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Kido Butai is Back

Discussion in 'Air War in the Pacific' started by NavyLT, Dec 18, 2018.

  1. NavyLT

    NavyLT New Member

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    Okay, don't know where the best place for this thread, but I figured the folks here would be most interested in the news story about Japan fielding two aircraft carriers for the first time since WWII!!

    The first carrier is named the JS Izumo, the second...wait for it...JS Kaga!!

    They will be like that of the USNs amphibious assault ships (smaller, no conventional flight, no landing wires), and they carry the US-made F-35B VSTOL fifth-gen fighter. Same as from the USMC, of course.

    I am not surprise this is happening, but the name "Kaga" surprised me. I think the names of all the original Kido Butai should never be resurrected...just my "two cents."

    And yes, I recognize they will never be used like that of the Kido Butai, but it's just the point. I know the Japanese are as ashamed of their WWII exploits as the rest of the world is appalled.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    You had me worried there for a moment.
     
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    No problem, I'm sure there is at least a squadron's worth of SBDs left in the world.
     
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    Ha, LOL. Never a worry, the USN's "kido butai" (mobile strike force) is much better anyway!
     
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    The Big Blue Blanket has nuclear fangs now.
     
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    Not airworthy, only 4 are flying in the US, and three of those are Army A-24 Banshees.
     
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    You just suck the air out the room. :( ;)
     
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    There's also a Soryu, lead ship of a well-regarded class of submarines.

    Hiryu and I think Soryu were used for small fireboats a few years ago. No Akagi, Shokaku, or Zuikaku that I'm aware of so far.

    It is a bit eerie to see wartime names like Atago or Kongo resurrected, although it is common naval practice.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    I remember the first time I walked off my cruiser in Yokosuka and saw two ships with the Imperial flag flying on the fantail. They were directly across the pier from our ship.
     
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    Did not know that!
     
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    I too, was stationed at Yokosuka...1989-1992.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Corn dog stands still on the street there at that time?

    I was on Reeves.
     
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    Looked it up, Kaga is a ancient name for a province in Japan. I don't imagine US ships named after American victories in the war like Tarawa or Midway were fully embraced when they docked in Japan.
     
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    USS Midway was stationed in Yokosuka for years.
     

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