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The USS George Washington is heading to Gulf within 96 Hours.
Fox News | 12/27/02

Posted on 12/27/2002 10:04:44 AM PST by Sparta

The USS George Washington has been put on the alert and told to prepare to deploy within 96 hours to the Persian Gulf. Developing....


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War against Iraq is soon. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND PRESIDENT BUSH!!!!
1 posted on 12/27/2002 10:04:44 AM PST by Sparta
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To: Sparta; admin
Heh, we posted this at the same minute! Admins, please remove my thread to prevent double post.
2 posted on 12/27/2002 10:06:00 AM PST by Audit_Jesse
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To: Sparta
Something sure is up .. didn't this ship just return ??
3 posted on 12/27/2002 10:06:14 AM PST by Mo1
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To: Sparta
lets see here, there have been carrier battle groups in the gulf for the last 17? years,

Why the hell is this breaking news?

4 posted on 12/27/2002 10:07:35 AM PST by ContentiousObjector
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To: Mo1
Yes. Just returned right before Christmas.
5 posted on 12/27/2002 10:07:55 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Mo1
Yes Mo.....came back right before Christmas...
6 posted on 12/27/2002 10:08:01 AM PST by Dog
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To: Sparta
Tick....tick.....tick......tick.....

The ticking is getting louder...

7 posted on 12/27/2002 10:08:16 AM PST by mhking
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To: Miss Marple
Twilight Zone stuff Miss M....we post the same words....:-)
8 posted on 12/27/2002 10:08:49 AM PST by Dog
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To: ContentiousObjector
This is breaking news because the ship just returned from a 6-month deployment right before Christmas. This is a very unusual turnaround time.
9 posted on 12/27/2002 10:09:07 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Sparta
Colin, What Time Is It? It's Time To Bomb Saddam
10 posted on 12/27/2002 10:10:12 AM PST by RobFromGa
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To: Dog
It is VERY hard to get closets cleaned and laundry done with all this stuff going on!
11 posted on 12/27/2002 10:10:16 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: ContentiousObjector
Because this carrier just returned about 5 days ago....

This is unheard of to turn a carrier around this soon...

Is that breaking enough for you???

12 posted on 12/27/2002 10:10:32 AM PST by Dog
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To: ContentiousObjector
Why the hell is this breaking news?

Ummmm maybe because we are on the verge of war .. maybe because this ship had just returned from sea and normally doesn't ship back out to see within a week of it's return

I could be wrong .. it's just a guess on my part

13 posted on 12/27/2002 10:10:58 AM PST by Mo1
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To: Miss Marple
That's a pretty quick turn-around for a capital ship and I assume battle group. Looks like we are getting ready to rock-and-roll.
14 posted on 12/27/2002 10:11:08 AM PST by CougarGA7
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To: CougarGA7
Battle group and a MAU goes with it...
15 posted on 12/27/2002 10:11:56 AM PST by Dog
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To: Mo1
doesn't ship back out to see within a week of it's return

sorry typo .. see should be sea

16 posted on 12/27/2002 10:12:17 AM PST by Mo1
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To: Dog
That's what I figured. I couldn't see the ship putting out without it's protection and support ships. I'm not ex-Navy so I'm not perticularly educated on their procedures.
17 posted on 12/27/2002 10:13:11 AM PST by CougarGA7
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To: Mo1; Dog; Miss Marple; SAMWolf; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
From previous post (oops, forgot to copy the link...)
So, on December 8th, this was just routine. And on December 27th, well, not so routine, eh?

U.S. Says Homebound Carrier Is a Routine Rotation
(USS George Washington due back in US by Dec. 20)

Reuters / ABC

Posted on 12/08/2002 10:44 AM MST by RCW2001

Dec. 8

— By Douglas Hamilton DOHA (Reuters) - U.S. military officials refused on Sunday to be drawn on deployments in and out of the potential Iraq war zone, insisting they were routine.

One aircraft carrier battle group that military analysts calculated would stay on for overtime in the region if war were imminent, the USS George Washington, is winding up its tour on schedule and is due back in the United States by Dec. 20.

"It is on schedule to return to its home port of Norfolk, Virginia in mid-December," Commander Bob Ross told Reuters from 6th Fleet headquarters in Naples, Italy.

"Its state of readiness is at a peak. This is normal," he added, but declined comment on a report that crews were being "kept together for 30 days" on standby in case of action.

18 posted on 12/27/2002 10:14:11 AM PST by HiJinx
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To: CougarGA7
Now we know why that African trip was cancelled by the President...
19 posted on 12/27/2002 10:14:37 AM PST by Dog
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To: Dog
Just to show how uneducated I am...MAU, is that Marine Assault Unit?
20 posted on 12/27/2002 10:14:49 AM PST by CougarGA7
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To: Sparta
My guess is that the north korea situation is getting worse and they are moving up the iraq timetable.
21 posted on 12/27/2002 10:15:20 AM PST by wireplay
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To: wireplay
My guess is that the north korea situation is getting worse and they are moving up the iraq timetable.

That makes more sense than anything.

22 posted on 12/27/2002 10:16:06 AM PST by mhking
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To: Dog
what were the dates for the scheduled African trip?
23 posted on 12/27/2002 10:16:12 AM PST by RobFromGa
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To: Dog
Yep, I was predicting an attack on Iraq by the end of January. Maybe it will be sooner.
24 posted on 12/27/2002 10:16:24 AM PST by CougarGA7
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To: CougarGA7
Marine Amphibious Unit...
25 posted on 12/27/2002 10:17:48 AM PST by Dog
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To: wireplay
My guess is that the north korea situation is getting worse and they are moving up the iraq timetable.

That's a pretty good guess .. any chance N. Korea will hear that loud ticking noise and chill out??

26 posted on 12/27/2002 10:17:52 AM PST by Mo1
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To: Miss Marple
"This is breaking news because the ship just returned from a 6-month deployment right before Christmas. This is a very unusual turnaround time."

There were several of us who speculated during her return prior to Christmas that she MIGHT be doing a short turnaround ... and that appears to have been the case. A short turnaround like this is ideal for refreshing the crew and taking on supplies and equipment that you don't wish to have to ship in a visible manner to the group while it's on-station. It costs less and you can do more with fewer prying eyes when you're in port. Plus they needed a crew change.

The Media was SURE that the carrier's return meant certain delay in the implementation of any measures of force. Once again, the Media is WRONG.

Michael

27 posted on 12/27/2002 10:17:56 AM PST by Wright is right!
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To: wireplay
My guess too. Early Jan as opposed to later.....inspectors report to Security Council late in January so I don't know how Bush is going to handle this to push forward before then.
28 posted on 12/27/2002 10:18:03 AM PST by zarf
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To: RobFromGa
Jan 10-17
29 posted on 12/27/2002 10:18:24 AM PST by Dog
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To: CougarGA7
Looks like the "War for Iraqi Independence" might be over by end of January.
30 posted on 12/27/2002 10:18:41 AM PST by RobFromGa
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To: Miss Marple
It is VERY hard to get closets cleaned and laundry done with all this stuff going on!

LOL! MM. THAT'S the most accurate post that I've seen in day's!

31 posted on 12/27/2002 10:19:01 AM PST by EGPWS
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To: Wright is right!
How long will it take this carrier to get there and get on station???
32 posted on 12/27/2002 10:19:20 AM PST by Dog
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To: Sparta
Some clarification is required here...I believe that the Washington has been given an order to be PREPARED to deploy within 96 hours. This does NOT mean it is going to deploy in 96 hours. It means it must be able to deploy within 96 hours of being given the order to deploy. This is a fairly common requirement. In fact, many USAF Fighter Wings are almost always on Prepare to Deploy orders ranging from a couple days to a couple weeks.
33 posted on 12/27/2002 10:19:30 AM PST by Rokke
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To: Miss Marple
Korea
34 posted on 12/27/2002 10:19:38 AM PST by RightWhale
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To: mhking; Poohbah; Miss Marple
Oh, boy...

A rapid turn-around like this can mean only one thing: We're either trying to get more carriers in the Gulf, or we're shifting a couple of carriers for an Alpha Strike on Yongbyong.
35 posted on 12/27/2002 10:20:28 AM PST by hchutch
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To: Dog
Well, at least I was close.
36 posted on 12/27/2002 10:20:31 AM PST by CougarGA7
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To: Wright is right!
Boy, if we had a dollar for every time the media goofed, we could retire wealthy (and smugly right).

Korea and Iraq both at once...bet we have an increased terror alert soon (with good reason).

37 posted on 12/27/2002 10:20:38 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: CougarGA7
I had see how to spell Amphibious....:-)
38 posted on 12/27/2002 10:21:26 AM PST by Dog
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To: RobFromGa
That works for me. I still think we could have and should have put this in motion last October. We have the intel that Saddam is full of crap on his WMD claims. Time to take him out.
39 posted on 12/27/2002 10:22:09 AM PST by CougarGA7
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To: Miss Marple
Interesting times we live in Miss M...
40 posted on 12/27/2002 10:22:30 AM PST by Dog
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To: CougarGA7
Close. MAU stands for Marine Amphibious Unit (think beach landings ala Tarawa and Inchon...)

the infowarrior

41 posted on 12/27/2002 10:22:54 AM PST by infowarrior
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To: Dog
Interesting indeed...
42 posted on 12/27/2002 10:23:06 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: hchutch
Yongbyong

Yongbyong?!?? Just damn.

43 posted on 12/27/2002 10:24:26 AM PST by mhking
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To: Dog
That's why I guessed "assault". I try and stay away from words with more than two syllables. (Had to look up "syllables")
44 posted on 12/27/2002 10:24:30 AM PST by CougarGA7
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To: Sparta

45 posted on 12/27/2002 10:25:19 AM PST by doug from upland
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To: Mo1
Yes. It was relieved by the Truman.
46 posted on 12/27/2002 10:25:53 AM PST by Sparta
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To: All
Whatever happened to "loose lips sink ships"??????
47 posted on 12/27/2002 10:26:03 AM PST by Sam's Army
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To: infowarrior; CougarGA7
Actually, it's been "MEU" (Marine Expeditionary Unit) for over a decade now.
48 posted on 12/27/2002 10:26:29 AM PST by Poohbah
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To: hchutch
A rapid turn-around like this can mean only one thing: We're either trying to get more carriers in the Gulf, or we're shifting a couple of carriers for an Alpha Strike on Yongbyong.

Bingo!

49 posted on 12/27/2002 10:26:57 AM PST by relee
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To: mhking; Poohbah
That's where the NKs have their nuclear weapons program last I checked. I'd feel a lot better if we had some battleships to blast that place to hell - those 16" guns do a nice job, and we wouldn't have to risk so many pilots.
50 posted on 12/27/2002 10:26:59 AM PST by hchutch
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