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As posted on Facebook, March 1, 2013:
5 Nuclear Carriers at Norfolk

Netlore Archive: Viral message claims five nuclear carriers were docked at the same time at Norfolk Naval Station in Feb. 2013 for routine inspections, allegedly a breach of military protocol and the first time this has happened since WWII.

Via Facebook

Description: Viral message / Forwarded email
Circulating since: Feb. 2013
Status: MOSTLY FALSE (see details below)

Example #1:
As posted on Facebook, March 1, 2013:

MORON ALERT! .......The picture is of five nuclear carriers. Just like Battleship Row, Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.

This picture was taken the other day in Norfolk. The Obama Administration ordered 5 nuclear carriers into harbor for "routine" (?) inspections. Heads of the Navy were flabbergasted by the directive.

NORFOLK, VA. (February 8, 2013). The first time since WWII that five U.S. aircraft carriers were docked together.

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are all in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., the world’s largest naval station.

Sources stated that this breached a long standing military protocol in the Navy meant to avoid massive enemy strike on major US forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan J. Courtade/Released)

Watch out America! Idiots and Traitors are in charge!


Example #2:
Forwarded email contributed by Donna J., March 3, 2013:

Fw: 2ND PEARL HARBOR?????

What is wrong with this picture?

The picture is of the five "first line" US nuclear carriers docked together in one place. Just like Battleship Row, Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.

This picture was taken the other day in Norfolk, Virginia. The Obama Administration ordered 5 nuclear carriers into harbor for "routine" (?) inspections. Heads of the Navy were flabbergasted by the directive but had to comply as it was a direct order from their Commander of Deceit.

The carriers were all pulled out from the MIDDLE EAST and the Afghanistan support role leaving our land forces naked and exposed!

NORFOLK, VA. (February 8, 2013). This is the first time since WWII that five [5] nuclear powered aircraft carriers were docked together:

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are all in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., the world’s largest naval station.

Knowledgeable Sources stated that this breached a long standing military protocol in the Navy meant to avoid a massive enemy strike on major US forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan J. Courtade/Released). Obama is ‘Commander in chief’. This ordering of most of the Navy's capitol ships into one place is unprecedented since Pearl Harbor! This could be the creation of a false flag atomic incident too stupid for any enemy to pass up.

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"If a Nation expects to be ignorant and free then they expect what never was and what never will be."

-- Thomas Jefferson

 


Analysis: The image above is authentic, but most of the stated "facts" in this propagandistic message are fabrications. We'll take them one by one:

CLAIM: "This picture was taken the other day in Norfolk."

STATUS: FALSE - The photo was indeed taken at Norfolk Naval Station, but it was on or about December 20, 2012, not "the other day."

CLAIM: "The Obama Administration ordered 5 nuclear carriers into harbor for 'routine' inspections."

STATUS: FALSE - None of the five carriers were ordered to Norfolk for inspection. The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower was there for two months to have its flight deck resurfaced. The USS Harry S. Truman was in Norfolk awaiting February 2013 deployment to the Fifth Fleet. The USS George H.W. Bush completed a major overhaul in December and was undergoing flight tests. The USS Abraham Lincoln was in Norfolk awaiting departure for a refueling overhaul in Newport News. The USS Enterprise, deactivated in December, is scheduled to be dismantled.

CLAIM: "The first time since WWII that five U.S. aircraft carriers were docked together."

STATUS: FALSE - On July 4, 1997 five nuclear carriers — USS George Washington, USS John C. Stennis, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, USS Theodore Roosevelt, and USS Enterprise — were all docked in Norfolk at the same time.

CLAIM: "Sources stated that this breached a long standing military protocol in the Navy meant to avoid massive enemy strike on major US forces."

STATUS: FALSE - I've found no record of any such statements, nor any accusation of a "breach of military protocol" by official or media sources. Last time an event like this occurred at Norfolk (July 1997), a Navy spokesman (Mike Maus) was quoted by Associated Press as follows:

The Navy doesn't consider having all five in port at the same time to be a security risk, Maus said: "At this particular time, we don't really have much of a threat from anybody."

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Sources and further reading:

Home for Christmas: 9 Flattops at Norfolk
Intercepts (DefenseNews blog), 20 December 2012

The Truth Behind the Aircraft Carriers Photo
MPR News, 25 February 2013

5 Nuclear Carriers to Be in Norfolk for 4th Holiday
Associated Press, 2 July 1997

Last updated 02/25/14

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