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Rebuttal to "Fortress at Sea?"  by RADM Deke Philman, USN

  

 


   
An HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Nightdippers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 5 prepares to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

 

NORTH ARABIAN SEA (April 15, 2010) An HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Nightdippers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 5 prepares to  land aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D.   Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is   deployed as part of the on-going rotation of forward-deployed forces.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chad R. Erdmann/Released)
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NORFOLK (May 4, 2010) Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) perform preventative maintenance on a catapult shuttle on the ship's flight deck. George H.W. Bush is undergoing command assessment of readiness and training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Leonard Adams/Released
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NORTH ARABIAN SEA (May 5, 2010) A Sailor
carries equipment aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is deployed as part of an on-going rotation of forward-deployed forces to support maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jules Dean/Released)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 28, 2009) The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) conducts flight deck certification with an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Sea Knights
of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Laird)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 15, 2009) An MH-60S Sea Hawk from the "Eightballers" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8, embarked aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), flies plane guard during sunset flight operations.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Denny Cantrell/Released)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 15, 2009) An F/A-18C Hornet from the "Death Rattlers" of VMFA-323 prepares for an arrested landing on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 are on a scheduled six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Denny Cantrell/Released)
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 15, 2009) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Beau Pepin, from Center City, Minn., gives hand signals to CAPT C J “Ollie” Murray from the "Death Rattlers" of VMFA-323 during flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).   (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Denny Cantrell/Released)
 
Sailors assigned to the weapons department of the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) move a pallet of ordnance through the hangar bay of the ship during an ammunition on load.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

080110-N-7526R-567 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 10, 2008) Sailors assigned to the weapons department of the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) move a pallet of ordnance through the hangar bay of the ship during an ammunition on load. Ronald Reagan is conducting routine operations in the Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marc Rockwell-Pate (Released)
Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Alexis Fernandez directs an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter, assigned to the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

080109-N-0640K-005 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 9, 2008) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Alexis Fernandez directs an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter, assigned to the "Blackjacks" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, during an ammunition on load aboard the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan is underway in the Pacific Ocean conducting routine carrier operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jennifer S. Kimball (Released)
Aviation Boatswain's Mate Fuel 3rd Class Matthew L. Fox opens a JP-5 fuel tank releasing free water from a storage tank in pump room 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

080106-N-8923M-006 PERSIAN GULF (Jan. 6, 2008) Aviation Boatswain's Mate Fuel 3rd Class Matthew L. Fox opens a JP-5 fuel tank releasing free water from a storage tank in pump room 3 aboard the Nimitz-Class nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 are underway on a scheduled deployment in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by mass Communication Specialist Kevin T. Murray Jr (Released)

 

SAN DIEGO (Jan. 24, 2008) Sailors man the rails aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as the ship gets under way. More than 5,000 Sailors from the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group departed San Diego on a surge deployment in support of U.S. military operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kathleen Gorby (Released)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 23, 2008) Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class William Cunnyngham observes a recovery cycle during flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Lincoln is off the coast of Southern California participating in a joint task force exercise. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans (Released)

 

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 23, 2008) An E-2C Hawkeye, assigned to "Sun Kings" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116, makes an arrested landing during flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln is off the coast of Southern California participating in a joint task force exercise. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans (Released)

 

PERSIAN GULF (Jan. 22, 2008) Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class James Flynn assigned to the "Seahawks" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126, sands off an identification number prior to painting a new one onto an E-2C Hawkeye in the hangar bay aboard the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 are underway on a scheduled deployment in support of Maritime Security Operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Justin Lee Losack (Released)

 

PERSIAN GULF (Jan. 22, 2008) Aviation Ordnancemen assigned to the "Raging Bulls" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37, mount a AIM-9M Sidewinder air-to-air missile onto an F/A-18E Super Hornet on the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Truman and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 are underway on a scheduled deployment in support of Maritime Security Operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Justin Lee Losack (Released)

 

CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti (Jan. 19, 2008) A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 Sea Stallion, assigned to Marine Heavy Helo Squadron 464, based at Marine Corps Air Station, Jacksonville, N.C., prepares to refuel from a U.S. Air Force HC-130, assigned to the 71st Expeditionary Search and Rescue Squadron based at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., during in-air refueling operations with Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock (Released)

 

MIDDLE EAST (Jan. 18, 2008) A CH-53E Super Stallion from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 166 Reinforced (HMM-166, REIN) takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa (LHA 1). The Tarawa Expeditionary Strike Group is deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility as part of a scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Richard Doolin (Released)
   

 
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