondaviesphoto

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the Gator Navy Sep 8, 2019
Jul 29, 2019
also related,

"Broadly speaking, if the intent and guidance is implemented, what will happen is that the Marine Corps will shift from putting a single relatively large organization, like a MEU, on a few big expensive amphibious assault ships, to dispersing a larger number of smaller units on more numerous, less expensive ships, and even
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and logistics vessels. Clearly, the Gator Navy will continue to
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for the foreseeable future, it will just look different, and probably smaller overall."

theory and so on and so forth:
Marine Boss's Audacious Plan To Transform The Corps By Giving Up Big Amphibious Ships
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the Ike Feb 29, 2020,
Feb 21, 2020
now
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related is
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and much more inside
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A story to watch concerning the role and size of future aircraft carriers. The Ford class may possibly end at four before being switched to a smaller configuration in light of future threats and the core role of future aircraft carrier.

Two articles just published on this new development.

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Ford Class Of Supercarriers May End After Four Ships, Navy Eyeing Smaller Carriers: Report
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GULF OF THAILAND (March 12, 2020) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 is secured to the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during night operations. America, flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit team, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Vincent E. Zline)

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GULF OF THAILAND (March 12, 2020) An F-35B Lighting II assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced) lands on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during night operations.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Vincent E. Zline)

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GULF OF THAILAND (March 12, 2020) An F-35B Lighting II assigned to 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced) prepares to take off from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during night operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Vincent E. Zline)

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GULF OF THAILAND (March 12, 2020) An F-35B Lighting II assigned to 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced) takes off from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during night operations. (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Vincent E. Zline)
 

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