Keyword: sail

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Iran's navy aims to sail off US shores soon

    09/04/2012 12:34:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9/4/12 | Staff
  • USS Constitution Sails For First Time Since 1997

    08/20/2012 11:21:06 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 25 replies
    NAVY ^ | 19 August 2012 | Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kathryn E. Macdonald
    CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (NNS) -- USS Constitution departed her berth from Charlestown, Mass. Aug. 19, to set sail for the first time since 1997, during an underway demonstration commemorating Guerriere Day. The underway honored the 200th anniversary of Constitution's decisive victory over the HMS Guerriere during the War of 1812, marking the first time a United States frigate defeated a Royal Navy frigate at or nearly equal size. It's also the battle in which Constitution earned her famous nickname "Old Ironsides." The ship got underway at 9:57 a.m. with tugs attached to her sides and 285 people on board, including special...
  • Weekly FR Boating Thread ~ Vol. 4 ~ Feb. 17, 2012 ~ Spring Projects

    02/17/2012 9:33:34 AM PST · by ImProudToBeAnAmerican · 29 replies · 2+ views
    Weekly FR Boating Thread ~ Vol. 4 ~ Feb. 17, 2012 ~ Spring Projects Launching ~ Weekly FR Boating Thread ~ Vol. 1 ~ Jan. 27, 2012 Weekly FR Boating Thread ~ Vol. 2 ~ Feb 3, 2012 ~ “Off Season” Weekly FR Boating Thread ~ Vol. 3 ~ Feb. 10, 2012 ~ Boat TransportationLast week’s thread had 23 posts, including boat transportation sources and recommendations. With Spring in the air and the boating season around the corner, what is everyone doing to prepare? This week I have been busy helping clients either prep their boats to sell or get...
  • Launching ~ Weekly FR Boating Thread ~ Vol. 1 ~ Jan 27, 2012

    01/27/2012 10:29:06 AM PST · by ImProudToBeAnAmerican · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Ahoy, fellow FR boating lovers! (Boating = all boats and water-related activities; sailing, cruising, fishing, beach combing, flipflop wearing, key lime pie eating, surfing, SUPing – if it floats, tastes salty or is sand encrusted, it belongs here!) While politics are important, our country is great, and FR is amazing; boating is all about fun afloat! This post is the launch of a weekly FR thread about anything and everything boating. (Boating FReepers are either enjoying their boats or dreaming about boats while surfing on Free Republic.) Back story: my parents met in a boatyard, I grew up on boats,...
  • 2 Found Dead After Sailboat Capsizes During Mackinac Race (Chicago, IL to Mackinac Island, MI)

    07/18/2011 8:04:26 AM PDT · by PDMiller · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 18, 2011 | Staff
    The bodies of two people have been pulled from the water in northern Lake Michigan after a sailboat participating in the Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac capsized in a storm near Fox Island early Monday morning. Six were rescued. The names of the two were not released by the Coast Guard. Officials could not recall any previous drowning deaths during past races. The Coast Guard was notified at 11:40 p.m. CDT Sunday by radio by crew members from the sailing vessel Sociable, that the 35-foot sailing vessel WingNuts had capsized, sending eight people into the water. Crew aboard the...
  • Flotilla faces serious delays, might sail only next week

    06/28/2011 4:16:05 PM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/29/2011 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Technical difficulties, dwindling participation and possible sabotage sap momentum of Freedom Flotilla 2; 350 people expected to participate, as opposed to 1,500 originally expected by organizers. Withdrawn insurance deeds, alleged sabotage and Greek bureaucracy have dealt a setback to organizers of Freedom Flotilla 2, who said on Tuesday that departure to the Gaza Strip might be postponed until next week. In addition, a mere 350 people are expected to participate in the flotilla, as opposed to the 1,500 originally expected by the organizers. “There have been many obstacles and complaints. Some boats are not ready and it is not clear...
  • Dutch teen sailor reaches Canary Islands (14 years old)

    08/26/2010 12:15:33 PM PDT · by jerry557 · 17 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 08/26/10 | Ciaran Giles
    MADRID – A 14-year-old Dutch sailor aiming to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world says she has reached Spain's Canary Islands off northwest Africa but declined Thursday to say where exactly she was. "Now I'm in the Canary Islands with the first stage of my trip behind me," Laura Dekker wrote on her website. "It was a great first stage that I can look back on with a good feeling. The message was posted Wednesday but gave no details as to where on the seven-island archipelago she was. In an email Thursday to The Associated Press,...
  • Crafton family enjoys rare closeness after seven years together at sea

    08/02/2010 10:53:37 AM PDT · by Errant · 13 replies · 45+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 1 August, 2010 | Steve Hendrix
    After living the past seven years in this cabin the size of a hotel bathroom, the Crafton family seems in no hurry to clear out now..."I went to a Wal-Mart the first week we were back, and I had to come home and take a nap," says Tom, rolling his ice-gray eyes and leaning against the teak bulkhead. "It's way too soon for that. Some of our cruising friends warned us about reentry. Baby steps, baby steps."
  • Sen. John Kerry skips town on sails tax(taxes are for the little people)

    07/23/2010 5:30:27 AM PDT · by GQuagmire · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Friday, July 23, 2010 | Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
    Sen. John Kerry, who has repeatedly voted to raise taxes while in Congress, dodged a whopping six-figure state tax bill on his new multimillion-dollar yacht by mooring her in Newport, R.I.
  • Abby Sunderland's solo bid was 'too risky' says American Sailing Association

    06/13/2010 6:52:35 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 134 replies · 2,075+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 14th June 2010 | Carly Crawford and Michael Harvey
    THE United States' peak sailing body was so concerned about Abby Sunderland's solo record bid that it refused to sponsor her. As the young sailor blasted her critics, the American Sailing Association confirmed it had knocked back the teenager's appeal for help, fearing commercial endorsement might encourage her to take too many risks. "We chose not to be sponsors of Abigail because we did have concerns about the timing of her departure," said executive director Charlie Nobles. Abby's route placed her in the treacherous Indian Ocean during the notoriously tough winter months. "She had a lot of sponsors that were...
  • Sunderland "reality" show preplanned before Abby's misadventure

    06/13/2010 7:22:19 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 84 replies · 1,942+ views
    (Info derived from linked article) Sunderland "reality" show was preplanned before Abby's misadventure: Adventures in Sunderland (Reality TV Show) Distribution Rights: Magnetic Entertainment Exec Producer: Magnetic Entertainment "A family oriented Adventure show, based on the Sunderland Family of Thousand Oaks, CA. We follow the family in their day-to-day lives as shipbuilder Laurence Sunderland and mother/teacher Marianne try to balance work and family." http://www.magneticent.com/html/projects.htm "Magnetic Entertainment" is the sponsor of the ill-fated voyage. (pdf list of sponsors) http://abbysunderland.com/images/sponsors/abby_sponsorship.pdf
  • Round-the-World Calif. Teen Sailor Found Alive

    06/11/2010 4:05:08 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 402 replies · 6,462+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/11/2010 | Fox News
    CANBERRA, Australia -- A 16-year-old California girl who was feared lost at sea while sailing solo around the world has been found alive and well, adrift in the southern Indian Ocean with rescue boats headed toward her damaged yacht, officials said. After a tense 20 hours of silence, a Qantas Airbus A330 search plane launched from Australia's west coast made radio contact with Abby Sunderland on Friday in the frigid southern seas where her boat was repeatedly knocked down by huge waves and she lost satellite phone contact.
  • Abby Sunderland Feared Lost at Sea

    06/10/2010 11:11:42 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 482 replies · 5,726+ views
    abcnews.com ^ | June 10, 2010 | ROBERT RUDMAN, MARC DORIAN and TOM McCARTHY
    Abby Sunderland, 16, who is attempting to become the youngest sailor ever to circumnavigate the globe, was feared lost at sea today after her crew lost contact with her boat. Jeff Casher, an engineer on Sunderland's support team, said two emergency beacons on her boat are now signaling she is in trouble. Abby's mother, MaryAnne Sunderland, told ABC News that Abby manually activated two beacons around 6 a.m. Pacific Time Thursday. A beacon designed to automatically go off when it contacts water had not been activated, she said. Abby was in 20-25 foot waves at the time of last contact,...
  • Teen sailor Abby Sunderland focus of emergency rescue effort

    06/10/2010 10:19:33 AM PDT · by ml/nj · 202 replies · 2,135+ views
    Pete Thomas Outdoors ^ | June 10, 2010 | Pete Thomas
    A rescue effort has been launched in hope of finding Abby Sunderland, 16, who set off her emergency beacon locating devices from the southern Indian Ocean early this morning. Sunderland, who had been attempting to sail around the world alone, endured multiple knockdowns in 60-knot winds yesterday (Thursday local time) before conditions briefly abated. However, her parents lost satellite phone contact early this morning and an hour later were notified by the Coast Guard at French-controlled Reunion Islands that both of Sunderland's EPIRB satellite devices had been activated. One apparently is attached to a survival suit and meant to be...
  • Emergency Rescue Effort is Launched for Teen Sailor Abby Sunderland (16 years Old and Alone)

    06/10/2010 12:08:52 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 105 replies · 2,394+ views
    Grind TV ^ | 6/10/2010 | Grind TV
    A rescue effort has been launched in hope of finding Abby Sunderland, 16, who set off her emergency beacon locating devices from the southern Indian Ocean early this morning. Sunderland, who had been attempting to sail around the world alone, endured multiple knockdowns in 60-knot winds Thursday before conditions briefly abated. However, her parents lost satellite phone contact early this morning and an hour later were notified by the Australian Coast Guard that both of Sunderland's EPIRB satellite devices had been activated. One is apparently is attached to a survival suit or a life raft and meant to be...
  • Space yacht will be first craft to travel on 'solar waves' as it sets sail for Venus

    04/29/2010 12:56:15 PM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies · 691+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | April 29, 2010 | Clair Bates
    A 'space yacht' propelled only by sunlight particles bouncing off its kite-shaped sails is to launch next month. A rocket carrying the Japanese craft will blast off from Tanegashima Space Center on May 18. Once in space the short cylindrical pod will separate from the rocket spinning up to 20 times a minute. This will help it to unfold its flexible 46ft sail, which is thinner than a human hair.
  • Setting Sail Into Space, Propelled by Sunshine

    11/10/2009 6:58:18 AM PST · by green iguana · 5 replies · 513+ views
    NY Times ^ | 11-9-09 | DENNIS OVERBYE
    About a year from now, if all goes well, a box about the size of a loaf of bread will pop out of a rocket some 500 miles above the Earth. There in the vacuum it will unfurl four triangular sails as shiny as moonlight and only barely more substantial. Then it will slowly rise on a sunbeam and move across the stars. ... In principle, a solar sail can do anything a regular sail can do, like tacking.
  • Teen Completes Sail Around the World (OK, This is cool!)

    07/16/2009 12:45:23 PM PDT · by devane617 · 21 replies · 758+ views
    MyFoxLA.com ^ | 07/16/2009 | Bob DeCastro
    As the morning fog lifted this morning off Harbor Mouth at Marina del Rey, it revealed a sailboat piloted by a 17-year-old boy from Thousand Oaks who had just become the youngest to sail around the world alone.
  • Recently Wounded Vets Sail Toward New Recognition of Capabilities

    10/02/2008 4:27:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 250+ views
    SAN DIEGO, Oct. 2, 2008 – Army Staff Sgt. Michael Fradera had never even been on a sailboat before an improvised explosive device in Baghdad blasted away both of his legs during the early days of the troop surge in Iraq. Kevin Wixom, captain of B-Quest II, shows Army Staff Sgt. Michael Fradera how to steer the vessel through San Diego Harbor during the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic. DoD photo by Donna Miles  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. But yesterday, the former 1st Infantry Division soldier, now medically retired from the Army, was the king of San...
  • America Supports You: ‘Project Ark’ Sets Sail in Hawaii

    08/25/2006 1:57:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 344+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Monique Reuben
    America Supports You: ‘Project Ark’ Sets Sail in HawaiiBy Monique ReubenAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2006 -- As Cheryl Janus reflected on Project Ark, a program for military teens she helped organize this summer, she realized the “ark” did in fact float. Project Ark participants and chaperones take time for a group photo on the deck of the battleship USS Missouri. Project Ark brought teenage children of deployed servicemembers to Hawaii in July to interact and develop skills for coping with their parents’ deployment. Courtesy photo   '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The “ark” in Project...
  • Iwo Jima Sets Sail to Avoid Hurricane Rita

    09/22/2005 4:38:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 361+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Sep 22, 2005 | Journalist 1st Class (SW) Mike Jones
    ABOARD USS IWO JIMA (NNS) -- USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) successfully got underway from its current berth in downtown New Orleans Sept. 21 as Hurricane Rita raged across the Gulf of Mexico. With the successful onload of supplies and personnel, including 647 Marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24 MEU), Iwo Jima began its trek down the Mississippi River to safer, open waters. The multipurpose amphibious assault ship has been moored in downtown New Orleans since early September, serving as a command and control hub and providing relief and recovery efforts as part of Joint Task Force (JTF)...
  • Solar sail spacecraft is tested for flight

    03/17/2005 12:01:39 PM PST · by kennedy · 19 replies · 711+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | March 17, 2005 | Matt Drudge
    A solar-sail spacecraft is undergoing pre-flight testing, Russian media reported Thursday. The unmanned spacecraft with eight triangular sail blades, each 16.5 yards long, is to be launched in April aboard a Volna rocket. The launch will occur from a Russian submarine in the Barents Sea, Lidia Avdeeva, spokeswoman for the Lavochkin production and science association, told the Russian ITAR-TASS news agency. Scientists will study the possibility of using a solar sail as a traction system and as a way to control the spacecraft during its orbit flight, she said. "Technical solutions used in the probe can be a basis for...
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 715 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • Kon-Tiki Replica To Sail, Study Pacific In 2005

    09/06/2004 4:20:33 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 1,087+ views
    ABC Science News ^ | 9-6-2004 | Alister Doyle
    Kon-Tiki Replica to Sail, Study Pacific in 2005 Sept. 6, 2004 — By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - A replica of the Kon-Tiki balsa raft will sail the Pacific in 2005 to study mounting environmental threats to the oceans since Thor Heyerdahl made his daredevil 1947 voyage, organizers said on Monday. One of Heyerdahl's grandsons will be among the six-strong crew for the trip from Peru aiming to reach Tahiti, about 310 miles west of the Raroia atoll where the Kon-Tiki ran aground after traveling 4,970 miles in 101 days. Heyerdahl's original voyage defied many experts' predictions that...
  • 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...
  • Ancient Vessel Traces Voyages Of The Past

    06/13/2002 2:31:03 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies · 2,402+ views
    Cyprus Mail ^ | 6-13-2002
    Ancient vessel retraces voyages of the past By Stefanos Evripidou IT LOOKS like a tree house stuck on a bamboo banana. In reality it's the incarnation of a pre-Pharaonic reed boat, designed and built to unravel the mysteries of prehistoric navigation. The Abora II drifted in to Larnaca marina yesterday. Weighing in at six- tonnes, the vessel is a totra-reed boat. It is 11.5 metres long, 3.5 metres wide and 1.5 metres deep. The man responsible for building the huge boat is Dominique Goerlitz, a biology teacher at a school in Germany. As a student, Goerlitz was fascinated by the...
  • Family's Feat to Sail the Globe Comes Full Circle

    05/22/2004 8:31:54 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 147+ views
    AP ^ | May 22, 2004
    Family's Feat to Sail the Globe Comes Full Circle By Dana Treen/Associated Press May 22, 2004 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - There's a magical place Ellen Catlin has dreamed about for much of the past six years: a place so special she made it her computer screensaver. It's her bed - the one she crawled into last month after spending almost half her life at sea. At 13, she was ready to come home. That's just what her family did, sailing in from the sea and into the Ortega River, closing the circle on a round-the-globe trip. As the 52-foot sailboat...
  • Who really discovered America? (Evidence that the Jews did!)

    04/13/2004 6:26:18 AM PDT · by vannrox · 60 replies · 4,778+ views
    Far Shores - Ancient Mysteries ^ | FR Post - April 13 2004 | William F. Dankenbring
      WHO REALLY DISCOVERED AMERICA? William F. Dankenbring    Posted Apr 05.04 WHO REALLY DISCOVERED AMERICA? A stone in a dry creek bed in New Mexico, discovered by early settlers in the region, is one of the most amazing archaeological discoveries in the Western Hemisphere. It contains engraved on its flank the entire Ten Commandments written in ancient Hebrew script! Hebrew scholars, such as Cyrus Gordon of Brandeis University near Boston, have vouched for its authenticity. I visited the site of the huge boulder, near Las Lunas, New Mexico, in 1973 and photographed the Hebrew inscriptions. A local newspaper reporter guided...
  • Robot Balloons Could Explore Mars

    02/12/2004 6:51:36 PM PST · by anymouse · 14 replies · 217+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, 11 February, 2004
    Remote-controlled balloons carrying armies of mini-robots could be filling Mars' skies if a project by Californian scientists takes off. Nasa-funded researchers are developing the StratoSail, a balloon with a wing, that can be accurately steered through Mars' winds for months. Like weather balloons, the StratoSail could carry cameras and gadgets to spot potential areas for human missions. The hi-tech devices could also launch robotic probes to monitor the surface. "The ability of long-duration guided planetary balloons to alter their flight path in the atmosphere, to deploy surface probes, and to carry out detailed reconnaissance make them a very powerful tool...
  • Irish Emigrant Ship [The Jeanie Johnston - not a coffin ship - Interesting American History]

    06/29/2003 9:25:30 AM PDT · by ex-snook · 8 replies · 470+ views
    web site ^ | current | web stie
                                                                    The Jeanie Johnston An Incredible History The story of the Jeanie Johnston is the story of one of the most momentous periods in Irish history – the era of the Great Famine that swept the country in the middle of the 19th century. It is also a tale of great humanity, remarkable courage and pioneering spirit on the part of Irish people fleeing the dreaded famine, which decimated the population of Ireland in a few short years. It can be truly said that the Jeanie Johnston – and the many similar emigrant ships of the 19th century which it...
  • VIKINGS RAPED, PILLAGED THEN DID IRONING

    05/09/2003 1:56:42 PM PDT · by vannrox · 81 replies · 492+ views
    The Daily Record ^ | May 5 2003 | Editorial Staff
    VIKINGS RAPED, PILLAGED THEN DID IRONING May 5 2003 VIKINGS were responsible for introducing ironing to Scotland. The pillaging Scandinavians were surprisingly conscious of their appearance and regularly smoothed their clothes. Excavations across Scotland have revealed evidence that the Nordic warriors used ironing boards and smoothing stones to make the job easier. Dr Euan MacKie, of Glasgow University, said he found out about the ironing culture by chance 10 years ago, when his colleague's child found a piece of a whalebone on the Hebridean island of North Uist. He said: "It is probably right to say Vikings introduced ironing to...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 3-08-03

    03/07/2003 10:03:25 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 6 replies · 357+ views
    NASA ^ | 3-08-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured , along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 March 8 Solar Sail Credit: NASA / MSFC Illustration Explanation: Nearly 400 years ago astronomer Johannes Kepler observed comet tails blown by a solar breeze and suggested that vessels might likewise navigate through space using appropriately fashioned sails. It is now widely recognized that sunlight does indeed produce a force which moves comet tails and a large, reflective sail could be a practical means of propelling...
  • Monster Squid Grips Racing Yacht?

    02/07/2003 7:57:44 AM PST · by vannrox · 29 replies · 491+ views
    Discovery ^ | Jan. 16 2003 | Editorial Staff (AFP)
    Monster Squid Grips Racing Yacht? AFP Jan. 16 — A French yacht taking part in the Jules Verne round-the-world sailing trophy was gripped by a giant squid for about an hour in the mid-Atlantic, its skipper announced by radio-link. Veteran yachtsman Oliver de Kersauson, at the helm of the trimaran Geronimo, said the three-hulled boat was hit by strange vibrations on Sunday, so he sent a crew member below deck to try to identify what was wrong. "Suddenly he saw something moving," de Kersauson said. "It was tentacles. "The squid was pulling really hard, so we put the boat...
  • Ark Royal Sets Sail For Gulf (UK)

    01/11/2003 10:20:51 AM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 511+ views
    BBC ^ | 1-11-2003 | Paul Adama
    Saturday, 11 January, 2003, 13:18 GMTArk Royal sets sail for Gulf The ship left Portsmouth to the cheers of relatives The crew of the aircraft carrier Ark Royal have begun their voyage to the Gulf as part of the biggest British naval deployment for two decades. The 20,000-ton flagship began leaving Portsmouth at 1230 GMT with a total crew on board of 1,100. Officially the crew are heading for Malaysia to take part in joint exercises in June, in a voyage which will last at least six months. But they could be used in any action against Iraq "if and...
  • Russian Warships On Standby To Sail To Gulf

    01/09/2003 8:49:18 PM PST · by blam · 38 replies · 482+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1-10-2002 | Nick Walsh
    Russian warships on standby to sail to Gulf Nick Paton Walsh in Moscow Friday January 10, 2003 The Guardian Russia has put three warships on standby to go to the Persian Gulf within the next month to protect its "national interests" in the event of an American invasion of Iraq. Russia's Pacific fleet has been ordered by the central command to prepare two cruisers and a fuel tanker for immediate deployment to the Gulf. The move will heighten tension between Moscow and Washington, who both have interests in Iraq's oilfields. The Marshal Shaposhnikov and the Admiral Panteleyev cruisers would be...
  • Saddam Hints At Flexibility, US Ships Set Sail

    11/04/2002 1:02:59 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 260+ views
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 11-04-2002 | Samia Nakhoul/Evelyn Leopold
    Saddam Hints at Flexibility, U.S. Ships Set Sail By Samia Nakhoul and Evelyn Leopold BAGHDAD/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said Monday he would consider cooperating with a new U.N. resolution on arms inspections provided it was not merely a pretext for the United States to attack Iraq. As intense diplomatic wrangling went on among major powers over how to deal with Iraq, there were growing signs that Washington was preparing for possible war. U.S. officials told Reuters three U.S. military cargo ships capable of carrying tanks had left U.S. shores. "If a resolution is issued which respects...