For The First Time Since World War II, No US Carriers Are Deployed Anywhere In The World

Tyler Durden's picture

Last weekend, when commenting on China's public demonstration of its one and only aircraft carrier, which China then proceeded to sail in close proximity to Taiwan to make a clear diplomatic "statement", we noted something tangentially troubling: " a quick look at the latest positioning of US aircraft carriers, amphibious ready groups, and other navies around the globe shows a gaping hole in the region of the East or South China Sea, and even in proximity to Japan, a place where the US navy traditionally has maintained at least one carrier group.  In fact, according to Stratfor, the only active carrier group is USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CSG, conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe."

As it turned out, the Eisenhower carrier group was on its way back to dock in Norfolk, VA, which means that for the next several weeks, not only will there be no U.S. Navy aircraft carrier in the Middle East or the South China Sea, but as Fox News reports, "there will be no American aircraft carriers deployed at sea anywhere else in the world, despite a host of worldwide threats facing the United States."

The absence of a deployed U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, long seen as a symbol of American power projection, is noteworthy. According to Fox, it is believed to be the first time since World War II that at least one U.S. aircraft carrier has not been deployed.

As it further reports, the carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and her strike group returned to Norfolk, Va., Friday following a seven-month deployment. The Ike launched hundreds of airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria from both the Mediterranean Sea and the Persian Gulf. Two destroyers in the carrier's strike group also saw combat. The USS Nitze and USS Mason were attacked in the Red Sea when allegedly Iranian-backed Houthi forces in Yemen launched cruise missiles, which were intercepted by the Mason. A retaliatory strike by the Nitze destroyed the radar installations in Yemen in October, even though in the meantime speculation emerged that the attack may have been coordinated by Saudi interests in an attempt to stage another "false flag" attack on US military assets.

The latest summary of US naval forces around the globe as of the last week of December is shown in the map below courtesy of Stratfor. As of this moment, the Eisenhower has crossed the Atlantic and is back at Norfolk base.

The Eisenhower’s replacement carrier, the USS George H.W. Bush, was delayed by more than six months in the shipyards and will not be able to replace the Ike well into 2017, according to Navy officials.

While there is no U.S. aircraft carrier in the Middle East right now, there is a large deck U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship, the LHD-8 Makin Island, with thousands of Marines on board as well as helicopters and some jets to respond to a crisis, according to officials.

Still, before it becomes the topic of a twitter rant by the President-elect and his opponents, the Navy told Fox News the U.S. military has other jets available to make up for the aircraft carrier gap in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world. The Navy can also “surge” a carrier now in port to deploy if necessary.

“We are not going to discuss the timing of operational movements of carrier strike groups into and out of the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility,” said Capt. Terry Shannon, a U.S. Naval Forces Central Command spokesman, in a statement to Fox News. Centcom is tasked with control over all U.S. forces in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

It’s not the first time there was a carrier gap in the Middle East. Last fall, the U.S. Navy relied on a French aircraft carrier to fill the void when the USS Theodore Roosevelt returned home. At the time it was the first gap in carrier coverage in the Middle East since 2007.

Other factors contribute to the U.S. Navy not having an aircraft carrier deployed anywhere in the world right now. From 2011 to 2013, the Navy maintained two carriers in the Persian Gulf on the orders of Centcom's then-commander, Gen. James Mattis, who is now President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for defense secretary, which likely means that the current carrier gap is temporary until Mattis takes his post after the Trump inauguration.

The congressionally mandated budget cuts known as sequestration have also been felt on the waterfront since 2011. After billions of dollars were cut from the Navy’s budget, ships such as the George H.W. Bush were forced to prolong their time in the shipyards, which had a ripple effect down the line. If the Bush had left the shipyard on time, she would have relieved the Ike in the Gulf or the Mediterranean, officials tell Fox News.

Fox News reproted that it recently flew out to the USS George H.W. Bush 40 miles off the coast of North Carolina to see the crew's final tuneup. With jets landing every 60 seconds, the flight deck crew worked on getting the time between “traps” (landings) down to 40 seconds. Aboard the ship, 18- to 22-year-old men and women work 14 hour days on the flight deck, with little rest -- all this before deploying and potentially dropping live rounds on ISIS.

“This is the military equivalent of spring training, because once we complete this at the end of December, then we'll be going forward and it'll be real forces that we'll be going flying with and against,” said Rear Adm. Kenneth Whitesell, commander, Carrier Strike 2, interviewed on his perch above the four-acre flight deck known as “Vulture's Row.”

In addition to fighting ISIS, the ship's commanding officer says his crew will be ready to deal with a resurgent Russia or China if necessary.

“While we don't have any emergent or pending conflicts with them, certainly, it is fair to say that we have divergent interests in many cases. and so we need to be prepared to understand how we will react to that if necessary,” said Capt. Will Pennington.  The Bush recently made history when on Aug. 8, 2014, a pair of F-18s from the carrier launched the first airstrikes against ISIS in northern Iraq. Now, two and a half years later, the ship is headed back to the fight against the Islamic State terror group.

“That doesn't mean that three months or six months from now, that will be the priority for our country. So we have to be ready to execute anywhere, anytime, any mission,” said Capt. James McCall, commander of Air Wing 8, in charge of all of the aircraft on board.

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JRobby's picture

Sitting Ducks

Pearl Harbor II?

You can feel a false flag coming in these most desperate times (for the elites!!!)

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) A. Boaty Jan 1, 2017 1:19 PM

Obama has them all at Pearl Harbor protecting his back 9

abyssinian's picture

yeah, time to sink few of these ancient relics and spend another trillions to make new ones. 

strannick's picture

They're docked in third world ports around the world so their deck space can be used by poor children to play soccer

Escrava Isaura's picture

The indoctrination and propaganda marches on.

The Neocon that wrote the article: “No American aircraft carriers deployed at sea anywhere else in the world, despite a host of worldwide threats facing the United States."

Please, refresh my mind, who is going to attack the US?

Also, explain this link:


MisterMousePotato's picture

" ... a host of worldwide threats facing the United States."

Such as?

Mr. Universe's picture

Give credit when due, you are exactly right. There are no troops massing on the Canadian or Mexican Border, no warships encircling the Hawaiian Isles, and certainly there have been no encursions into our airspace by ??? I guess those evil Russians.

As we sat down over dinner last night my guest reflected that my Vlad Putin calendar was gold. I had told him last year when I got it that they were going to try and make him the burning man. Turns out we agreed he was the only adult in the room.

Manthong's picture

Obama is likely using the saved operational costs to dump as many more un-vetted muslims as he can into the U.S. before slithering out of the Trump House.

Billy the Poet's picture

No carriers at sea? Happy New Year!

The Juggernaut's picture

This makes the world a safer place including Americans.  Fuck the Empire.

Tarzan's picture

Likely, they're going to need then at home, when the SHTF, and a loaf of bread is suddenly a days wages...

Déjà view's picture

Creating societal paranoia...great for anti-anxiety/sleeping aid sales! BIG PHARMA sales must be down...

musimann's picture

They are being refitted with the new Zumwait propulsion systems.

corsair's picture

There is actually one ominous angle to this story.

In this day and age, carriers are only good for trashing defenseless foes around the globe. If it comes to a showdown with serious opponents, they are just big juicy targets and it's better to keep them tucked away somewhere safe.

Does this mean something is cooking? (I hope not)

The central planners's picture

Such as Turkey and Russian making bilateral trade without the dollar? Oops aint that freemarket?

Eurotrash Sorehead's picture

Finally the admirals get it...if there is "a host of worldwide threats facing the United States"...the carriers should be home defending your beloved if Merkel attacks in the Atlantic with some of her cuckservative u-boats or the japanese emperor does the same thing from the leftwing ocean with Yamato....

JRobby's picture

Internet Trolls

On GOVT payroll now!

musimann's picture

Obama false fag attack starts civil war. Military divided. Marines have to defeat chicken lovers in Navy.

any_mouse's picture

Don't forget the pizza party!

SgtShaftoe's picture

The new Podesta class carriers will have a pizza storage and raping center on board.  The newest ships in this class will be: SS Darth Cheney, and SS Jamie Dimon will be used to liberate the fuck out of the world. 

J S Bach's picture

This is a good thing. Too bad we can't say the same about Israeli Dolphin-class submarines.

Taint Boil's picture

[......despite a host of worldwide threats facing the United States.]


Like what exactly?

DownWithYogaPants's picture

Is this an invitation to someone to create the war that Obama so dearly wants to leave Trump with?

garcam123's picture

Well one.......there's that one mindless crazy nigger and his geriatric mentally deficient righthand-cunt.......and there's that other clown from Texas that musta skipped skool Every DAY to be that stupid and his stupid father and brothers, a real litter of mutts.  Need at least ONE nucler bom for them huh?

Diatom's picture

I guess people around the world dumping dollar fiat funny money can be quite a threat to murika...


cossack55's picture

And the Cheney will only fire falchette rounds at friendlies

NoDecaf's picture

You can make a lot of razor blades from those useless tubs. This is great news as far as I am concerned.

ebworthen's picture

Yes.  Put them in port and let the crews have time with family.

End the perpetual wars.  WWII was what, 4 years?  And it was all out.

monk27's picture

Victory ! We must have run out of enemies... or money (one of the two, anyway).

mkkby's picture

The only US enemies are Soros, the media and a nigger from kenya. 

The ships are exactly where they should be.  Now bring home every foot soldier and airman.  String them out across the southern border, with orders to shoot anyone who ties to evade a designated crossing.

Start with the 35k who are keeping saudi goat fuckers in power. 

BarkingCat's picture

I said that over 2 decades ago.

syzygysus's picture

WWIII might be 14 minutes.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Obama will provoke Russia, by downing the flight RSD88 from Washington (IAD) to Moscow.

It went off ALL websites with Live Tracking of airlines, regardless of where they are in the world.  

CIA / Obama / Neocon false flag, to start war with Russia, and for him to stay in power.

Obama is the fucking Antichrist, is what it feels like.

The Merovingian's picture

OBungler is definitely the anti-Christ. No doubt about it. He despises our country and wants to see the rise of Islam every where.

DosZap's picture

I see no vaild reason for 95%+ ALL our fleets ACC's to be in port in only TWO Places, stupid move.

Dormouse's picture

They are being retrofitted with sitdown urinals for mentally ill transgenders. And new catapults are. Being installed to launch pallets of currency from the Persian Gulf directly into Iran.

Nexus789's picture

They should paint them pink.  Gray is so dull. 

Raffie's picture

We will have 1/2 our carries strike fleet and 1/3 of our amorphous ready group in one location which is Norfolk, VA and provoking Putin into war.

Seems a 1st strike nuke would cripple our Atlantic navy hard.

If provoking you would think to have our ships all over the place to make it hard to target.

Obama is praying for a mushroom cloud on our soil so he can stay in office and finish his work on the death of America.

But, that's me.... probably nothing.. moving on.


DosZap's picture

That's why the Traitor FDR had a lot of our destroyers OUT of port on Dec 7th 1941, he KNEW 3-6 weeks in advance the attack was imminent and he LET it happen,because he knew America would NEVER get into the war unless we were hit.

SoDamnMad's picture

It was the carriers that weren't in Pearl Harbor. Had FDR know there was an attack coming the battleships would have moved out too because at that time many in the naval-defense department thought battleship warfare as IT.  It took Doolittle's raid from the Hornet to convince that carriers were the floating base that could be anywhere. 

Yog Soggoth's picture

USS Liberty comes to mind, except they would blame Russia. I hope those marines are extra vigilant like sleeping in their survival suits, and staying away from Israel.

post turtle saver's picture

yes yes, it's all very concerning... so, where are the 14 boom boats deployed? you know, the ones that carry almost half of the USA's thermonuclear deterrent?

right, that's not something the boys at Stratfor can keep track of... page hits for carrier deployment info, however, that's easy peasy... lets all the armchair warriors pretend they know what's up...

Breathial's picture

Obama forgot to put chocolates on the pillows for the Chinese...


He is *really* trying to get a war started...

August's picture

Poor, poor America: beseiged on all sides by "threats".

roadhazard's picture

When you are #1 everyone wants to take you down.