Skip to comments.On board the gargantuan behemoths of the sea: The USS George Washington
Posted on 08/03/2013 4:16:01 PM PDT by naturalman1975
THE steel deck shakes as the steam powered catapult and the deafening roar of 40,000 pounds of jet thrust propels the 20-tonne Hornet strike fighter from zero to 260km/hr and skywards in just two seconds.
On maximum afterburner, where fuel is injected into the engines downstream of the turbines creating jets of flame from the exhaust, a Hornet's two engines generate 20,700 pounds of thrust each and every launch from the carrier's flight deck feels and sounds like a mini volcanic eruption. Clouds of steam from the catapult enhances the effect as each sleek fighter plane is flung on its gravity defying 100-metre journey down the deck and into the air. Knowing there are another 64 of these lethal killing machines on board the 100,000 tonne American flat top would give pause to even the most daring adversary.
This is raw and precise power projection and News Corp Australia was invited on board the Nimitz Class aircraft carrier USS George Washington about 200km off the coast of Rockhampton to witness it first hand.
One of 10 carriers in the United States Navy, the USS George Washington, or "GW" as it is fondly known, was the centrepiece of the three-week biannual "Talisman Saber" (TS) 2013 military exercises between 10,000 Australian and 20,000 US personnel last month in and around Queensland. It is the biggest bilateral military exercise conducted by either country and takes the ability of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to fight alongside US forces anywhere on the planet to a whole new level of seamless "interoperability".
"Our two navies and out two armed forces in general have a high degree of interoperability that is not matched anywhere else in the world. Our commanders think similarly and our crews are trained to a similar standard."
(Excerpt) Read more at news.com.au ...
That “high degree of interoperability” is seriously threatened by the BHO2 administration.
Odd way to describe our gems of the ocean.
I thought Oprah and Michelle had gone swimming or something
That depends. I imagine that there will soon be a high degree of interoperability planned with a 4th-century inbred culture.
I came for the pictures of big boats and guns and planes. We have rules for that, too.
I’ve given up on posting images from articles - they nearly always get removed by a moderator, because of the number of copyright issues and conglomerated ownership of news images.
See reply at #8
Can you imagine one of the US media writing this?
I don’t think it would read the same at all.
There, is that a little better?
The pictures with the article are actually kind of lame.
Surer is damm that's some boat..
Read the article ??
Shirley you can't be series !
< /snort > d:^)
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Translation into ghetto-ese/ebonics......."they be big".
For me, that ranks right up there with a picture of Yosemite or the Golden Gate bridge.