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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...
  • Japanese fleet to hunt humpback whales

    11/17/2007 8:34:33 AM PST · by BGHater · 27 replies · 125+ views
    AP ^ | 17 Nov 2007 | HIROKO TABUCHI
    apan's whaling fleet was set to leave port Sunday for its biggest-ever scientific whale hunt in the South Pacific, the government fisheries agency said. The whalers have orders to kill up to 50 humpback whales — the first known large-scale hunt for the species since a 1963 moratorium put humpbacks under international protection. The new hunt is certain to renew Japan's angry standoff with anti-whaling forces. Greenpeace and the animal rights activist group Sea Shepherd have said they will track the South Pacific hunt. Four ships including the lead craft, the 8,044-ton Nisshin Maru, were set to leave Sunday morning...
  • Oil Price 'Grounds' N Korea Fleet

    10/28/2007 10:32:11 AM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 109+ views
    BBC ^ | 10-28-2007
    Oil price 'grounds' N Korea fleet The Antonov An-2 transport first flew in 1947 North Korea has been forced to ground a fleet of Soviet-era military planes because of the high oil price, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported. Fuel is being diverted for other training flights, Yonhap quoted a military source as saying. The Antonov An-2 biplanes - of which North Korea's air force is thought to have about 300 - are able to drop special forces behind enemy lines. The planes, which can cruise below radar, carry some 12 soldiers. North Korea's impoverished economy has suffered from energy...
  • America Supports You: Padres Salute Troops During Fleet Week

    09/20/2007 6:11:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 80+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2007 – The San Diego Padres Major League Baseball team kicked off Fleet Week San Diego 2007 with a game honoring members of the city’s military community. San Diego Padres pitcher Jake Peavy (center) relaxes Sept. 17, 2007, with six Marines wounded in Iraq who are recovering at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Bank of America, an official sponsor of Fleet Week San Diego 2007, arranged the meeting as part of the festivities. Courtesy photo   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “The Padres understand and have great respect for what our dedicated men and women in...
  • America Supports You: Movie Snacks En Route to Pacific Fleet

    08/02/2007 4:59:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 112+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 2, 2007 – When a Military Sealift Command ship that routinely delivers ordnance to Navy ships makes its next delivery, the Pacific Fleet should be set for a movie marathon. As part of “Operation Popcorn,” the ammunition ship USNS Flint will distribute 250,000 bags of donated microwavable popcorn. “I am only too happy to be able to support this operation,” said civilian mariner Capt. Robert C. Holley, master of the Flint. The ship’s civilian mariners will deliver the buttery treats in addition to its already-planned cargo of ammunition. The Flint, which supports the Pacific Fleet, also will...
  • ICE uncovers metropolitan area credit card fraud scheme

    05/20/2007 8:19:03 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 3 replies · 523+ views ^ | May 15, 2007 | ICE, ICE Baby
    News Releases May 15, 2007ICE uncovers metropolitan area credit card fraud schemeTwo arrested for allegedly embezzling $6 million from major banks including Bank of America, Citigroup, Wachovia NEWARK, N.J. — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents today announced the arrests of two men for allegedly masterminding a significant credit card fraud scheme that resulted in the loss of over $6 million to credit card lenders and banks nationwide. On May 11, special agents from ICE’s Office of Investigations in Newark, N.J., arrested Akbar Wrind, a 54-year-old resident of Bayonne, N.J., and Rafael Marte, a 47-year-old resident of Walnut Port,...
  • Vanity Contra Costa Times

    03/26/2007 11:30:35 PM PDT · by Global2010 · 3 replies · 235+ views
    Contra Costa County NewsTimes | March 27 07 | Vanity Help
    Hi, I need articles pulled from the CCTimes or Maybe SFChronicle for the last year on the Suisan Bay Moth Ball Fleet. My webtv is not powered enough to archive. You can private Freep me so we don't get in publishing troubles. Or links. What I am looking for is the articles in ref. to dismantle of the fleet. Pres. Reagon had some great ideas in just leaving the old Navy Moth Ball fleet alone. The sturgeon even have taken up the area as a home and fishermen love it. They wanted to use tax payer money to ship them...
  • Navy To Cut Fleet By Half (UK)

    01/04/2007 5:44:34 PM PST · by blam · 74 replies · 1,449+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-5-2006 | Thomas Harding
    Navy to cut its fleet by half By Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent Last Updated: 12:54am GMT 05/01/2007 Royal Navy commanders were in uproar yesterday after it was revealed that almost half of the Fleet's 44 warships are to be mothballed as part of a Ministry of Defence cost-cutting measure. Senior officers have said the plans will turn Britain's once-proud Navy into nothing more than a coastal defence force. The Government has admitted that 13 unnamed warships are in a state of reduced readiness, putting them around 18 months away from active service. Today The Daily Telegraph can name a further...
  • Lockheed to Upgrade Turkey's Existing F-16 Fleet

    12/27/2006 1:09:01 AM PST · by jdm · 1 replies · 338+ views
    FORT WORTH, Texas: The U.S. government awarded a $635 million Fixed Price Incentive contract to Lockheed Martin on Dec. 22 to upgrade the Turkish Air Force's existing fleet of F- 16s. Under the terms of the contract, Lockheed Martin will provide 216 modernization kits to upgrade Turkish F-16C and F-16D model aircraft in the nation's air force inventory. The effort also includes flight testing, training, technical support and sustainment activities. This contract continues work started under an initial contract in July 2005, based on an agreement signed between the governments of Turkey and the United States in April 2005. The...
  • Sea and Air Parade Kicks Off San Diego Fleet Week

    10/03/2006 6:52:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies · 564+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class S. C. Irwin
    SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Navy paraded ships and aircraft through San Diego Bay Oct. 1 to kick-off San Diego’s Fleet Week celebration. Nearly 100,000 San Diegans and visitors from neighboring towns watched ships, including USS Nimitz (CVN 68), USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), USS Ogden (LPD 5) and USS Princeton (CG 59) sail through San Diego Bay. People also lined up for ship tours immediately following the procession. “The Sea and Air Parade is one of the largest salutes to our Navy that we do here in San Diego,” said Executive Director of San Diego Fleet Week Foundation,...
  • USS Peleliu Strike Group Concludes Operations in U.S. 5th Fleet

    07/10/2006 5:33:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 478+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | USS Peleliu Public Affairs
    USS PELELIU, At Sea (NNS) -- Six ships and nearly 5,000 Sailors and Marines assigned to the USS Peleliu (LHA 5) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) concluded operations in the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet area of operations, July 9. Deployed Feb. 15 from San Diego and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the Sailors and Marines assigned to Amphibious Squadron 3 and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC), supported operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom, and conducted maritime security operations (MSO) throughout the region. MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well...
  • New York City Bids Fair Winds, Following Sea to Fleet Week Ships

    05/31/2006 5:47:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 485+ views
    NEW YORK (NNS) -- The 19th New York City Fleet Week came to a close May 31, as Sailors and Marines left New York City in their wake, headed for their next destination. While visiting the ‘Big Apple,’ Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen participated in community service events, sports competitions, military demonstrations and Memorial Day remembrances in all five boroughs. “I’m just impressed by the good, positive attitudes and willingness to work that the young Sailors express,” commented Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Paul Ablaza, a Reservist with Naval Security Forces, Naval Weapons Station Earle, Colts Neck, N.J. “Seeing the dedication of...
  • Kearsarge Visits New York for Fleet Week (LHD 3)

    05/25/2006 9:08:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 667+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Journalist 1st Class (SW) Robert Keilman
    MANHATTAN, N.Y. (NNS) -- More than 1,000 Sailors and 600 Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) arrived in New York May 24 for Fleet Week 2006. Kearsarge, along with seven other U.S. naval ships will visit Manhattan and Staten Island for the annual celebration from May 24-31. “Fleet Week allows us to show the character of our Sailors and Marines and the quality of the Kearsarge’s, equipment, technology and capabilities,” said Capt. Joseph Sensi, Kearsarge’s commanding officer. “We thank New York for showing such appreciation and support for those of us who serve.” During their visit,...
  • Airmen Keep Fleet Rolling Through Dust, Mud

    05/16/2006 4:13:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 264+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Master Sgt. Will Ackerman
    U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jorge Chavez, 447th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Vehicle Maintenance Flight mechanic, removes a roller on a loader. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Will Ackerman Airmen Keep Fleet Rolling Through Dust, Mud A team of U.S. Air Force mechanics overcome heat, mud and the challenge to obtain replacement parts, to keep more than 300 vehicles running. By U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Will Ackerman 447th Air Expeditionary Group SATHER AIR BASE, Iraq, May 16, 2006 — Working on vehicles in the desert presents challenges. Mechanics sometimes have to scrape off layers of dirt...
  • ESG 8 Departs U.S. 5th Fleet AOR (They are getting CLOSER TO HOME)

    04/10/2006 5:51:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 241+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Lt. Lesley Lykins
    ABOARD USS NASSAU, At Sea (NNS) -- Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 8 transited through the Suez Canal April 7, marking the end of more than four months of maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. ESG 8, composed of the five ships and one submarine in the USS Nassau (LHA 4) Strike Group and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)), deployed Nov. 4 from Norfolk, Va., as part of a routine deployment of forces. While conducting operations in 5th Fleet, the ESG continuously displayed unique capabilities and continuous flexibility. From serving as...
  • Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Welcomes Reagan Strike Group to Persian Gulf Area of Operations

    02/28/2006 4:24:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 288+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Chief Journalist (SW) Donnie W. Ryan
    USS RONALD REAGAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Vice Adm. Patrick M. Walsh, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/commander, U.S. 5th Fleet (COMUSNAVCENT/5th Fleet), commander, Combined Maritime Forces visited USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Feb. 27 to welcome the ship’s crew, air wing and embarked carrier strike group staff to the 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO). The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is currently supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, as well as conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in the Persian Gulf. Reagan’s aircraft have been supporting ground troops in Iraqi around the clock since arriving in the 5th...
  • On this day: Adm. Chester Nimitz dead (20th February 1966)

    02/20/2006 9:02:43 AM PST · by Tarkin · 18 replies · 676+ views
    NYT ^ | 1966-02-21 | United Press International
    From the NYT obituary (1966-02-21) SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 20--Admiral of the Fleet Chester W. Nimitz died today in his home here. He would have been 81 years old on Thursday. During World War II, he was in charge of assembling the Pacific force of two million men and 1,000 ships that drove the Japanese back to their homeland. The former commander-in-chief of the United States Pacific fleet suffered a cerebral thrombosis, or stroke, early last month. A graveside service and burial with military honors are scheduled for Thursday afternoon at Golden Gate National Cemetery in nearby San Bruno. Earlier that...
  • TR Completes Fifth Fleet Mission (USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71))

    02/15/2006 3:32:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 354+ views
    CDR, USNF Central Command ^ | Feb 15, 2006 | JO2 Stephen Murphy
    USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and associated strike group units completed their support of Maritime Security Operations (MSO) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) when the carrier and USS San Jacinto (CG 56) transited the Suez Canal Feb. 15 as they continue their return trip home. However, detachments from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141 and Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, and VFA 15, remain in the Fifth Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and will rejoin the carrier and its associated air wing, Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8), later this month. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group...
  • ESG-1 Departs 5th Fleet, Begins Voyage Home

    01/13/2006 5:14:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 219+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Jan 13, 2005 | Lt. Ron Flanders
    ABOARD USS TARAWA, At sea in the Indian Ocean (NNS) -- Four thousand Sailors and Marines of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 1 entered the 7th Fleet area of operations Jan. 12 en route to their homeport of San Diego after completing their assigned mission in the 5th Fleet region. The ESG-1 flagship, USS Tarawa (LHA 1), the amphibious transport dock USS Cleveland (LPD 7), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) and the embarked Marines of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit spent more than four months in-theatre. “ESG-1 was simply impressive,” said Vice Adm. Patrick Walsh, Commander...
  • Sailors Serve as Dignitaries at San Francisco City Hall During Fleet Week

    10/12/2005 7:14:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 382+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Oct 12, 2005 | Journalist 1st Class (SW) Jason McKnight
    SAN FRANCISCO (NNS) -- The Friends of the Fleet Foundation of San Francisco welcomed Sailors for Fleet Week at the San Francisco City Hall Oct. 9 with a special "Most Valuable Player Luncheon." Guest speakers Tom Brady Sr. (father of New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady Jr.) and Rick Ambrose (from event sponsor Lockheed Martin) mingled with the specially-invited Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, and Ambrose related stories of valor from all the nation's sea services. "Our goal is to salute our Sailors and just say 'thank you,'" said Steve Ware, one of the event organizers. "Anything we can do to...
  • Jordan rockets miss US Navy ship

    08/19/2005 7:55:07 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 38 replies · 1,181+ views
    BBC News ^ | Friday, 19 August 2005
    Three missiles have been fired from the Jordanian port of Aqaba, missing a US Navy ship but hitting Israel. Two rockets missed the USS Ashland, an American naval ship docked in the port. A Jordanian soldier died when one of the two missiles hit the dockside. The third missile landed near Eilat airport in neighbouring Israel, causing no injuries. An internet statement, purportedly from a group which says it has links to al-Qaeda, said it was to blame. The statement, allegedly from the Abdullah al-Azzam Brigades, said the attacks were the group's first attack in Jordan and were aimed at...
  • Newest Guided-Missile Destroyer USS Halsey Enters the Fleet

    08/02/2005 6:40:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 948+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Aug 2, 2005 | Journalist Seaman Joseph Caballero
    SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Navy commissioned its newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) July 30 in a ceremony at Pier J, Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado, Calif. Arizona Sen. John McCain, former naval officer, was the key speaker for the event. In his speech, he paid special tribute to his grandfather Adm. John McCain and Fleet Adm. William F. “Bull” Halsey. “My family owes a great debt of gratitude to Adm. Halsey, who personally ordered my grandfather be present on the deck of the USS Missouri when the Japanese formally surrendered,” said Sen. McCain. “For...
  • Houston TX Blessing of the Fleet

    08/02/2005 5:03:47 PM PDT · by BellStar · 4 replies · 370+ views
    Kemah.Net ^ | 02 August 2005 | Boardwalk/Kemah
    Kemah Blessing of the Fleet Kemah-TX (Houston) The Colorful 37th annual Kemah Blessing of the Shrimp and Pleasure Boat Fleet will be held Sunday August 7 at the Kemah boardwalk. Decorated shrimp boats and pleasure craft file past the Cadillac Authentic Mexican Restaurant where the officiating priest and minister bless each of the boats. Bring your family and friends down to the Kemah Boardwalk to witness the festive boats and colorful crews as they parade down the channel in celebration of this time honored tradition. Visit download an entry form or pick one up at Kemah Boardwalk Marina (281)...
  • King Buys Golden Car Fleet With 'Purses Of The Poor'

    04/17/2005 6:17:11 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 1,117+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-18-2005 | Christopher Munnion
    King buys golden car fleet with 'purses of the poor' By Christopher Munnion in Johannesburg (Filed: 18/04/2005) King Mswati III of Swaziland has enraged the people of his impoverished kingdom once again by splashing out on a fleet of luxurious German cars at a cost of Ł500,000. The 36-year-old absolute monarch, under pressure at home and abroad over his autocratic rule and personal profligacy, has bought eight S-350 Mercedes Benz vehicles with gold-plated number plates. In 2004 the King bought BMWs for his 11 wives "He was so taken with the car when he saw it in a brochure that...
  • Have we been here before?

    04/06/2005 9:07:13 PM PDT · by MichaelCarl · 136+ views
    6 April 2005 | Michael Carl
    “Haven’t we been here before?” by Michael Carl A new report released by a presidential commission says that America’s intelligence agencies were “dead wrong,” about Iraq and the Weapons of Mass Destruction. While any consequences for this latest report are a subject for debate, it is certain that the report will obviously provide further ammunition for President Bush’s political opponents. Yet, the whole scenario of political turmoil in a Middle Eastern nation coupled with election year politics in the United States is an all too familiar scenario. In their respective centuries, Presidents Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and George W. Bush, in...
  • Pope AFB Loses Nearly Half Of C-130 Fleet To Grounding

    02/15/2005 4:18:51 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies · 808+ views
    NBC17 ^ | 2/15/05
    Pope AFB Loses Nearly Half Of C-130 Fleet To Grounding Delegation Hopes To Update Fleet POSTED: 8:09 am EST February 15, 2005 FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Nearly half of the aging C-130 airplanes at Pope Air Force Base have been grounded because of safety concerns, military officials said. Col. Darren W. McDew, 43rd Airlift Wing commander, said Monday 14 of the 31 four-propeller C-130 Hercules have at Pope are prevented from flying. The planes are used for missions as diverse as dropping Fort Bragg paratroopers on training exercises and hauling cargo around the Persian Gulf. Some members of the North Carolina...
  • The triumph of perseverance

    11/26/2004 11:51:07 AM PST · by Kitten Festival · 160+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Nov. 26, 2004 | John B. Dwyer
    Victory At Yorktown: The Campaign That Won The Revolution by Richard M. Ketchum, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 350 pages. Index, maps, Notes, Principal Character bios. $27.50. “A surprising number of these men had six years of punishing, bloody warfare behind them; six years of hardship and suffering, hunger and tedium, no pay, and unparalleled neglect by their government and fellow Americans… some of these men standing under the hot Virginia sun were survivors of the fights at Concord and Bunker Hill, had suffered bitter defeat with Arnold and Montgomery before Quebec, had been part of the humiliating loss...
  • Archaeologists find signs of ancient advertisements from Sassanid era

    08/21/2004 2:34:39 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 28 replies · 1,269+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | August 21 2004 | Anon
    TEHRAN (MNA) -- During the latest season of excavations of the northern gate of Takht-e Suleiman, an ancient Zoroastrian fire temple located in northwestern Iran, the stamps of two seals were discovered which indicate that objects entered Takht-e Suleiman from other regions with special tags attached to them which seem to be advertisements. They signify that an early form of advertising was being practiced during the Sassanid era (224-642 C.E.), Yusef Moradi, the head of the excavation team, said on Friday. “The team began its excavations in early August and found the stamps of two seals at the upper levels...
  • Ancient Persian fleet surrenders it's mysteries

    08/21/2004 1:17:11 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 16 replies · 2,133+ views
    New Zealand News ^ | 8/21/04 | SIMON COLLINS
    Secrets of an ancient Persian armada sunk off the coast of Greece 2500 years ago are being dredged up by modern archaeologists. A team from Greece, Canada and the United States has just completed a second expedition to retrieve artefacts from 300 ships of the Persian King Darius that were wrecked in a storm off the Mt Athos Peninsula, northern Greece, in 492BC or 493BC. Aucklanders will be among the first to hear the results today when three of the expedition leaders present their findings in a free public lecture at Auckland University. In two trips so far, last October...
  • Marines take Manhattan

    05/27/2004 6:22:34 AM PDT · by FreedomFighter1013 · 1 replies · 163+ views
    5/27/04 | Greg C
    I saw the greatest sight this morning. I ride along the West Side Highway every morning - from the 50s to Wall Street and work -- and along the piers, you can see the Iwo Jima and other Navy Vessels proudly arrayed near the USS Intrepid for Fleet Week. And this morning, 200+ marines were running at a fast clip along the pedestrian trail that runs from Fort Washington to the Battery. (I saw them around Houston Street.) I saluted as the stormed past, sounding off. It was a fantastic sight. I thought they would be a welcome permanent addition...
  • China Begins To Cut Back On It's 3.5M Fleet Of 'Perk' Cars.

    03/01/2004 5:55:39 PM PST · by blam · 181+ views
    The Telegraph (UK)R ^ | 2-3-2004 | Richard Spencer
    China begins to cut back on its 3.5m fleet of 'perk' cars By Richard Spencer in Beijing (Filed: 02/03/2004) China is "reforming" its 3.5 million-strong fleet of official cars, the government announced yesterday, giving a fresh insight into the privileges lavished on Communist Party officials. The state pays for the running of a car for every 20 members of the party, at a cost of more than Ł20 billion - more than the government pays on health care - according to the state news agency, Xinhua. Central authorities are now trying to find ways of preventing officials using government cars...