US Warship Given Permission To Cross Bosphorus, Enter Black Sea

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Yesterday it was two Russian and one Ukrainian warships which had crossed the Bosphorus in direction Crimea, today it is the Americans. As Hurriyet reports, Turkish authorities have given permission to a U.S. Navy warship to pass through the Bosphorus within the next two days as fears grow that the standoff between Russia and Ukraine and the West over Crimea could soon become militarized.

Turkish sources, speaking with the Hürriyet Daily News on March 5, declined to elaborate on the name of the U.S. warship. The same officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, however, noted that it was not the USS George H.W. Bush nuclear aircraft carrier as suggested in some news reports, as it did not meet the standards specified by the 1936 Montreux Convention in terms of weight.

The U.S. Navy ship to pass through the straits will conform to the convention’s standards, the sources said.

According to the Montreux Convention, the total weight of military ships that non-littoral states to the Black Sea may deploy to the body of water cannot exceed 45,000 tons.

As a reminder we have been tracking the CVN-77 for the past week, ever since it crossed the straits of Gibraltar and as of yesterday it was in Piraeus, Greece. It is also worth noting that while the Montreux Convention provides guidelines, it is not restrictive, which means that should the US really want to, it will have no problems getting its aircraft carrier into the Black Sea.

That said, even a simple frigate or cruiser in proximity to a boatload of Russian and Ukraine warships already on edge, will make an already combustible situation extremely volatile with an abundance of false flag provocation opportunities, which those who are most interested in escalating military events, will be delighted to take advantage of.

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Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:35 | 4513276 fightthepower
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P-800 Yakhont will make that thing fish food. 

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:39 | 4513321 blabam
Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:48 | 4513375 outamyeffinway
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"You can check out any time you like, but you can, never leave."

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:55 | 4513410 ZerOhead
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Probably just there to check out and tow the USS Taylor before it can never leave...

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:09 | 4513454 sunaJ
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Probably exactly what the warmongers want to happen to it.


And where is LHD-5 now?


Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:34 | 4513611 graneros
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The Russians won't bother them but we better be very worried about a terroist attack on that "little lake."  Our warship is sailing into some extremely dangerous waters with backup a long ways away. Perfect time and place for a Muzzie attack.  Wouldn't want to be on an American ship in those waters.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:50 | 4513672 MagicHandPuppet
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Just calm the fuck down, everybody!  It's just an "exercise"... lol

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:58 | 4513709 Chupacabra-322
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Somehow it just doesn't seem intimating. Face it, the Criminal MIC, DOD & Pentagram have all lost their swagger. They are nothing more than toy soldiers on the world stage.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 18:14 | 4513787 MeMadMax
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Either way, essentially, russia can consider this an act of war due to all the treaties and legal bull shit... Nevermind the fact that this ship is like a steakbone being dangled in front of a pack of extremely hungry wolves...


Get ready to glow....



Wed, 03/05/2014 - 18:44 | 4513914 MarsInScorpio
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From the Turkish Navy:


This just a short primer on the Montreux Convention that regulates the passage of Merchant and warship through Turkish Straits.

Signed on 20 July 1936, The Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits gives Turkey full control over the Turkish Straits, guarantees the free passage of civilian vessels in peacetime and permits Turkey to remilitarise the Turkish Straits.

  1. The aim of the Montreux Convention is to regulate the passage of civilian and military ships through the Turkish Straits.
  2. The term Turkish Straits covers the Dardanelles, Marmara Sea and the Bosporus.
  3. The Convention makes a clear differentiation between Black Sea countries (Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia) and non-Black Sea countries.
  4. Merchant vessels enjoy a total freedom of passage through the Turkish Straits.  Turkish Straits Vessel Traffic Services Centre regulates the passages according to the Maritime Traffic Regulations for the Turkish Straits dated 1998.
  5. The Black Sea Countries;
    • cannot pass warships solely designed to carry airplanes through Turkish Straits.
    • can pass submarines if they are joining their base in the Black Sea for the first time after their construction or purchase, or if they are returning from a repair in dockyards outside the Black Sea.
    • can pass their warships through Turkish Straits by notifying Turkey through diplomatic channels 8 days before the passage.
  6. The Non Black Sea Countries;
    • cannot pass warships solely designed to carry airplanes through Turkish Straits.
    • cannot pass submarines.
    • can pass warships, but the aggregate displacement of the foreign warships in the Black Sea may not exceed 45.000 tons.
    • cannot hold their ships in the Black Sea longer than 21 days.
    • cannot have more than 9 ships in the Black Sea at the same time
    • can pass their warships through Turkish Straits by notifying Turkey through diplomatic channels 15 days before the passage.
Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:00 | 4513981 gmrpeabody
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Hate to see that thing get stuck on the sandbar...

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 23:14 | 4515186 BraveSirRobin
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Calm down boys. US naval vessels go into the Black Sea ALL THE TIME. This is not uncommon. In fact, it would be uncommon if this did not happen when a new carrier enters the MED SEA. The USS Goerge Washington cannot make it into the Black Sea even if Turkey would allow it. It cannot fit under the Bosphorus Bridge connecting the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. The George Washington is too tall. I think the George Washington's superstructure would just squeeze under, but you would have to remove the mast and all the very expensive and finely calibrated electrical equipment bolted onto it. 

It is likely any US warships entering the Black Sea will make a port of call in Costanta, Rumania and or Poti, Georgia which have become the most common liberty parts in the Black Sea.

Some fighting may breakout in the Black Sea as a result of the US ships' presence, but it will probably be limited to within the confines and immediate vicinity of bars and brothels.  

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 23:23 | 4515233 BraveSirRobin
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Not in the Black Sea, that's for sure.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 18:03 | 4513733 Panem et Circus
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Wed, 03/05/2014 - 18:20 | 4513816 nightshiftsucks
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How come they didn't show it hitting something ? You people are a bunch of stupid fucks.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 21:55 | 4514864 fridgeman101
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Watched the video. WTF did the missle go? Did it hit a target? Isn't the point of a video such as this (intimidation) to actually show what happens to the boat it supposedly hit? Im just saying.....

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:49 | 4513379 Overfed
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It sure seems like a tactical and strategic blunder to move any US warship into the Black Sea. Talk about bottled in. Unless the plan is to get it sunk right in the shallow part (<50ft.) of the Bosporus and bottle the Russian fleet in. Hmmmm....

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:01 | 4513451 Missiondweller
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Its LHD 4 & 5. A carrier group likely needs more area to safely operate. Even the Persian Gild is considered "tight".


Why an LHD? Consider this: Putin is just moving pieces on a chessboard and will not admit they are Russian soldiers.

So call his bluff. Send in helicopters with "relief supplies" for "humanitarian assistance" to the Ukranian soldiers surrounded at bases.

Putin would not dare shoot at them and risk an armed conflict where he refuses to admit he had soldiers.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:13 | 4513510 disabledvet
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We've tried that with the UN guy...but "he got bottled up in a cafe" by a bunch of Russian Gangsters.

That "carrier thingy" would only go in there for oversight of the now out of control Russian INVASION of Crimea.

I do that Russia has announced its intent to engage in "asymmetrical warfare" that that option is now on the table in Crimea.

That would be French, British, name it, "they'll all show up for the Party." This "thing" is moving very rapidly...and has been out control and TOTAL NONSENSE since day one.

The Russians never had any problems actually invading Afghanistan.
That will not be true here.
Obviously we'll have to start having some confidence building measures to prevent a nuclear exchange...but it would appear "this will be done in the context of a hot war."

For all those "Americans" out there pining for a Russian missile to slam into that Carrier and sink might want to think twice because that clearly would mean "boots on the ground" in a MASSIVE way.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:20 | 4513547 Anusocracy
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Then maybe it's about time for the US to leave other countries alone. Dismantle their 700 foreign bases.

Once again, the US started this. They are solely to blame.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 18:23 | 4513833 nightshiftsucks
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Or maybe it's to show that the US has superior weapon systems.You people are a bunch of dumb fucks,it's amazing that you forgot that the NSA knows everything.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:47 | 4514192 DoubleTap
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Stupid fucks or dumb fucks, make up your mind already. Shouldn't be hard of a jeenyus on the night shift.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:44 | 4513350 rabbitusvomitus
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Hmm I wonder. .how long before we hear about Russian war ships off our coast?  Not counting the spy ship in Havana harbor. 

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:01 | 4513459 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Or contrails coming up from the surface of the ocean?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:13 | 4513514 valley chick
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Oddly it would not surprise me as a friend sent me a pic of US military helicopters carrying military eqipment buzzing low over homes near the nc/sc border. I believe the route number was 904 and coming down in a wooded area and then take off again. The locals have never seen anything like it before.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:22 | 4513553 Spumoni
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Our boys run manoevers out of Camp Lejeune all over SENCland, and have been hard at it for the last three months. Glad to see it, personally-NC makes a prime target in the event of a shooting war, and my Costa Rican retreat has been taken over by Sandinistas. 

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:27 | 4513574 JamesBond
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Dubbya, is that you?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:30 | 4513589 valley chick
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The exercises are normal but appear to be different than what they have been use to seeing as life long residents. We all get complacent with the various exercises clear to the va border.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 03:54 | 4515742 Remnant_Army
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Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 @ 18:00

"Europe will be his first target and then the United States of America.

Communism will be introduced and woe to those who oppose the reign of the Red Dragon."

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:44 | 4513351 Kirk2NCC1701
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No doubt.  But it's what comes "After" that's the real problem, and which may make many of us "Maggot food".

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:54 | 4513420 rabbitusvomitus
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Agreed. I don't like where this is heading. The Big "O" and his band of ferry men are likely to try and "flex their muscles" and then out comes the ben gay!!

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:01 | 4513453 McMolotov
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"This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we'll be lucky to live through it."

Send in Arec Barrwin.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:46 | 4513657 ParkAveFlasher
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Tark to me GOorse.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 18:09 | 4513770 TedBagwell
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He's Back :)

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:26 | 4513567 VladLenin
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yep, the navy is scared to death of that missile... Obama, the one man wrecking crew.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 18:25 | 4513842 nightshiftsucks
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Where is your proof stupid fuck ?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 18:06 | 4513753 Panem et Circus
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Someone should start an over/under on the price of food vs the price of distractions. That way we can be less surprised. When food prices get too expensive we can expect the "strategic shift" towards MOAR distraction/intervention/entertainment and vice versa.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 18:58 | 4513971 rsnoble
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Does anyone really know what the US has?  Like they tell us everything.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 20:24 | 4514412 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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You may be correct. But no Aircraft Carrier ever enters waters without support. If it comes to a real fight many will die but they will not only be USN members.

Flame away... but it has been and still is about the projection of power and even though we are in decline we are evil murdering dicks we will not allow an Aircraft Carrier to go down with hurting those who seek its destruction.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:34 | 4513282 Stuart
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If not this aircraft carrier, why continue to show that picture?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:38 | 4513313 Bioscale
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Nice composition with a ship before sunset

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:40 | 4513324 nuclearsquid
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Crimean cage match!  One will stand, one will fall!

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:55 | 4513423 superflex
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Two will enter, one will leave.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:27 | 4513573 VladLenin
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How about a loser leave town match? My money's on Vlad.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:35 | 4513286 dimitar
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Aircraft carriers whether belonging to riparian states or not, can in no way pass through the Turkish Straits.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:35 | 4513287 LawsofPhysics
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That is a very old-school carrier.  Perfect sacrifice.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:44 | 4513348 Cannon Fodder
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Unless you happen to be on that old-school carrier...

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:54 | 4513421 outamyeffinway
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Part of the cut back on spending and personnel.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:06 | 4513479 NOTaREALmerican
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Re:  Part of the cut back on spending and personnel.

Yeah,  to bad it wasn't cut enough to actually limit the ability of the "neo-cons"* to use the Merican nation for their own enrichment. 


 * Not exactly sure if anybody know what neo means, but what the hell.   I like facist better.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:37 | 4513291 El Hosel
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Turkey giving its blessing to a showdown, we got that going for us.

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