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  • Twin boys reunited with their World War II hero

    11/27/2015 9:00:24 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 8 replies
    CBS ^ | 11-27-15 | Steve Hartman
    The folks who run the Yorktown say a lot of kids love the ship, but no kid has ever fallen for a sailor who served on the vessel like these two boys have fallen for Mr. Harding. Which is why, for this trip, the Yorktown made special arrangements for a surprise visitor: Mr. Harding. The boys ran to embrace him; hugging an old salt never felt so sweet. It was hard to tell who enjoyed it more, or who needed it more. Over the years Mr. Harding says he'd kept most of his war stories to himself. "I guess I...
  • Heisman Trophy should be next honor for Navy’s Keenan Reynolds

    11/23/2015 6:42:15 AM PST · by paterfamilias · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 22 Nov 2015 | Thom Loverro
    Here is the forgotten, unpublicized, little-regarded mission by the Heisman Trust — the group that is responsible for the Heisman Trophy: “The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work.” Excellence with integrity. Who would have thought? (more at link)
  • Sea Wars Trailer (U.S. Navy spoofs Star Wars Trailer)

    11/22/2015 7:51:42 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/18/15
    The IKE Awakens.
  • USS Kearsarge Harriers Join Fight Against ISIL

    11/19/2015 9:58:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies ^ | November 19, 2015 | USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group public affairs
    ARABIAN GULF (NNS) -- Naval Aviation rejoined the fight against ISIL Nov. 19 when AV-8B Harriers from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM)162(Reinforced)launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) to conduct their first missions over Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR)....
  • What is the Purpose of Government? [And its Primary Duty?]

    11/19/2015 1:37:19 AM PST · by GonzoII · 17 replies ^ | Aug 05, 2011 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    In my latest In Depth Analysis (The Question of Government Size and Scope), I discussed four issues that should be kept very much in mind before we reflexively turn to government, especially the highest level of government, to solve our problems. But one thing I deliberately avoided in that essay was a consideration of the purpose of government in the first place. I’d like to address that briefly here. .... But in the midst of all these attitudes, predispositions, and mood swings, we really ought to stop to ask ourselves: What, in the abstract, is the actual purpose of government?...
  • Largest missile cruiser to hold hypersonic missiles

    11/14/2015 5:10:04 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | 12 November 2015 | OLEG KULESHOV
    A crucial stage in the production, involving removal of old equipment from the cruiser, has been completed, Sevmash told RIR. Preparations are on for the refit. The abrasive cleaning of the hull will be complete by the year end. The hull structure has been repaired; cutouts have been made at the location of the Granit cruise missile launchers, to allow installation of the new ‘Kalibr’ missile launcher unit. Tsirkon for the navy According to reent official information, after the work is complete, the cruiser will carry 80 cruise missiles and 96 anti-aircraft missiles with S-400 anti-aircraft systems.The Pantsir anti-aircraft artillery...
  • US Navy edges back to Subic Bay in Philippines – under new rules

    11/13/2015 11:19:55 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 51 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 12, 2015 | Ralph Jennings
    When this Philippine coastal town rid itself two decades ago of a giant US naval base, it wanted to shake off a colonial past and reject the “ugly Americans.” Yet today the town is once again welcoming American military personnel and viewing the US as a vanguard against an increasingly pushy China. The US Navy began using the base in Subic Bay last year to deliver materiel and personnel for annual joint military exercises. Some 6,000 US personnel came to Subic in April, and are set to return for exercises in 2016 in agreement with Philippine authorities, according to a...
  • Navy launches second test missile off Southern California coast

    11/09/2015 3:28:10 PM PST · by JPX2011 · 35 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 9, 2015 | W.J. Hennigan
    The U.S. Navy said it launched a second -- and final -- missile in a planned exercise Monday afternoon from a submarine off the Southern California coast. The second test launch of the Trident II (D5) missile from a ballistic submarine in the Pacific Ocean took place Monday afternoon, the Navy said. The blast-off took place to far less fanfare than Saturday night’s launch, which provoked residents from San Francisco to Mexico to take to social media, posting photos of an eerie-looking bluish-green plume smeared above the Pacific. Speculations were wide-ranging, including rumors of an otherworldly alien UFO visit. In...
  • Chinese naval ships to visit Florida port

    11/03/2015 7:46:35 AM PST · by PAR35 · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | November 2, 2015 | Heather Goldin
    Three Chinese naval ships are scheduled to visit Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida, Tuesday as part of a routine goodwill port visit. The ships are expected to arrive following visits to ports in Europe. ... Last month, Chinese navy ship Zheng He visited Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii.
  • India Staging Biggest Air Exercise To Prepare For 2-Front War

    10/29/2015 10:21:40 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 8 replies
    Arming India ^ | Thursday, October 29, 2015 | Arming India Correspondent
    NEW DELHI, OCT.29, 2015: The Indian Air Force (IAF) is staging its biggest exercise, codenamed 'Live Wire', to test its preparedness to fight a two-front war in case of a simultaneous armed conflict with China and Pakistan. This exercise, which begins on Oct 31, involves the simultaneous activation of all airbases across the country from Leh in Jammu and Kashmir to Car Nicobar in Andaman and Nicobar Islands for about 15 days. "The most important part of Exercise Live Wire is to rehearse quick movement of air assets from one theatre to another," a top IAF officer explained to Arming...
  • Russian warplanes buzz USS Ronald Reagan

    10/29/2015 11:39:39 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 51 replies ^ | October 29, 2015 |
    Russian warplanes buzz USS Ronald Reagan Published October 29, Two Russian warplanes flew within one mile of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, forcing the U.S. Navy to launch four fighter jets in response Tuesday, a Navy spokesman told Fox News.
  • The Soviets at Sea

    10/29/2015 10:02:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Within weeks many of you will be looking across just hundreds of feet of water at some of the most modern technology ever invented in America. Unfortunately, it is on Soviet ships. - Secretary of the Navy John Lehman, May 25, 1983, to graduating class at Annapolis . ... Almost 70 percent of the present Soviet merchant fleet has been built outside the Soviet Union. This has released Soviet shipyards and materials for Soviet naval construction. All diesel engines in Soviet ships use a technology originating outside the Soviet Union. The Soviets provided 80 percent of the supplies for the...
  • South China Sea dustup illustrates murky status of waterway (will Ozero start WWIII?)

    10/28/2015 8:54:00 AM PDT · by GodAndCountryFirst · 6 replies ^ | 10/28/2015 | Alexandra Zavis
    The South China Sea has been a source of friction for decades with China, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, Brunei and Vietnam all asserting claims over various sections. The United States and its regional allies fear that China is now trying to establish effective control over parts of the strategic waterway through landfill and construction projects in the Spratly Islands, a group of contested reefs, islets and atolls. On Tuesday, the U.S. sent a Navy warship into the 12-mile territorial zone claimed by China for artificial islands it is building to assert Washington's position that the archipelago lies within international waters...
  • Furious China Summons U.S. Ambassador, Slams Decision To "Threaten Peace" With Warship Challenge

    10/27/2015 8:51:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/27/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Update: CHINA SUMMONS U.S. AMBASSADOR OVER SOUTH CHINA SEA PATROL: CCTVWell, the USS Lassen sailed within 12-nautical miles of Subi Reef and surprisingly, World War III did not break out overnight.(USS Lassen)(Subi reef)Nine months of tension between Washington and Beijing over the latters land reclamation efforts in The South China Sea culminated on Monday with President Obamas decision to send a guided missile destroyer to Chinas man-made military outposts on a freedom of navigation exercise. As we put it on Monday evening: "The ball is now squarely in China's court. The question now is whether Beijing will back down...
  • The US just called China out on a huge bluff: Sends naval destroyer to waters China "controls"

    10/27/2015 8:43:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider via Reuters ^ | 10/27/2015 | Linette Lopez
    The US just called China out on a huge bluff on Tuesday, sending a naval destroyer into the most disputed waters in the world waters that China claims it has the right to control. The patrol by guided-missile destroyer, the USS Lassen, was the most significant US challenge yet to 12-nautical-mile territorial limits China asserts in the South China Sea and could ratchet up tensions in one of the world's busiest sea lanes. Rumblings that the US Navy would display its power in the South China Sea started earlier this month, after President Xi Jinping asserted China's sovereignty over...
  • WW2: Destroyer Escort USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413

    10/25/2015 6:20:16 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | 30 May 2008 | Hero Ships
    Hero Ships: Season 1, Episode 3 USS Samuel B. Roberts TV Episode, Documentary, History, WWII
  • Admiral punished suspected whistleblowers, is still poised for promotion

    10/21/2015 12:01:27 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 9 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | October 21, 2015 | Craig Whitlock
    The Navy is poised to promote the admiral in charge of its elite SEAL teams and other commando units even though Pentagon investigators determined that he illegally retaliated against staff members whom he mistakenly suspected were whistleblowers. Rear Adm. Brian Losey was investigated five times by the Defense Department's inspector general after subordinates complained that he had wrongly fired, demoted or punished them during a vengeful but fruitless hunt for the person who had anonymously reported him for a minor travel-policy infraction, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post. After conducting separate, years-long investigations that involved more than 100...
  • The A-4 Skyhawk Was the Navys Best Little Bomber

    10/20/2015 6:21:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 20, 2015 | S.K. Au-Yeong
    On Aug. 2, 1990, Saddam Husseins army stormed into the tiny kingdom of Kuwait with 120,000 troops and 300 tanks. While the invasion certainly shocked the world, the Iraqis did not roll in completely unopposed. Among the first responders were Kuwaiti air force A-4KU Skyhawks, which took off under artillery bombardment and lashed out at the invaders. By the time the little jets and their pilots evacuated Kuwait some landed on highways after their bases were overrun they had gunned down a third of the nine Iraqi helicopters reported destroyed, and wrecked an unknown number of Iraqi vehicles....
  • Theodore Roosevelt Wraps Up Malabar 2015

    10/20/2015 4:50:40 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    U.S. Navy ^ | 10/19/2015 1:32:00 PM | Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chad M. Trudeau, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs
    Story Number: NNS151019-24Release Date: 10/19/2015 1:32:00 PM By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chad M. Trudeau, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs BAY OF BENGAL (NNS) -- The tri-lateral exercise Malabar came to a close as Indian, Japanese and U.S. naval forces completed training, Oct. 19. The annual high-end war fighting exercise, which began in 1992, featured maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, surface and anti-submarine warfare, air defense exercises (ADEX) and visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) operations. "Every Malabar we really go one notch up, and I think we've achieved the same thing this time," said Indian Navy Rear...
  • Navy Moves Toward Unisex Uniforms and Covers

    10/14/2015 11:56:13 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 63 replies ^ | October 12, 2015 | Richard Sisk
    Under orders from Secretary Ray Mabus, the Navy has announced changes that will eventually make uniforms and covers more gender-neutral. And so, the unisex "Dixie Cup," or enlisted white hat, will come into being and be available for wear by E-6s and below next April. Female sailors will also be allowed to carry bigger purses, so long as they match their shoes. "Having service members don the same headgear is symbolic of a Navy that is gender-blind," said Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, a Navy spokesman. "We have been working hard to design covers and uniforms that improve uniformity across the...
  • US navy returns to celestial navigation amid fears of computer hack

    10/14/2015 9:28:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 101 replies ^ | 3:29PM BST 14 Oct 2015 | By Harriet Alexander, New York
    US Navy recruits to learn how to navigate using the stars as America grows increasingly worried about possible hacking of computer navigation systems It was how Odysseus sailed the seas, how Columbus reached the Americas, and how Lawrence of Arabia found his way across the vast, featureless deserts of the Middle East. For millennia, travellers used the stars to guide them on their journeys a technique which, in recent decades, has been replaced by modern technology. But now the US navy is reinstating classes on celestial navigation for all new recruits, teaching the use of sextants instruments made...
  • Army Sec: American Women Could Be Required to Register for Draft if Combat Jobs Integrated

    10/13/2015 7:20:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 12, 2015 | Morgan Chalfant
    Army Secretary John McHugh said Monday that opening up all combat roles to women would push lawmakers to engage in an emotional discussion and debate about whether or not women should also be required to enter the draft. If your objective is true and pure equality, then you have to look at all aspects and at some point Selective Service will have to be one of those things considered very carefully, McHugh said at the U.S. Armys annual meeting in Washington, D.C., according to the Washington Examiner. McHugh said that Congress would have to decide to require women to sign...
  • U.S. Sends Warships to South China Sea in an Apparent Attempt to Kick Off WW III

    10/12/2015 5:23:26 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 71 replies
    Free Thought Project ^ | 10/10/2015 | Jay Syrmopoulos
    As if poking the Russian bear wasnt enough, the Obama administration has now chosen to rile the Chinese dragon. In a move meant to project U.S. military power to the Chinese government, American officials announced that U.S. Navy warships will sail directly through a Chinese claimed 12-nautical mile zone in the disputed region of the South China Sea. The contested waters around the Spratly Islands, which China claims as its own sovereign territory, have been the cause of intense controversy. The U.S. has refused to recognize Chinas territorial claims and believes the disputed area resides in international waters. Last month,...
  • LIVE VIDEO: Fleet Week Air Show S.F. Blue Angels

    10/11/2015 3:10:49 PM PDT · by bugseye · 4 replies
    abc7news ^ | 10-11-15 |
    The Fleet Week Air Show featuring the Blue Angels takes to the sky beginning at 3 p.m.
  • US Navy Now Teaching Members about "Male Privilege;" Says Buying Truck is Example of Privilege

    10/08/2015 8:49:54 AM PDT · by rightistight · 45 replies
    The Social Memo ^ | 10/8/15 | Aurelius
    The US Navy's Bureau of Medicine & Surgery is now teaching its members about the dangers of "male privilege," giving examples of ways that men use such privilege to get what they want. The document outlining "male privilege" can be found on the US Navy's Bureau of Medicine & Surgery's official page. It details, "common phrases victims use when describing their abuse," which includes "male privilege." Here is one of the statements that "victims" of male privilege included by the Navy: When he came home yesterday, he was driving a brand new truck. I told him we needed something the...
  • Navy Secretary Dismisses Risks to Women in Combat

    10/05/2015 7:06:07 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/05/15 | Arnoild Ahlert
    A new study reveals the disturbing facts. For Navy Secretary Ray Mabus it would appear that progressive ideology trumps inconvenient reality. In an interview with National Public Radio (NPR) Mabus criticized a nine month study revealing that women sustain injuries at a higher rate than their male counterparts and shoot with less accuracy under combat-simulated conditions. (The study) started out with a fairly large component of the men thinking this is not a good idea and women will never be able to do this, Mabus told NPRs David Greene. When you start out with that mindset youre almost presupposing the...
  • Why Our Commanders Look The Other Way During Child Rape

    09/29/2015 11:06:24 PM PDT · by Vision Thing · 54 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 28, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    The revelation that our generals expect Americans solders to allow screaming young boys to be sodomized and not stop it is simply the latest manifestation of the utter moral bankruptcy infecting the senior ranks of the U.S. military. The problems with Americas militarywhich has now failed to win three wars in a row against backward fanatics whom the nineteenth-century Brits would have handily dispatched to hell in time for teaare not merely budgetary. You cant buy real leaders, leaders with strategic competence and moral courage. Aging equipment, while a problem, is nothing compared to the incompetence and moral cowardice of...
  • Navy retires USS Simpson, last modern ship to sink an enemy vessel

    09/29/2015 1:12:07 PM PDT · by mrsmith · 34 replies
    Florida Times Union ^ | Sep 29, 2015 | Andrew Pantazi
    The United States Navy decommissioned its last Perry-class frigate, reducing the Navy's number of ships that have sunk an enemy vessel to just one... After 30 years of service including an April 1988 battle when it fired missiles at and sunk an Iranian oil platform and an Iranian Navy vessel the ship's service came to an end Tuesday with a ceremony at Mayport Naval Station. Now the only Navy ship that has sunk an enemy is the USS Constitution, which did so during the War of 1812...
  • Widows Sue Navy Alleging Ship Flaws Contributed to Pilots Deaths

    09/22/2015 5:58:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The widows of two pilots killed when a wave swept their helicopter off a U.S. Navy destroyer filed a lawsuit in San Diego on Monday, alleging the Navy and others knew of design flaws in certain Navy ships and their helicopter landing platforms. The federal lawsuit, filed on behalf of Theresa Jones, Christina Gibson and their children, asks a court to declare the ships in question unreasonably dangerous and order that they be changed to prevent future accidents. On Sept. 22, 2013, Lt. Cmdr. Landon Jones and Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Gibson lost their lives when the MH-60S helicopter they...
  • U.S. Nuclear Missile Submarine Surfaces in Scotland

    09/22/2015 5:13:46 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 09/17/15 | Bill Gertz
    Pentagon deploys USS Wyoming amid tensions with Moscow nuclear-armed U.S. ballistic missile submarine arrived in Scotland this week amid growing tensions with Moscow over Ukraine and Russias strategic arms buildup. The submarine, the USS Wyoming, arrived at the British naval base at Faslane, Scotland, Wednesday morning for what the U.S. Strategic Command said is a routine visit. However, ballistic missile submarine movements and port visits normally are not announced by the Navy or the Strategic Command, an indication the Wyomings port call is intended as strategic messaging to Moscow. The submarine visit demonstrates the closeness of the U.S./U.K. defense relationship...
  • Mabus Throws Down: All Combat Positions In Dept Of Navy Will Open To Women

    09/16/2015 7:43:51 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 46 replies
    /dailycalle ^ | 09/15/2015 | Jonah Bennett
    Despite considerable backlash from within the service, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said again Monday that the Marine Corps infantry and Navy SEALs will open up to women, no matter what. After receiving heated comments from both male and female Marines who participated in and ran a Marine Corps integration study, Mabus clarified Monday at a forum by the City Club of Cleveland that many of the gender gaps on performance could be closed with more training and leadership. What this means is that hes sticking to his original plan that all combat jobs in the Department of the Navy will...
  • Secretary of the Navy Insults Marines, Dismisses Study on Gender Integration

    09/14/2015 7:52:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/14/2015 | Debra Heine
    The secretary of the Navy has insulted a Marine task force by questioning the integrity of their gender-integration study that was released last week. A summary of data showed that “mixed-gender teams completed tasks more slowly and shot with less accuracy, and that women sustained injuries at more than twice the rate of their male counterparts.”It took the Marine Corps nine months and $36 million to discover that all-male ground combat units were faster, more lethal and less inclined to get injured than units with mixed genders. The task force came to the conclusion that the inclusion of women...
  • Navy skeptical of marine corps study declaring all-male squads perform better

    09/14/2015 5:33:44 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/12/15
    Findings reveal all-male units outperformed mixed-gender unit but Navy secretary says study was flawed because of mindset of volunteers A US marine corps study examining how women would perform in ground combat roles showed all-male units broadly outperformed mixed-gender units on everything from reaching targets quickly to firing accurately with heavier weapons. The results of the study, a summary of which was released by the marine corps this week, could factor into Pentagon deliberations about which roles, if any, should remain off-limits to women. The US military services will soon submit their recommendations to Defense Secretary Ash Carter on the...
  • Navy Chaplain Exonerated From Possible Discharge After Expressing Biblical Beliefs on Homosexuality

    09/09/2015 8:02:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/09/2015 | Samuel Smith
    A Navy chaplain who voiced his biblical beliefs about homosexuality during a counseling session is no longer facing the threat of a career-ending punishment after the Navy disapproved a captain's request to bring the chaplain before the Navy's Board of Inquiry, where he could've been forced out of the service. The troubles for Navy Chaplain Wes Modder began in 2014 when he was assigned a married gay sailor to be his chaplain's assistant. After about a month as the chaplain's assistant, the assistant began asking Modder questions about his biblical beliefs on human sexuality. After explaining that his Pentecostal faith...
  • Pentagon: Chinese Navy Ships Passed Through U.S. Territorial Waters for First Time

    09/04/2015 10:43:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/4/15
    The five Chinese Navy ships spotted operating in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska steered within 12 nautical miles of the U.S. coast and passed through U.S. territorial waters, the Pentagon said. The Wall Street Journal reported: Pentagon officials said for the first time late Thursday that the five Chinese navy ships had passed through U.S. territorial waters as they transited the Aleutian Islands, but said they had complied with international law. Analysts saw the passage as significant as Beijing has long objected to U.S. Navy vessels transiting its territorial waters or operating in international waters just outside....
  • Over 1200 Days as a Japanese POW of Robert Enson Russell pt.1 of 2

    09/03/2015 4:13:39 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | Apr 24, 2012 | Robert Enson Russel and Family
    In 1972 my great uncle sat down and wrote an 80 pg. handwritten personal history of his time in World War II as a prisoner of war of the Japanese. From May of 1942 until August 15th of 1945, 1200 days as a POW, he survived one day at a time. He surrendered with his group on the island of Corregidor, and spent time in Bilibid prison, Cabanatuan, Palawan, and a journey to Japan on the horrible Oyoku Maru near the end of the war. Uncle Bob was a true American hero. A few years ago my father James Blair...
  • Five Chinese Navy Ships Are Operating in Bering Sea Off Alaska Coast

    09/02/2015 1:29:09 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 67 replies
    wsj ^ | Sept. 2, 2015 | JEREMY PAGE
    Five Chinese navy ships are currently operating in the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska, the first time the U.S. military has seen such activity in the area, Pentagon officials said Wednesday. The officials said they have been aware in recent days that three Chinese combat ships, a replenishment vessel and an amphibious ship were in the vicinity after observing them moving toward the Aleutian Islands, which are split between U.S....
  • Obamas 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 hatchetmenthat just comes with the territorybut Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabuss 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 Navys surface fleet is about as small as its been since the First World War. Despite Obamas snarky response at the time (Governor, we also have fewer horses and...
  • The Battlecarrier Was Part Battleship, Part Aircraft Carrier

    09/01/2015 8:15:25 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 49 replies
    War Is Boring ^ | 12/6/13 | Kyle Mizokami
    In the early 1980s, four Iowa-class fast battleships originally built during World War IIIowa, Missouri, New Jersey and Wisconsinwere taken out of mothballs and returned to active duty. Nearly 900 feet long and displacing close to 60,000 tons, the battlewagons could fire a nine-gun broadside sending 18 tons of steel and explosives hurtling towards their targets.The battleships were modernized to include cruise missiles, ship-killing missiles and Phalanx point-defense guns. Returned to the fleet, the ships saw action off the coasts of Lebanon and Iraq. At the end of the Cold War the battleships were retired again. All were slated to...
  • Obama Navy chief fires back at GOP

    08/31/2015 6:25:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 60 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/31/15 | Philip Ewing
    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus wants to torpedo all the talk about a shrinking U.S. battle fleet. Republican presidential candidates are pushing a narrative, Mabus said, that President Barack Obama has weakened the military and, in particular, the Navy, at a time of growing demands on American power around the world. But in an interview with POLITICO, Mabus fired a salvo at critics he said dont know what theyre talking about. I have this funny thing about facts, he laughed in his office on the Pentagons E-Ring, surrounded by paintings of classic warships. I like to get facts into the equation....
  • Sailor still imprisoned despite court victory in Navy rape case

    08/25/2015 5:33:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 8/25/15 | Michael Doyle
    A Navy enlisted man whose rape conviction was reversed six weeks ago remains imprisoned in South Carolina, caught amid the militarys accelerating campaign against sexual assault. Now, in an unusual move, attorneys for Airman Dustin M. Clark are urging the same military appeals court that threw out his 2014 conviction to order his immediate release. The 23-year-old Missouri native has already done too much time for a crime he didnt commit, his attorneys say. Its outrageous, David P. Sheldon, one of Clarks attorneys, said in an interview. Theyre making sure he stays in jail. Its rare for a military appeals...
  • Why Politico Is Dead Wrong to Be Pleased About Our Shrinking Naval Power

    08/25/2015 9:56:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/25/2015 | by Seth Cropsey
    Politico ran an article titled “The GOP’s Fantasy of a Bigger Nav [1]y” that is long on editorializing and short on facts or history.The article argues against reversing U.S. seapower’s decline. If nothing else, the article performs a useful service by encouraging a national debate as the Navy continues to shrink: little such debate has occurred about the Navy’s contraction by more than half since the Reagan administration.At stake is whether the U.S. will be required to defend itself at its coasts, and whether the international order that has existed since World War II will survive. U.S. seapower is...
  • The GOP's fantasy of a bigger Navy

    08/24/2015 7:40:07 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 75 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/24/15 | Bryan Bender and Austin Wright
    The GOP presidential field may not agree on everything, but its quickly coalescing around one big idea: vastly increasing the size of the Navy. But the Republican vow to go from 273 ships today to as many as 350 is likely to run aground due to the enormous price tag for a military buildup that could cost hundreds of billions of dollars and a series of other political obstacles. Story Continued Below . . The ambitious plan would put the GOP presidential wing on a potential collision course with its own congressional budget hawks, along with key constituencies...
  • U.S. Navy Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday

    08/20/2015 4:09:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monica Garske
    Wayne Edward Carr, of San Diegos Imperial Beach community, served 34 years in the U.S. NavyA San Diego-based U.S. Navy veteran celebrated his 100th birthday Thursday and, without a hint of hesitation, said his favorite memory of his long life will always be the day he married his wife. I was only married once, you know, centenarian Wayne Edward Carr told NBC 7 proudly, remembering his wedding day. Carr, who still has a sharp sense of humor, then joked that he got arrested on his wedding day. I was charged with theft for robbing the cradle, the Imperial Beach resident...
  • Willits bypass on Highway 101 to be named in honor of late Navy SEAL

    08/18/2015 4:37:58 PM PDT · by rey · 10 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 18 July 2015 | GLENDA ANDERSON
    A one-mile elevated section of the bypass under construction on Highway 101 in Mendocino County is to carry the name of a Willits serviceman who died four years ago while in Afghanistan. U.S. Navy SEAL Jesse Pittman, 27, of Willits, was killed when the helicopter he was in was shot down by Taliban insurgents over the Wardack province Aug. 6, 2011. Thirty U.S. servicemen died in the attack. A retired high school librarian who knew him, Mikela Cameron, and Pittmans uncle, Mike Pittman, initiated the effort to immortalize his name on a bridge. The cause gained the support of Caltrans...
  • Need Some Naval History Help

    08/18/2015 4:21:48 PM PDT · by Crapgame · 22 replies
    Freepers I am turning to you all for assistance in preparing a class lecture on the importance of Mahan's "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History". Specifically I was hoping one of you well read Freepers can direct me to a good, excerpt or summary of Mahan's "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History". Something I can hand out in class. I have read his many articles but none of them seem to cover the major points of his theories succinctly. So I am wondering now if there is a good excerpt of his major work that you all could...
  • 2 parachutists seriously injured in Chicago Air & Water show

    08/16/2015 4:38:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Fox via AP ^ | August 16, 2015
    CHICAGO Two parachutists were seriously injured Saturday during the Chicago Air & Water Show after colliding midair while performing a stunt, a parachute team spokeswoman said. Witnesses say at least one of the men clipped the top of a high-rise apartment building before falling to the ground in the city's Gold Coast neighborhood. The two men were taken in serious-to-critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Saturday morning, Fire Department spokesman Juan Hernandez said. The Army Golden Knights and Navy Leap Frogs parachute teams were performing a stunt known as a "bomb burst," Golden Knights spokeswoman Donna Dixon told...
  • Iran offers India control of strategic Chabahar Port

    08/15/2015 4:11:45 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 11 replies
    Deccan Herald ^ | Saturday, August 15, 2015 | Anirban Bhaumik
    NEW DELHI (DHNS) - As Tehran wants New Delhi to raise its stake in Chabahar Port in Iran, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Friday offered India a deal that not only involves developing the second phase of the port but also for operating it. New Delhi already pledged to build a container terminal and a multi-purpose cargo terminal on two berths at the Chabahar Port in south-eastern coast of Iran. Tehran's new offer appeared to be lucrative to India, as the strategically important port could give it a sea-land access to Afghanistan and Central Asia,...
  • Holy Cow....Today is my 10th Anniversary on Free Republic

    08/11/2015 7:21:50 PM PDT · by napscoordinator · 95 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 11 August 2015 | NAPSCOORDINATOR
    I can't believe I almost missed this most important day. I am privileged to be here and thank you all for the great education you have given me these last 10 years. I certainly have pissed off a few here and there but that is what is great about FR, we get up, shake hands and go on to the next thread. Thank you for that best 10 years!!!!! Oh and for the millionth time, NAPSCOORDINATOR means Naval Academy Preparatory School is a prep school for a year before the Naval Academy to prepare students for the rigors of...
  • Navy to arm sailors at reserve centers after Chattanooga shootings (finally!)

    08/10/2015 10:28:14 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 9, 2015 | Lucas Tomlinson
    The Navy is preparing to arm sailors at its reserve centers across the country in the aftermath of the attack last month at a Navy Reserve Center in Chattanooga that resulted in the deaths of 4 Marines and 1 sailor, officials said late Friday. The Navy has authorized arming personnel at reserve centers that are not on military installations, such as the Chattanooga center, a Navy spokesman told Fox News. Cmdr. William Marks said armed guards will be posted at the centers as a matter of prudent and necessary action toward protecting our personnel. [Snip] The Navy began examining ways...