Currently, the idea of world peace is rather unrealistic. On one side of the world is the United States, France, and England bombing Syria. But, on the opposite side is Russia, China, and Syria claiming innocence and injustice from the actions of the Western world. The miasma of war is starting to surge through the air, and not one of us knows what’s coming. But, one thing is certain; World War 3 is a real possibility, and uncertainty within the troops is starting to stir unrest. Furthermore, those of us who serve in the 7th Fleet, known as the tip of the spear, are growing increasingly nervous about the future.

7th Fleet has a regularly set deployment schedule. Throughout the year, there is always a ship deploying at any given time. Whether it’s the carrier or destroyers in Yokosuka, the Landing Helicopter Dock ships in Sasebo, or the variety of submarines in the bases within Japan, 7th Fleet features plenty of opportunities to defend the world. But, the military men and women of the United States and Japan also understand their true purpose – as sacrificial lambs. After all, the first people to the fight are also the first to die.

The strategic positioning of 7th Fleet provides the United States with a good base of operations for the Pacific. The proximity to Russia, North Korea, and China means those countries can be easily monitored by the U.S. Armed Forces, but it also leaves them vulnerable to attack. Potentially, the United States has a great entry point for war, but also a weak spot. As such, one of the first things that are drilled into the heads of sailors who join the Fleet is their purpose as pawns of the government.

For those of you unfamiliar with chess, pawns are expendable units. Pawns can be sacrificed with impunity as long as something is gained from the loss. But, a pawn can become a queen. The queen in the game is the most powerful unit and, similar to how the 7th Fleet can become the deciding factor between winning and losing a war; they can start as mere pawns.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

Currently, the 7th Fleet is preparing to deploy their carrier unit CVN-76 for its first patrol cycle of the year. Sailors are already spreading rumors of how this deployment is going to be different from those of the past few years. But, even they don’t know what’s truly happening in the world. They’re at the mercy of the world leaders and they seem to be caught in their own games. Furthermore, leaders like Putin don’t seem to care who is caught in the crossfire.

War is never pleasant, but only those who experience it will be able to speak of its evils. The lives of innocents are lost due to young men fighting the wars of rich, old men. Yet, nobody speaks of how we end lives to somehow save more lives by bombarding the country of the same people in Syria. Who is truly right in this situation, and will the world’s instability continue increasing as the government makes further irrational decisions? Who can truly say?

P.S. For those unfamiliar with the history of war, Japan doesn’t have its own offensive military force as per the peace treaty with the United States. As such, the U.S. Armed Forces serve as their protectors.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Emmanuel "Dash the Bomber" Barbosa

Emmanuel Barbosa, AKA Dash The Bomber, is currently serving in the 7th fleet, and has over 8 years of experience in the military. A writer with a penchant for the humorous and informative, he loves to share his stories with those who would be willing to listen. Having served in deployments that have taken him around the world, Dash has seen and heard about many things that would be hard to believe. A loving father and a faithful husband, he is dedicated to protecting his family and country. For fun he enjoys cosplaying, videogames, and writing for online magazines.

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