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Hunter Suggests NATO Take Over JFK Flattop
Aviation Now ^ | 15 May 06 | Michael Bruno

Posted on 05/16/2006 2:41:32 PM PDT by LSUfan

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is suggesting NATO take over the USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier, which the U.S. Navy and the Bush administration want to retire early for budget reasons.

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TOPICS: Canada; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Germany; Government; News/Current Events; US: California; US: Florida; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: aircraftcarrier; congress; cv67; duncanhunter; housearmedservices; jfk; nato; navy; sandiego
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While I would like to keep CV67 around because I feel aircraft carriers are the most flexible weapons systems in our entire inventory, this proposal from the chair of the House Armed Services Committee shows how ignorant our lawmakers can be.

The idea that you can just hand a carrier over to a new user is just silly. First of all, no other NATO member land conventional aircraft on carriers right now (France is not a military member of NATO). None of their personnel would know how to work anything on the ship, from the arresting gear to the steam turbines to the electronics suite.

It would take many of our skilled personnel years to get NATO up to speed on operating the ship, taking them away from other missions and even then, what are you going to fly on and off her? Harriers and helicopters? Seems kind of a waste for a big deck.

1 posted on 05/16/2006 2:41:37 PM PDT by LSUfan
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To: LSUfan

Insanity!


2 posted on 05/16/2006 2:42:46 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.)
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To: LSUfan

Sink it. Then rename it the Edward J. Kennedy.


3 posted on 05/16/2006 2:44:20 PM PDT by atomicpossum (Replies must follow approved guidelines or you will be kill-filed without appeal.)
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To: LSUfan

Does Taiwan need a carrier?


4 posted on 05/16/2006 2:44:37 PM PDT by Horatio Gates (Remember the Alamo!)
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To: MarineBrat

Give it to Venezuela so they can use it to take the F-16s over to Iran!


5 posted on 05/16/2006 2:44:47 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: LSUfan

France'll just lose the props.


6 posted on 05/16/2006 2:45:02 PM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: atomicpossum


Best Post of today goes to you!

congrats.


7 posted on 05/16/2006 2:46:07 PM PDT by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis. American gals are worth fighting for!")
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To: LSUfan

I wonder if we chipped in if we could buy it... Wouldn't a Free Republic flat top be a good symbol - and it could double as convention HQ/cruise.


8 posted on 05/16/2006 2:46:34 PM PDT by gondramB (He who angers you, in part, controls you. But he may not enjoy what the rest of you does about it.)
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To: Horatio Gates

They sure deserve it!


9 posted on 05/16/2006 2:46:52 PM PDT by Uriah_lost (http://www.wingercomics.com/d/20051205.html)
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...First of all, no other NATO member land conventional aircraft on carriers right now

The Brits are scheduled to have their Queen Elizabeth-class CVF's in service by 2012.

Now is a good time for them to start getting the experience that will be required.

10 posted on 05/16/2006 2:46:53 PM PDT by Polybius
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China is clicking up her heels, howling with laughter at us tiring ourselves out, slugging it out in the middle-east...

-->GIVE IT TO TAIWAN<--

Or Japan...

11 posted on 05/16/2006 2:47:10 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: LSUfan

Good points. NATO doesn't need a real carrier, as they all use Harriers for their sea-based activities, and don't have real carrier aircraft.


12 posted on 05/16/2006 2:47:11 PM PDT by LS
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Put it in NYC, use the deck for automobile parking, and the UN would have tons of office space.


13 posted on 05/16/2006 2:47:12 PM PDT by Lokibob (Spelling and typos are copyrighted. Please do not use.)
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To: Horatio Gates
Does Taiwan need a carrier?

It would help Israel monitor their coastline also.
14 posted on 05/16/2006 2:47:28 PM PDT by Ingtar (Prensa dos para el inglÚs)
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To: LSUfan

We are trying to get rid of it. Since WE ARE NATO, it would be stupid to transfer the old girl to us.


15 posted on 05/16/2006 2:48:19 PM PDT by ExpatGator (Progressivism: A polyp on the colon politic.)
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To: gondramB

Build 10 more. And one that flies.


16 posted on 05/16/2006 2:48:23 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Somebody important make The Call.....pitchforks and lanterns.!)
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To: atomicpossum

Lol!!!


17 posted on 05/16/2006 2:48:32 PM PDT by LS
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To: LSUfan
Truely, our government is out of control in all phases from foreign to domestic issues.That anyone except Kerry or Fonda could make such a statement speaks volumes. It looks like time for a COMPLETE realignment top to bottom.
18 posted on 05/16/2006 2:48:55 PM PDT by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: LSUfan

Duncan Hunter is one of the good guys and a true friend of the military.

I tend to agree that NATO wouldn't be able to operate that ship. Not efficiently anyhow, but if it is either lease it to NATO or the boneyard, then maybe we need to avoid knee-jerk reactions and see what this is about.

Given my druthers, I would sell her to England, if England wanted her. They have a genuine need for a big deck carrier and I am sure they could put her to fine use.


19 posted on 05/16/2006 2:49:01 PM PDT by Ronin (Ut iusta esse, lex noblis severus necesse est.)
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Sink it. Then rename it the Edward J. Kennedy.

DAMMIT!!! That's a screen in need of a clean! LOL!!!

20 posted on 05/16/2006 2:49:46 PM PDT by digger48
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