Monday, August 2, 2021

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) are both currently docked at Naval Air Station North Island, which sits right across the bay from downtown San Diego.

 


22 comments:

  1. Two crews on shore leave at once? The joints must be jumping and the SP super busy.

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  2. Just an old Jarhead rifleman here, don't know a lot about Navy logistics... could they be there to be outfitted for missions in the China Sea?

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    1. let me tell you one thing about anchor clanker logistics: the last piece of Navy equipment to go on a ship is the Nautilus machine and similar exercise equipment, because if you put it on the ship too early, all the shipyard workers go work out and nothing more gets done

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    2. Missions in the China Sea? Nope. They are here to be far away from the China Sea. China will be cashing in their reward for buying the white house.

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    3. My thoughts exactly, has our Navel leadership forgotten the lessons from the past?

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    1. Yeah...what percentage of the Pacific fleet is parked right there. How far away are the LNG docks? Ammonium Nitrate? If they're parked between the lesbian convention and the fishing docks, someone could have a bad day.

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  4. Vinson is supposed to deploy today, with her first F-35 squadron.

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  5. Why aren't they tied up with their port side to the dock?

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    1. The starboard side has more elevators allowing for more cargo onload/offload. I spent almost 4 years on the Vinson and 2 years on the Saratoga. Not once did we ever tie up on the port side of the ship.

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    2. They always dock on the starboard side, due to the island, and consequently the officers and crew access. Even tied to the dock, you really don't want the braided ones wandering across the flight deck.

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    3. Ray, my brother is a Vinson Plankowner. What years were you on board?

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    4. samoore, I am also a plankowner. I was on the Vinson from early '81-till late '83. I worked in operations/ASW module.

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  6. Sarge has a photo sequence of the Vinson coming into port taken from his hotel room. It's pretty cool.

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  7. 7 Jun 2021
    Stars and Stripes | By Wyatt Olson
    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- Gen. Charles Flynn took command of U.S. Army Pacific on Friday, vowing to continue transforming the 90,000-soldier force into one that can meet the challenge of a rising China.
    "Today, as China trends on an increasingly concerning path, presenting challenge to the free and open Pacific, the Army is charged to change once more," Flynn said during a livestreamed ceremony at Fort Shafter.

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  8. While in USAF in Langley AFB went to see carrier send off in Norfolk, it was a night but got through the base easy and down to dock guard said not to pass the rope, fine.
    Started walking down dock wondering where the aircraft carrier was, walking along finally looking up both at same time and exclaimed we are next to it.

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  9. George Santayana comes to mind.

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  10. Interesting. I've seen many carriers docked across the bay at North Island. I've never seen aircraft aboard. (That I can recall)

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    1. That is odd, they generally disembark before port and fly back aboard after they’re back out to sea??

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  11. From the Rand Corporation:

    "Under the current 32-month, one-deployment cycle, for example, in which both the deployment and maintenance periods typically last six months, a carrier is deployed 19 percent of the time, able to surge within 30 days 46 percent of the time and within 30-90 days an additional 11 percent of the time, and in depot maintenance 24 percent of the time."

    So there are generally 3 to 4 carriers (out of 11) that are on active duty. The sequence being: active duty at sea; refit maintenance; retraining.

    The USS Yorktown went to Midway with plywood patches and civilian repairmen on board. Would that happen today?

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  12. Never was homeported at North Island but saw it several times when on the USS Enterprise (CVN-65), homeported in Alameda, CA and USS Nimitz (CVN-68), homeported in Bremerton, WA.

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