“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 them.”

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 naval program.

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 neighboring nations.  

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.

Read the full editorial by Talbot Manvel to understand why the aircraft carrier is the ultimate weapon system.

Photo Source: U.S. Navy

Homeward Bound….

The United States Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) sails into the sunset as she heads westward toward her homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, following a lengthy (nine months!) deployment to the other side of the world.

                    Homeward bound
                    I wish I was
                    Homeward bound

                    Home, where my thought’s escaping
                    Home, where my music’s playing
                    Home, where my love lies waiting silently for me

                                —from Homeward Bound by Simon & Garfunkel (1966)

And, in just a few days, USS George H.W. Bush and her 6,000 crewmembers will return to the embrace of their families, friends and homes….

….before they start preparing all over again for the next long deployment overseas….sailing in harm’s way….the rising sun now dead ahead….in service to the American people.


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»Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Abe McNatt, USN

»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.


Send in the Fleet….

The United States Navy's nuclear-powered Nimitz-class supercarrierUSS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) (TOP photo), passes the Rock of Gibraltar as it enters the Mediterranean Sea, after crossing the Atlantic Ocean, on February 27, 2014….ostensibly on a normal six- or seven-month 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….

….with so many volatile crises in progress….in Syria….in Egypt….in the Black Sea (Ukraine/Crimea, Russia)….and nearby in Iran….Iraq….Somalia….Afghanistan….Pakistan….and who knows where next.

Not to be melodramatic….but the classic winds of Earth-shaking war are blowing in the region….stronger each day….

And with the United States greatly weakened, widely disrespected, and increasingly isolationist….the seeds for world war are being sown….


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»*The U.S. Navy warships pictured in the BOTTOM photo: (from front to back) guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), and guided-missile destroyers USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) and USS Roosevelt (DDG 80).

»Credits —TOP photo: Lieutenant Juan David Guerra, USN; BOTTOM photo: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Barnes, USN  

Aircraft launch in support of missions against ISIL


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.

Presidential presence….

ARABIAN SEA (MARCH 22, 2014) — The United States Navy Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carriers USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) (background) and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transit together during an on-station turnover of responsibility.

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.

                                                          — President Harry S. Truman


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»Photo: LT Juan David Guerra, USN