In the summer of 1961 the New York Times ran a front page story entitled: ADMIRAL RICKOVER SAYS REDS LEARNED SECRETS FROM TOY SUB. In that story the father of the US Navy’s nuclear submarine program claimed that the hobby company Revell’s model of the USS George Washington nuclear-powered Polaris missile submarine had given away classified information to the Soviet Union. “If I were a Russian,” declared Rickover, “I would be most grateful to the United States for its generosity in supplying such information for $2.98.”
This isn’t the first time the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment has conducted urban training operations over a major US city. I think the last time they did it was over Houston.
Night operations over an urban area are incredibly challenging, and so require regular practice. Building a raining range isn’t exactly practical, so they simply fly over US cities. One presumes they have conducted reasonable liaison not just with the local police, but also the FAA and air traffic control facilities in the area.
A U.S. Navy coastal patrol ship fired three warning shots at an Iranian ship that sailed within 200 yards in the Northern Persian Gulf Wednesday after one of four close calls this week involving U.S. and Iranian vessels, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News on Thursday.
The USS Squall fired the shots, according to the official.
On Tuesday, four Iranian small boats "harassed" the USS Nitze, sailing near the guided missile destroyer in the narrow Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. Navy official told Fox News.
On 5 August 2016, anti-government forces from the Free Syrian Army and the Islamist coalition Jaish al-Fateh stormed and captured a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) artillery school facility during operations aimed at breaking the Syrian regime siege of Eastern Aleppo. The following day, rebel group Ahrar al-Sham posted photos of materiel in the facility’s ‘Ordnance Square‘. Apart from a number of artillery pieces more commonly seen in the Syrian conflict, a photo showed a Soviet 180 mm S-23 artillery gun in the travelling position.
What’s your favorite plane? What’s your favorite plane picture?
That’s an F-4E, and I belive the MY tail code is Seymour Johnson AFB, sometime in the mid 1980s.
BTW, there’s an interesting difference between how the Navy and the Air Force developed the various sub-types of F-4.
The Navy F-4B and F-4J (and their F-4N and F-4S mods) always had a limited ground attack capability, but were always optimized for the air to air role.
The Air Force, on the other hand, would modify some parts of the C, D, and E fleets to be optimized for the air to ground role, with sensors and navigation equipment that made some of their jets very formidable precision strike aircraft. Meanwhile, other parts of the Air Force fleet were still very optimized for the air to air role.
The massive recall of prisoner-made combat helmets for the Army and Marine Corps was actually three times as big as initial reports indicated, a new investigation has found. The Defense Department recalled 129,000 Advanced Combat Helmets and Lightweight Marine Corps Helmets in 2010 due to a number of defects and fears soldier and Marines' lives were at risk. Initial reports put that number at only about 40,000-plus. The U.S.Department of Justice Inspector General conducted two joint investigations into the controversy and a new report issued Wednesday details a number of disturbing findings:
So, for two different contracts, one from the Department of the Army, and another, by the Defense Logistics Agency, on behalf of the Marine Corps, the government solicited bids to make combat helmets for our troops.
ArmorSource, LLC successfully bid for the contracts.
But rather than making the helmets, ArmorSource turns around and subcontracts the production to UNICOR, also known as Federal Prison Industries.
FPI did spectacularly poor work, and failed to provide the prisoners proper tooling and processes to manufacture the helmets. And FPI jiggered the paperwork to try to conceal just how shoddy their work was.
But ArmorSource gets hammered with the civil settlement. Which, don’t get me wrong, that’s fair. They have an obligation to ensure the quality of subcontracted work.
But notice that there will be no accountability at FPI. No management at FPI will face criminal charges, and I’d be stunned if anyone was fired.
Ammunition rooms were immediately ordered flooded, and all hands were ordered to fire-fighting stations. The pump system aboard, however, failed to function and it became apparent that the fire would not be extinguishable in the immediate future. The headquarters, therefore, was moved to the Nagara at 0746. Subsequent to this, every effort was made to bring the fire under control but it became increasingly evident that there would be little hope of success.
At 1038, the Emperor's portrait was transferred to the destroyer Nowake. By 1620, the situation was deemed hopeless, and the captain of the Akagi decided to order all hands to abandon ship. A report to that effect was made to the commander of the Mobile Force and the order was issued at 1625. Personnel began transferring to the destroyers Arashi and Nowake at 1700. At 1925 CinC Combined Fleet ordered: "Delay disposition." While standing by awaiting further orders, CinC Combined Fleet ordered: "Dispose," at 0150 on the 6th. In accordance with this order, the ship was scuttled at 0200, in position 30-30N, 178-40W.
Airbus Defence and Space imagery captured on 11 August 2016 shows significant activity related to China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) projects at Dalian Shipyard, including the assembly of the country's first indigenous aircraft carrier (CV), the Type 001A, and the production of Type 052D guided-missile destroyers (DDGs).
The imagery shows that, with the addition of the bow section and other exterior components, the assembly of the Type 001A CV is nearly complete. Two of the component fabrication areas adjacent to the dry dock are largely clear of materials, indicating that work on the Type 001A hull is nearing an end. Few uninstalled components remain present, including the forward aircraft elevator.