Quote: Originally Posted by Amik
Funny, the US is using cruise ships to evacuate Americans from Lebanon.
It's funny, I was going to say something about this, but I thought i'd just see how long it took for someone to bring it up. Yes, the U.S. is using ONE
ship, due to the fact that it's Navy is at its highest oeprational tempo since the Gulf War in 1990-91. You are aware that the United States is at War in Iraq and Afghanistan right? Furthermore they are heavily committed to Japan, a committment that entails a large portion of the U.S. Navy surface fleet right?
According to the United States Navy's website (feel free to check on this for yourself), the deployable battle force is 281 war vessels (surface and submarine), of which:
234 surface vessels are tasked out
34 submarines are tasked out
That is a total of 268 United States Naval Vessels currently on tasking; either on deployment or conducting another unnamed task. That leaves 13, 13
United States Naval vessels currently available for taskings. Now lets have a look at what major warships and/or task groups are tasked (not deployed on Operation):
USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - Pacific Ocean
USS Enterprise (CVN 65) - Pusan, R.O.K.
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - Pacific Ocean
USS George Washington (CVN 73) - Atlantic Ocean
USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - Pacific Ocean
USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) - Nias Island, Indonesia
Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG):
USS Peleliu (LHA 5) - South China Sea
USS Ogden (LPD 5) - port visit, Phuket, Thailand
USS Germantown (LSD 42) - South China Sea
Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG):
USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) - Red Sea
USS Nashville (LPD 13) - Red Sea
USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) - Red Sea
Amphibious Warfare Ships:
USS Boxer (LHD 4) - Pacific Ocean
USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) - Pacific Ocean
USS Cleveland (LPD 7) - Pacific Ocean
USS Dubuque (LPD
- Pacific Ocean
USS Denver (LPD 9) - Pacific Ocean
USS Trenton (LPD 14) - Red Sea
USS Comstock (LSD 45) - Pacific Ocean
USS Tortuga (LSD 46) - Sunda Sea
USS Rushmore (LSD 47) - Pacific Ocean
USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) - Yokosuka, Japan
USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) - Atlantic Ocean
Note where most of the vessels not on deployment are located? In or around Japan/China/North Korea.
Do I really need to go on? The United States Navy is stretched thin. They do not have at their disposal the type of vessels needed to mass-evac it's citizens, therefore it has been FORCED
to rent ships. The fact remains they have the capability, however currently they're in the business of fighting two wars and preparing for a third.