Skip to comments.Army recieves order to deploy to Gulf
Posted on 12/27/2002 2:52:06 PM PST by Sparta
The Army has recieved orders to deploy to the Gulf. Elements of the Third Infantry Division recieved orders today. Developing......
Looks like we might be watching something in addition to football this New Years day.
As the price of gas goes up. 10¢ today. 30¢ in the last two weeks in Illinois where I live.
MARSEILLE, France -- The U.S. Navy's most modern aircraft carrier, USS Harry S. Truman, left the French port of Marseille Friday en route for the eastern Mediterranean to support a possible war on Iraq, harbor authorities said.
The huge, nuclear-powered vessel, which anchored here Monday for a Christmas stop-over for its 5,000 sailors and flight personnel, attracted a demonstration by 1,000 French anti-war protesters Thursday who carried signs reading "U.S. Go Home!" and "Don't Chop Up Iraq!".
U.S. Defense Department officials said the Truman was replacing another carrier, USS George Washington, which last week returned to its home port after a six-month deployment in the Mediterranean.
The deployment of USS Truman means two U.S. aircraft carriers are now currently available for military operations against Iraq, according to the U.S. defense consultancy globalsecurity.org. The other carrier, USS Constellation, is in the Persian Gulf.
Each carrier is accompanied by a "battle group" -- up to a dozen smaller escort vessels including sumbmarines, destroyers and minesweepers.
The Truman, commissioned four years ago, carries 80 aircraft -- F-14 and F-18 fighter/bombers and EA-6B electronic jammers -- and has a battle flag whose motto reads "give 'em hell".
I'm sure that is not the only evidence that we have of Iraq's nuclear program. Looks like the hammer is about to fall on Saddam.
prices have dropped here. regular at 1.25 at discount stations. diesel about 1.45
I predict we will hit in the early hours E.S.T. in mid-Feb.
Yes, pray for our troops and for the innocent women and children sadman will use as human shields.
Also pray that as many islamic terrorists as possible throughout the world will come to the aid of sadamn and then be "dealt with" accordingly.
I'll do a search on FR. If it's not posted, I'll post the entire article in a separate thread.
Last week, was $.97 at the new Alberson's on Gattis School Road, but gosh darnit - all the way back up to $1.05 this week.
Look at the link in 23 Neets...
They are also capable of making transatlantic flights from ... oh.... Ft. Hood ... all the way over to Halfgonistan.... errrr.... Iraq.....errr...... Korea.
silly me, I forgot who we're at war with this week.
Sheese, that the absolute last thing I'm worried about.
That would be troops on the move. These are usually 'wet leases' where the aircraft has been hired for a short term to transport personnel and / or hardware. World Airways are normally used. Ostensibly they are just civilian jets, but this airline hasn't operated a regular passenger service since September 1986. Their jets are chartered out for airlift services. Most of their business is with US Air Mobility Command and in September 2001 they got a $175 million contract to provide airlift services to the US military. They use DC-10-30 passenger aircraft but also DC-10-30 F (the cargo version) and possibly MD-11s which look similar but are larger. These aircraft are large, white and have three engines. (one on each wing and a centre engine in the tail.) The DC-10-30s can carry about 350 passengers while the MD-11s can carry over 400.
(12-27) 15:27 PST WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon has ordered a major military force to the Persian Gulf in preparation for a possible war with Iraq.
Thousands of troops, two aircraft carrier battle groups and scores of combat aircraft have received orders since Christmas to ready themselves to head to the region in January and February, defense officials said Friday. Military personnel will go to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain, among other locations.
The Bush administration waited until after the holiday to issue the orders, which alert units across the United States and possibly overseas to prepare for deployment to the Persian Gulf, officials said. Officials said tens of thousands of military personnel will receive orders to go to the region, but a precise figure was unavailable.
Some of the units being sent to the region are combat-ready, including infantry units, warships and strike aircraft, officials said. Many more are logistics, engineering and support teams, which will prepare for the arrival of even larger combat units in the months ahead, officials said. They will add to the 50,000 U.S. military personnel already in the region.
"We don't comment on specific unit deployments. However, forces will be flowing to the region to be in place should the president decide to use them," said Jim Wilkinson, a spokesman at U.S. Central Command, which would oversee operations in Iraq.
Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last week such deployments will "reinforce diplomacy." The Bush administration hopes the threat of military action will increase the pressure on Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to fully disclose his efforts to acquire chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.
The Pentagon ordered the Navy to prepare two aircraft carrier battle groups and two amphibious assault groups to go to the region, defense officials said. The orders, sent in the last two days, require the Navy to have the vessels ready to sail to the seas around Iraq within 96 hours after a certain date in January, the officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. They did not specify that date.
One of those carriers, the USS George Washington, has already been selected to head to the region. The ship just arrived home to Norfolk, Va., from the Persian Gulf region and has remained ready to return. The second carrier will either be the Everett, Wash.-based USS Abraham Lincoln, which is currently in port at Perth, Australia, having just left the Persian Gulf region, or the USS Kitty Hawk, currently in port in Japan.
An aircraft carrier battle group includes six to eight surface escorts, including cruisers, destroyers, frigates and other vessels, dozens of strike and support aircraft and about 7,500 sailors. An amphibious ready group has about 2,200 Marines.
The defense officials said the amphibious assault groups have not yet been selected. Those groups center on a large, carrier-like vessel that can launch helicopters and carry Marines.
Already in the region is the carrier USS Constellation and the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau, and their escorts, officials said. The Nassau group carries another 2,200 Marines.
A fourth carrier group, centered on the USS Harry S. Truman, is in the Mediterranean Sea.
In addition, the U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort is expected to put to sea from its home port in Baltimore next week and prepare for action, military officials said Friday. It will be headed to Diego Garcia, a British island in the Indian Ocean where the United States bases numerous military aircraft, to support any potential conflict with Iraq.
The 1,000-bed floating hospital will initially sail with a crew of 61 civilian mariners and 225 Navy personnel, including enough doctors to support two operating rooms, said Marge Holtz, spokeswoman for the Navy's Military Sealift Command. Hundreds more will be flown to the ship as needed, she said.
Air Force officials said units from five U.S.-based combat wings have received orders to prepare to deploy. They include F-15 fighters from Langley Air Force Base, Va.; F-15E Strike Eagles from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.; B-1B bombers from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.; rescue helicopters and Predator drones from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; and C-130 cargo planes and possibly more rescue helicopters from Moody Air Force Base, Ga.
Air tankers and transport aircraft are also expected to take part, officials said. Dozens of fighters already based in the Persian Gulf fly daily patrols over most of Iraq.
The size of the Army deployment was not clear, but it included infantry as well as support units, officials said. The Army also keeps air defense units in the region.
Last week, officials said the Army was expected to deploy troops from the 1st Armored Division and 1st Infantry Division, both based in Germany, as well as an air mobile unit.
The main Marine Corps contingent is likely to be the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Pendleton, Calif. The 1st MEF's headquarters unit already has moved to Kuwait to prepare for combat operations.
A Coast Guard unit, based in Tacoma, Wash., that operates six small patrol boats has been deployed to the Persian Gulf, according to the office of Sen. Patty Murray.
If anybody wants to know when the attack on Iraq is going to happen all they have to do is check the clubs in Killeen.