“If you don’t come to democracy, democracy will come to you”: this is what this awesome aircraft carrier photo says

If you don’t come to democracy, democracy will come to you”.

This is the kind of message that the picture below, released by the U.S. Navy on Sept. 10, 2012, seems to cast.

The impressive photo shows aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) underway near Guam at sunset. George Washington is the centerpiece of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 based out of Yokosuka, Japan, and is currently on patrol in the western Pacific.

Image credit: U.S. Navy

Aicraft carriers are among the most powerful tools in the hands of Washington.

They carry a Carrier Air Wing consisting of about 60 aircraft. For instance, when I visited the USS Nimitz involved in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2009, the CVW-11 was made by  20 F/A-18Cs, 12 F/A-18Es, 12 F/A-18Fs, 4 E/A-6Bs, 4 E-2Cs, 4 SH-60Fs and 3 HH-60Fs, a “mix” that, with minor differences, can be found on any other supercarrier; a force that can conduct autonomous combat sorties of all types against heavily defended targets.

About David Cenciotti
David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.