Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Light III.

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Continuing with that discussion of the American light carrier.

THE SUPER-CARRIER [CVN] AS THAT TERM UNDERSTOOD TOO VULNERABLE AND EXPENSIVE? "

"Does the US Navy have 10 or 19 Aircraft Carriers?"

Ten or nineteen. That is the question?

And the answer is? CVL?

"LHA(R) America Class Amphibious Assault Ship"

"Last week [April 2014] the U.S. Navy accepted USS America, first of the America-class amphibious assault ships, into service . . . When fully operational, America and Tripoli will operate as many as 20 F-35Bs, potentially playing a critical role in what the Navy projects as the future of air superiority."


An image of the USS America [LHA (R)] as might soon be. Carrying F-35 B Lightning, short take-off vertical landing.

THE AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP AS IN THE CURRENT INVENTORY DEPENDING ON MISSION AUGMENTING IN A MAJOR WAY THE SUPER-CARRIER. THOSE OTHER NINE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS IN REALITY U.S. MARINE ASSAULT SHIPS?

Wasp-class amphibious assault ship that number and type of warplanes fixed and rotary aircraft  task tailored. Missions to include the "Standard Complement", "Assault", "Sea Control".

"Sea Control"

* 20 AV-8B Harrier II attack aircraft
* 6 SH-60F/HH-60H ASW helicopters

LHA (R) however NOT carrying [?] those embedded and organic warplanes essential to the mission and of the variety:

* EW [Electronic Warfare].
* AEW [Airborne Early Warning].
* Tanker.

Assuming also Osprey if and when carried capable of carrying out the aerial logistics mission.

The much talked about Chinese aircraft carrier [solely one at the present time] Liaoning able to carry about twenty-four combat warplanes of the strike mission variety. Liaoning also evidently NOT having organic EW, AEW and tanker warplanes?

YET more to follow.

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Light II.

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Continuing that topic for discussion the "light carrier" [CVL]. Thanks to the tip from Colonel Craig USMC.

"Does the US Navy have 10 or 19 Aircraft Carriers?"

"The U.S. Navy operates 19 ships that could be called aircraft carriers, but only considers 10 to be actual carriers."

ACTUAL CARRIERS AS THAT TERM UNDERSTOOD AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER OF THE NIMITZ SUPER-CARRIER CLASS [CVN]. ABLE TO HANDLE TAKE-OFF AND LANDING OF AN ENTIRE AIR WING,

An air wing as found on a super-carrier [CVN] understood to include a full panoply of warplanes, a fully organic warplane formation not requiring support during combat operations, autonomous and independent.

Warplanes as organic to a super-carrier to include those of the strike, EW, AEW, logistic and ASW variety. Some strike warplanes also as configured as tankers for aerial refueling.

EW = Electronic Warfare, AEW = Airborne Early Warning, ASW = Anti-Submarine-Warfare.

"panoply - - noun, plural panoplies. 1. a wide-ranging and impressive array or display"

About thirty-six F-18 of all varieties able to deliver ordnance on target or engage in aerial combat, air superiority warplanes.

Ten such super-carriers currently in the inventory of the U.S. Navy, combat assets formidable and all-encompassing, missions to include the proverbial soup to nuts.

To be continued!

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Light I.

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CVN = Super aircraft-carrier nuclear.

CVL = Light aircraft-carrier.

From Strategy Page and as excerpted from the Austin Bay archive of articles: "On Point".

"A Renaissance for Small Aircraft Carriers?" by Colonel Austin Bay.

"The U.S. Navy may be on the verge of a light aircraft carrier renaissance. New technology spurs the revival, both new smart weapons in the arsenals of potential military adversaries and new American weapons systems, the USMC F-35B strike fighter being the most pertinent example."

. . . .

"This is one reason building a few 21st century CVLs make sense. It's a way of hedging against the loss of a CVN by putting some eggs in a few more baskets . . . Two or three CVLs, each with two-dozen or so F-35Bs, dispersed through a CVN-led battle group would increase fleet survivability."

"Can the Navy build three or four CVLs for the price of one CVN? Maybe, maybe not. It's a question yet to be answered."

CVN a super-carrier and also nuclear! CVL that term retired but now to be resurrected? CVL also non-nuclear!

Three or four CVL for the price of one CVN? This too an instance of "quantity has a quality all it's own"?

Read further that history of the CVL from the era of the Second World War!

More to follow regarding this matter!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Cobra 55.

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We have an item as reported from only today that appears to have the potentiality to be big!! Very BIG perhaps!!

1. "Radioactive Iodine over Europe first measured in Finnmark"

A trace of radioactive Iodine-131 of unknown origin was in January detected over large areas in Europe. Since the isotope has a half-life of only eight days, the detection is a proof of a rather recent release.

 THE BARENTS OBSERVER A NORWEGIAN MEDIA OUTLET!! THE VERY FAR NORTH!

2. "Tracking over the UK, US Air Force WC-135C Constant Phoenix Nuclear explosion ‘sniffer’ 62-3582 COBRA55"

"On Feb. 17, 2017, U.S. Air Force WC-135C Constant Phoenix Nuclear explosion 'sniffer,' serial number 62-3582, using radio callsign 'Cobra 55' deployed to RAF Mildenhall, UK".

A "sniffer" aircraft the purpose of which is to detect and capture nuclear fallout. From what source in this case exactly as of this moment is not known!!

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USAAC/USAAF.

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As extracted from an Internet web site some most pertinent and very troubling statistics regarding U.S. combat aviation during the Second World War [WW2].

"Horrific WWII Statistics".

"Absolutely amazing (American) World War 2 statistics and photos.  I have always known that aircrew had the highest fatality rate but the loss rate (and cost of war) detailed below is absolutely horrific"

"If you live for facts and statistics, this is just for you."..

1. "Almost 1,000  Army planes disappeared en route from the US to foreign locations.  But an  eye-watering 43,581 aircraft were lost overseas including 22,948 on combat missions (18,418 against the Western Axis) and 20,633 attributed to non-combat  causes overseas".

ALMOST AS MANY WARPLANES LOST TO "NON-COMBAT CAUSES" AS LOST TO ENEMY ACTION!!

2. "In WWII flying safety took a back seat to combat.  The AAF's [Army Air Force] worst accident rate was recorded by the A-36 Invader version of the P-51: a staggering 274 accidents  per 100,000 flying hours". 

"Next worst were the P-39 at 245, the  P-40 at 188, and the P-38 at 139.  All were Allison powered."

A-36 the ground attack version of the P-51.

AND WHAT WAS THERE ABOUT THE ALLISON ENGINE THAT CONTRIBUTED TO THE HIGH ACCIDENT RATE?

The distinguished German combat pilot of the era Steinhoff having rated the P-51 as the BEST fighter plane of the war!! The ground attack version not so good?

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Gladio ISIL.

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Gladio Islamic State style??

Additionally as extracted from the Patrick Cockburn article seen at the Ron Unz Internet web site.

"Mosul Set to be Completely 'Destroyed' in Battle to Free It from Isis"

MOSUL IF AND WHEN CAPTURED BY THE MILITARY OF THE IRAQI NATIONAL ARMY PACIFICATION OF THE CITY WILL REMAIN A PROBLEM FOR ANY TIME INTO THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE?

The villains of ISIL with a lot of forethought having evidently organized "stay-behind" units. This is the ISIL version of NATO Gladio?

"In a stay-behind operation, a country places secret operatives or organizations in its own territory, for use in the event that an enemy occupy that territory. If this occurs, the operatives would then form the basis of a resistance movement or act as spies from behind enemy lines."

"Mr Zebari [Hoshyar Zebari], who originally comes from Mosul, describes the present situation in the city as 'horrible' and 'a shambles', even in those parts of it that Iraqi government forces have captured, though not fully occupied and secured. 'There are Isis ‘sleeper cells’ with maybe 16 to 24 men in each district which come out of hiding and kill people who are cooperating with the government,' he [Hoshyar Zebari] says. 'They target restaurants which have reopened and serve soldiers.'”

For an organization originally described by President Obama as the junior varsity [JV] ISIL has a remarkable degree of sophistication. Gives regrettably so a lot of thought not only to the NOW but to the FUTURE!

See previous blog entries the topic of which was "stay-behind" units and the organization of same:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/12/washtub.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/12/auxiliary-units.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/12/absalon.html

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Hubbard.

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"a 'much-decorated war hero who commanded a corvette and during hostilities was crippled and wounded.' According to Scientology publications, he served as a 'Commodore of Corvette squadrons' in 'all five theaters of World War II' and was awarded 'twenty-one medals and palms' for his service. He was 'severely wounded and was taken crippled and blinded' to a military hospital, where he 'worked his way back to fitness, strength and full perception in less than two years, using only what he knew and could determine about Man and his relationship to the universe'"

So it is alleged was the war record of L. Ron Hubbard. One of the most prolific authors in the English language, his service during World War Two [WW2] as thought by some to be excessively embellished!.

Thanks to the tip and the article as seen at isegoria.net.

Without question L. Ron Hubbard having seen military service during the Second World War [WW2]. This much is clear. As being a distinguished naval officer this much is not clear. Hubbard it is known DID command two naval vessels [a patrol boat and a sub chaser] during the conflict. Did not actually [?] see combat action during the war and twice was relieved of command. THE MENTAL STABILITY AND UNSUITABILITY OF HUBBARD IN A COMMAND ROLE QUESTIONED!


Patrol boat of the type as commanded during WW2 by L. Ron Hubbard.


Sub-chaser of the type as commanded by L. Ron Hubbard during WW2.

The religion of Scientology and the concept of dianetics intrinsically connected to the war record of L. Ron Hubbard? At lease some make the connection and in a manner unfavorable to L. Ron.

Commander, heal thyself?

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