Massive deployment planned in 28 days

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    No doubt NK is always a factor, but this seems to have more to do with Taiwan/Hong Kong. It is interesting though that they would send such an armada for excercise, considering troop strength right now.
     
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    This is interesting:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4268977,00.html

    Seems the Chinese are reporting on the Hong Kong demonstrations, though NOT that they were for democracy. Still and all, unusual.
     
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    i'm on the kitty hawk (forward deployed for good in japan) and the sacrificial lamb for the north korean first strike on the day it comes (i'm sorry there is no way north korea is going to go for peace, at least with its current leadership, along with its wet dreams of annhilating the japanese race off the face of the earth)

    we're deploying partly for north korea, as well as to prove the Chief Of Naval Operations right to the prez and the world... we can deploy this many aircraft carriers at once mr. Pres. and it shows the world america can deploy its navy very quickly post 9/11

    a last note: now that the army IS drawing down considerably in south korea, my carrier will be in that part of the neighborhood on a regular basis... what used to be a port visit to busan, south korea every 4-5 years will now be an annual or semi-annual event, as well as more natural port visits to singapore, a nation rapidly becoming a great ally in SE Asia of the US
     
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    I never realized you were active Navy. Your contribution here is unique and invaluable to me. And I doubt the board would differ.

    Please stick around!

    I'd love to hear whatever comments on your upcoming involvement in the region on whatever subect, even if it's just an observation on your daily life aboard a kick ass ship.

    I'd love to hear details about you and what people say as long as it's not imprudent or sensitive information and whatnot.
     
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    its the oldest active boat in the navy, and my god does it show it on a regular basis... there's nothing like being dead in the water, no propulsion, no steam for the flight deck catapaults, no power anywhere.... that's when she wants to remind us she's old and cranky

    no we did fly the highest sortie rates during iraqi freedom, outdoing all the other carriers there, mainly because there is so much work we have to do that other, newer carriers don't have to do.

    i do have a story that might change your mind about japan's SDF... during our deployment this spring, one of our jets flew accidentally into what n. korea claims is its airspace (they demand double what is actually their airspace)... so obviously they scramble to intercept, our pilot is flipping out, the South Koreans start threatening the North Koreans and scramble but the first aircraft close to the scene (after the US Navy pilot had finally gotten "un-lost" and came back to international operating airspace) was a Japanese SDF jet.... the Japanese do not have patience for North Korea's military provocations anymore.

    its good to be on the board.. too bad i have to give it up in a few weeks to go out to sea...

    any specific questions i can try to answer or get the answer to... if anyone has them...
     
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    Glad to hear about the Japanese, that is good news. I think their deployment in Iraq though, demonstrated to the world that their defenses are being rebuilt. Wish EU would learn that lesson.
     
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    since we're not a nuclear carrier... we have to take on fuel and such twice a week... the japanese supply ships/refueling ships that Kozumi-san sent to waters around Afghanistan/Pakistan took a big load off the US/British replenishment ships during Enduring Freedom, something the guys onboard still remind us of if anybody badmouths the Japanese Navy.
     
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    I used to play a GDW wargame under the "Fleet series" of naval combat. I remember the Kitty Hawk was a designated as a ship which could not field the usual mix of 2 squardrons of F-14's and 2 F-18's but instead could only lauch 3 F-18 squardrons total. Mind you this was published in the mid-80's and much could have changed. But admittedly that's the extent of my Kitty Hawk memory, hehe.


    However, given the age of the vessel and the veteran status of it's career personel it's probably one of the most effective in the fleet, given it's capability, does this make sense?


    Can you tell me something about your rank and assigned duties if that's not against policy? I don't think you should share any specific details on your mission that isn't made public, but I'd love to hear your perspective on crew morale and any offhand stories you might want to share here.
     
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    ha, now this is fun...

    hmm. the carrier is the old hen of the fleet, it only has 2 hangar bays, where i believe the other carriers have 3. that makes a difference in how much room the aviation maintanance personnel have to work and how much stuff we can store, etc etc. no nuclear power, so engineers on the kitty hawk go through hell. go down to 1 or 2 main engine areas and you'll feel like you're descending into hell, and the poor guys stay worn out. its like that on other boats, but the hawk stays falling apart because of its age. the Japanese Ship Repair Facility performs miracles every time we're in port. we just were outfitted for the super hornet aircraft a year ago, so we've got VFA-102 (squadron) with them, and we're one of the few carriers not to have tomcats anymore. they're now obsolete, especially to us.

    my job is aviation medicine on the carrier. my Senior Medical Officer loves my background so every time I'm in port I either go TAD (temporary assigned duty) to the Naval Hospital for background FLEET MARINE FORCE training with the FMF corpsmen there or to the Marines in Okinawa, or to the Air Force in Yokota. I have long watches underway on the flight deck, and that's about it other than paperwork and fixing what electronics in medical i can with my basic training in that area. I'm in a repair locker, so I do firefighting drills all the time underway as well.

    I actually went to the Navy's Basic Electronics Common Core School in Great Lakes and was all set to be an Electronics Technican, but after I graduated that tortorous school, they made me an offer to crossrate to corpsman based on what I did before the Navy, so I did. It helps me with my humanitarian aid work when I'm able to take leave.

    ship morale is low. this is the hardest duty in the navy according to most, because unlike the states, we have to think of operational readiness at all times.. we have to be able to deploy much faster than the carriers in the states, and as such, we also spend more time out to sea at irregular intervals for training and "presence" purposes. we have longer working hours and will often have to work weekends to fufill training and mission requirements. we were all worried about having to stay out to sea if taiwan started talking smack to china in may, but we got lucky and they stayed focused on their own problems. you have to stay here 3 years rather than the 2 in the states, so people get mad about that too.

    hey we're not fighting in iraq or afghanistan, so its not that bad. and japan is a really nice place, if you don't spend all your time in a bar or on base. we get great ports too, especially now that the ship has weeded out the majority of its true bad apples who got us a lot of bad publicity in 2002 (beating up Japanese nationals, drunk driving, bar fights, etc)

    i feel for the guys in iraq and afghanistan, so i try not to bitch and complain too much, even though a sailor who isn't complaining is supposed to be the one you worry about.

    things will get much more interesting it seems with n. korea acting up, the missile defense ship showing up in the fall and the threat of terrorism in SE Asia's vital shipping lanes.

    any other questions, i'm around for a few more weeks to answer them to the best of my ability, and then i'll be back in the fall.
     
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