Friday, October 23, 2020

Pulp.

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THE BIG BOOM THAT NEVER WAS? FROM ONE YEAR AGO.

Thanks to the Planet Today Internet web site.

'Underwater Nuclear Explosion' Occurred In The South China Sea?"

Question mark?

"Information about the alleged 'underwater nuclear explosion' that occurred in the South China Sea began to spread a couple of days ago."

"Any sane person having read that 'the explosion occurred at a depth of 50 m and its power was 10 to 20 kilotons of TNT,' would immediately conclude that an explosion of such power at such a shallow depth would certainly cause a crushing tsunami wave, but there are no tsunami reports."

ACCIDENTAL ATOMIC DETONATION OF A CHINESE NUCLEAR WEAPON APPARENTLY DID NOT OCCUR. BUT WAS REPORT BY VARIOUS SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS AS BEING SO OR AT LEAST A POSSIBLE.

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This was some sort of "pulp fiction" [fiction dealing with lurid or sensational subjects]  and FAKE news [false news stories, often of a sensational nature, created to be widely shared or distributed]    apparently. NO underwater accidental detonation of an atomic weapon occurred?

IF indeed "fake" news as generated by whom and for WHAT reason?

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Mad Jack.

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The British do so love their eccentrics.

"ec•cen•tric - - adj. Departing from a recognized, conventional, or established norm or pattern."

Thanks to the article from "Coffee or Die" as authored by Matt Fratus. 

"‘MAD JACK’ CHURCHILL: THE OFFICER WHO CARRIED A SWORD, BAGPIPES, AND A LONGBOW INTO BATTLE"

Jack Churchill [no relation to Winston]. Serving British army officer during the Second World War and a man of many talents and abilities.

Archer /swordsman/ romantic /military officer /bagpiper /male model /PoW escapee /motorcyclist.

"ro•man•tic - - adj.  imaginative but impractical; visionary"

Read of additional military men each and everyone a successful battlefield commander the moniker "Mad" bestowed:

* Mad Anthony Wayne.

* Mad Mike Hoare

*  Mad Mike Calvert.

* Mad Mitch Colin Mitchell.

Mad but not in a bad way mad.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

PLAN.

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"keep the focus on the PLAN and the Indo-Pacific theater"

PLAN = People's Liberation Army Navy. Red China.

From CDR Salamander and the proceedings of the Naval Institute.

"At Sea, There is Only One Great Power Competition"

"The phrase 'Great Power Competition' is often used as a proxy for 'China and Russia.' That is unquestionably accurate with China, and to a lesser extent Russia, but when you look to the high seas, it really needs to be seen as shorthand for China".

As described by the Commander and in-the-nutshell Russia as a NAVAL THREAT their role as a GREAT POWER should not be over-estimated:

"Simply put, Russia does not have much additional money to spend at sea with her requirements ashore for her land an air forces. Yes, she can produce some regional effects at sea and her submarines could, in spots, create bother … but nothing that her much larger and richer European rivals can’t challenge as needed with a helpful assist by the USA where there are gaps."

According to the Commander the USA should not fear a combined fleet of China and Russia as an adversary. Nor a two-ocean war. Keep your eyes on the prize.

See recent blog entries as applicable:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/10/long-game.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/10/two-power-ii.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/10/two-power-i.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/10/biggest.html

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Tanked.


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One wee dram too many it seems. 

From the Russian media outlet RT another instance reported of the British nuclear ballistic-missile firing fleet again getting bad press.

"Too tanked for Tridents? Royal Navy officer in charge of nukes reportedly came to work drunk and clutching bag of BBQ chicken"

"tanked - -  adj. Intoxicated; drunk"

"The British nuclear submarine dubbed “HMS Sex and Cocaine” by the tabloids is in trouble again. An officer responsible for its nuclear missiles reportedly showed up for duty drunk during a port call in the US."

"The latest embarrassing incident happened during HMS Vigilant’s stay at the US Navy’s Kings Bay base in Georgia, according to the Sun. Lt. Commander Len Louw came in for his shift just as the crew was preparing to unload Trident II missiles – the primary armament of the submarine. As the weapons engineering officer, Louw was supposed to be in charge of the nuclear weapons."

BACK IN THE DAYS OF THE COLD WAR DURING A FIFTY YEAR PERIOD ABOUT 50,000 AMERICAN SERVICE MEN THEIR DUTY INVOLVING NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN SOME MANNER HAVING THEIR SECURITY CLEARANCES TAKEN AWAY MOSTLY FOR THE OFFENSE RELATED TO THE EXCESSIVE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE.

LASH, GROG, SODOMY. A PORTION OF THE ANCIENT ROYAL NAVY [RN] TRADITION CONTINUES?

See recent previous blog entries the British nuclear deterrent personnel flaws made apparent:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/10/outbreak.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/10/visit-usa.html

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Cannon SLRC.

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From the Russian media outlet Sputnik and the article by Svetlana and thanks to both.

"US Army Reportedly Developing Cannon Touted as Able to Blast Through Air Defences ‘As Far As Moscow’"

"The Strategic Long Range Cannon (SLRC) is touted as potentially being able to strike targets at up to 1,150 miles (1,850 km) away and fire 50 times farther than existing guns."

SLRC as having the topic of a prior blog entry with additional embedded links.

Some clarification from the Internet web site Global Security.regarding the  SLRC:

"It should not be imagined that the SLRC is simply an enlarged version of a regular cannon. It should not be thought that this is a successor to the Paris Gun or Gerald Bull's big guns, in which a large cannon fires a passive projectile some great distance. Rather, the Strategic Long Range Cannon fires a self-propelled projectile, providing the initial boost needed to get the projectile up to multi-Mach speeds where the on-board propulsion system can initiate self-sustained flight. This booster function in other systems in typically performed by a solid-rocket motor booster. Whether the substitution of a large gun for a small rocket motor is a net gain has yet to be established."

CONSIDER NOT SO MUCH THE RANGE OF THE WEAPON BUT THE ACCURACY, RAPIDITY OF FIRE OF THE CANNON AND LETHALITY OF THE ROUND FIRED. DETAILS ON THOSE ASPECTS I IMAGINE  AT THIS STAGE OF  DEVELOPMENT CLASSIFIED.

Mounting of the SLRC [four cannon per battery] on an ocean-going [?] barge also touted as a possible.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Long Game.

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Consider this graphic very apropos within the context of a prior blog entry.

Thanks to the outstanding Internet blog of Commander Salamander.

"Keeping an Eye on the Long Game: Part LXXXVI"

Click on image to see a larger view. Chinese naval "platforms" versus allied naval "platforms" as estimated by the year 2025. Allies to include the USA, Japan, Australia and Republic of Korea [ROK]. "Platforms" as in the vicinity of the western Pacific during a time of PEACE. Allied forces during a time of crisis obviously their reinforcement to be MARKED. Platforms [Chinese and allied both] to include: 1, Satellites with a military or quasi-military capability. 2. Fighter planes. 3. Multi-engine jet bombers. 4. Naval patrol aircraft. 5. Aircraft carriers. 5. Amphibious landing warships. 6. Conventional surface warships. 7. Submarines. 8. Ballistic missiles of the long/medium/short range variety. The aggregate quite impressive. War-making naval stuff soup to nuts.

Once more naval assets the western Pacific during a time of peace! Imagine that one aircraft carrier [USA] that scant number to be increased quickly by at least four additional carriers during a time of crisis. Amphibious landing warships [USA] their mission sea control and carrying F-35B warplanes more aerial assets with significant capacity. Graphic not including tanker aircraft with the USA possessing an overwhelming number of such warplanes to be deployed forward if and when needed. China their resources in this vital category slim. 

As to the quality versus quantity issue consider:

"QUANTITY has a QUALITY all of it's own". - - J.Stalin.

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Two-Power II.

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"Our supremacy on the sea must, after all, be measured by the number of battleships we can put into line. It is further our duty, as we find other nations pushing forward this particular class of ship, to do the same." - -  Lord George Hamilton 

Conclusion.

That previous blog entry the size of the American naval force seen as being paramount with regard to national defense. American naval force must be able to fight [and presumably defeat] the navies of Russia and China.

DEFEAT THE NAVAL FORCES OF RUSSIA OR CHINA, EITHER INDIVIDUALLY OR COMBINED [?].

Similar to British naval doctrine as it was in the latter half of the Nineteenth Century. Established and agreed doctrine as became institutionalized.

"The Naval Defence Act 1889 was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It received the Royal Assent on 31 May 1889 and formally adopted 'two-power standard' and increased the United Kingdom's naval strength. The standard called for the Royal Navy to maintain a number of battleships at least equal to the combined strength of the next two largest navies in the world"

"This demand, then only in the mouth of English naval experts, had now become a national shibboleth [a widely held belief], and every cabinet since, no matter what its other creed, has practically lived up to this program. In 1889 there advened [to come to or reach], under strong public pressure, the passage of the Naval Defense Act, which enabled the British Admiralty to begin the five years' program of shipbuilding, with the immediate construction of 10 large battleships, 42 cruisers, and 18 torpedo destroyers."

THE ROYAL NAVY [RN] REQUIRING AN AGGREGATE OF CAPITAL SHIPS [BATTLESHIPS] ABLE TO ESTABLISH NAVAL SUPERIORITY/SUPREMACY/DOMINATION ENGAGING IN BATTLE [AND DEFEATING] THE CONCENTRATED  AND COMBINED NAVAL MIGHT  OF FRANCE AND RUSSIA [THE DUAL ALLIANCE].

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