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Over 40 Naval Ships Join for Rare Photo Op
gCaptain ^ | July 30, 2014 | Mike Schuler

Posted on 07/30/2014 3:39:01 PM PDT by artichokegrower

A rare occurrence recently in the Pacific Ocean as more than 40 international naval ships joined together for a single photo shoot.

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China made its first RIMPAC appearance in 43 years this year, sending four invited People’s Liberation Army ship’s and one uninvited spy ship to scope the exercise


Seems like a target rich environment

1 posted on 07/30/2014 3:39:01 PM PDT by artichokegrower
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To: artichokegrower

WW2 where there was hundreds of ships in various task forces.
Wish there were photos of that along with the thousand plane raids.


2 posted on 07/30/2014 3:43:07 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: artichokegrower




3 posted on 07/30/2014 3:43:10 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: artichokegrower

NWO. How cute.


4 posted on 07/30/2014 3:49:19 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: minnesota_bound
WW2 where there was hundreds of ships in various task forces.

We don't have that many ships anymore.

5 posted on 07/30/2014 3:50:29 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: minnesota_bound
How's this? Ulithi anchorage during WWII:


6 posted on 07/30/2014 3:55:36 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

Whew! That’s purdy!


7 posted on 07/30/2014 3:59:30 PM PDT by dware (3 prohibited topics in mixed company: politics, religion and operating systems...)
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To: colorado tanker

Dang! Really puts it into perspective.


8 posted on 07/30/2014 3:59:56 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: dware

That’s what we used to call a “show of power.” The worlds navies prior to the 1950s must’ve shat themselves when they saw the American flag flying over a destroyer.


9 posted on 07/30/2014 4:00:51 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia

In a documentary about the rise and fall of the 3rd Reich they read a diary entry by a German soldier stationed as he witnessed the invasion fleet appearing over the horizon.

He wrote, “This can’t be real. There aren’t that many ships in the world”.


10 posted on 07/30/2014 4:06:45 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: huldah1776; dware
Ulithi was huge. Before the invasion of Okinawa there were over 700 ships there.

And consider this: there were no port or base facilities there. The Navy had a floating maintenance and supply base in the atoll and refueling was done by fleet oilers. No navy has seen the like of it before or since.

11 posted on 07/30/2014 4:06:49 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

Now THAT is an impressive Navy! The Japs came and sunk a few boats in a harbor; they had no idea we’d return with so much heavy metal!


12 posted on 07/30/2014 4:09:24 PM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Are they headed to Israel for Armageddon?


13 posted on 07/30/2014 4:10:07 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: colorado tanker

And some poor SOB in CIC had to plot every one of them by hand. :-(


14 posted on 07/30/2014 4:10:23 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: colorado tanker

P.S. I’d like to recognize the mining industry that dug up all the iron ore and coal to make all that heavy metal. Talk about an industry that delivered! Just wow.


15 posted on 07/30/2014 4:11:06 PM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: Jeff Head

Ka’ping !!


16 posted on 07/30/2014 4:14:53 PM PDT by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: CodeToad
U.S. industry came up huge in WWII. We also supplied a lot of stuff to the Brits and Russians through "lend-lease." Once industry converted to war production Germany and Japan could only produce a small fraction of what we could.

I think Yamamoto had a pretty good idea of what we could do. He went to Harvard, served two posts in Washington and traveled extensively. He opposed war with the US and only put together his Pearl Harbor plan when Tojo and the Army forced the war on the Navy. Here is his famous (or infamous) quote:

Should hostilities once break out between Japan and the United States, it would not be enough that we take Guam and the Philippines, nor even Hawaii and San Francisco. To make victory certain, we would have to march into Washington and dictate the terms of peace in the White House. I wonder if our politicians (who speak so lightly of a Japanese-American war) have confidence as to the final outcome and are prepared to make the necessary sacrifices.

17 posted on 07/30/2014 4:22:11 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: CodeToad
You're referring to the coal industry that Obummer's EPA is getting ready to shut down? They were here for "hearings" this week that were of course packed with environazis.

Yep, it was that "dirty" industry that was essential to winning WWII.

18 posted on 07/30/2014 4:25:25 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

Actually the coal industry is doing ok, but the product is going overseas to be burned. We ship Indiana coal all the way down the Mississippi, across the Atlantic and it’s still cheaper than the domestic German coal.


19 posted on 07/30/2014 4:28:01 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: artichokegrower

I only see 4 boats and 36 targets.


20 posted on 07/30/2014 4:29:50 PM PDT by rottndog ('Live Free Or Die' Ain't just words on a bumber sticker...or a tagline.)
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To: Squantos

These threads about old iron remind me that it has been a year since Archy has posted any of his most educational additions.

Bummer, that.


21 posted on 07/30/2014 4:37:36 PM PDT by MileHi
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To: colorado tanker

Wow that WWII photo is a dandy.


22 posted on 07/30/2014 4:47:37 PM PDT by DaveA37
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To: colorado tanker
U.S. industry came up huge in WWII. We also supplied a lot of stuff to the Brits and Russians through "lend-lease." Once industry converted to war production Germany and Japan could only produce a small fraction of what we could.

Yes, quantity has a quality all its own. Something to think about as we enter the dawn of the Chinese Century.

23 posted on 07/30/2014 4:53:22 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: colorado tanker

That’s a great photo, thank you for posting. I went there from Guam on a 95’ patrol boat while in the USCG. It was beautiful and I knew the history of it as a stop over for our troops and I could only imagine what it looked like but this photo brings it home. The magnitude and organization to get just some of those ships underway is a calculated high risk game.


24 posted on 07/30/2014 5:01:09 PM PDT by New Perspective (Proud father of a son with Down Syndrome and fighting to keep him off Obama's death panels.)
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To: MileHi
Archy's last FR post was on JUly 1, 2013.

Wonder what became of him...

25 posted on 07/30/2014 5:03:23 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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To: TXnMA

Yes, I wonder.


26 posted on 07/30/2014 5:12:44 PM PDT by MileHi
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To: New Perspective

The Seabees even built an R and R center on land that could handle thousands of men at a time while their ships were at anchor. Because of that forward base and not having fleets return to Pearl for port facilities, we greatly sped up the tempo of operations against the Japanese. Something else they didn’t anticipate.


27 posted on 07/30/2014 5:24:05 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: rarestia

Shortly after WWI had ended a ship of the US merchant marine sailing near the coast of Japan spotted a ship on its primitive radar.
The ship’s captain then radioed the unidentified ship “immediately identify yourself or we will open fire”.
The return message was “This is the USS Missouri fire when ready”


28 posted on 07/30/2014 5:27:41 PM PDT by ozdragon
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To: colorado tanker

I believe he also said that once landing on American soil they would face a man with a rifle behind every tree.


29 posted on 07/30/2014 5:29:48 PM PDT by ozdragon
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To: ozdragon

correction: WWII


30 posted on 07/30/2014 5:31:16 PM PDT by ozdragon
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To: ozdragon
Yamamoto knew America from coast to coast and was fluent in English. In 1941 the US economy was almost five times the size of Japan's. He knew attacking the US was madness, but what could he do? Tojo and the Army were in firm control.

Not that the Germans were any less foolish. The German leaders knew what we were capable of. In 1939 the US economy was more than twice the size of the German ecomony and those resources would be added to the production of the UK and Canada. They fooled themselves with the delusion that we were rich and soft and racial "mongrels." So, they declared war on us!

It reminds me of the quote from Webster in Band of Brothers:

David Webster: [at a passing column of German prisoners] Hey, you! That's right, you stupid Kraut bastards! That's right! Say hello to Ford, and General effin' Motors! You stupid fascist pigs! Look at you! You have horses! What were you thinking? Dragging our a$$es half way around the world, interrupting our lives... For what, you ignorant, servile scum! What the f@#$ are we doing here?

31 posted on 07/30/2014 6:03:04 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

Yamamoto also said that if the Japanese invaded the US there would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.


32 posted on 07/30/2014 6:06:51 PM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: artichokegrower

How fitting, the U. S. S. Ronald Reagan leading the way.

Very cool!

There must be a garbage ship in the Navy they can name the U. S. S. Obama.


33 posted on 07/30/2014 6:09:33 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Think how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of the populace is worse than that.)
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To: wetgundog
The original plan was defeat Germany and Italy first and then defeat Japan. But we were able to take the war to Japan right away with leftovers from Europe and a Navy that would not be needed to defeat the Axis. On the cheap for us.

By 1945 we had more than 12 million men and women under arms and almost all that would have been directed at Japan after Germany's surrender had the bombs not ended the war. And they never even put soldiers on the ground in Hawaii, much less the US mainland. All Yamamoto's fears were right.

34 posted on 07/30/2014 6:16:34 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: rottndog

Spoken like a true submariner!


35 posted on 07/30/2014 7:06:15 PM PDT by Traveler59 ( Truth is a journey, not a destination.)
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To: artichokegrower

From 1983-1984 I sailed on the Hospital Ship Mercy-except then it was the Worth a San Clemente class tanker under charter to BP.


36 posted on 07/30/2014 7:11:22 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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I’d be happier knowing the U.S. didn’t participate in this little cluster of love.


37 posted on 07/30/2014 7:12:29 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: ozdragon

WWII?


38 posted on 07/30/2014 7:13:29 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: colorado tanker

A film reel of the same photo shoot:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fUXVT_Bjjo


39 posted on 07/30/2014 7:19:28 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: MileHi

I know ...sad. He was more treadhead than blue water navy...... But he would have something really cool to share indeed.....:o)

Hope yer well....stay safe !


40 posted on 07/30/2014 7:26:56 PM PDT by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: colorado tanker
True, but it's also important to keep in mind that following the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, the US was down to ONE functioning carrier in the Pacific, the USS Enterprise, and it was significantly damaged: A remarkable repair job while underway (returning to the Solomon Islands) allowed it to stay in action. Fortunately, the Japanese Navy had been severely degraded as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Enterprise_(CV-6)

41 posted on 07/30/2014 7:52:11 PM PDT by Paul R. (Leftists desire to control everything; In the end they invariably control nothing worth a damn.)
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To: Paul R.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Enterprise_(CV-6)


42 posted on 07/30/2014 7:53:11 PM PDT by Paul R. (Leftists desire to control everything; In the end they invariably control nothing worth a damn.)
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To: Squantos; archy
He was more treadhead than blue water navy......

Roger that. Still, all things martial,he was is an encyclopedia.

43 posted on 07/30/2014 8:43:11 PM PDT by MileHi
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To: colorado tanker

Thanks for the photo. I type in at google: Ulithi anchorage then clicked on images and saw many more interesting photos.


44 posted on 07/30/2014 9:22:20 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: TXnMA

He’s probably up on his Wyoming property.


45 posted on 07/30/2014 10:00:19 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: Sirius Lee

“Yes, quantity has a quality all its own.”

It might have been a movie, but I think it was an actual quote regarding the obvious outcome of WWII. Some German said something like “We shoot one of their planes down today. They send 10 more in it’s place tomorrow.”


46 posted on 07/30/2014 10:06:28 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: colorado tanker

my gramps was there at ulithi on the hancock.


47 posted on 07/30/2014 11:48:23 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: colorado tanker

yamamoto knew it was over once he learned the carriers weren’t taken out at pearl harbor.


48 posted on 07/30/2014 11:50:54 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: MileHi

Yes , agree on that 100% !


49 posted on 07/31/2014 3:37:33 AM PDT by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: Secret Agent Man

My dad was there on the West Virginia


50 posted on 07/31/2014 5:43:41 AM PDT by X Fretensis (How)
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