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US carrier strike group heading for Europe

Samizdat – October 31, 2022

A US carrier strike group, led by new supercarrier USS Gerald Ford, is expected to anchor near Portsmouth in southern England in mid-November, the UK Defense Journal reported on Sunday.

The exact date of the flotilla’s arrival, which includes seven other warships, has not been announced publicly, the outlet noted. Releasing such data now “might not be the best idea from a security point of view,” it added.

Some of the American vessels will dock at the Royal Navy’s Portsmouth naval base, while the USS Gerald Ford will have to anchor outside, at the roadstead in the Spithead area, due to its size, according to the outlet.

The 333-meter carrier reportedly hosts some 90 planes and helicopters, including the fifth-generation F-35C fighter-bombers.

The USS Gerald Ford, commissioned by the US Navy in 2017, is the first ship of the similarly named Ford class, and is the largest aircraft carrier in the world.

It began its maiden ‘service-retained’ deployment on October 4, departing from Norfolk, Virginia. The vessel visited its first international port on Friday, arriving in Halifax, Canada.

According to the US Navy, the USS Gerald Ford has been conducting multinational maritime exercises in the Atlantic Ocean with such NATO allies as Canada, Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany.

After leaving Halifax, the supercarrier is set to continue “conducting training and operations alongside NATO Allies and partners to enhance integration for future operations and demonstrate the US Navy’s commitment to a peaceful, stable and conflict-free Atlantic region,” it added.

The commander of the carrier strike group, Rear Admiral Greg Huffman, described the deployment as “an opportunity to further advance the operational capabilities of the Ford and demonstrate the advantages that Ford and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 bring to the future of naval aviation, to the region and to our allies and partners.”

If reports of the US flotilla heading to British shores are confirmed, it will become the second American carrier strike group in European waters.

The USS George Bush and its supporting vessels are currently in the Adriatic Sea after taking part in NATO’s Neptune Strike defense and deterrence exercise in the Mediterranean between October 14 and 28.

When asked by Sky News if the USS George Bush strike group was prepared to fight Russia if such an order were given by Washington, its commander Rear Admiral Dennis Velez said: “this ship, this strike group, our allies: we are ready for anything. We demonstrate that every day.”

October 31, 2022 - Posted by | Militarism |

6 Comments »

  1. Does all this activity not clearly suggest a preparation for the next war, or certainly a much elevated conflict? America continues on its suicide mission resolutely, while the propaganda machine has us focusing on Putin as the enemy. Just as it was in the days of Osama Bin Laden.

    Liked by 2 people

    Comment by Peter | October 31, 2022 | Reply

  2. Again, the Constitution of the United States sets forth that only Congress can declare war. A treaty with NATO does not supersede the Constitution. Anything otherwise is “un-Constitutional”.

    Therein lies a contradiction. How is America, or its President conducting a de-facto war, a war with Russia? How is the Ukraine a vital interest to America? How can a ‘commitment’ be made to declare a war to ‘protect’ the Ukraine?

    Worst president, ever, this Joe Biden, his neoconservative advisors as well. And, the real identity should be the jewish advisors who are promoting the largess to the Ukraine, a most corrupt country, where the military hardware is heading to the black market, a most dangerous situation.

    America needs to extricate itself from an alliance with Zelenskyy and an ever-increasing war with Russia. Insane!

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    Comment by michael | October 31, 2022 | Reply

    • Zelenskyy was ‘installed’ in Ukraine by the Biden family in 2014(when Joe’s brain was still functioning). Zelenskyy is an ‘American Puppet’ who takes his instructions from the “Deep State” ie, ‘those who have taken control of the USA Government’, from within.

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | October 31, 2022 | Reply

    • You seem to be quite correct on all points. But Americans have been too busy barbecuing, watching football games, texting, enjoying all the comforts and conveniences of the great civilization that was produced by …Liberty and Bible morality, justice under law, all of which they are giddily giving up while walking around aimlessly in some worldwide covid trance.

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      Comment by Peter | October 31, 2022 | Reply

  3. This is just more posturing with the intent of frightening the Russians. The Russians are not frightened.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by papasha408 | October 31, 2022 | Reply


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