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Aircraft Carrier Enterprise Sets Off On Final Journey - Direction Iran

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Today at noon Eastern, the storied aircraft carrier Enterprise, aka CVN-65, left its home port of Naval Station Norfolk one final time for its final voyage with a heading: Arabian Sea, aka Iran. There in a week it will join CVN 72 Lincoln and CVN 70 Vinson, as well as LHD 8 Makin Island, all of which are supporting any potential escalation of "hostilities" in the Persian Gulf region. As a reminder, back in January we learned that the Enterprise's final voyage will be in proximity to Iran, and in the meantime, the aircraft carrier held extended drills off the Florida coast to attack a "faux theocracy"  consisting of fundamentalist "Shahida" states. Why the Arabian Sea in about 7-10 days will be home to not two but three aircraft carriers and a big deck amphibious warfare ship is very much an open question, although we may have some thoughts. 


Thousands of sailors will deploy today from Norfolk on the USS Enterprise for the last time on Sunday.


Nearly 5,500 Sailors aboard the ships of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (ENT CSG) are scheduled to deploy from Naval Stations Norfolk and Mayport, Fla., March 9, 11 and 12, to support operations with the U.S. Navys 5th and 6th Fleets.


The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), commanded by Capt. William C. Hamilton Jr., will depart from Naval Station Norfolk for the ships 22nd and final deployment March 11.  

CVN 65 will not be alone:

After the Enterprise leaves Sunday, three Norfolk-based guided-missile destroyers will head out Monday — the USS Porter, USS Nitze and USS James E. Williams.


The strike group is commanded by Rear Adm. Ted Carter Jr.


Carrier Air Wing 1, based at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, will be embarked aboard the Enterprise.


The Enterprise was launched September 24, 1960, by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. and commissioned November 25, 1961.


Its record of high-profile service began with the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Since then, it has served in countless missions around the world.


The aircraft squadrons of CVW 1 embarked aboard Enterprise are: Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11 Red Rippers, VFA 136 Knighthawks, VFA 211 Fighting Checkmates, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 251 Thunderbolts, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 Screwtops, Carrier Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 137 Rooks, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 Rawhides, and Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HSL) 11 Dragon Slayers.

Some pictures released minutes ago from Enterprise's final deployment:

Finally, this is how congested the Arabian Sea looks right about now, where two carriers and one assault ship are currently located, via Stratfor.

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Sun, 03/11/2012 - 16:32 | 2245460 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Beam me up, Scotty; there's no intelligent life down here.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 16:39 | 2245484 Ahmeexnal
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It'll take that floating piece of crap 8 months to reach the gulf.

"Peas" prize Ogolfer's plans are for war after the elections.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 16:52 | 2245512 infotechsailor
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I did some cruises on the BIG E. actually one of the fastest ships that we have. Accidentally put too many reactors and made the hull too narrow (laid on a cruiser I believe)... one of those silly things that happens when you are experimenting with the world's first nuclear powered carrier. that SOB is OLDDD but still hauls ass.


 I always did think that our carriers were a waste. We can save a LOT of money by cutting down our carriers to about 1/3 or 1/4 of what we have now, and start launching armed drones from much smaller ships, that DONT have to feed 5000 sailors and airmen.  On the plus side, I got a taxpayer funded vacation to Dubai. We pulled in there three times in 2007. Hella tight!

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 16:55 | 2245533 SHEEPFUKKER

I wonder if I will get my tax refund this year as a result of this behavior. lol

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 16:59 | 2245542 infotechsailor
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oh dont worry about your refund, the fed will print whatever they need to. Can't guarantee you will be able to buy a gallon of gas with it though after you cash it. specially when the bombs start falling on tehran.  'merica gonna go give some justice to them brown people! ... just don't tell those rednecks about operation ajax. their heads might explode.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 17:04 | 2245555 goldfish1
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operation ajax


In August of 1953, the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) executed a coup against Mohammad Mossadegh’s democratic government in Iran. The CIA code name given to this coup d’état was Operation Ajax. Operation Ajax remains important in world history because it is often believed to be the initial cause of anti-Western sentiment in the Islamic Republic of Iran....

...The aftermath of Operation Ajax is also believed to be the roots of the Iranian Revolution in which, Reza Shah went into exile and the anti-Western Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini rose to power.


Sun, 03/11/2012 - 17:13 | 2245579 TBT or not TBT
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Mossadegh and Allende, two very unregrettable casualties in the global battle against "communism" which is to say state appropriation of private property on populist grounds.

If only we had rubbed out Castro, Chavez, Mugabe, and so many others in a timely way.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 17:21 | 2245611 CrockettAlmanac.com
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You're all about the freedom, aren't you?

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 17:42 | 2245680 Randall Cabot
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So what happens after the Sunburns sink all three of these carriers?

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 17:55 | 2245714 TBT or not TBT
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The euphemism lately has been "regime change".

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 18:03 | 2245741 Publicus
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Regime change in America?

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 18:30 | 2245803 TBT or not TBT
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If you mean by that the end of the corrupt machiavellic evil Obama machine, well, Obama will only take actions he thinks will help his chances at re-election.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 19:06 | 2245871 john39
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yes, things were so much better back in the bush years...  /s

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 20:37 | 2246064 12ToothAssassin
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By "Final mission" are they implying it is destined to be sacrificed in a False Flag operation?

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 21:37 | 2246155 Harlequin001
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'The Enterprise sleeps with the fishes...'

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 22:27 | 2246252 Michael
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It's only 5,000 or so corporate mercenary navel personnel sleeping with the fishes. No big deal. Rothschild's have hundreds of thousands of mercenaries.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 22:41 | 2246273 Spirit Of Truth
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Check out the U.S. aircraft carrier involved in Operation Praying Mantis and the last major America military action against Iran:


“History doesn't repeat itself - at best it sometimes rhymes” - Mark Twain


Mon, 03/12/2012 - 00:51 | 2246435 Michael
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43 Years After Surviving Israeli Attack on USS Liberty, US Veteran Joe Meadors Seized by Israeli Forces on Gaza Aid Flotilla

The Loss Of Liberty (USS Liberty Cover-Up)

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 01:02 | 2246452 Michael
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Israel's deadly attack on USS Liberty emerges from the past


Mon, 03/12/2012 - 03:32 | 2246561 Michael
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All the world's a stage, and our overlords really believe it so they conduct these real life extravagant plays.

This was on Drudge;

Arrest Angelina Jolie For War Crimes: Kony 2012


Mon, 03/12/2012 - 07:30 | 2246724 Harlequin001
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the British still have Regiments that are older than the US but I never realised that the US had ships that are older than the Royal Navy...

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 23:04 | 2246294 jeff montanye
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if by rothschild you refer to the zionist entity, even exclusive of the idf, likely not destined to fight this time as it will only make matters worse (as in iraq), the number of its mercenaries (many patriotic and idealistic no doubt) is well past two million, counting reserves. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Armed_Forces  

while the reserves were life savers when g.w. bush was serving in the vietnam war from a bar stool in alabama, by the time he was starting wars (again at the behest of the z.e.) the reserves were front line troops like any other so imo they count fully.

the only problem with calling them the rothschilds' mercenaries is that they don't pay for them.  we do.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 01:53 | 2246487 potlatch
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Spock: apparently captain, they still argue about star deities, and they are nearing the threshold for...

Kirk: I know, Spock, I know the regulations quite well, thank you.   Mr. Scott!

Scotty:  Aye, capn?

Kirk: is Rumsfeld still in orbit in his own ship?

Scotty <beaming>: aye cap'n, and a beut she is too.

Kirk: alright then.  Mr.  Sulu, release the US Fleet Enterprise.  Time to causus  some belli.

Sulu <beaming>: it's ok to be Takei!

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 21:44 | 2246162 Ahmeexnal
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That "Big E" will end up as the Graf Spee did in Montevideo: a tourist attraction for all gulf coast visitors, with the bridge barely rising above sea level.

Germany has never paid Uruguay for that vulgar trash dump on the otherwise pristine River Plate estuary.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 21:56 | 2246185 GOSPLAN HERO
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You can thank the Brits.

The Graf Spee was attacked in a neutral country ... in violation of international law.


Sun, 03/11/2012 - 23:30 | 2246306 jeff montanye
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now, now.  the graf spee fired first, hitting the exeter amidships, believable as it had the longest range. http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/battle_of_the_river_plate.htm

hitler ordered it to attempt to break out or be blown up; her commander scuttled it in shallow water: http://www.defencejournal.com/dec99/river.htm

this was the first big naval battle of ww2, the one that gave wars a good name, to the world's subsequent bitter disappointment.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 00:23 | 2246399 Matt
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There has not been a War since World War 2. You see, by simply never declaring war, we can keep intact that WW2 was the war to end all wars. Except of course wars against things and ideas, like Drugs, Poverty and Terror.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 01:34 | 2246477 Harlequin001
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Well at least you're impartial then, not...

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 21:51 | 2246176 MeetTozter
Sun, 03/11/2012 - 20:27 | 2246046 francis_sawyer
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Don't worry...

OBomb-us says he's regrets to be sending another carrier to the area... But he "promises" he'll never use it...

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 00:16 | 2246385 LetThemEatRand
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"Once they get here and they're faced with the same problems we deal with every day, then they will appreciate some of the things we've put in place," Cheney said.

"We did not exceed our constitutional authority, as some have suggested," Cheney added. "The President believes, I believe very deeply, in a strong executive, and I think that's essential in this day and age. And I think the Obama administration is not likely to cede that authority back to the Congress. I think they'll find that given a challenge they face, they'll need all the authority they can muster."  Richard the Dick Cheney.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 21:49 | 2246171 Sakka
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Mossad will launch the Sunburns from the Zagros.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 00:19 | 2246390 Tompooz
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Never in the history of false flag operations has there been so much advance speculation by so many .

Methinks they have to think of something *really* clever or forget about it this time and just stick to old fashioned gunboat "diplomacy". 

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 00:37 | 2246415 benb
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All the criminal cabal has to do is release a few bio-weapons in the U.S. and the corporate media will play the public like a cheap violin. Most people would be scared out of their gourd and do anything that they were told...unfortunately.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 08:04 | 2246771 StormShadow
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Does FEMA take reservations at the internment camps?  I wanna go ahead and get a good bunk while I can.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 08:31 | 2246809 i-dog
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Those kamps won't be for holding people, they'll be for "processing" people.

PS. Don't use the showers ... have one before you go in ;)

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 00:36 | 2253029 Tompooz
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Coupled with not so diplomatic requests of Germany, Switzerland (and Holland?) to transfer their gold from NY back to Europe, that might trigger the financial stampede...

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 00:24 | 2246401 FeralSerf
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"So what happens after the Sunburns sink all three of these carriers?"

America will just need to nuke Iran to save face.  And then Russia nukes America and vice versa, and it's TEOWAWKI.   Shouldn't take long.  Tierra del Fuego real estate may be the next bubble.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 01:34 | 2246476 ElvisDog
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Oh, please. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you're being sarcastic. Russia will commit nuclear suicide over Iran? Puh-lease.

I'm sticking with my belief that Obama is keeping this Iran conflict simmering on the back burner just in case his poll numbers drop. Things are going well for him right now, so no war against Iran.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 10:17 | 2247019 BorisTheBlade
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I believe the intention at this point is not to attack Iran directly, but to force regime change via sanctions and constant threat of war, but without actual engagement. Now, of course what can go wrong if you put a lot of military assets next to somebody's shore and across borders and start bullying bastards. Nothing, I tell you, excepts for some black swanish unknown unknownish event popping its head out and screwing the whole thing up. Dangerous game.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 02:56 | 2246529 dreadnaught
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perfect 'False Flag' opportunity!

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 17:52 | 2245710 TBT or not TBT
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Why, yes I am.    Mossadegh and Allende are two fine examples of rabble rousers bent, not on taxing extraction activities a tad more, but stealing them outright, powered by populist rage.    Theft.    End of story.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 18:08 | 2245762 The Big Ching-aso
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Hope the U.S.S. Enterprise doesn't turn into the U.S.S. Kamikaze.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 22:06 | 2246206 Harlequin001
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My, would you look at that, a portable reef...

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 23:46 | 2246338 Stuck on Zero
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The best way to deactivate old nuclear rectors is to sink them in the Persian Gulf.  Simply a brilliant plan.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 02:15 | 2246358 Harlequin001
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Just think what that will do for GDP...

and global warming..

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 17:01 | 2248490 potlatch
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Well, apparently some of them over there *do* have a fondness for our major accomplishments, in the sense of seeing them wrecked.  I view it as an act of Christian charity to, next time, deliver a few particularly bothersome wrecks closer to home, where they can enjoy them more.  I can think of little more apt than a retired, magnificent aircraft carrier, and indeed, Kirk's own vessel's namesake.  We are nothing if not Enterprising!

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 18:54 | 2245841 CrockettAlmanac.com
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It's good to know that you are on the job determining the fate of all of the people, all of the time. After all there are not 7 billion opinions in the world, only yours.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 18:59 | 2245854 TBT or not TBT
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"Democracy" does not yield "Freedom".      

Voting about things is fine as long as, from the start, natural rights like those listed in the Bill of Rights are off limits to government action, even voted by large majorities.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 19:02 | 2245862 CrockettAlmanac.com
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I'm no fan of democracy. I do recognize the sovereignty of every individual. That includes the right to choose to live in a socialist society or to take up arms against oppressors in one's own nation in one's own way  without the benefit of being bombed into freedom by the US of A.

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