Skip to comments.Report: U.S., Israeli warships cross Suez Canal toward Red Sea
Posted on 06/19/2010 6:44:15 AM PDT by jhpigott
Egypt opposition angered at government for allowing the fleet of more than 12 ships to cross Egyptian manned waterway, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reports.
By Jack Khoury
More than twelve United States Naval warships and at least one Israeli ship crossed the Suez Canal towards the Red Sea on Friday, British Arabic Language newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Saturday.
According to the report, thousands of Egyptian soldiers were deployed along the Suez Canal guarding the ships' passage, which included a U.S. aircraft carrier.
The Suez Canal is a strategic Egyptian waterway which connects between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea.
According to eyewitnesses, the U.S. battleships were the largest to have crossed the Canal in many years, Al-Quds reported.
Egyptian opposition members have criticized the government for cooperating with the U.S. and Israeli forces and allowing the ships' passage through Egyptian territorial waters.
They said they viewed the event as Egyptian participation in an international scandal, and added that the opposition would not sit with its arms crossed while the country allowed a fleet of U.S. and Israeli military ships to cross.
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Does Obama know about this?
Maybe somebody’s been in Kenya nosing around asking too many questions.
Doesn't sound out of the ordinary to me, having done it a couple of times...
The Lib Media don't have a clue...
It’s the Harry S. Truman group on a six month deployment to relieve the Eisenhower which has been in the Gulf region since January. Incidentally, the Eisenhower also passed through the Suez Canal on its way to the Gulf back in Jan, so this type of event isn’t that unusual.
Interesting, if true, that an Israeli ship was also with the group, they are probably going to do some joint training.
12* ships sounds an awful lot like a carrier group. I do not keep track of our naval deployments, but the passage of an East Coast-based carrier and its consorts is not exactly unprecedented.
*Nor am I up to date on the type and number of ships that typically accompany a carrier, but 11 is not an outlandish number.
Interesting that they crfossed together...That is rare — almost unheard of. Twice Israeli vessels have crossed, but that last time was almost a year ago, and no American vessels were along with them. Could just be a coincidence...Could also be contingency preparation for a coming conflict with Iran...We shall see.
What they are calling a “battleship” (see picture that accompanies the article) is an Amphib (LSD or something similar). So, it sounds like a carrier group + an ARG though, given their inability to distinguish between ship types and the fact that a big deck amphib is usually part of an ARG, I am surprised they are not whining about TWO carriers.
I didn’t know a carrier would FIT through the locks of the Suez.
Would someone PLEASE inform the press that neither one of these vessals are a "BATTLESHIP"??????
Now THIS is a Battleship!!!
I was overcome by awe. Then I looked at the size of those guns — anti aircraft and the really big, big ones that could fire salvos from offshore (and, incidentally, I could have fit in), it hit home. It was one of those family outings that has stuck with me for close to 50 years. What awesome power and might we have and pity the poor souls we use it on. For a kid from the Midwest who was more like Doris Day and Sandra Dee — I was humbled before God and man.
We visited Pearl Harbor three months ago. The Missouri was just out of dry dock with a fresh repaint and looked like a brand new BB (except for the tiny bump in the deck where a kamikaze had bounced off.)
Egypt opposition angered at government for allowing the fleet of more than 12 ships to cross Egyptian manned waterway, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reports. More than twelve United States Naval warships and at least one Israeli ship crossed the Suez Canal towards the Red Sea on Friday... thousands of Egyptian soldiers were deployed along the Suez Canal guarding the ships' passage, which included a U.S. aircraft carrier.Now I ask you -- honestly, doesn't that sound like a nice, routine movement of ships? No chance at all that they're going into battle.
There are no locks of the Suez. Unlike the Panama Canal, it's a sea-level canal.
Glad to hear she cleaned up well — she was spit/spot when I saw her that gray, drizzly day and to my delight, for once I didn't get sea sick, which I could manage standing on the dock. ;-)
We also visited Mighty Mo about 4 years ago- probably the most awesome tour I have ever taken. The guides are especially knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The anteroom where MaCarthur and Nimitz et al gathered just before meeting the Japanese was chilling (in a good way).
This a must do for anyone visiting Oahu.
The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and ships from participating nations take part in a NATO mine countermeasures exercise upon the completion of Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFX). JTFX is a scenario-driven tactical exercise supporting major combat operations for the Harry S. Truman Strike Group. The exercise provides training for the strike group to proceed into a Fleet Synthetic Training - Joint (FST-J) exercise for final deployment certification.
The Arizona memorial is about 150 yards from the Missouri’s bow. The location signifies the beginning and end of the war.
On the Missouri’s port side, a canvas awning shelters the brass deck marker where MacArthur stood during the ceremony. There are copies of the surrender documents in a large case and the 31 star flag that Commodore Perry took ashore in the 1853 opening of Japan to the west.
We spent about an hour on the various decks and inside the battleship. The control room with ancient round radar screens complimented by computerized missile launching equipment was stunning...
It could be. If an east coast carrier is deploying to the Indian Ocean then the task group would transit the Suez Canal.
The beverage cart was to have given him the message, but at this time is still hunting him down. He may be looking for a lost ball...
Thunder on the plains. Hope they use some pirates as target practice before waving to Mahmoud.
Great story. When our boys were younger we went with our Cub Scouts for a sleepover on the USS New Jersey. It was an amazing experience for everyone, and the kids just loved the awesome display of power. We took our sons to see the USS Intrepid before it was taken off display on the Hudson River for refurbishing. Our kids have developed a healthy respect for American naval power, and we've all enjoyed those trips. To me, the ships feel alive with memories and intensity from the men who lived, worked, fought, and died there. It's something I wish all Americans could experience.
Coincidentally, today my husband and sons will be visiting the US Air Force Academy. They left Philadelphia this morning for Denver, en route to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. They're off for 2 weeks of backpacking. They have some great adventures with the Scouts. I wish I could be there too, but it's their guy time.
I have had this experience in many places, but one of the strongest has been in Valley Forge. When I stand on the hills and feel the breeze, I feel like I'm standing on sacred ground. George Washington Chapel in VF Park is an amazing place of beauty and solitude. I was drawn there to pray on the day the plane went down in the Hudson River last winter - just before the accident. I heard about it on the radio as I drove home. Gave me shivers.
I very much doubt that there is an American battleship commissioned and in service. Missouri (a museum piece) was moved to Pearl Harbor from Bremerton several years ago. However I don’t know where USS Wisconsin is.
The Wisconsin is in Virginia. http://www.usswisconsin.org/
...you should try Jerusalem some time.
I hope they cruise past Somalia and Yemen- give the deck crew gunners a chance at a little ‘live fire’-!
obama would see that any U.S. Nave gunner that did that would be court martialed.
Anyone know differently? Anyone know which Carrier it was?
From a mile away a 3 gun salvo will suck the air out of your lungs and make your ears pop.
When the rounds hit the hillside 8 miles away (and I was looking through the big eyes on the signal bridge) they would first leave a little "puff" at point of entry...then the side of the hill would slide away in what looked like a miniature volcanic landslide.
I could still see some great utility for these ships...if for nothing else than the "shock and awe" effect.
I’ll second that. Jerusalem is truly awe inspiring from politics to culture to religion to history and everything in between. Have had similar feelings at Gettysburg and Appomatix court house and a few places in DC and Boston, but Jerusalem was around about a 1,000 years before Rome and that’s saying something.
My son may very well be on one of those ships. Prayers...
I worry so much. He knows and he don’t tell me things for months,years. LOL, He said he loves me and don’t want me worrying. I still worry when he crosses the street!
The Suez Canal is wider than I thought. Or aircraft carriers are narrower.
I would love to see Big Mo fitted with dual nuclear reactors and the rear turret replaced with a rail gun using EMP acceleration.
According to Al-Quds al-Arabi report, 11 American warships, one Israeli vessel, crossed Suez Canal into Red Sea. Roee Nahmias
Eleven American battleships and an Israeli one crossed the Suez Canal Friday en route to the Red Sea, the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper reported.
According to the report, traffic in the canal was halted for several hours in order to allow US Navy vessels, which included an aircraft carrier and carried infantry troops, armored vehicles and ammunition, to pass from the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea.
It was further reported that eyewitnesses detected an Israeli warship among the vessels. No confirmation has been received from Egyptian authorities.
The report also noted that fishing activities in the area were stopped during the ships' passage as well as traffic on the bridges above the canal.
Retired Egyptian General Amin Radi, chairman of the national security affairs committee, told the paper that "the decision to declare war on Iran is not easy, and Israel, due to its wild nature, may start a war just to remain the sole nuclear power in the region. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3907387,00.html
I remember when my best friend finally returned from serving in Operation Desert Storm in the 90's. We were discussing how his family and I were worried from time to time with the particular dangers the Marines were facing in that campaign. I still recalled how he looked at me a little askance and said, "Danger? We weren't in any danger."
He was serious. He went on to detail some of the POW's they were interrogating had been briefed by their superiors that if they were to go up against or be captured by the Marines, they could anticipate the most horrible demise; a Marine "mythology" we Americans know as historical fact spun into an almost mythical reputation of ferocity by these Iraqi commanders to "prepare" their men.
Of course these superiors were trying to instill some type of will to fight in their men, but it ended up backfiring because once the Iraqis made contact with Marine units, they simply gave up. Part and parcel of the massive surrenders during the war. They were scared to death of the Marines. Fascinating, really.
Point being, your son, perhaps in your mind still that little kid you raised, now rolling with his buds, are all together some very, very scary dudes whose reputation precedes them globally, thanks to every other Marine who has gone before them. The deterrence they represent in the international arena is invaluable.
I know you are going to fret anyway, but when your son says don't worry about him, he's certainly not being whimsical.
"Hell these are Marines. Men like them held Guadalcanal and took Iwo Jima, Baghdad ain't shit." - Major General John F. Kelly to a reporter who asked him if he ever contemplated defeat
Nope, not the Big Mo. It is still anchored in Pearl. I see it nearly every day.
I never tire of that sight either.
For the record, the 2nd and 3rd Battalions 69th Armor of the 3rd Infantry Division -Army made the famous "thunder run" into Baghdad.
"The Marines win battles, the Army wins wars" -James Jones, Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Correction to the above: ex-USS Texas IS on display. Rusting/Dry-berthing still apply.