Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Dolfijn.

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COVID-19 the military dimension.

In particular naval vessels [as are cruise ships] the problem severe. Submarines most acutely so.

From a variety of sources and only today!

1. "Dutch Navy submarine aborts North Sea training mission due to Covid-19 outbreak on board"

"A Dutch combat submarine was forced to cut its voyage short and quickly return home after several of its crew members tested positive for the Covid-19 disease."

"The mission was aborted after 15 sailors on board the Walrus-class submarine HNLMS 'Dolfijn' showed flu-like symptoms. Eight of them later tested positive for Covid-19"

A SUBMARINE IN PARTICULAR THE CLOSE-QUARTERS AND CONSTANTLY SUBMERGED CONDITIONS MAKE A SPREAD OF THE ILLNESS INEVITABLE AND OCCURRING WITH LIGHTNING SPEED!

2. "US Navy evacuating virus-struck aircraft carrier Roosevelt"

"Coronavirus is spreading uncontrollably through the crew of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier, its captain said "

"The US Navy is evacuating thousands of sailors from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in Guam after its captain warned a coronavirus outbreak was threatening the lives of the crew."

In addition and finally from today consider this thanks to Freeper: "Coast Guard directs cruise ships with infected passengers to stay offshore 'indefinitely'"

NOT TO SOUND CAVALIER OR FLIPPANT BUT THE MORTALITY RATE OF THE COVID VIRUS VERY LOW AMONG THOSE INFECTED BOTH YOUNG AND HEALTHY!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

LEO.

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LEO = Low Earth Orbit.

Outer space U.S. Army style.

"ARMY LOOKS TO LEVERAGE ‘LOW EARTH ORBIT’ SATELLITES"

"ARLINGTON, Va. — Constellations of small satellites orbiting close to Earth may provide faster communications and be less vulnerable than traditional ones,"

"Larger geosynchronous satellites are very expensive and vulnerable to attack,"

"Smaller, low earth orbit satellites, known as LEO, will present less of a target . . . they move at faster speeds and because they will orbit in large numbers."

LEO satellites most useful [but not limited to] rapid and world-wide military communications of a redundant nature not so susceptible to destruction. Traditional geosynchronous satellites too expensive and too prone to enemy action.

As was with Motorola Iridium now with LEO? Iridium in the mid-1990's too expensive, hand-sets too cumbersome. LEO a marked advancement in all categories.

See previous blog entries as applicable:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/02/muos.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/09/starfighter-f-104.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/10/kestrel.html   [Imaging LEO]

See additionally from the wiki items of interest the Small Satellite and CubeSat:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_satellite

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CubeSat

BERT IN PARTICULAR LIKES THE IDEA OF USING AN ANTIQUE BUT STILL FORMIDABLE F-104 STARFIGHTER AS A LAUNCH VEHICLE FOR THE LEO. GOOD IDEA. AN OLD DOG LEARNS NEW TRICKS AND DOES THEM WELL.

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Bliss.

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"The only news they [submariners] receive is sent by the high command. No matter how serious the situation is, there is nothing a submarine can do about it. And since he cannot do anything, better than he know nothing."

Ignorance is bliss? COVID-19.

"French Navy keeps sub crews in dark about virus"


Often I have thought that in the instance of some overwhelming cataclysmic natural disaster such as a comet, asteroid or meteor shower striking earth among the last human survivors might be the crew [all male] of a nuclear submarine. And maybe totally oblivious to events as having transpired? Where is everyone?

Think too if just one crew member prior to sailing infected with the virus those closed quarters of the submarine mean that little if any remedial action can be taken to suppress the spread of the virus. An entirely sick crew a hazard no one has ever foreseen or prepared for?

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Languages.

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Came across this quite by accident.

Borderline relevant but still of educational value. An indication of a legacy unappreciated from the era of the Korean War and the Second Indo-China War. Courtesy the Internet web site Slate and thanks to same.


Korean. Vietnamese. Hmong. Most commonly spoke languages other than English and Spanish. USA. Tagalog [Filipino national language] also spoken widely in three states, California, Hawaii and Nevada. Think the Spanish-American War 1898 and the Philippine Insurrection 1900. Philippines generally speaking the USA held in high esteem.

Who would have thought it?

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Invincible.

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SRBM = Short Range Ballistic Missile.

From the Iranian Press TV yet more instance of combat drones in action.

"'Yemeni domestically-built missiles, drones strike sensitive targets in Saudi capital, elsewhere'"

"Yemeni Armed Forces say they have targeted strategic and sensitive sites in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh and elsewhere in the kingdom by a squadron of domestically-manufactured combat drones and ballistic missiles."

"Brigadier General Yahya Saree [Yemeni] said on Sunday afternoon that Sammad-3 (Invincible-3) unmanned aerial vehicles and Zulfiqar short-range ballistic missiles struck designated targets in Riyadh last night with great precision."

Drones and missiles as employed to include:

* Sammad-3. Combat drone.

* Zulfiqar. SRBM.

* Badr-1. SRBM?

* Qasef-2k. Combat drone.

See previous blog entry with an additional number of links the topic the combat drone:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/12/songar_17.html

Missiles and combat drones domestically made as described but built in an Iranian factory on Yemeni soil? That is my guess.

IN AN ASYMMETRIC WAR THE COMBAT DRONE THE WEAPON OF CHOICE. SUCH AN ATTACK IF NO DAMAGE DONE THE PSYCHOLOGICAL MESSAGE QUITE CLEAR. YOU ARE A TARGET AND ARE NOT IMMUNE FROM OUR FORCES.

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Flush.

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Disgusting!!

From WIZARD through Harry at Sharkhunters:

 "INTERNATIONAL MILITARY UPDATES – "

"Apparently the toilets on the newest US Navy aircraft carriers have a major problem with clogging and it costs about half a million dollars to fix the problem each time it occurs.  The Navy is acid flushing the heads (toilets) on both USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH (CVN 77) as well as USS GERALD R. FORD (CVN 78) on an unplanned maintenance action and according to Fleet Maintenance Records, the cost is in excess of $400,000 [USD] each time!"

Those are brand new ships and there not be such a problem. But there is. AND CONSIDER THE COST!!

I tried to find an appropriate image to accompay this blog entry but refrain from posting any. As I said, disgusting!

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

July (1939).

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Courtesy You Tube for the video [original British Pathé] and the tip from Freeper.

July 14 1939. ONLY A MONTH AND A HALF TO GO! WORLD WAR TWO!

An impressive display of military pageantry through the streets of Paris. Most powerful and best army in the world on display. Inconceivable such a force could be beaten.

LITTLE WAS ANYONE TO KNOW THAT LESS THAN A YEAR LATER THAT ARMY GONE EXCEPT FOR THOSE CONTINGENTS FREE FRENCH EXTERIOR.


British and French contingents, land, air, naval, marine, colonial. Standing tall and proud. It does seem from appearance sake alone as if that force was invincible. But found out to be otherwise. Could anyone in the crowd of bystanders ever thought the defeat of such a mighty military force was possible? And defeat by the German invader occurring so quickly and relatively easy as it did?

Indeed, that sad episode of the French army collapse in 1940 has never been fully explained? I am not sure.

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