Undefeated and the famous second U.S. Navy fleet hurriedly left the Mediterranean approaching the shores of Syria Russian naval group. In fact, the very second fleet and its commander — Vice Admiral Craig Pandolfo did not disappear — they are as before in their respective area of responsibility, including all operational reports and financial statements. On the bases of numerous Mediterranean Sixth Fleet life also flows in normal mode — outfits, severance, perimeter protection, painting fences, theft of real property, unpaid bills for electricity, gas and fresh water.
Another thing is that from the Mediterranean weird way Sixth Fleet ships are gone!
Fleet is, and no ships — probably amazed you — Is this be?
Yeah, maybe if there is a speech about American naval forces. In contrast to the structure of the Russian Navy, where each fleet has a permanent list of ships assigned to it, including its own flagship (the Northern Fleet — TARKR «Peter the Great», the Baltic Fleet — Destroyer «Pushy», Black Sea Fleet — GRKR «Moscow», Pacific — RRC «Varyag»), the term «fleet» for the U.S. Navy — less than the sphere of responsibility. Unrealistic to give a definite answer to the request, «Show Sixth Fleet ships» — the fleet actually changed once a day. Here’s a quantum mechanics!
For example, at least some carrier strike group, which has passed the Strait of Gibraltar, automatically assigned an Task Force 60 (Operational Compound 60) and AUG converted to the main strike force of the Sixth Fleet. A carrier battle group commander, respectively, the position of commander gets 60 operatively connected, and now specifically responsible for the situation in the Mediterranean.
Following this logic, each entered the waters of the Mediterranean amphibious assault ship and its escort receive designation Task Force 61. Now they — the main amphibious forces of the Sixth Fleet.
No matter what the squadron of destroyers in the Mediterranean converted to DESRON SIX ZERO (and just — «minonosnuyu squadron 60»), leave the destroyers — «minonosnaya squadron 60» folded.
Yankees Can not get lost in this cycle and the case does not lose its June 10 s destroyers the world’s oceans? Imagine a conversation itself on the sidelines of the Pentagon:
— Where destroyer «John Paul Jones»?
— In the past year, it beheld the coast of Jamaica …
— Damn, he was also expected to arrive in Norfolk in September. Where’s he gone?
A «John Paul Jones» zarzhavevaet quietly in the harbor of Pearl Harbor, waiting for a new order, which may be, send it to the coast of Greenland.
Avoid this mess is assisted by three things: a specific home port for each ship (and of mandatory global standard practice), rather unclear division on the Atlantic and Pacific Command, and most importantly, regardless of the numbers of the fleet, the South American ships kept in constant divisions, battle groups and aircraft carrier strike groups.
Refueling at full speed
Though what carrier usually for many years has a permanent list of ships own escort and the exact composition with fixed wing squadrons, sometimes decades attributed to this aircraft carrier. And no different.
For example, an aircraft carrier «Abraham Lincoln» with the missile cruiser «Cape St. George», 4-Aegis destroyers, («Sterret», «Haslam», «Momsen» and «Shoup»), and a number of auxiliary ships and frigates form «combat aircraft-carrier group number 9.»
Based on this concept, each of the six American fleets constantly has in its composition (ie — in the area of personal responsibility) one or more aircraft carrier battle groups, amphibious groups or divisions of destroyers, of which the ship and formed the fleet. Ships come and go, but their number always remains constant.
And now — seeing the Russian squadron on the horizon, most of the American ships hastened to leave the area of responsibility of the Sixth Fleet, leaving NATO Mediterranean frontiers, sorry, with the naked behinds. Speaking in Russian — 2nd Fleet ceased to exist, remaining only in the form of cardboard instructions and deserted quays Mediterranean bases.
And this story is not new — a similar scenario acted brave British sailors who received little information out to sea the German battleship «Tirpitz» cast adrift unarmed transports convoy PQ-17 and fled to the shameful 30-node move. It is significant that the British squadron, at least not inferior to the German ships and even had the advantage due to the availability of carrier-based aircraft. Death of convoy PQ-17 lay shameful blot on the entire history of the English fleet.
This is what happened in this time: an elderly missile cruiser, a huge pair of anti-submarine ships, four landing craft with full holds «Black jackets», a small patrol frigate and laid back in the distant 1966, driven off the Syrian coast are all super-ships «probable enemy «disrupting the already prepared plans for an armed invasion. South American sailors seriously afraid of the Russian Navy — they have long learned that when run out of shells, our ships will break them overboard, as happened in the Black Sea.
Back in campaign
Let’s have a look for pleasure, who opposed the Russian squadron malehankih:
Nuclear aircraft carrier «Dwight D. Eisenhower» — clot combat matter weight of 100 thousand tons; invincible monster that can strike the enemy at a distance of a thousand miles a day and explore the entire surface of the Mediterranean Sea. Two reactors «Westinghouse» unlimited autonomy for the supplies of fuel. Displacement tremendous ship — twice the tonnage of ships full Russian groups.
The main argument killer machine — 70 … 80 aircraft for various purposes that can dump on the heads of enemies 1,900 tons of ammunition from the vast cellars super-carrier. The most modern equipment, radars and supercomputers, desalination plant seawater catapult ammunition elevators, arresting gear and samoletopodemniki, heavy book, unique sprinkler system, huge storage and cold, almost 6 thousand people crew.
December 1, 2012 «Dwight Eisenhower» arrived in the eastern Mediterranean. December 13, 2012 undefeated carrier «Dwight Eisenhower» suddenly said goodbye to everyone, and shot out of the Mediterranean Sea, heading to its home base in Norfolk.
According to the official version — the ship increased to discharge tensions in the region. Hmm … why are Americans afraid «tense situation»? In my opinion, their whole policy is aimed at creating tensions around the world.
Vosled escape «Eisenhower» insulting looked Turkish politicians who are now without the help of others will have to resolve a situation on the border with Syria.
Universal amphibious assault ship dock «Iwo Jima.» Most barge comparable in tonnage and abilities with the aircraft carrier «Admiral Kuznetsov». On board the «Iwo Jima» — 30 aircraft: attack aircraft with vertical takeoff languid transport helicopters and tiltrotor squadron of helicopters shock. Fell below the flight deck sheltered accommodation, accommodates 2,000 Marines. Even lower — deck to transport armored vehicles. And at the waterline — is filled with water docking camera, what are three ready amphibious hovercraft.
Two weeks «Iwo Jima» is an overloaded military equipment, principally Syrian Furrow water, but seeing little small Russian BDK, rushed to escape to the West, waddling and puffing on the 23-node move.
Coupled with the aircraft carrier «Eisenhower» Syrian water left his personal guard — the missile cruiser «Hue City» with full cellars «Tomahawk», prepared for the bombardment of Syrian cities. Modern ships, filled all-seeing system «Aegis» and 122 launchers for launching all types of missiles facing the U.S. Navy. But no modern technology has not helped the Yankees from the ferocious horror of the Russian squadron. And nepoprostu — quarter of a century back the missile cruiser «Yorktown,» similar in design «Hue City» back from the Black Sea cruise disrupted and fractured deck flooring boards. Although it would seem — all just tried to approach the Sevastopol … And here — the whole Syria, Russian explorers of that good general thrust ramming attack in half.
Besides missile cruiser, in the retinue of the South American super-carrier considered three destroyers ORP type «Arleigh Burke» — «McFaul», «Carney» and «Farragut.» They are all, of course, escaped together with his flagship. Stunning ships masterpieces of world shipbuilding, ready to shoot the enemy five dozen winged «Tomahawk» or combat goal in low-Earth orbit. In the end, Aegis destroyers, such as «Burke» — a key element of the U.S. missile defense. Strong, durable and modern destroyers. So what? Many CONTRIBUTE?
Total offshore approaches to Syria Americans concentrated grouping of 17 of the most massive and modern ships: aircraft carrier and the UDC, Aegis-cruisers, destroyers, frigates, supply ships and vessels inclusive Sealift Command. A total number of ships of the Sixth Fleet reached 40 units! By the truth of the moment, most of them left the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, and other boats lurking in the databases.
One of the military transports Sealift Command (Maritame Sealift Command). Used for sporting shipping worldwide technology, equipment and personnel of the Army and Marine Corps
Americans — the most moderate and austere people. As part of the Sixth Fleet is constantly … just one ship. Custom command ship «Mount Whitney» — the very thing the exception that proves the rules. Unlike all the other ships, «Mount Whitney» rarely leaves the Mediterranean Basin and, in fact, is the flagship of the endless American naval group in the region.
Good idea — to ensure the efficient management and coordination of the forces of the Navy and Marine Corps were invited to build a special command ship, the maximum saturated receiving and transmitting equipment, equipped with facilities for briefings and meetings, comfortable cabin and Admiral’s command and control posts. On board there is equipment for receiving helicopter. Outside «Mount Whitney» differs flat spacious deck that is virtually littered with casings antenna devices. In principle, the «Mount Whitney» trudnootlichim from civilian research vessels or ships to communicate with devices of cosmic. The only thing that gives that gives it a warship — installed on the bow and stern automatic six-barreled anti-aircraft guns «Phalanx».
Sixth Fleet command ship
In 2008, «Mount Whitney», forgetting about their flagship features first delivered humanitarian aid to Georgia. Along the way, try to get a «friendly visit» in Sevastopol, but was booed and put up with the shame of the Dark Sea. At this time, to feel that the Russian determined to defend Syria, the flagship of the Sixth Fleet was locked on its own base in Gaeta (Italy) and is not shown on our eyes Mariners.
Speaking of bases — 2nd Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea has a significant amount Fri logistics services. Among them — Properties in Italy: besides the already mentioned HMB Gaeta, on the coast of the country posted a large naval base in Naples with a team of highly Fri shore and advanced point-based La Maddalena (nuclear submarine base on the island. Sardinia). In addition, the second Navy could use Italian naval base of La Spezia, Taranto, Brindisi, Augusta (big point of supply of petroleum products). Placed on the Spanish coast next big object — Rota naval base, is used together with the Spanish Navy. Also, to accommodate basic patrol and ASW aircraft, the South American fleet can use numerous air bases on the ground of European countries (for example, AB Sigonella on about. Sicily).
Arrive at the Rota Naval Base area, Spain
The contents of all these military facilities is a huge burden on the shoulders of American taxpayers. Commander Sixth Fleet composition tries to reduce costs, and from time to time, this leads to a joyful results — in September 2009, the naval base at Gaeta remained several days without fresh water: personal Italian water companies simply shut off the water for non-payment.
Whatever action is unfolding in the Middle East — the Syrian coast is under the constant supervision of the Russian Navy. This round we won — South American ships left the Mediterranean Sea, and without the help of U.S. aircraft carriers, and UDC-Aegis destroyers, NATO has no obvious advantages of the sea — the European under-carriers and frigates, devoid of any severe shock weapons pose no risk to Russian group of the Black Sea, the Baltic and Pacific fleets. Let us hope that soon the area suitable seamen and our Navy will be able to spend a truly excellent teachings in the Mediterranean.
Yes, 2nd Fleet steep and strong, but the atomic era guns guaranteed «multiply by zero» all non-nuclear means in a global war. And in local conflicts has the advantage, who are more bold and determined. The U.S. Navy has a wide experience of warfare at sea, but the Americans do not like to fight a war unprepared, they need time to deploy and painstaking preparation. Our sailors, on the contrary, ready to fight in all the criteria — this is our main and only trump card; sudden tricks and derring-do invalidate any «Aegis» and «Tomahawk».
Position of large aircraft carrier U.S. Navy ships on December 5, 2012 Off the coast of Syria are carrier «Eisenhower» UDC and «Iwo Jima»
Position of large aircraft carrier U.S. Navy ships on January 17th, 2013 All, except the 1st, and returned to their bases.