One ship a old 1975’s inducted US warship that has come in to Indian waters is raking up controversy for all the wrong reasons its in the bad press. The 23-storey nuclear-powered supercarrier (it runs on 2 nuclear reactors) has concerns of the environmentalists and the left groups who have been condemning India’s fast paced shift to the US camp. Notorious as a war monger regime the US Bush administration has raked up really strong sentiments in Indian Subcontinent, the last time taht was done was during the gulf war when the US fighter planes refueled on Indian soil. Now its the second time that war machines in Indian waters are doing so. The last time a war ship trailed into Indian waters was to help Pakistan in its dubious efforts to encroach Kashmir. The ship is being parked in Indian waters on the east coast city Chennai.
The party has ordered us to learn swimming
to stage a dharna and rasta roko near USS Nimitz!
before getting any further look at what one of my fellow blogger says (he calls himself Scott Carney n his blog The Tension 🙂 ):
Hey I just happened to see your website and I thought what the heck I will email you. I need some important information that is near and dear to our hearths…”beer”. You see we are on the USS Nimitz and will be arriving soon. I would like to get a little head start by looking where to buy some beer. I would rather buy beer and take it to our hotel vice paying for the higher cost of ordering through room service. Can you help me locate some liquor stores or a decent place in Chennai to buy cheep beer? Respectfully and Thank you in advance for all your efforts, Sam
Renowned academics, authors and former bureaucrats on Friday joined the protests against the Government’s decision to grant permission to U.S. aircraft-carrier Nimitz to rest at the Chennai port. They said this marked “a departure from the United Progressive Alliance’s promise to work for a balanced, multi-polar world free of nuclear weapons,” and pointed to an erosion of foreign policy independence. (Thehindu.com)
Many countries like Australia had denied permission to the warship to enter their shores as there was a possibility of radiation hazard.
There is also this huge debate of US using India against the mighty dragon China and India falling for the US’s Tricks. This comes close on the heels of Condoleza Rice’s statement to abandon Non-aligned movement.
“The US could be trying to drag India into its wider strategy to contain Iran. Sometimes our government succumbs to U.S. pressure,” D. Raja, national secretary of the smaller Communist Party of India, which also backs the government coalition. (Economictimes.com)
India’s powerful communists protested on Tuesday against the first port call by a US aircraft carrier to the country, saying Washington was using New Delhi to counter the power of China and Iran. (Khaleejtimes.com)
(photo: U.S. Navy by Petty Officer 3rd Class Paul J. Perkins)
Powered by two nuclear power plants and with a speed of over 30 knots, the Nimitz accommodates a crew of over 5,000 and more than 65 fighters, surveillance and rescue jets and helicopters.
Its length of 1,092 feet and width of 252 feet make it a marvel of the seas.
The worst thing is the US administration is pretty tight lipped over the Nuclear warheads onboard the warship. look at the statements by Mr Blake commander Nimitz:
Mr. Mulford declined to confirm or deny whether the controversial vessel had nuclear weapons on board, citing the U.S. policy.(theh
induonline.com 02 jul 2007)
The Nimitz CSG 11 includes aircraft carrier Nimitz, embarked Carrier Air Wing 11, Destroyer Squadron 23, guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton, guided-missile destroyers USS John Paul Jones, USS Higgins, USS Chafee, USS Pinckney and a Seahawk squadron for anti-submarine warfare.
A Nimitz class aircraft carrier carrying a full complement of aircraft.
F/A-18F touchdown with tail-hook deployed.
The Indian Connection:
USS Nimitz returns home to San Diego after supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.