Skip to comments.Over 40 Naval Ships Join for Rare Photo Op
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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Seems like a target rich environment
WW2 where there was hundreds of ships in various task forces.
Wish there were photos of that along with the thousand plane raids.
NWO. How cute.
We don't have that many ships anymore.
Whew! That’s purdy!
Dang! Really puts it into perspective.
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.
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”.
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.
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!
Are they headed to Israel for Armageddon?
And some poor SOB in CIC had to plot every one of them by hand. :-(
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.
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.
Yep, it was that "dirty" industry that was essential to winning WWII.
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.
I only see 4 boats and 36 targets.
These threads about old iron remind me that it has been a year since Archy has posted any of his most educational additions.
Wow that WWII photo is a dandy.
Yes, quantity has a quality all its own. Something to think about as we enter the dawn of the Chinese Century.
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.
Wonder what became of him...
Yes, I wonder.
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.
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”
I believe he also said that once landing on American soil they would face a man with a rifle behind every tree.
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?
Yamamoto also said that if the Japanese invaded the US there would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.
How fitting, the U. S. S. Ronald Reagan leading the way.
There must be a garbage ship in the Navy they can name the U. S. S. Obama.
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.
Spoken like a true submariner!
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.
I’d be happier knowing the U.S. didn’t participate in this little cluster of love.
A film reel of the same photo shoot:
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 !
Roger that. Still, all things martial,he
was is an encyclopedia.
Thanks for the photo. I type in at google: Ulithi anchorage then clicked on images and saw many more interesting photos.
He’s probably up on his Wyoming property.
“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.”
my gramps was there at ulithi on the hancock.
yamamoto knew it was over once he learned the carriers weren’t taken out at pearl harbor.
Yes , agree on that 100% !
My dad was there on the West Virginia