Survey Photo-Essay: Do We Want U.S. Warships in New Zealand?
The New Zealand Herald today reported top-ranking US Government official Grant Aldonas, yesterday described New Zealand’s anti-nuclear law as an "artefact of another age".
He told the Herald the U.S. regarded its Navy as its "forward defence". The Herald quoted Aldonas: "We look at the freedom of the seas and the ability to project power off our shores as being integrally related to a policy of trying to take on terrorism wherever it starts. So the idea that there be some limitations on our freedom to project that power - in defence of what we think are both New Zealand and US interests - is something where you can appreciate the reaction in our defence quarters and in Congress. For more… See Scoop Link: NZ Herald - Ship ban hits war on terror says US
Image taken in the Arabian Gulf (Mar. 23, 2003) -- Assorted bombs are raised to the flight deck on elevators aboard USS Constellation (CV 64) for loading onto aircraft in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Images courtesy of US Dept of Defense (sic).
The Mediterranean Sea (Apr. 3, 2003) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) comes alongside the Military Sealift Command Oiler USNS John Lenthall (T-AO 189) for an underway replenishment (UNREP) while U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas (WEHC-716) performs duties as plane guard.
The Mediterranean Sea (Mar. 28, 2003) -- A Deck Edge Operator stands watch as an F/A-18 Hornet prepares to launch from one of four steam powered catapults on the flight deck aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
The Arabian Gulf (Mar. 23, 2003) -- Bunker Buster bombs are staged in the hangar bay aboard USS Constellation (CV 64) awaiting their final destination in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The Arabian Gulf (Mar. 23, 2003) -- Ordnance handlers await moving orders while relocating ordnance aboard USS Constellation (CV 64) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The Arabian Gulf (Mar. 22, 2003) -- Various weapons line the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) ready for use by Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) aircraft conducting combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Do we want US warships in New Zealand when they cause this?