Skip to comments.Portsmouth Shipyard to Have Three Carriers at Once
Posted on 01/22/2006 7:45:33 PM PST by DYngbld
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Looks like two Marine assault ships/carriers there as well.
That is insanity. Neat picture but someone needs their seat kicked for such stupidity. By the picture you show that would make 6 likely 7 carriers all in strike range of each other. Folks that right there is one of the reasons we got hit on 9/11. No I'm not blaming the Navy for the terrorist deeds but that is not a show of force that is a show of arrogance and stupidity berthing carriers like that. The stars in the Pentagon who approved this needed relieved of duty. I see it was Clinton's watch when it happened. 25 years ago you could not have put but three carriers at NOB Norfolk period. Pier 12 & one side of pier 7 was it. But here's the real irony to it. We had more ships in 1980 than now.
Any Schmuck with a car can see all this information from the interstate. It's no secret. It was no secret in the Cold War as to what carriers were in port you could drive by and count for yourself. The main thing was to not bring them all in at one time and say nanna nanna boo boo to crack pots that may see opportunity in it.
Our Walmart purchases will fuel that more I think.
true, but withholding it from the news, you'd only have to worry about 'local' crack-pots, not a sudden surge of them.
Nope it's got plenty of foreign nationals also. About 2 miles or less up the river are the International Commerical Piers. The ones foreign nations like to pull into and their crews walk away.
If I was a science fiction writer, I'd make up something crazy about all those carriers getting some new high-tech nuclear powered upgrade that would let each of them defend a very lare area from incoming missiles.
Doggone it, that whole "loose lips" thing is so frustrating sometimes!
well all we can hope for then is that they will have lots, and lots of security.
Great Idea Barney!
What was your response to the S.S. Cole?
Portsmouth? Norfolk? Which is it?
LOL. AP headline says "Portsmouth" but the article says "Norfolk."
Norfolk. AFAIK, Portsmouth doesn't "do" carriers at all.
Norfolk Naval Shipyard is indeed in Portsmouth, and they do service carriers. It's an impressive sight, watching them squeak their way up the Elizabeth River past downtown Norfolk.
My earlier pic was shot from the middle of the Elizabeth River, from a little powerboat that had no special privileges. Without going into detail, suffice to say that within a certain range the boat would have been reduced to confetti in a matter of seconds.
Ahh -- my mind went straight to "Portmousth Naval Shipyard," in Portsmouth, NH. Thanks for the geography lesson.
Wow I have not seen five carriers (with battle groups)in port. I can't imagine the traffic around here. It is bad on a good day.
My pleasure. I used to have NOB as the view out my front door when I lived on Willoughby Spit. The house I was living in was built in 1936, and I could just imagine some German spy living in the area and counting the ships that came and went.
Lest we feel complacent, in the Spring of 2001, a sailing buddy of mine spotted two men who definitely looked out of place walking the docks of our marina, which was within 2 miles of the carrier piers, line-of-sight. On September 12, when he saw Mohammed Atta's (Pox be upon him) picture, he recognized him as one of the men.
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