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  • Report: U.S. aircraft carriers ‘unchallenged primacy may be coming to a close’

    02/22/2016 8:38:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 67 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 22, 2016 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    The United States’ aircraft carriers have always been an almost untouchable deterrent, steel behemoths capable of projecting the full weight of the U.S. military wherever they deploy. Yet while many militaries could never hope to match the U.S. carrier fleet in size and strength, countries such as China, Iran and Russia have spent recent years adjusting their forces and fielding equipment designed to counter one of the United States’ greatest military strengths.
  • The Most Expensive Warship Ever Built Might Already Be Close to Obsolete

    02/13/2016 7:21:06 AM PST · by C19fan · 52 replies
    National Interest ^ | February 12, 2016 | Harry J. Kazianis
    The U.S. Navy’s latest and greatest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Ford, when completed, will join the ranks of the world’s most advanced warships ever put to sea. It will carry an air wing with firepower second to none. It will be defended by some of the most powerful naval vessels on the planet. And yet, coming in at an astounding $15 billion dollars—the most expensive naval vessel ever—its time as the symbol of U.S. power projection and military dominance may be over. Notice I used the words may be over. The simple fact is this: no one really knows...
  • History made with 3-carrier swap

    08/07/2015 6:55:46 AM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 36 replies
    San Diego Union ^ | 8/5/15 | Jeannette Steele
    Call it the Three Presidents Crew. In a historic game of naval musical chairs, sailors from San Diegos aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan will serve on three different flattops over the next six months. The Navy is saving $41 million by doing a massive, complicated crew swap involving 9,000 sailors and the carriers George Washington and Theodore Roosevelt, in addition to the Reagan. At the end, the U.S. Navy will have a new face in Asia, and an American aircraft carrier will enter a mid-life nuclear overhaul that was at one time uncertain. Also, San Diego will have a new hull...
  • Admiral: Carrier gap in Persian Gulf hinders war effort

    07/30/2015 6:50:05 PM PDT · by Herosmith · 28 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | July 30, 2015 | Travis J. Tritten and Chris Church
    WASHINGTON A rare gap in the presence of a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf this fall could hinder military capabilities in the war against the Islamic State, the Obama administrations nominee to lead the Navy told the Senate Thursday. Adm. John Richardson conceded the effects of a two-month gap in carrier presence the first since 2007 under intense questioning from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as the Senate Armed Services Committee weighs whether approve the admirals nomination as chief of naval operations. Without that carrier, that will be a detriment to our capability, yes, sir, Richardson...
  • The U.S. Navy Needs to Radically Reassess How It Projects Power (Carriers = Obsolete)

    04/27/2015 6:45:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | April 23, 2015 | Jerry Hendrix
    A battle of the hawks is raging on Capitol Hill. Defense hawks say the nations security will be endangered if the caps imposed under the 2011 Budget Control Act arent lifted, allowing for more defense spending. Fiscal hawks assert with equal vehemence that the nations long-term economic health the foundation for all government activities, including defense will be permanently harmed if burgeoning deficits and debts are not addressed. Defense hawks argue for a massive investment to maintain the United States position as the worlds strongest power. Fiscal hawks argue for innovative improvements in efficiency to sustain U.S. leadership.
  • Iran Stages Giant Attack on Mock Aircraft Carrier (Details on Exercise)

    02/25/2015 1:51:46 PM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 25, 2015 | Jassem Al Salami
    Iran has carried out a massive attack on a mock version of an American Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Tehran wanted everyone to know about itstate TV broadcasted the military exercise live. Its a revealing look at Iranian naval assault tactics, involving several waves of ships backed by helicopters and shore-launched missiles. The timing isnt a coincidence. The United States and Iran are deadlocked over a deal to curb Tehrans nuclear program. The Iranians built the giant, 1:1-scale mock-up of the carrier on top of a barge almost one year ago. Photos released from Iranian news agencies on Feb. 25 now show...
  • Be very afraid, especially for your kids

    07/22/2014 5:07:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies ^ | 7/22/2014 | Mychal Massie
    On June 30, 2014, I wrote a syndicated column titled, Terrorist attack via infectious disease? I postulated that America is being placed in mortal danger as illegal aliens, to which I specifically add the tens of thousands of illegal alien children, are flooding our borders. I wrote: It is a fact that no one, not government nor anyone else, can begin to quantify the danger we face from disease borne by illegal aliens. Illegals coming from Third World countries are not the rich and well-educated who were able to seek health care in their country of origin. They are the...
  • The Navy Is Dropping Down to Just Two Deployed Carriers

    01/25/2014 7:09:17 PM PST · by ClaytonP · 99 replies
    The U.S. Navy is about to cut in half the number of aircraft carriers it keeps ready for combat. Starting in 2015, just two American flattops will be on station at any given time, down from three or four today. The change is spelled out in a presentation by Adm. Bill Gortney, head of Fleet Forces Command. The U.S. Naval Institute published the presentation on its Website on Jan. 24. The new Optimized Fleet Response Plan represents an effort to standardize training, maintenance and overseas cruise schedules for the Navys 283 front-line warships, in particular the 10 nuclear-powered carriers. The...
  • US Navy to Briefly Reduce Carriers in Persian Gulf

    11/22/2012 10:53:10 AM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    inn ^ | 11/21/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    The U.S. aircraft carrier presence in the Persian Gulf will temporarily decline due to unexpected repairs and unusual maintenance problems, the Navy said on Wednesday. The USS Nimitz was expected to be deployed to the Gulf early next year to relieve the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which is now stationed in the region, but will be delayed due to the need for extensive repairs on a failed propulsion pump. The USS Eisenhower is being sent back to the U.S for repairs to its flight deck. It will remain in Norfolk, Virginia, for two months and then return to the Middle...
  • Carrier Strike Group Rushes To Persian Gulf

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis is being rushed to the Persian Gulf as tensions between Israel and Iran edge closer to the boiling point. The Nimitz class carrier, with an air wing of about 90 aircraft, sets sail Monday on an eight-month deployment to the region -- four months ahead of schedule. In the gulf it will join the USS Enterprise Strike Group, giving the United States a powerful deterrent to any Iranian attack on commercial oil tankers in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz or a counterpunch to Iranian...
  • Celebrating the Miracle at Midway

    06/06/2012 5:13:11 PM PDT · by STD · 5 replies
    Padre Steve ^ | 06/06/2012 | George Gay
    Celebrating the Miracle at Midway It is hard to imagine now but in June of 1942 it seemed a good possibility that the Americans and British could be on the losing side of the Second World War. In June 1942 the Japanese onslaught in the Pacific appeared nearly unstoppable. The Imperial Navy stormed across the Pacific and Indian Oceans in the months after Pearl Harbor decimating Allied Naval forces that stood in their way.
  • (UK) Government in U-turn over fighter planes

    05/10/2012 3:35:44 AM PDT · by Vanders9 · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 05/10/2012 | Jonathon Beale
    The (UK) government has changed its mind over the type of fighter planes it is ordering for the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier.
  • Russia to Build 6 Submarines Annually Deputy PM (And one carrier annually)

    Russia will start producing six submarines and one aircraft carrier annually starting in 2013, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Thursday. By 2013, production capacity [at Russian shipyards] will allow us to build six submarines and an aircraft carrier every year, Rogozin told reporters, adding that the number includes both nuclear and diesel-powered submarines. As a result, the production output will surpass that of the Soviet era when Russia built an average of five submarines annually, he said. Rogozin earlier said the production had been bogged down in the past by a lack of financing, outdated equipment and a...
  • Iran Threatens To Torpedo US Carriers In The Persian Gulf

    01/19/2012 10:28:22 AM PST · by Strategy · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 18, 2012
    Underscoring its desire to keep U.S. aircraft carriers from the Persian Gulf, a senior Iranian military commander today announced his possible plan to ambush the American fleet. Chalk this one up to more bluster, or part of a mounting back and forth rhetoric headed nowhere good, either way - Tehran plans to rely on its subs. Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army's Self-Sufficiency Jihad, Rear Admiral Farhad Amiri told Fars that Iran has the finest electic diesel submarines in the world, and that while the U.S. has focused on Tehran's "astonishing surface capabilities," it has forgotten about the underwater threat....
  • US Naval Update: CVN 65 Enterprise Abandons Libya, Reinforces CVN 70 Vinson In Straits Of Hormuz

    03/27/2011 5:43:09 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 40 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | March 26, 2011 | Tyler Durden
    Wonder why the administration made such a stink of reducing the US airborne presence around Libya, and handing it off to France, Italy, Canada and Turkey? Here's the answer: the CVN65 Enterprise which last week was within striking distance of Libya, has quietly left the Red Sea and is now virtually swimming in the wake of CVN 70 Vinson in the Strait of Hormuz. Because obviously whatever is about to happen in the Persian Gulf will need not one but two aircraft carrier formations. And meanwhile in Japan the Washington is doing all it can to put radiation free miles...
  • What a War Between China and the United States Would Look Like

    01/11/2011 7:37:17 AM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 70 replies
    popular Mechanics ^ | December 29, 2010 | ERIK SOFGE
    Any Chinese move to take over Taiwan would trigger a confrontation with the U.S. Navy and Air Force. Is the U.S. prepared to counter this growing threat? August 9, 2015 - 0400 Hours The war for Taiwan starts in the early morning. There are no naval bombardments or waves of bombers: That's how wars in the Pacific were fought 70 years ago. Instead, 1200 cruise and ballistic missiles rise from heavy vehicles on the Chinese mainland. Taiwan's modest missile defense networka scattered deployment of I-Hawk and Patriot interceptorsslams into dozens of incoming warheads. It's a futile gesture. The mass raid...
  • Wireless carriers openly considering charging per service (update audio)

    12/19/2010 9:27:16 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 39 replies ^ | December 19, 2010 | Nilay Patel
    That slide above is no joke -- it comes from a marketing webinar put on by two companies that count Verizon, AT&T and Vodafone as clients, and it describes a system that identifies customer internet activity and charges a different rate for using Facebook than watching YouTube, while allowing access to Vodafone services for free. Yes, that's basically the nightmare scenario for net neutrality advocates. The two companies behind the slide are Allot Communications and Openet, which sell subscriber-management tools to carriers around the world -- tools that Allot's director of marketing says can scan even encrypted packets to determine...
  • Welcome to AT&T! (Consumer Reports has rated AT&T as the worst of all major cell phone carriers)

    12/11/2010 1:59:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/11/2010 | Paul Schlicta
    I'm pleased to inform you that Consumer Reports has rated AT&T as the worst of all major cell phone carriers. I can assure you that they deserve the honor, at least with regard to their customer service telephone line. A few months ago, I had some trouble with my broadband connection. I was told to call the AT&T customer service number for technical support. Half an hour later, I wearily hung up the phone after having endured something like this: (1) Welcome to the American Thinker! Si Usted lee sola en espaol, por favor vaya al (14). If this...
  • China's Naval Game-Changer

    08/06/2010 4:12:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 6, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Military Superiority: By the end of the year, China could deploy an anti-ship missile capable of hitting U.S. aircraft carriers at long range. The naval dominance that American foreign policy depended on may be at an end. When the naval planners of Imperial Japan were laying out the attack on Pearl Harbor, the major question on their mind was where are the American carriers? In the end, their failure to find them doomed Imperial Japan to defeat. Since World War II, every president alerted to a crisis has asked the same question where are the carriers? These floating...
  • China Fills America's Vacuum

    07/21/2010 5:29:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 21, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Strategy: As the U.S. retreats from the world stage, the nation's top military officer is warning us about China's military buildup and intentions. Already, China is telling us to keep off the grass. Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen, visiting U.S. troops at Camp Red Cloud in South Korea on Wednesday, talked about his growing concerns about China. "I've moved from being curious about what they're doing to being concerned about what they're doing," the admiral said. "I see a fairly significant investment in high-end equipment satellites, ships ... anti-ship missiles, obviously high-end aircraft and all those kinds of things....
  • Navy Balances Wants And Needs

    07/13/2010 10:18:31 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    Aviation Week And Space Technology ^ | 7/20/2010 | Bettina H. Chavanne
    must come from the sea, said the chief of naval operations, Adm. Gary Roughead, recently about any new U.S. Navy procurement, leaving open to interpretation the programs and projects that will be included in coming budgets. The Navy is reimagining naval power, he said. With cyber-power and unmanned systems we must ask ourselves fundamental questions. If new capabilities proposed for procurement do not come from the sea, Roughead is not interested. The Navy no longer has the luxury of being interested in every new program or platform. The defense budget is getting slimmer. And pressure is coming from above to...
  • Russia Sends 50 Troop Carriers to PA (Palistinan Authority)

    06/30/2010 10:18:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    inn ^ | 6/30/10 | Hillel Fendel
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in a visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, announced in Ramallah on Tuesday that 50 Russian troop carriers would soon be delivered to the PA. Lavrov told reporters that Moscow provided the carriers a few years ago, "but Israel refused to hand them over." Now, he said, "we have already sent the carriers. The vehicles arrived in Jordan and we hope they will arrive in the next few days." It was not clear if he expected Israel to block them again or allow them through.
  • A crisis the 6th Fleet might've stopped

    06/04/2010 3:28:01 AM PDT · by Scanian · 12 replies · 790+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 4, 2010 | ARTHUR HERMAN
    The shocking video of Israeli commandos boarding a Turkish vessel, being attacked with knives and iron rods, then shooting back and killing nine, prompts one big question: Where was our Sixth Fleet? Since the end of World War II, America's Sixth Fleet has been the sheriff of the Mediterranean, a shield for our allies and a bulwark against enemies large (like the Soviet Union during the Cold War) and small. As recently as 2003, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, it consisted of 175 aircraft and 40 ships. Today, it consists of exactly one: a command and intelligence ship, half of whose...
  • Navy Changes Or US Power Fades

    04/06/2010 10:35:32 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies · 540+ views
    DOD Buzz ^ | 3/31/2010 | Greg Grant
    The Navy faces an operational tipping point where the demand for overseas presence will far exceed the number of ships, according to the influential Center for Naval Analyses. CNAs new report, The Navy at a Tipping Point: Maritime Dominance at Stake?, which was provided to DOD Buzz, is being used by the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to evaluate future force plans. It says that despite a 20 percent decrease in the size of the total battle fleet over the past 10 years, the number of ships deployed, around 100 at any given time, has remained constant. The...
  • Construction Begins At Navy's New Carriers' Portsmouth Base

    03/02/2010 10:41:26 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 493+ views
    SPX via Portsmouth ^ | 3/2/2010 | SPX via Portsmouth
    Steel-cutting on a section of the hull of the first of the Royal Navy's two new aircraft carriers began at Portsmouth Thursday 25 February 2010. Portsmouth, which will be the future home of both Queen Elizabeth Class carriers, became the fifth UK shipyard to be involved in construction on the programme. Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth pushed the button to start the laser cutter. He said: "Here in Portsmouth work is just beginning but across the country in Devon, Newcastle, Glasgow and Rosyth work is already under way. "In all, six shipyards across the UK will be involved in the manufacture...
  • UK Aircraft Carriers And JSF Orders Not Under Threat

    01/23/2010 9:55:13 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 371+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 1/19/2010 | Defense Professionals
    A letter from the Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, Quentin Davies, has appeared in The Guardian newspaper in response to an article which appeared in the paper entitled 'Stealth fighter jets to be slashed'. The Minister's letter said: Dear Sir, Your correspondent's article in Wednesday's Guardian on defence procurement, 'Stealth fighter jets to be slashed', is nonsense personified. Our new carriers are not 'under real threat'. There will not 'certainly be a big reduction in Joint Strike Fighter numbers'. The article goes on to state 'among other options being considered are: downsizing the second carrier building both carriers...
  • Russian Admirals Told To Forget About Carriers

    10/31/2009 8:14:12 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 957+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 10/29/2009 | Strategy Page
    While Russian admirals have been talking about building six aircraft carriers in the next decade, the president of Russia has recently ordered them to concentrate on smaller ships for the Black and Baltic Seas. The Black Sea fleet has been continually declining since the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991. That decline is the result of new countries (like Ukraine and Georgia) inheriting old Soviet ships and bases. That was the dissolution deal. Whatever Soviet weapons or bases were normally were, belonged to one of the 14 new nations. Most of Russias high seas ships were based in northern Russia (the...
  • China to display missiles that could hit American ships

    09/29/2009 7:56:30 PM PDT · by Saije · 45 replies · 1,255+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/29/2009 | David Pierson
    For the first time in a decade, Beijing on Thursday will showcase its latest armored vehicles, ballistic missiles and fighter jets in a demonstration of military ambition meant to befit the nation's economic rise. The display of hardware -- part of the nation's 60th anniversary celebrations -- will no doubt stoke national pride. But it's also a chance for China to show an international audience that the world's third-largest economy is investing heavily in defense technology, a strategic sector that Beijing believes will strengthen its regional security and global influence. Expected to be on display is a new generation of...
  • China buying the Navys only nuclear fuel provider?

    04/20/2009 12:11:47 PM PDT · by Saint X · 16 replies · 1,120+ views
    If the rumors are true, PetroChina, a Chinese Government Controlled Entity (pdf), is on the verge of buying McDermott International, a company that, as I understand things, is the U.S. Navys sole provider of nuclear fuel and nuclear fuel assemblies. McDermott, a Panama based corporate tax-avoider, also manages the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve. (along with a lot of other critical national defense infrastructure. Take a look.)
  • Google Wants Its Own Fast Track on the Web

    12/15/2008 8:39:47 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 26 replies · 1,709+ views
    WallStreetJournal ^ | 12/15/08 | VISHESH KUMAR and CHRISTOPHER RHOADS
    The celebrated openness of the Internet -- network providers are not supposed to give preferential treatment to any traffic -- is quietly losing powerful defenders. Google Inc. has approached major cable and phone companies that carry Internet traffic with a proposal to create a fast lane for its own content, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Google has traditionally been one of the loudest advocates of equal network access for all content providers. At risk is a principle known as network neutrality: Cable and phone companies that operate the data pipelines are supposed to treat all traffic...
  • Russian Navy to adopt new carrier fighters after 2016

    09/07/2008 2:55:40 AM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 33 replies · 648+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 7 September 2008 | Unk
    The general also confirmed that a decision to build new aircraft carriers for the Russian Navy had been adopted. Russia's Navy commander, Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky, said in July that the Navy command had decided to form in the future 5-6 aircraft carrier task forces to be deployed with the Northern and Pacific fleets.
  • George Washington fire delays hull swap

    05/30/2008 5:15:29 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 7 replies · 327+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 6/1/08 | Allison Batdorff and Jeff Schogol
    The USS Kitty Hawk will have to remain in the Pacific longer than initially planned after its replacement, the USS George Washington, was damaged by a recent fire, a Navy official said. The two carriers were to meet in Pearl Harbor next week for a "hull swap," with the newer George Washington taking over for the 47-year-old Kitty Hawk, the oldest active-duty warship in the fleet. About 900 Kitty Hawk sailors and the carriers air wing were expected to transfer to the George Washington. But a fire broke out on the George Washington on May 22, while the carrier was...
  • Royal Navy may share new carriers with France

    05/18/2008 2:39:19 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 20 replies · 187+ views
    Times Online ^ | 5/18/08 | Nicola Smith and Michael Smith
    Two hundred years after the battle of Trafalgar, the navy could end up sharing the pride of its fleet with the French. Driven by spiralling budgets, the two navies began talks last week aimed at sharing their aircraft carriers. The government is expected to give the go-ahead for the Royal Navys two new aircraft carriers this week, part of a joint Anglo-French project to build a total of three. The French, who currently have only one carrier, the Charles de Gaulle, are questioning whether they can afford a replacement and are keen to explore closer co-operation with Britain instead. We...
  • Gates Calls Arrival of Second Carrier in Gulf Reminder of U.S. Presence

    04/30/2008 5:17:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies · 164+ views
    MEXICO CITY, April 30, 2008 The movement of a second aircraft carrier into the Persian Gulf this week doesnt signal an escalation of the U.S. naval presence -- but could serve as a reminder of it to countries in the region, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here last night. Gates did not specifically name Iran when responding to a reporters question about the arrival this week of USS Abraham Lincoln in the Gulf. The size of our naval presence in the Gulf rises and falls constantly, he said. This deployment has been planned for a long time. I...
  • Carrier USS Kennedy decommissioned

    03/23/2007 10:16:17 AM PDT · by Paul Ross · 51 replies · 1,292+ views
    The Seattle Intelligencer ^ | March 23, 2007 | Ron Word/ A.P.
    Carrier USS Kennedy decommissioned By RON WORD, ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER,The Seattle Intelligencer, Friday, March 23, 2007. Sailors reach for a pallet of surplus equipment being unloaded from the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy, Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. The Kennedy is being decommissioned March 23. (AP Photo/Oscar Sosa) MAYPORT, Fla. -- Sailors in blue lined the deck of the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy on Friday as guns boomed to commemorate the decommissioning of "Big John" after nearly 40 years of service. Officers gathered in front of a screen displaying a large American flag,...
  • "The Age Of Carriers Is Over." (Sort Of.)

    01/17/2007 8:08:36 AM PST · by Valin · 206 replies · 3,995+ views
    Townhall ^ | 1/17/07 | Hugh Hewitt
    The transcript of Part 2 of my eight part interview with Thomas P.M. Barnett, author of The Pentagon's New Map, is now posted, as is the audio. The transcript of Part 1 is here and the audio here, and the transcript of our short introductory interview is here, and the audio here. One teaser from yesterday's exchange: HH: Dr. Barnett, when we went to break, we were talking about China and the American Navy. We have these 10 Nimitz-class carriers out there, which are really our force projection power. If China develops the ability to attack from land via cruise...
  • "Death of The Japanese Navy"; "Dogfights" Taffy-3 rebroadcast tonight 1-16-07

    01/16/2007 5:28:45 PM PST · by VOA · 27 replies · 1,739+ views
    History Channels "Dogfights" website ^ | 1-16-07 | History Channel staff
    Re-Broadcast Times for "Dogfights" episode of "Death of The Japanese Navy" are EASTERN time: Tuesday January 16 11:00 PM Wednesday January 17 03:00 AM (from a "Dogfights" webpage) In one of the most amazing yet lopsided naval battles in history, a mighty Japanese fleet led by the Yamato, the biggest battleship in the world, versus Taffy 3, a small U.S. task unit of tin can destroyers and baby flat-tops. The U.S. fleet is made up of ships too weak to fight and too slow to run. David battles Goliath in a fight for survival, with the lives of thousands of...
  • 4 Carriers in Pacific Area(the highest tension since '76 ax-murder?)

    06/19/2006 3:56:54 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 60 replies · 3,076+ views
    US Navy as of June 19, 2006 Carriers: USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) - Philippine Sea USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) - Philippine Sea USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) - Pacific Ocean USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) - Philippine Sea
  • Chinese Naval Buildup Surprising, But Not Yet Alarming, Says Admiral

    06/08/2006 1:32:07 PM PDT · by Paul Ross · 51 replies · 1,233+ views
    Defense Daily ^ | June 8th, 2006 | Staff
    Chinese Naval Buildup Surprising, But Not Yet Alarming, Says AdmiralDefense Daily, June 8, 2006 The pace of Chinese naval expansion is faster than expected, but is not alarming yet, although Chinese intentions are not evident, a U.S. Navy admiral said last week. "Clearly...we kind of continue to be surprised by the growth of the Chinese Navy," said Rear Adm. Joseph Walsh, director of Submarine Warfare (N77), on June 1 during a speech on the future of the U.S. Navy at a symposium in Washington, D.C. "That is clearly something we watch." Walsh said the Chinese are focusing on fielding surface...
  • Telcos paper Washington with money over net neutrality

    05/05/2006 3:15:11 AM PDT · by directorblue · 4 replies · 155+ views
    STI ^ | 04/30/2006 | STI
    In most places around the country, consumers are limited to zero, one or two choices for broadband connections to the Internet. I, for example, live in a metro area and have two choices: DSL from the phone company and cable from -- er -- my cable provider. My neighbors to the north have exactly one choice for broadband: DSL. And with the mergers among the carriers, we're down to two telephone companies and a handful of cable operators. Which doesn't leave anyone interested in competition with a warm and fuzzy feeling. The Carriers: Dedicated to Reducing Choice The market for...
  • Milford taking harsher stance against illegals than Framingham

    05/04/2006 9:28:07 AM PDT · by citizen · 19 replies · 786+ views
    Milford Daily News ^ | Thursday, May 4, 2006 | Andrew Lightman / Daily News Staff
    Milford taking harsher stance against illegals than Framingham By Andrew Lightman / Daily News Staff Thursday, May 4, 2006 - Updated: 01:15 AM EST Officials say there are hundreds of illegal immigrants in Milford. Estimates peg them in the thousands in Framingham. Yet when it comes to illegal immigration, its Milford thats taking the tougher stance right now. Illegal immigrants from Brazil and Ecuador have been targeted by Milford in recent months, as the town attempts to crack down on their growing population, and keep it from negatively affecting local public health. Concerns were sparked last summer, when the Board...
  • Portsmouth Shipyard to Have Three Carriers at Once

    01/22/2006 7:45:33 PM PST · by DYngbld · 109 replies · 2,142+ views
    AP ^ | 22 Jan 2006
    The Norfolk Naval Shipyard, which typically handles just one aircraft carrier at a time, will be home to three carriers at once this fall, said Navy Capt. Joseph Campbell, the yard's commanding officer. The three carriers make up one-quarter of the nation's flattop fleet and are scheduled to be in the yard simultaneously for several weeks. The USS Harry S. Truman arrived at the yard Jan. 9. It will be joined by the USS Theodore Roosevelt in September and the USS George Washington in October. The Truman is scheduled to depart in November.
  • Wireless World: Carriers losing focus?

    01/06/2006 10:53:46 AM PST · by 2Jim_Brown · 18 replies · 535+ views
    UPI ^ | January 6, 2005 | UPI
    Wireless carriers have lost their focus and are concentrating on the wrong priorities, like trying to recruit as many new subscribers as possible, rather than properly serving those customers they have already contracted with, experts tell United Press International's Wireless World. Mobile-phone-network operators are under competing pressures this year. New technologies are coming to market, like 3G cellular networks, next-generation network Internet Protocol multimedia subsystems -- so called NGN/IMS technologies. By Gene Koprowski
  • Defense Contractor Held In Spy Case

    11/30/2005 10:49:06 AM PST · by Paul Ross · 55 replies · 1,065+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 30, 2005 | Bill Gertz
    A defense contractor charged with failing to register as a Chinese agent admitted passing data on U.S. Navy arms technology to China for 22 years, including information on next-generation destroyers, an aircraft carrier catapult and the Aegis weapons system, according to new court papers in the case.
  • 'Gay Days'? The reality of gender-disorientation pathology - (strong arguments!)

    06/04/2005 9:43:30 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 209 replies · 3,407+ views
    This week, many an unsuspecting American family will travel to Walt Disney World, where they will find themselves at the epicenter of a recurring cultural earthquake. There, at America's favorite family destination, hordes of homosexuals will congregate at Pleasure Island for an annual exercise in societal entropy. "Gay Days at Disney" they call it -- though it is anything but. "Gay" in the current vernacular is, of course, the term used by the fashionably PC to describe homosexuals. In dictionaries just a couple of decades ago, however, this same adjective meant "happy" or "a state of high spirits." A century...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Revisits The Doolittle Raid (4/18/1942) - April 15, 2005

    04/14/2005 9:57:58 PM PDT · by snippy_about_it · 101 replies · 2,031+ views
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • Navy pushing for addition of second aircraft carrier in Pacific

    04/03/2005 10:54:38 PM PDT · by Righty_McRight · 22 replies · 935+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 31, 2005 | Jon R. Anderson
    ARLINGTON, Va. The Navy wants to base a second carrier in the Western Pacific either in Guam or Hawaii but debate remains on when, or even if, that will happen, said one of the Navys top leaders at the Pentagon. The discussion has been about Hawaii and Guam, but it has centered principally on Hawaii, Vice Adm. Joseph Sestak, the deputy chief of naval operations for warfare requirements and programs, told reporters Tuesday. The specifics of that are interesting, in that the ability to be in the Western Pacific like we are in Japan gives us speed...
  • 30-Year Navy Plan Cuts Subs, Carriers

    03/24/2005 9:22:21 AM PST · by Paul Ross · 93 replies · 2,400+ views
    Newport News Daily Press ^ | 3/24/2005 | David Lerman
    The new shipbuilding strategy could spell trouble for Northrop Grumman Newport News. WASHINGTON -- The Navy is considering shrinking its fleet of aircraft carriers to as few as 10 ships within the next 30 years, a move that would produce the smallest carrier fleet in at least a half-century.
  • Rumsfeld Worried About China

    02/19/2005 9:01:30 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies · 926+ views ^ | February 19, 2005 | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- President Bush's plan for the Navy calls for buying fewer ships, while China, a potential security hot spot, is increasing and repositioning its fleet. It's a prospect that concerns some lawmakers. The plan is contained in Bush's 2006 budget proposal, which Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Thursday defended, saying the military was closely watching China's moves but that the U.S. Navy remains the pre-eminent fleet. "The United States Navy ... is the Navy on the face of the Earth that is a true blue water navy," Rumsfeld told the Senate Armed Services Committee. "On the other hand,...
  • Nip from Hamster Fells Young Boy

    01/06/2005 5:58:19 PM PST · by pickemuphere · 53 replies · 1,614+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 06 Jan 2005 | Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pet hamsters are a potential source of serious infection, U.S. health officials warned on Thursday. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (news - web sites) (CDC) describe the case of a 3-year-old boy from Colorado who came down with tularemia after being bitten by a pet hamster. Tularemia is caused by the bug Francisella tularensis, which is one of the most infectious germs known and for that reason is considered a potential biologic terrorism agent. As outlined in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the boy's family purchased six hamsters...