“The extraordinary capability of our aircraft
carriers is on display in the continuing air campaign against ISIS started by
the USS George Bush (CVN 77) and
continued by the USS Carl Vinson (CVN
70). It will be needed more than ever to continue the air campaign against
Retired U.S. Navy Captain Talbot Manvel details the extraordinary
capabilities of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers in his editorial, “Necessity
of America’s Aircraft Carriers”. In the editorial, Manvel explains how the
team efforts of aircraft carriers and its air wing are unmatched to any other
Independent of land bases, an aircraft carrier’s air-wing is capable of
simultaneously performing surveillance, battle-space dominance, and air strikes
in extended combat operations. These tactics were especially evident in carrier
air strikes against the Islamic State launched by USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Manvel states, “The wedge ISIS had hoped to
drive between coalition allies failed because of the extraordinary capability
of the [USS Carl] Vinson and its airwing.”
Manvel also explains that aircraft carriers and their air wings possess
a unique ability in that they are able to tag team in providing strategic
defense tactics without having to wait for land-base rights to be negotiated.
This privilege allowed for George H.W.
Bush to be responsive and ready immediately to provide defense against the
Islamic State rather than wait for weeks until being granted permission by
Aircraft carriers and their attached air wings continue
to lead the fight against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria with unique
capabilities that are unmatched.
»Note: USS George H.W. Bush conducted numerous airstrikes against the savage Islamic terrorist group, ISIS (currently ravaging large parts of Iraq and Syria), beginning in August and September of this year….among many other training, humanitarian and combat missions in support of freedom and democracy throughout her long deployment.
The state-of-the-art aircraft carrier, and her powerful fleet of escort ships (*three of which are pictured in the BOTTOM photo), airplanes and submarines, could play an important role in the rapidly-deteriorating situation in the eastern end of the Mediterranean….
ARABIAN GULF (Sept. 25, 2014) F/A-18 Hornets and EA-6B Prowlers launch from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) supporting strike, surveillance and reconnaissance missions over Iraq. These missions help increase U.S. capacity to target ISIL, and coordinate the activities of the U.S. military across Iraq and into Syria.
Harry S. Truman will make her way back to her homeport of Norfolk, Virginia in April. George H.W. Bush will remain deployed to the Middle East theater of operations for much of the remainder of this year.
And a United States Presidential namesake….in the form of a state-of-the-art supercarrier….crewed by nearly 6,000 American men and women….remains on duty, without interruption, maintaining a powerful American presence….in a most volatile part of the world….
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America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.