Something very strange is going on with the USA's aircraft carriers, and today's blog is about that, and about two articles shared by K.M. and F.L.M., to whom many thanks! So first up, the article sent by F.L.M.:
Now, as F.L.M. pointed out, when one reads between the lines a bit and connects some dots, many if not most of the U.S. Navy's fleet carriers are not operationally deployed, but rather, undergoing some sort of refurbishment, refit, or training. In the case of the USS Harry Truman, this is due to "electrical malfunctions":
“USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) has experienced an electrical malfunction within the ship’s electrical distribution system requiring analysis and repair. The ship is working closely with technicians from Norfolk Naval Shipyard to determine the cause and scope of the issue. The safety of the ship’s crew and reactor plants are not affected,” U.S. Fleet Forces Command spokesman Capt. Scott Miller told USNI News Friday night.
USNI News understands a similar announcement went out to lawmakers on Friday evening.
A source told USNI News that it is too early to understand what this electrical malfunction means for the upcoming deployment plans.
Miller said, “it is Navy policy to not disclose future operations.”
In the email accompanying the article, F.L.M. speculated and connected some dots, which are well worth pondering:
At first glance several of our carriers are in maintenance cycles or being refueled and that is an 18-24 month procedure. I cant help but to think or speculate that there is more to this story than meets the eye. Especially after seeing The drive’s article about the 7th Fleets new counter measures being installed at forward deployed naval bases in and of itself is very odd. Usually upgrades to defensive weapons happen in home ports not at forward bases unless it is an emergency situation. So I am curious as to the entire carrier force is in home ports including our forward deployed carrier USS Ronald Reagan in Japan. She too is in Osaka and her deployment ended abruptly. I may be reading into this but over the past two years we have NOT deployed our carrier forces as normal. Prior to those collisions we usually deployed one battle group in each ocean to show the flag. About the time of the USS Donald Cooke incident we began scaling down operations and our carriers were absent from the oceans of earth which is very strange. Then this below article which states the entire force is grounded. Me thinks there is something rotten in these words! I am wondering if the threat assessment is of such a grave threat that we have been keeping our most prized possessions in home waters close to land based aircraft support and a friendly tow home. This leads me to the next question… who is behind this threat and why? The usual suspects pop up, those to blame it all are those Rooskies, the Chicoms, Japan, Israel, Germans etc.…. or is it an off world threat? Something has the US Navy scared ****less! There has also been a sacking of flag officers from both the US Navy and Marine Corp including Mad Dog Mattis at Secdef…. Why again? One field commander killed himself as well… Something here is oddly strange. Over time a larger picture is emerging and still too early to tell what that picture is to be. There have been other strange naval oddities as well. The missing of the Argentine submarine which was found sunk almost a year later. The Norwegian frigate collisions. The fire on board the Russian submarine killing and injuring a large part of her crew. Missing sailors. I would like to also point out that missing flight 300 which happened over the ocean as well. Perhaps I may be all wet in these other incidents but they seem to be very strange indeed.
Viewed whole, F.L.M.'s speculation certainly seems worth entertaining. Something strange certainly appears to be going on. What may be going on might be what this article, shared by K.M., alleges: the carriers are being extensively refitted with special electromagnetic counter-measures suites:
Firstly, what's interesting to note is that this article confirms F.L.M.'s observations on the number of carriers that are operational, but pushes this back a couple of years, to 2017. This article, however, adds a reason for the recall and refit: the advent of Russian hyper-sonic missiles has changed the balance of power equation, and thus it became necessary to install special counter-measures to protect the missile magnets known as aircraft carriers. But as the article points out, this may be a rather special type of counter-measure, a kind of "shield" designed to scramble the electronics of inbound missiles, a "Tesla" shield, after a 2018 patent by the US Navy. Now, while I am ordinarily very skeptical of this particular source, it is true that such ideas have been around for some time, and it is true that they were proposed by Nikola Tesla in the 1930s, if not before. Equally true is that such force field methods have also been proposed for deflecting asteroids from impact trajectories with the Earth, a principle equally applicable to missiles. And in an era of hyper-sonic missiles, such measures would be a logical choice, and would explain the absence of carriers in operational readiness, and also explain the US Navy's continuing construction and deployment of the behemoths. The problem with both a deflection mode of operation for any such countermeasure is the vast amount of power that would be required for it to work. Perhaps this is behind the "electrical malfunctions" of the USS Harry Truman.
But this may be a case of "you tell me," as these explanations do not seem to explain the wider scenario of F.L.M. and the many dots it connects. If one grants that this wider scenario/speculation is true for the sake of argument, then the counter-measures might be being installed for deeper reasons ultimately very different from Russian hyper-sonic missile threats or their own sophisticated electronic warfare capabilities. So, you tell me, what's going on here?
See you on the flip side...