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. ;-)