US Aircraft Carrier Deployment Update - February 9

Tyler Durden's picture

For all wondering just how prepared for an escalation in the middle east conflict the US is, we present the most recent deployment map of US aircraft carriers across the world, as of February 9. It appears that there is a material concentration of naval capacity in the Middle-east region since last week, as CVN 65 Enterprise, CVN 70 Vinson and CVN 72 Lincoln are all in immediate proximity to Egypt and the Middle-East theater, as is the LHD 3 Kearsarge amphibious warfare ship which is lodged smack in the middle of the Red Sea.

Courtesy of Stratfor

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Cleanclog's picture

Entreprise and Kearsarge - like I said on a post 2 days ago and got dissed for.  Stratfor does a good job with this info.  And as I said on an earlier post today, I doubt that these two ships and their soldiers will be adequate to assure Suez passage continuity if the Egyptians massively erupt against perceived government.

SayTabserb's picture

Shades of 1956. With the stakes in the region just a tiny bit higher. And the population tripled.

Haywood Jablowme's picture


WW3 baby....let's do this.  Without death, there is no life.


spinone's picture

Hope you're being sarcastic

GreenSideUp's picture

I hope it's sarcasm too.  But if not, he can head on down to the local recruiter and sign up to be a bullet sponge. 

Just sayin'.

william the bastard's picture

And to think that in the Vietnam war days being gay was an exemption from service.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

WW3 just like that.  Now that is why I really hate all that bullshit history they teach in school.  War does not just "break out" and a world war has even less chance of breaking out. 

Now with everyone unhappy in Egypt, and if the Suez shuts down, then we have the making of a good size conflict.  Even then, it would take maybe 6 months to get people situated for a good conflict to start up.

zwscott33's picture

The great war broke out almost 100 years ago. We still can't even expain its origins. Dont fall victim to the normalcy bias

edotabin's picture

Come on..... we all know it was because they killed the Duke of Earl.

equity_momo's picture

Of course we can.

In a nutshell:

The UK-US axis were paranoid about an emerging super power alliance between germany and russia , which would have total control over central asia and be able to leverage that power over the rest of the World , including the naval empire of the UK (and the new kid on the block , the US)     

There were concerted efforts by British officials to provoke a war between these two potential allies through all manner of double dealings. Germany fell into the trap and declated war on Russia Aug 1st 1914- that was the defining moment of the 20th Century.

The UK had some first rate sh*t stirrers and still does.

dogbreath's picture

some serbian douche assasinated the archduke

Austria mobilised against Serbia

Russia mobilised against Austria

Germany mobilized against Russia

Big sucking sound


optimator's picture

Win with Winnie, the dominant influence on that century.  My dear old Dad used to say that in Germany in 1914 the consensus among the common folks was, "The machine gun has made war impossible". 

ageofreason's picture

Now see the bullshit that has been pulled over your eyes...the pawns have been manuvered over the chessboard of the middle east for years and you don't even see it.

First, will be the revolution and once the protection controls that have been put in for security (puppet regimes and kingdoms) are erased the great war will start.

All the middle east needs is a fuse and the whole will be burning.

High Plains Drifter's picture

now they have

don't ask because we don't care.

its a gay world and we are all in it.

Haywood Jablowme's picture

3 tours.  Done my f'in part for the world police.  Just sayin' =P


cosmictrainwreck's picture

talk is cheap. on an anonymous blog, even cheaper....maybe fiat cheap

Haywood Jablowme's picture


Cheap is good.  Me love them chineses trinkets.  I sell to stupid yankee boys at 500% margin.


Hugh G Rection's picture



Me's an armchair chickenhawk too! I want some HD explosions and buildings gett'n dropped on fools!


Better go service my wood...

Haywood Jablowme's picture

Booyah biznitches!  We can watch sky light up like chinese firecracker.  Yes, me service wood also.


WestVillageIdiot's picture

Somebody wake up Eisenhower.  We could really use him now. 

hbjork1's picture

I liked Eisenhower, thought he was a man for the times and a better President than he got credit for.  But you have one on the scene today that, IMO, is just as good in Petraeus.  He is very smart, in good physical condition and doesn't have a political "axe to grind".  The establishment would probably want him shunted aside and if they couldn't, fight him tooth and nail.  You would have the kind of thing that was done to McCain in South Carolina only it would start earlier.  Petraeus wouldn't be manipulatable. 


michigan independant's picture

I started rereading Alfred Marshall. The guy who instructed the keynesian's. As for the link it conveys reality that to few discern. A few coworkers 'idealogues' started oozing all this crap that reagan was was problem? I shit you not that these sheep are beyond redemption on Global issue.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Gonzalo Lira & Nicole Foss are debating Hyperinflation vs. Hyperdeflation right now - streaming live:

jus_lite_reading's picture

Ding ding ding! Round two folks. That map looks like a game plan from Zhu... oh, nevermind. Did I tell you they called check mate already?

Buck Johnson's picture

I agree with you, those ships where moved to protect the Suez canal in a hurry on both sides of it.  It won't be enough, but they will be a vanguard. 

Kitler's picture


Close, but no cigar.


The official plan is to transfer power to Suleiman who will then crush the freedom movement if minor appeasement will not suffice. If however the Egyptian revolution succeeds, by-passing the miltary power structures, then Israel will have both a major problem, and opportunity.

Netanyahu has long criticised the return of the Sinai to Egypt. Likudniks on the whole yearn for a greater Israeli state. An open border with hostile or pro-Palestinian neighbors is an unthinkable EXISTENTIAL THREAT TO ISRAEL.

Israeli troops will take the Sinai to protect the Suez for the world, and of course, themselves.

The preparations have been, as you will see, ongoing. Israel now just needs to be attacked. (By others preferably, but if not, it will attack itself)



TBT or not TBT's picture

I'm very OK with that desert not being in a reconfigured Egypt's hands, for the record.

Kitler's picture

It would be a wonderful place for Israel to forcibly remove the Palestian population to. And the weather there is great since it rarely rains. Plus it has gas and oil deposits.

Optionally they could build a security wall around the freshly settled Palestinians and take away their land again.

Old habits die hard


UpShotKnotHoleGrable's picture

stratfor is pure shyt SS-N-22 Sunburn BItchezzzz



papaswamp's picture

Thought the Egyptians used RGM-84L/3?

New_Meat's picture

You 'n me kid.  Although you weakened your argument beyond repair by saying "soldiers."

RR-no offense meant nor intended ;-)

To get just a skosh of the flavour:

- Ned

[ed. for the poem reference]

Cleanclog's picture

NM - You're so right.  Urgh . . . soldiers, sailors, troops, units, platoons - I am not fluent in the proper terms and I apologize.  No offense meant to any one who serves.  

New_Meat's picture

just a thing, kinda' 'inside baseball.' ;-)

[ed. but my points here and below are that just as in financial arenas where '33 Liberty' means a location for a set of specific operations, {and I am truly New_Meat in that realm!} DoD has established in its structures certain capabilities.  So a) I have a chance to learn here and b) have a chance to comment (while having a spot o' fun) on things where, well, I'm kinda' older, tough, stringy.  Think of your family relations.  Military units are structured to feed off of those types of relationships.  Good units (like good companies) make great improvements in their performance through taking advantage of this.

So the capabilities that we care about are not about any single ship or unit.  Rather about the integrated capability of the Task Force.  And just as any physical entity has limits, military organizations have capabilities that they have been designed to fulfill under particular conditions.  For  instance, running a NEO requires a benign environment.  Period.  Stop.]

SayTabserb's picture

It's our little way of saying we're here to make sure we're okay.

Richard Head's picture

Looks like pretty normal CVN ops to me.  One east coast carrier (Enterprise) doing a typical Med cruise, while the Lincoln is probably relieving the Vinson (or vice versa).  There is usually some overlap in the Gulf before one carrier heads home.  Whether the offgoing carrier actually gets to leave on schedule is another question! 

WestVillageIdiot's picture

"One east coast carrier (Enterprise) doing a typical Med cruise"

I wonder if those mamby-pambies booked through Priceline.  Maybe that is why that stock is so fucking high.  It all makes sense now. 

New_Meat's picture

Yep, got a real deal on "Grey-Boat Cruise Lines".  "Why look at all of the space on the Hanger-Deck, let's see, oh, yes, that's where all the dudes and dudettes get to hang around.  Cool.  And hey, look, Dear, they have this resort called 'Steel Beach.'"

- Ned

Richard Head's picture

That's the vernacular: "Med cruise" or "Westpac cruise."  Your moniker is apropos.

ExpendableOne's picture

The Kearsarge is where it is to evacuate the embassy.  The carriers look like a pretty typical setup.  Our government has no clue what is going on in Egypt now, why should we believe they would have planned anything in advance?

TBT or not TBT's picture

Guess the current administration doesn't have a hotline with the illuminati.

StychoKiller's picture

Anyone else get the impression that Obamatron is starting to resemble Carter?

stopthenewworldorder's picture

seeing as brzezinski is his handler just like with carter that is no surprise!

Id fight Gandhi's picture

Israel and Obama stand by to demand democracy in Egypt. Who's their favored puppet?

Cleanclog's picture

Were surprised by Mubarak today. Bad omen.  White House has gone radio silent while try to get "everyone in our foreign policy statements" to utter a unified voice.  Delicate and not much time.  Sun rising in a few hours in Egypt.