ITS LIKE DEJA-VU ALL OVER AGAIN- Yogi Berra
This past Christmas there were Nine Flattops In Norfolk 5 Super Carriers and 4 Amphibious warfare ships plus a host of smaller combatants. Our recent cruising of the Internet indicates that this kind of concentration of naval power in one tight grouping is in fact quite common these days. Back in the 80s the Navy and Congress were discussing a "Home Port Program" that would spread out these concentrations over a much broader geographic area. Naval management and leadership back then seemed to remember the lesson of Pearl Harbor and so did much of Congress. Then a budget crisis followed by a demand for a "peace dividend" killed the home porting program. We first noticed the problem recently and published the observations below. We just thought that this second picture was worth posting, just to support our observation that there are a lot of pictures of this sort floating around the Internet screaming at our enemies that we never learned the lesson of Pearl Harbor. No we don't expect a Russian or Chinese carrier based air attack on Norfolk any time soon, but are we sure there are no terrorist in speed boats about? If the Congress could ever manage to tend to real business we need to have a second look at "home porting" and "fleet dispersal". The time and place to concentrate naval force is at sea en route to the operating area, not in port.
You can learn a lot just by watching-Yogi Berra
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?
USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER (CVN 69), USS GEORGE H W BUSH (CVN-77) ,USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65), USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN- 75), USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia Recently.
What's wrong with this picture? To a landlubber probably nothing, but to a naval historian it is chillingly reminiscent of this picture.