Don’t Tread On Me

Here’s a striking photo from Summer Pulse ‘04, the global deployment demonstration that the US Navy can field a bunch of carrier forces all around the world simultaneously, in concert with other allied nations’ forces:

USS Enterprise (CVN 65), left, and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), right, steam through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in formation with other US Navy ships and multi-national warships as part of Majestic Eagle 2004. Enterprise and Truman are also part of the seven carriers involved in Summer Pulse 2004, the simultaneous deployment of seven carrier strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. Summer Pulse is the Navy's first deployment under its new Fleet Response Plan (FRP). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Joshua E. Helgeson.

Click small image to display large image in new window. Photo caption: “USS Enterprise (CVN 65), left, and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), right, steam through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in formation with other US Navy ships and multi-national warships as part of Majestic Eagle 2004. Enterprise and Truman are also part of the seven carriers involved in Summer Pulse 2004, the simultaneous deployment of seven carrier strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. Summer Pulse is the Navy’s first deployment under its new Fleet Response Plan (FRP). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Joshua E. Helgeson.”

I’m not sure, but the following might also be a description of the beauty shot above:

MS/ME04 has already been full of displays of multi-national unity. In the early morning hours of July 12, 18 of the 30 ships participating in MS/ME04 pulled into a close formation, representing allied forces from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom for a battle group photo. “The ships were in a formation 300 yards apart and coordinated together flawlessly,” said Nygaard. “Not only was it impressive but it also showed how we will operate together.”

You can read more about the exercises on the Summer Pulse ‘04 home page. (Note however that the archives on www.news.navy.mil are offline until next week: “Naval Media Center’s Information Systems Department is moving. Naval Media Center will be offline from 1600 EDT Thu, 15 Jul 2004 to 0900 EDT Mon, 19 Jul 2004.”)