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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  

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.

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