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  • Obama’s Secretary of the Navy Walks Back Complaints About Size of Fleet

    09/01/2015 9:11:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/1/15 | Aaron MacLean
    You expect senior Obama administration defense appointees to be budget hatchetmen—that just comes with the territory—but Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus’s new remarks to Politico on the size of the Navy achieve impressive levels of partisan hackwork coming from a Pentagon official. The issue is the ongoing debate over whether it is fair for Republicans to complain, as Mitt Romney famously did while debating the president in 2012, that the Navy’s surface fleet is about as small as it’s been since the First World War. Despite Obama’s snarky response at the time (“Governor, we also have fewer horses and...
  • Putin orders fleet to put on Arctic show of force with military drills

    03/16/2015 9:37:22 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    GlobeandMail ^ | 3-16-15 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    The Russian military on Monday launched sweeping military manoeuvres in the Arctic and other areas, a show of force ordered by President Vladimir Putin amid spiraling tensions with the West over Ukraine. The five-day Arctic drills involving 38,000 servicemen, more than 50 surface ships and submarines and 110 aircraft are intended to check the readiness of Russia’s Northern Fleet and the military’s ability to deploy additional forces from central Russia. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said “the new challenges and military threats require further increase of the armed forces’ capabilities.” As part of the exercise the military will check its ability...
  • Hospital Ships to Be Counted in U.S. Combat Fleet

    03/17/2014 6:58:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3/17/14 | SETH CROPSEY
    Earlier in March, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus revised how to count the size of the U.S.’s battle force inventory. The battle force inventory is important because it measures the size of the U.S. combat fleet. The new definition will make the U.S. combat fleet look larger than it really is. This provides a political shield against legitimate concerns that the Navy is shrinking. Ships included in the battle force inventory had been “warships capable of contributing to combat operations” or ships that contribute “directly to Navy warfighting or support missions.” Aircraft carriers, destroyers, amphibious ships, and submarines are...
  • Obama to Cut Key Reconnaissance Fleet By 25 Percent Planes being used to monitor Ukraine crisis

    03/10/2014 9:44:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/10/14 | Adam Kredo
    A key fleet of U.S. reconnaissance planes used to detect enemy aircraft in hostile settings will to be cut by 25 percent under President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget, according to multiple sources familiar with the budget proposal. A fleet of 31 AWACs, or Airborne Warning and Control System planes, will be reduced to 24 by 2015 under Obama’s budget proposal. The situation has prompted concern in defense circles and elsewhere, where sources have pointed out that AWACS are currently deployed in Poland and Romania in order to help monitor the standoff in Ukraine. AWACS are a highly advanced type...
  • JW Gets Map of Military Fleet Positions During Benghazi Attack

    02/12/2014 12:37:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 67 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 2/12/14 | staff
    The U.S. military had a multitude of forces in the region surrounding Libya when terrorists attacked the Special Mission in Benghazi and murdered four Americans, according to an unclassified Navy map obtained by Judicial Watch this week. The map features the Navy fleet positions in the North Africa Area of Responsibility (AOR) on September 11, 2012, the day Islamic jihadists raided the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, the first diplomat to be killed overseas in decades, and three other Americans were murdered in the violent ambush. Dozens of vessels were stationed in the region on that day,...
  • Populist blowhard Ed Schultz secretly flies on his own fleet of private jets

    12/14/2013 12:47:31 PM PST · by ColdOne · 54 replies ^ | 12/14/13 | Charles C. Johnson
    MSNBC host Ed Schultz, who has repeatedly criticized opponents for owning private jets, owns multiple private jets and conceals his flight data from the public. Schultz owns Ed Schultz Broadcasting, LLC and has owned at least three Cessnas and one Piper. Schultz has owned two Cessna 560s, which typically sell for more than $5 million per plane. (He sold one plane—tail number N421LT — to Lakin Tire West Incorporated in 2011). Schultz also owns one Cessna 208B which is worth over $1.5 million. He also owns a Piper Cheyenne turboprop, estimated at more than $2 million.
  • [San Francisco] SF's goal of taking its cars off the road hits speed bump

    05/01/2013 7:15:15 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 12 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 04/28/13 | Joshua Sabatini
    Enforcement of San Francisco’s 2010 law to reduce city government vehicles was supposed to begin two years ago. Now that it has finally started, the requirement is being put to the test. Nine city department heads have submitted waivers to protect hundreds of trucks, sedans and other vehicles from elimination. --SNIP-- The fleet has long faced criticism for abuse and waste, a fact seen as a blemish on San Francisco’s environmentally conscious image. In recent years, city leaders have launched efforts to reduce vehicle dependency, such as by partnering with car-share programs. In 2010, San Francisco adopted the landmark Healthy...
  • Unreal… Team Obama Leaves Americans Stranded in Libya; Military STILL on Standby

    02/24/2011 8:21:53 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 38 replies
    Right Network/Gateway Pundit ^ | 2-24-2011 | Jim Hoft
    Unreal… Team Obama Leaves Americans Stranded in Libya; Military STILL on Standby Posted by Jim Hoft on Thursday, February 24, 2011, 5:07 PM The Obama Administration won’t send the military to rescue US citizens in Libya. They don’t want to look like war-mongers. Stranded: An estimated 600 U.S. citizens are stuck on board the Maria Dolores (pictured) in Tripoli, and won’t leave until at least Friday (Daily Mail)The Obama Administration is STILL grappling with whether or not to send the military into Libya to rescue US citizens.CNN reported, via HotAir: The senior U.S. official also said the “prudent planning” for...
  • Biggest Small Navy in the World...

    01/17/2012 1:18:51 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | January 17, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Brit Phil Warren took 63 years to build this incredible fleet of 432 ships in exacting 1:300 scale- and check this out: every last one of them is built entirely from matchsticks and matchboxes. The amazing collection includes nearly 370 American and  60 British RN ships. Mr Warren started the first one in post-war 1948 when just a lad of 17, and the only tools utilized in their impeccable construction are razor blade, tweezers and sandpaper. Balsa wood glue keeps it all together.. and that's it.  More than 650,000 used matchsticks and boxes were used to create the fleet (must know every...
  • 'Limousine Liberals' Report Shows Government Limo Fleet Swelling

    05/31/2011 3:35:52 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 29 replies ^ | May 31, 2011 |
    Obama administration officials are riding in style. A new report from a watchdog group shows that the number of limousines owned by the federal government rose by 73 percent during the first two years of President Obama's administration. The State Department was the recipient of most the new luxury vehicles. The "Limousine Liberals?" report from iWatch News, part of the nonprofit Center for Public Integrity, showed that government data pegged the number of limos in the federal fleet at 412 in fiscal 2010, up from 238 in fiscal 2008. Some of the details are a bit hazy. Most of the...
  • Obama Administration Buys One in Four Hybrids as Consumer Market Slumps

    11/23/2010 1:43:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    fox news ^ | 11/23/10 |
    President Barack Obama's administration has bought almost a fourth of the Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. hybrid vehicles sold since he took office, accelerating federal purchases as consumer demand wanes. The U.S. General Services Administration, which runs the government fleet, bought at least 14,584 hybrid vehicles in the past two fiscal years, or about 10 percent of 145,473 vehicles the agency purchased in that period, according to sales data obtained by Bloomberg under a Freedom of Information Act request. In fiscal 2008, hybrids accounted for less than 1 percent of government purchases, the data showed.
  • Fleet Week to spotlight disaster aid

    10/08/2010 12:18:45 AM PDT · by red flanker · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 7, 2010 | Carl Nolte
    What is billed as the biggest Fleet Week in San Francisco in 20 years gets started with a roar this afternoon when the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels precision flying team begins the first of four days of ear-shattering flights over San Francisco Bay. The Angels will be making survey flights over San Francisco and the bay starting at 1 p.m. in preparation for a dress rehearsal Friday afternoon and air shows Saturday and Sunday. Read more:
  • Asia-U.S. Shipper Readies Huge Fleet Expansion After Reporting 37% Higher Volumes

    03/29/2010 3:24:11 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 330+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 3-29-2010 | Vincent Fernando, CFA
    Asia-U.S. Shipper Readies Huge Fleet Expansion After Reporting 37% Higher Volumes Vincent Fernando, CFA Mar. 29, 2010, 10:28 AM Neptune Orient Lines, owner of the formerly U.S.-owned APL container shipping company, just reported a sharp 37% jump in container trade volume for February, crediting strength in both Intra-Asia and U.S. - Asia (Transpacific) demand. (Note that higher volume can come from APL taking share, total trade growth will be lower.) The charts below are from NOL's release.[snip]
  • IAF introduces new drone fleet

    02/21/2010 9:06:20 AM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies · 544+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/21/10 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    The Israel Air Force on Sunday introduced a fleet of large unmanned planes it claims can fly as far as Iran. Air force officials said the Heron TP drones have a wingspan of 26 meters, making them the size of passenger jets. They said the planes can fly 20 consecutive hours, and are primarily used for surveillance and carrying payloads. The drones, built by state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, were first used during Israel's Gaza war last year. At an inauguration ceremony Sunday, officials refused to say how large the new fleet is or whether the planes were designed for use...
  • Revealed: The ghost fleet of the recession anchored just east of Singapore

    09/30/2009 7:18:59 AM PDT · by RBW in PA · 36 replies · 2,290+ views
    Mail Online ^ | September 28, 2009 | Simon Parry
    The biggest and most secretive gathering of ships in maritime history lies at anchor east of Singapore. Never before photographed, it is bigger than the U.S. and British navies combined but has no crew, no cargo and no destination - and is why your Christmas stocking may be on the light side this year
  • CONGRESS $HOPPING CARTS (Millions For Green Golf Carts)

    02/11/2009 9:20:45 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 9 replies · 785+ views
    New YorkPost ^ | 2/11/09 | GEOFF EARLE
    WASHINGTON - "Fore!" The federal government is preparing to spend millions to purchase a fleet of small electric vehicles that critics compare to golf carts. The $838 billion economic stimulus bill that passed the Senate yesterday contains $300 million for the government to purchase a fleet of "green" cars. But the money won't just go to buy fuel-efficient hybrids such as the Ford Escape or Chevy Volt. The cash also can be used to purchase "neighborhood electric vehicles." The NEVs, which resemble streamlined golf carts, scoot at up to 25 mph, operate on battery power and can be plugged into...

    09/16/2008 6:35:58 PM PDT · by WSGilcrest · 30 replies · 7,481+ views
    Fleet Week 2008 Press Releases FLEET WEEK HAS A STELLAR LINE UP The Blue Angels Return along with the Canadian Snowbirds SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Sept. 2, 2008 -- Fleet week is proud to announce that the Navy’s Blue Angels will be returning to the skies of San Francisco. Fleet week makes its 28th annual appearance, October 9-14, 2008 -- attracting an estimated one million spectators along the San Francisco waterfront. The show will be bigger and better this year with the Canadian Snowbirds joining the Blue Angels. The Snowbirds’ performance features nine jets showcasing remarkable tactical aviation. Their show...
  • Report: Russia may arm Baltic fleet with nuclear warheads

    08/17/2008 1:30:17 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies · 129+ views
    New Russian threat comes in response to war in Caucasus, US-Poland deal for missile defense shield in Europe. According to Sunday Times, nuclear warheads could be supplied to submarines, cruisers and fighter bombers of Russia's Baltic fleet based between Poland and Lithuania Cold War warming up? Russia is considering arming its Baltic fleet with nuclear warheads for the first time since the cold war, the London-based Sunday Times has reported, quoting senior military sources.
  • Navy may revive 4th Fleet in S. Atlantic, Caribbean

    01/22/2008 12:50:17 PM PST · by BGHater · 84 replies · 1,082+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 19 Jan 2008 | Carol Rosenberg
    Strategist says move would show U.S. is committed to Latin America MIAMI — The Navy is considering restoring the 4th Fleet in the Atlantic Ocean, a bureaucratic change that would raise the prominence of Pentagon maritime activities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the disclosure during a visit to the Southern Command last week — calling it "a great idea" that "as far as I know is moving forward." The move would bring no new vessels to the region but would put Southcom on par administratively with other Pentagon...
  • The Duncan Hunter Fleet Of One (Hunter, earmarks, and Naval controversy)

    01/01/2008 11:12:24 PM PST · by DesScorp · 8 replies · 121+ views
    Information Dissemination ^ | Jan 1, 2008 | Galrhan
    Duncan Hunter is still trying to push the Sea Fighter. You know, X-Craft, that beacon of hope for those who hold out for major Navy transformation. Duncan Hunter is under the assumption that if the Navy would just field the Sea Fighter with 500 missiles from a certain company who continues to get earmarks from Mr. Hunter, a company that donates a lot of money to his political campaign, the US would have a better Navy...Duncan Hunter's fleet of one is in Florida and he isn't too happy about it. This is the second year in a row Duncan Hunter...