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 - 17:18 | 2245601 Missiondweller
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Please don't be disrespectful to our troops.


Its one thing to attack the President or COngress who make policy, its another thing to attack these people who putting their ass on the line, many so they can get an education throug the GI Bill.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 17:26 | 2245623 Orly
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Hear here!

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 20:53 | 2246086 Jendrzejczyk
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     You are one of the smartest and most respected members of the ZH community and I want to stand with you and salute the troops, but I can't. We're not far from the Vietnam era spitting on the returning troops and that makes me sick too.

     Every one of us is to blame for allowing our government to send them off to kill. We should be spitting on ourselves.


Sun, 03/11/2012 - 23:40 | 2246328 FeralSerf
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I don't think most of us here are "allowing our government to send them off to kill."  We don't have a fucking thing to say about it anymore and it pisses me off.  Our "representives" ignore us.  If we refuse to pay our taxes, the IRS just takes everything we have and may even jail us indefinitely.  If we march or demonstrate, we get pepper sprayed or much worse.  How can we stop them?

The government no longer has "the consent of the governed" as far as I'm concerned.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 23:32 | 2246319 Cathartes Aura
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If you continue to cheer those who enlist to die for the corporate military industrial complex, you will be encouraging their deaths, and the deaths of all the other humans in nationstates worldwide.

stop with the war mongering, and tell yourselves the truth about why these people are killing in "your name" globally.

what will it take for people to wake up???

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 17:32 | 2245631 Conrad Murray
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Why should anyone excuse them for enabling the policies of their masters? I doubt you would be so willing to defend the SS troops(and no, not the heartless pieces of shit from the Marines that were flying their flag).

If they united and marched on NY/DC in order to upend the system of Central Planning that makes college uaffordable, they would get respect. Going out to murder foreign people, while hiding behind the curtain of wanting to go to college(ostensibly, and ironically, to become "enlightened" or wiser) makes them so far below despicable, I don't think there's a word for it.

You can praise useful idiots and tools all you want. I will not.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 17:44 | 2245688 jwoop66
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What do your parents do for a living?

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 18:23 | 2245790 dwdollar
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I did 4 years in the chAir Force after 9/11. I'm man enough to admit I was duped. There's some good people in the military. There's also a lot of Omega males pretending to be Alpha males. It's easy to be brave when you're obeying your masters and doing their bidding. It's much harder to be brave and to rise against them. Not much different than the civilian males I guess. I don't pretend to be any different, I just say what I believe to be the truth.

Truth is a bitch sometimes.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 20:16 | 2246019 New_Meat
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civilian carreer?

military career?

civilian career?

military career?

Oh, shit, I'll compromise!


- Ned

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 14:02 | 2247806 aerojet
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Not much different because the military pulls from the same population.  Being in or out of the military doesn't change anything except in your mind.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 18:16 | 2245784 Hedgetard55
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     Go fuck yourself.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 17:31 | 2245640 FeralSerf
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They're big boys and girls.   They should know by now that America is not doing this to defend America or "American values".   No one if forcing them to join the military anymore.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 20:19 | 2246027 New_Meat
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"No one if forcing them to join the military anymore."

nor has it been for a lotta' years.  And the demographic data are not what the three-letter media tell.

- Ned

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 20:33 | 2246059 toady
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The point that is missed, not just by you, but this whole thread, is that there are 2 different recruits. One is the gung-ho, ra-ra that signed up on 9/11, and the other is the down-n-out, no other option, unemployed slacker.

The gung-ho crowd gets what they want, the slackers get to eat.

I can feel some sympathy for the slackers trying to eat, but the gung-ho can go to hell.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 23:35 | 2246322 Cathartes Aura
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no sympathy for anyone who volunteers to kill innocents for money.


Mon, 03/12/2012 - 14:05 | 2247812 aerojet
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And yet, despite their particular levels of laziness or lust for violence, all are willing followers who display very little true creativity, so there's that.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 17:33 | 2245643 Dugald
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Well said Missiondweller,

If you have not manned the wall, you have not earned the right to throw shit at service personnel..

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 19:47 | 2245967 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Dugald bleated:

If you have not manned the wall, you have not earned the right to throw shit at service personnel..

Bullshit. If they're engaging in a war of aggression as mercenaries in service to a foreign power, and doing so in the name of my country under the orders of marionettes that laugh at the constitution, I'll throw as much shit as I like.

Your ignorant jingoist comment is analogous to saying, "if you've never worked as a concentration camp guard, you have no right to criticize them." It's fucking bullshit, Bubba.

What they're doing is pissing on the graves of every man and woman that died defending the constitution. If they want my respect, they can do it by shooting down the Israeli attack.


Mon, 03/12/2012 - 01:56 | 2246491 mkkby
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Bullshit.  These idiots know they are not defending their country.  They don't deserve our respect.  We need to make it shameful to follow orders to kill people so a banker or oil exec can have his bonus.  Fight on US soil next time it's invaded, or tell you traitor in chief to go shove it.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 14:05 | 2247814 aerojet
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That's what you have been conditioned to believe.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 17:46 | 2245691 Yardfarmer
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" many so they can get education throug the GI Bill." are you kidding? i think you're in the wrong forum.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 18:08 | 2245758 ChrisFromMorningside
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Seriously, right? How DARE anyone challenge my right to kill other people and bomb the shit out of a nation. Fuck, don't you understand that I need freebies from the government?

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 20:07 | 2246005 alien-IQ
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Perhaps we attack the troops because they make policy possible through their servile acceptance of criminal orders?

What if we declared a war...and nobody showed up?

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 21:10 | 2246115 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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"What if we declared a war...and nobody showed up?"

The last constitutionally declared war was WW2!

About 15 years ago your suggestion was tried out by Michael New. It didn't end so well for him.

Shit flows downhill. We must get to the top of the hill and decapitate those who are there. There is no other way to stop the shit.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 14:07 | 2247825 aerojet
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I forget who said it, but it was something like "you can always get half the poor to wage war on the other half."  Understand, that by poor, I refer to anyone who is in the lower 99.5% of the economic "system" which includes me.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 17:50 | 2245707 Totentänzerlied
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Last time I checked we have neither a conscript military nor any form of draft, so each and every one of them chose to be there, and each will make a choice to follow orders. Sorry, no excuses.




Mon, 03/12/2012 - 17:55 | 2248694 potlatch
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I do not think "war" means what you think it means.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 16:36 | 2245471 Seize Mars
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Enterprise sets sail to her destiny: false flag attack target.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 16:40 | 2245487 scatterbrains
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If I were a sailor on board and noticed that most of the aircraft appeared to be in various stages of disrepair I'd start shitting bricks.


Sun, 03/11/2012 - 17:14 | 2245582 noob
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premeditated, huh?

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 18:15 | 2248742 The Heart
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Sun, 03/11/2012 - 17:37 | 2245664 Thomas Jefferson
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Its too expensive to remediate the asbestos problem on the USS Enterprise.  Where have I heard this before?

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 22:18 | 2246237 benb
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Yes, but first lets find out who took out three insurance policies on that same carrier.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 08:54 | 2246838 prole
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Mr. Silverstien-- You have a check for 4 Billion Dollars in the Lobby -- Mr. Silverstein?

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 01:36 | 2253108 geekgrrl
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Pull it.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 18:44 | 2245824 Iconoclast
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Sun, 03/11/2012 - 16:36 | 2245472 Below Zero
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Are they going to transfer the nuclear reactors aboard the USS Enterprise to Iran before mothballing the ship?

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 16:42 | 2245498 a growing concern
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Nope.  They'll be polluting those waters from the bottom of the sea floor for the next several centuries.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 17:44 | 2245687 knukles
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Teach the Godless Ragheads to Fuck with Jesus Christ and America
         -some republican candidate

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 17:57 | 2245725 Conrad Murray
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Or Barack Hussein Obama, the Peace Prize president.

Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Sudan, Uganda, etc. And he's only getting warmed up for Syria and Iran. Doin a heck of a job, Browny.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 18:23 | 2245794 ChrisFromMorningside
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They're not getting "warmed up" for Syria. They're already in Syria.

(Bloomberg: Syria Detains 13 French Officers in Homs

You forgot Yemen. Yemen is where the U.S. killed U.S. citizen Anwar Al-Awlaki for being a propagandist, then killed his U.S.-born son two weeks later for being the son of a propagandist, in drone attacks.

You also forget that the U.S. performed drone attacks on militants in Somalia last year.

Many of you talk about World War III "starting soon." It already started. We are in the opening phases. Germany and Japan began an ambitious imperial expansion and resource-grabbing endeavor in the mid 30s in Eastern Europe and the Asia-Pacific region respectively. It was years before they stepped on the toes of Britain and the U.S. By then, the Allies realized the Axis had gotten too big for its britches and was a challenge to their own economic stability and growth. Right now we're in this initial phase. The U.S.-U.K.-Israel Axis is in a period of imperial expansion and resource grabbing. Iran will be the tipping point. Iran will be the point where our imperial expansion begins to legitimately threaten China and Russia and the other emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific region.


Sun, 03/11/2012 - 18:41 | 2245817 CompassionateFascist
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Also southern Phillippines, where a Muslim uprising against the Manila regime has been sparking on and off since about 1903; last week ObamaDrones killed some of the movement's leaders.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 21:15 | 2246126 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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"You forgot Yemen. Yemen is where the U.S. killed U.S. citizen Anwar Al-Awlaki for being a propagandist, then killed his U.S.-born son two weeks later for being the son of a propagandist, in drone attacks."

Yemen was where the USS Cole was attacked by a rubber raft! LOL

Who fired the Exocet missile?

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 18:18 | 2245787 Hedgetard55
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     Fuck you.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 17:57 | 2248699 potlatch
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If that becomes the narrative the servants are told, I shall be consterned, really I shall.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 16:59 | 2245545 NeoRandian
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I think dumping the reactors into the gulf is part of the attack.


Sun, 03/11/2012 - 16:38 | 2245476 Manthong
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 "Carrier Strike Group"

They're going over for some baseball, right?

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 17:00 | 2245547 MsCreant
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Nah, they are labor unions and they plan to picket.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 17:29 | 2245628's picture

Lucky Strike Green Has Gone to War.

Sun, 03/11/2012 - 17:49 | 2245699 knukles
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Unions!  They'll get theirs!
An announcement of 4 new carriers upon which to begin construction Immediately.
One to replace the sunk Enterprise
One extra for good measure to scare the piss out of them ragheads who wipe their ass with their hands in the caves in Tora Bora.
One for Montana
One for just plain good measure to prove that America's unionized labor can sill bar none build the best shit for killing in the whole fucking world.

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