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July 09, 2004

LIttle tidbits of history today...

In 1900, Australia became a Commonwealth (I know, First Fleet is your "birthday," but heck, this seemed like a significant date, too).

In 1945, TF 38, with 20 carriers and associated vessels, arrived off of Japan, and wouldn't leave until the war was over - in August. 20 carriers! Man, what a sight that must have been. Even if today three carrier battle groups have about the same combat power...

To get a better sense of the mass of that shot - click here.

Here's a shot of TF38 at anchor in Ulithi prior to sailing for Japan. I count at least 6 carriers in the shot.