Unprecedented naval force deployments in the Mediterranean

Despite French and European mediation attempts, tensions between Russia, Ukraine and NATO have continued to intensify in recent days. In addition to the uninterrupted deployment of new troops along the Ukrainian border in Russia, Crimea and Belarus, the Russian armies are said to have undertaken to move the powerful 2nd Guards Combined Arms Combined Army, the mainstay of the Central Military District, to the West, this contributing to the massive reinforcement noted for several days of the Russian offensive device on its western borders. To these deployments of land and air forces, are now added those of many naval units, creating an unprecedented tension since the…

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US Forces in Middle East on High Alert for Fear of Iranian Retaliation

After Israel, and without much surprise, it is the turn of the American armed forces positioned in the Persian Gulf and nearby to be put on alert. Indeed, according to the confidences of an American official collected by the Politico.com site, the United States would have detected intriguing warning signs linked to the preparation of Iranian attacks, in particular on the part of Iranian militias present in Iraq. . The Pentagon seems to take these threats very seriously, whether they are retaliation for the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in the suburbs of Tehran by an apparently well-trained and prepared armed group, an attack attributed by Iran at the Mossad...

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Israel reportedly anticipates US strike on Iran before Donald Trump's term ends

Is this a way to try to contain a possible response from Tehran following the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, this scientist designated as the father of the Iranian nuclear program, killed on November 28 in the suburbs of Tehran by an armed commando while he was traveling on the highway, an assassination attributed to the Israeli secret services by Tehran? Be that as it may, according to the Israeli news site Axios, citing statements by Jewish state officials, the Israeli armed forces are anticipating, in the coming weeks and before the end of President Trump's presidential term, US strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities. According to the site, although…

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Will the United States push Beijing to fault the China Sea?

If you regularly read Meta-Defense, you know how critical the tensions between Washington and Beijing are, especially around Taiwan and the China Sea. If China is stepping up military operations around the island of Taiwan, the threat of recourse to military intervention to bring the province back into the fold of the People's Republic of China being increasingly brandished, it is the States States which, according to the Chinese authorities, are intensifying their provocations in the China Sea by having US Navy ships sail very regularly near the islands unilaterally integrated into Chinese territory.…

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The US Navy will have to reduce the tonnage of its aircraft carriers to maintain its format

The Gerald R. Ford nuclear aircraft carrier is unquestionably today the most powerful combat ship that has ever sailed the oceans. Designed to support a very high intensity activity, and to withstand saturating attacks and multiple damage, it represents the archetype of the combat aircraft carrier intended to implement the some 65 combat aircraft and the ten helicopters which form its embarked air group closest to the adversary. But the Gerald R. Ford class suffers from a major defect, its price! With a unit construction cost exceeding $12 billion, and an overall cost of ownership of…

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China responds to American "provocations" in the China Sea

While the US Navy continues to conduct exercises in and around the South China Sea, the People's Liberation Army is responding by conducting naval gunnery exercises in the same area, as well as deploying combat aircraft on the artificial bases built on the islets and reefs of the Paracelles. If, for the time being, the two armed forces avoid each other and manage to avoid escalation, the confrontation between Beijing and Washington continues to intensify in this area, which has become one of the planet's geostrategic hotspots. In response to the exercises conducted in the China Sea by the carrier battle groups of the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and…

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The aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford completes its Flight Deck Certification equipped with EMALS and AAG

While the question of the usefulness of super aircraft carriers still arises within the US Navy, the new generation of nuclear aircraft carriers (CVN) continues to be developed. Compared to the current Nimitzes, the Ford class is equipped with new nuclear reactors and a next-generation combat system. But, above all, it has swapped traditional steam catapults for new generation electromagnetic systems. It is also through General Atomics – Electromagnetic Systems that we learned that the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) had completed its Flight Desk Certification, in particular using electromagnetic catapults (EMALS) and the strands of stops…

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Can Coronaviruses become first strike weapons?

In a press release published yesterday, the French Ministry of the Armed Forces indicated that the test campaign on the sailors of the nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle had revealed that 688 of them were contaminated with the Covid19 virus, i.e. more than a third of the crew, even though the ship had practiced the systematic isolation of symptomatic cases on board as soon as the disease appeared. In other words, and despite the precautions taken on board (if not during the stopover at the port of Brest), the virus had already spread widely among the crew before the number of recognized cases began to grow. , and bring them…

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3 of the 9 operational NATO nuclear aircraft carriers affected by the Covid-19 coronavirus

The Coronavirus epidemic continues to affect naval air forces around the world, and more particularly those of NATO. Indeed, 3 of the 9 nuclear aircraft carriers currently in service, 8 US Navy aircraft carriers and the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, have observed cases of contamination with the Covid-19 coronavirus on board in recent days. . In two weeks, it is therefore more than a third of the Western naval air power who find themselves handicapped more or less seriously, because of the epidemic. The most affected ship today remains, of course, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, still moored in Guam, with more than 400 diagnosed cases of coronavirus. One…

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The crew of the aircraft carrier USS T. Roosevelt could be disembarked to fight the epidemic of Covid19

Last week, we learned that the American aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt had to make its way to the Guam naval base following the resurgence of Covid19 coronavirus cases on board. It was then a question of disembarking the thirty infected personnel and testing the 4000 other crew members in order to be able to return to carry out its mission. The Roosevelt is indeed one of the two US Navy aircraft carriers deployed in the Western Pacific, alongside the USS Ronald Reagan, to deal with possible Chinese, North Korean or Russian actions. The US Navy then assured that the aircraft carrier remained operational…

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