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Which CVN Do You Think Will Replace JFK @ Mayport?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 5:22 am

I was wondering which carrier do you think is going to take the JFK CV-67 place at Mayport NS, if it get decommissioned? The Harry S. Truman, The IKE, The E or The Bush.
 
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RE: Which CVN Do You Think Will Replace JFK @ Mayport?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 5:53 am

It'll probably be one of the Norfolk based vessels.

I'd bet though that the Nimitz would be the best choice.
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RE: Which CVN Do You Think Will Replace JFK @ Mayport?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 3:23 pm

Retiring the JFK would bring the Active Carriers down to what, 12?

I don't think they should go below 12 active carriers, 6 Atlantic and 6 Pacific.

Something like 5 at Norfolk and 1 at Mayport for the Atlantic.

For the Pacific 2 at San Diego, one at Japan, one at Pearl Harbor, one at Everette, one at Bremerton?
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RE: Which CVN Do You Think Will Replace JFK @ Mayport?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 8:32 pm

Quoting STT757 (Reply 2):
For the Pacific 2 at San Diego, one at Japan, one at Pearl Harbor, one at Everette, one at Bremerton?

Weren't they considering putting one at Guam?
 
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RE: Which CVN Do You Think Will Replace JFK @ Mayport?

Sat Aug 26, 2006 3:25 am

Quoting STT757 (Reply 2):
Retiring the JFK would bring the Active Carriers down to what, 12?

The current force level is 12 carriers. When they retire the JFK there will be a replacement sailing into harbor to carry on.

Quoting RC135U (Reply 3):

Weren't they considering putting one at Guam?

It's capable of berthing but not as a real homeport. We have facilities at Singapore as well that allow us to maintain our carriers, but the Japanese have made it clear they are going to continue our presence with a carrier in their country even if it's nuclear powered.
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RE: Which CVN Do You Think Will Replace JFK @ Mayport?

Sat Aug 26, 2006 12:47 pm

Quoting DL021 (Reply 4):
When they retire the JFK there will be a replacement sailing into harbor to carry on.

The George H.W. Bush right?..

Having another carrier closer to Asia is a good idea IMO, continue maintain one in Japan and base another carrier at one of the following places.

Hawaii, Guam or Australia.
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RE: Which CVN Do You Think Will Replace JFK @ Mayport?

Sun Aug 27, 2006 8:42 pm

Last I looked into the matter, we had 12 active aircraft carriers. Retiring the JFK without replacing her would bring us down by one.

Since I believe that the JFK will be replaced by one of the uprated Nimitz-class already mentioned, I think that the active fleet will eventually remain at 12; the possibility remains that if there is a delay in replacement for scheduling reasons, we'll be down to 11 for the interim. I haven't researched this issue recently and I can't remember if there is such a gap, although I wouldn't be surprised if there were.

I'm actually more curious as to how many carriers we would have in the "mothball fleet" after the JFK is retired. I'd like to think that we have a number of carriers that could be reactivated in relatively short order if necessary.

At any rate, it's interesting to consider that, as I recall, even our amphibious assault ships (helicopter carriers, such as the Tarawa) were considered "aircraft carriers" at one point by the Soviets, back in the day. Of course, they're not considered such by our Navy.

By the way, an interesting resource on our latest class of assault ships, the Wasp, may be found at:

http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ship/lhd-1.htm

A more up-to-date resource:

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ship/lhd-1.htm

By my count, there are 12 active amphibious assault ships, including five of the Tarawa class and seven of the Wasp.

It is my belief that the F-35 may be based on at least some of these ships, replacing the A/V-8B.

[Edited 2006-08-27 13:57:15]
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RE: Which CVN Do You Think Will Replace JFK @ Mayport?

Mon Aug 28, 2006 6:21 am

Don't see Mayport getting upgraded to support nukes any time soon. Too much money and not all that much real estate.
If anything with a deck gets moored at the charlie piers there it will be an LHA or LHD (or two).
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