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Three US carrier strike groups steam in formation in Pacific Ocean (Awesome photo)
AP via Yahoo! ^ | 6/19/06

Posted on 06/19/2006 12:49:10 PM PDT by dead

The USS Abraham Lincoln, USS Kitty Hawk and USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike
groups steam in formation during a joint photo exercise (PHOTOEX) in preparation
for Valiant Shield 2006 on Sunday, June 18, 2006, in the Pacific Ocean. The
PHOTOEX featured 14 ships as well as 17 aircraft from Air Force, Navy, and
Marine Corp including a B2 bomber. The Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group is
currently participating in Valiant Shield 2006, the largest joint exercise in recent
history. Held in the Guam operating area beginning June 19-23, the exercise
involves 28 Naval vessels including three carrier strike groups, more than 300
aircraft and more than 20,000 service members from the Navy, Air Force, Marine
Corps, and Coast Guard. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Jarod Hodge) Email Photo Print Photo


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: guam; gwot; jointexercises; nationaldefense; northkorea; shipmovement; usaf; usn; ussabrahamlincoln; usskittyhawk; ussronaldreagan; valiantshield
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1 posted on 06/19/2006 12:49:12 PM PDT by dead
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To: furquhart

Pinging self for later.

Anyone know if I can get a bigger copy? This would make an awesome desktop.


2 posted on 06/19/2006 12:50:36 PM PDT by furquhart (Time for a New Crusade - Deus lo Volt!)
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To: dead

The carriers are leading so they can protect the smaller craft from torpedos.


3 posted on 06/19/2006 12:51:20 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: dead

Excellent image!


4 posted on 06/19/2006 12:51:28 PM PDT by Andy28 (Proud US Army DEP'er, shipping June 20th. Hooah!)
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To: dead

Your tax dollars at work.


5 posted on 06/19/2006 12:52:01 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: dead
I would just lose it (in a good way) if they Navy shot down that missile. That would just make my whole year.
6 posted on 06/19/2006 12:52:36 PM PDT by oldleft
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To: dead

Idiots! Who's commanding these carrier groups?! I thought these carrier groups traveled with subs? Where are the subs?


7 posted on 06/19/2006 12:55:02 PM PDT by zarf (John Edwards is a horses ass.)
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To: AppyPappy

They are on minesweeper patrol lol


8 posted on 06/19/2006 12:55:14 PM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitor)
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To: dead

Peace through Superior Firepower!


9 posted on 06/19/2006 12:56:14 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!!)
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To: zarf
Idiots! Who's commanding these carrier groups?! I thought these carrier groups traveled with subs? Where are the subs?

Most likely submerged.
10 posted on 06/19/2006 12:56:20 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: dead

The naval version of the B-52 picture that has been posted many times -- "The terrorists have won the toss and have elected to receive."


11 posted on 06/19/2006 12:56:28 PM PDT by omega4412 (Multiculturalism kills. 9/11, Beslan, Madrid, London)
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To: furquhart

If you right click on the photo above and select 'set as background', it should appear as your desktop background. Did for me.


12 posted on 06/19/2006 12:57:02 PM PDT by tsmith130
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To: AppyPappy

LOL!!!


13 posted on 06/19/2006 12:57:15 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: oldleft

....... if they Navy shot down that missile........

Wouldn't it be a shame if a missle took down their missle: And an errant missle just happened to land on top of their launch facilities!

"Oops! Sorry about that!"


14 posted on 06/19/2006 12:57:30 PM PDT by aShepard
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To: dead

Hopefully they are headed for North Korea.


15 posted on 06/19/2006 12:57:50 PM PDT by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: dead

Awesome pic, but maybe it isn't the safest thing for the Navy to have this many assets so close together?


16 posted on 06/19/2006 12:59:20 PM PDT by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: July 4th
You mean as if something could attack that? LOL.
17 posted on 06/19/2006 1:00:46 PM PDT by Pukin Dog (Dont be a Conservopussy! Defend Ann Coulter, you weenies!)
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To: dead

When will they arrive off the coast of Iran?


18 posted on 06/19/2006 1:03:11 PM PDT by pfony1
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To: glorgau
Your tax dollars at work.

Would you prefer they be better spent on social liberal programs?

The military's budget should be $500 billion, IMO.

19 posted on 06/19/2006 1:03:16 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: July 4th

That's exactly what I was thinking. NK is supposed to test fire a missile...what if they armed it and launched it at the battle group? Not much of a chance they'd do that, but...why give them such a fat, juicy target?


20 posted on 06/19/2006 1:03:31 PM PDT by Paco
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To: dead

So which carrier launched the B-2 in the photo?


21 posted on 06/19/2006 1:04:55 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: dead

Heh-heh.

That's what I call sending a message. Let's pray the deranged Mr.(mentally)Il is coherent enough to take the hint.


22 posted on 06/19/2006 1:05:20 PM PDT by SueRae
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To: dead

http://www.pacom.mil/exercises/vs2006/imagery/060618-N-8591H-383-h.jpg
This is the US Mil released image


23 posted on 06/19/2006 1:06:24 PM PDT by Waverunner
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To: SueRae

I'd like to see our missile defense from Alaska shoot down the NK missile if they fire it.


24 posted on 06/19/2006 1:06:44 PM PDT by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: zarf

Oh, they're there.


25 posted on 06/19/2006 1:06:48 PM PDT by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: dead; Texas Termite; manna; Okies love Dubya 2; Fawnn; Harmless Teddy Bear; Kathy in Alaska; ...

AWESOME picture of our Navy...and a call for prayer for their safety.


26 posted on 06/19/2006 1:07:16 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Please pray for LadyX!!!)
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To: furquhart
Here's a link to a larger version of the above photo. I agree, awesome desktop.
27 posted on 06/19/2006 1:07:20 PM PDT by Grim
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To: tsmith130

I tried that but got a pixelated version. I too need a bigger version if possible


28 posted on 06/19/2006 1:07:21 PM PDT by Military family member (GO Colts!!)
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To: Brad's Gramma

BTTT


29 posted on 06/19/2006 1:08:09 PM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Waverunner

Wonderful!!!


30 posted on 06/19/2006 1:08:58 PM PDT by Military family member (GO Colts!!)
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To: dead

Great photo! I wonder if this is being released as a Candygram to somebody?


31 posted on 06/19/2006 1:09:14 PM PDT by livius
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To: livius

Ya think? :)


32 posted on 06/19/2006 1:09:42 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Please pray for LadyX!!!)
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To: Paco

If NK arms and launches a missile at this battle group...I pity NK. The Navy knows what it's doing here.


33 posted on 06/19/2006 1:09:50 PM PDT by LadyNavyVet
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To: Yo-Yo
"So which carrier launched the B-2 in the photo?"

The unsinkable USS Andersen Field (Guam)

34 posted on 06/19/2006 1:10:08 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: zarf

Where are the subs?

The Silent Service does not photograph well - they are generally hiding in the water our of the surface fleet.

There ware two types of vessels in the military, submarines and targets.

Subs being the shy type, won't be found it these pictires.


35 posted on 06/19/2006 1:12:59 PM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: zarf

Where are the subs?

The Silent Service does not photograph well - they are generally hiding in the water out of view of the surface fleet.

There ware two types of vessels in the military, submarines and targets.

Subs being the shy type, won't be found it these pictires.


36 posted on 06/19/2006 1:13:26 PM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: dead

The terrorists in Iraq have shown how effective the RPG can be against our vehicles and men. There are lots of Chinese and Russian missiles that can waste our aircraft carriers in one or two blows. This photo shows good force projection and shows off our ships airplanes and technology but ....

And as far as anti ship missiles I haven't even included ones with nukes. A small nuke that decimates some of our ships out in a vast ocean, away from populations, will not be viewed with same world wide hysteria-agitation as a nuke deployed on land targets


37 posted on 06/19/2006 1:14:21 PM PDT by dennisw (Fate of Nations)
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To: Grim
Thanks for the link. That's an awesome photo. Enormous. Here's just a section of it at 100%:


38 posted on 06/19/2006 1:14:49 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead

North Korea please take note.


39 posted on 06/19/2006 1:16:32 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc. 10:2)
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To: dead

Tora Tora Tora


40 posted on 06/19/2006 1:19:47 PM PDT by Waverunner
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To: zarf

Where they are supposed to be, deep.


41 posted on 06/19/2006 1:21:55 PM PDT by mortal19440
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To: Waverunner

Thank you.....it makes a great background....


42 posted on 06/19/2006 1:21:56 PM PDT by Kimmers
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To: dead

And who knows how many ships below.


43 posted on 06/19/2006 1:22:07 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: furquhart
*sigh* What a beautiful sight. Official Navy photos may be downloaded at Navy.mil. They, and other military photos, make great posters for FReeping.
44 posted on 06/19/2006 1:22:14 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Grim

Bumping for a new desktop when I get home from work!

THANK you!!!


45 posted on 06/19/2006 1:22:39 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Please pray for LadyX!!!)
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To: July 4th
Awesome pic, but maybe it isn't the safest thing for the Navy to have this many assets so close together?

My thoughts EXACTLY!!

46 posted on 06/19/2006 1:24:00 PM PDT by prophetic
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

AMEN bro!!!


47 posted on 06/19/2006 1:24:33 PM PDT by prophetic
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To: dennisw
You read my mind. As impressive as all this weaponry is, I still have my doubts about these types of naval forces when the battle is between countries with advanced weaponry. In terms of force projection for conflicts in which we are unopposed...cool. BUT

I truly believe that a salvo of cruise missiles or longer range types will decimate a conventional naval force.

I see what the tenacious pilots of Argentina were able to do to the Brits in the Falklands and it should make us think before oohing and ahhing.

48 posted on 06/19/2006 1:26:30 PM PDT by zarf (John Edwards is a horses ass.)
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To: dead

Or, somebody gets onry.


49 posted on 06/19/2006 1:27:17 PM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Islamic Terrorists, the Mainstream Media and the Democrat Party Have the Same Goals in Iraq.)
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To: glorgau
Your tax dollars at work.

I don't have a problem with that. In fact I'd rather that most of my taxes go to the military, instead of "social programs".

50 posted on 06/19/2006 1:28:16 PM PDT by SunTzuWu (Hans Delbruck - Scientist and Saint.)
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