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megimoo
11-28-2010, 08:07 AM
WATERS WEST OF THE KOREAN PENINSULA - On Sunday, Nov. 28, the George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) entered the waters west of the Korean peninsula to participate in a combined military exercise with the Republic of Korea (ROK). The exercise is part of the series announced at the 2 + 2 meetings in July and is scheduled to run until Dec. 1.

“While this exercise, which is defensive in nature, has been planned for some time, it underscores the importance of the ROK-U.S. alliance and our collective commitment to regional security and stability,” said Rear Adm. Dan Cloyd, Commander, Task Force 70.The exercise will include more than 7,000 personnel, 11 ships and a variety of aircraft to include F-18 Super Hornets, F-16C Fighting Falcons, A-10C Thunderbolt II, F-15Ks and KF-16s.

The ships involved include: the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), with embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5); the guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63); the guided-missile destroyers USS Lassen (DDG 82), USS Stethem (DDG 63), and USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62); and several ships and aircraft from the ROK

" The U.S. has also brought the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, called Joint STARS, to closely monitor the North's military activities, a military source here said.
SNIP The deployment of the Joint STARS system, which proved its performance in the Gulf War, was approved by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the request of South Korea, the source said on the condition of anonymity. "The Joint STARS system will carry out its mission of closely tracking ground targets in the North Korean military," the source said."

http://www.cpf.navy.mil/media/news/articles/2010/nov/nov27_GWCSG_Exercise.shtml

namvet
11-28-2010, 10:19 AM
wonder if Osama knows what a carrier TF is????

megimoo
11-28-2010, 12:52 PM
The E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, or Joint STARS

The E-8C is a modified Boeing 707-300 series commercial airframe extensively remanufactured and modified with the radar, communications, operations and control subsystems required to perform its operational mission. The most prominent external feature is the 27-foot (8 meters) long, canoe-shaped radome under the forward fuselage that houses the 24-foot (7.3 meters) long, side-looking phased array antenna.

The radar and computer subsystems on the E-8C can gather and display detailed battlefield information on ground forces. The information is relayed in near-real time to the Army and Marine Corps common ground stations and to other ground command, control, communications, computers and intelligence, or C4I, nodes.

The antenna can be tilted to either side of the aircraft where it can develop a 120-degree field of view covering nearly 19,305 square miles (50,000 square kilometers) and is capable of detecting targets at more than 250 kilometers (more than 820,000 feet). The radar also has some limited capability to detect helicopters, rotating antennas and low, slow-moving fixed wing aircraft.
http://www.af.mil/information/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=100