Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Top III.


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For some strange reason I DO NOT believe any of this is true. Apparently item # 1 actually occurred. As for # 2 beware it is SATIRE!

1. "Exclusive — Nellis Air Force Base Hosts First-Ever Drag Queen Show: ‘Essential to the Morale, Readiness’"

From Breitbart and thanks to same.

"The Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada recently hosted its first-ever drag queen show at one of its on-base dining and entertainment clubs [Top III], according a base spokesperson."

Additionally from Freeper and as usual thanks to same.

2. "Nellis Air Force Base Commander To Retire (Satire)"

"Maj. Gen. Case Cunningham, Base Commander of Nellis Air Force Base announced his upcoming retirement this Fall. Although just recently installed as base commander, Cunningham stated personal and professional opportunities arose that convinced him to advance his retirement plans. Cunningham recently appeared [at] the base local drag queen competition for which he received rave reviews."

Bert is just an old stick-in-the-mud? Bert is not "with it"?  Who would not want to be "with it"?

"stick-in-the-mud  - - Fig. a dull and old-fashioned person."

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

SINKEX I.


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First consider number # 1 then # 2 in that order. It seems the "heavyweights with a glass jaw" more durable and resilient than what had been thought.

 "glass jaw denotes: – (in boxing) a jaw that is excessively fragile or susceptible to punches; – (by extension) a person’s or institution’s critical point of weakness, i.e., an Achilles’ heel."

1. "USS America: Sinking A Supercarrier"

"Sinking an Aircraft Carrier"

"The USS America (CV-66) super carrier was originally intended to be scrapped, like most other US aircraft carriers. But some innovative US Navy officers found a more creative and productive end for this massive ship."

"Although aircraft carriers have been sunk in battle before, especially during WWII, a super-carrier the size of modern US Navy aircraft carriers has never reached that end. After decades of successful aircraft carrier operations, though, this started to become a bit of a weak spot."

I recommend highly without qualification or reservation the embedded video.

"No one knew exactly, with any great degree of certainty, how the massive super-carriers would hold up to strikes by modern — and very capable — anti-ship weapons in a combat scenario."

A LOT BETTER THAN WHAT I THINK THE EXPERTS ANTI8CIPATED!!

Comments:

* Four weeks of damage from a variety of weapons systems causing considerable damage and still the warship did not sink.

* Evidently no damage control parties onboard the vessel while under attack.

* Warship [USS America] finally sunk by deliberate scuttling using demolitions.

Consider also this item courtesy the Daily Mail and thanks to same.

2. "PICTURED: Navy fires thousands of pounds of explosives near USS Gerald R. Ford, creating a blast equivalent to a 3.9 magnitude earthquake to test the carrier's ability to 'take a hit' in battle"

NOT a direct hit. A nearby detonation of massive proportions. A test worthy to determine the structural integrity of the vessel. To WHAT EXTENT that explosion equal to an atomic munition being used I would be curious to know.

This explosion again of course not the same as a DIRECT HIT but nonetheless demonstrating the capacity of an aircraft carrier to take punishment and survive.

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Swahili.

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Courtesy an acknowledge African authority some observations and ruminations regarding the Mozambique situation.

* The Islamic State jihadi insurgency and threat to Mozambique undeniable.

* The military forces of Mozambique unable and even totally unequal to cope with the insurgency.

* Foreign military aid and involvement to include mercenaries generally eschewed by the regime of Mozambique President Felipe Nyusi. 

* Situation dire and yet the Mozambique response poor to nil. Hesitancy most strange!

NOW FOR THE REST OF THE STORY:

"A triangle of vulnerability: Changing patterns of illicit trafficking off Africa’s Swahili coast"

By Alastair Nelson as was written a year ago.

"Organized crime networks trafficking people, drugs, wildlife products and other goods are increasingly using the ancient Swahili coast trade routes between Africa, Pakistan and the Arab world.


Click on image to see an enlarged view. That Swahili Coast historically a major trade route, goods and services both legal and illegal.

Once more thanks to acknowledged African authority and in the nutshell:

"The trafficking routes through Cabo Delgado are long established. Mozambique has no navy or coast guards so effectively the long coastline of the northern provinces is unpoliced. Not only drugs come this way - - so do rubies, gold, timber, banned wildlife exports and of course there is a traffic in people. This was, after all, an old slave-trading coast."

Devoted readers to the blog take it from there. The relative unwillingness of the central government in Maputo to assume a more proactive approach to the jihadi insurgency is hardly related to just plain military incompetency. Factors of another sort at play. Factors of an less than savory nature.

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Friday, June 18, 2021

EMRG Turk.

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Turkey a railgun? Turkey?  EMRG = Electro-magnetic railgun.

The electro-magnetic railgun is dead! Long live the electro-magnetic railgun?

From the outstanding Internet web site "Covert Shores" and article the  topic of which is the electro-magnetic railgun. Thanks to H.I. Sutton.

"Covert Shores Guide: World Navy's Rail Gun Projects"

"The Navy’s [USA] FY2021 budget submission did not request funding for EMRG in FY2022-FY2025"

Lots of money, time, energy spent in EMRG research and development. Results scant compared to the money spent? Project [USA] more or less terminated. 

"There are a lot of reasons for navy's to be interested in EM RailGuns [EMRG]. They offer very long range fire support, relative to traditional naval guns. The new ranges are in the order of 100 nautical miles, which is 5 or more times current naval guns. And because of their higher projectile speeds they are able to get the round on target much quicker than missile systems. This fills the much desired Time Critical Strike role. All the while the greater range reduces the vulnerability of the warship to counter-fire (unless the enemy too has rail guns)."

Rounds as fired from an EMRG the cost far less than a single missile. Primarily that was the interest in the EMRG concept.

American EMRG project "dead". The Chinese however as believed their own EMRG a product "still in the works". Surprisingly so [?] and as elaborated upon by "Covert Shores" it seems the Turk also has TWO EMRG weapon designs in development.

Do not under-estimate Turkish weapons research and development. In some regards the Turk at the forefront of new weapons systems, some field-tested with positive results.

Where the USA cannot, the Turk can?

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Marinha MM.


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World's fastest military boat. Mozambique? Mozambique?

From the outstanding H.I. Sutton Internet web site "Covert Shores" and thanks to same.

Strong on paper, weak in actuality?

"Covert Shores Guide To Mozambique Navy: New, Fast, and Stuck In The Mud"

"Mozambique has one of the most impressive fleets of any small navy. On paper. It is equipped with futuristic trimaran offshore patrol boats, robust interceptors and the world's fastest military boat. But the arms deal behind the brand new fleet went sour and the boats are barely operational."

THAT SWAHILI COAST [EAST AFRICA] A MEANS OF ENTRY FOR THOSE DESIRING JIHAD AND TO JOIN THE MOZAMBIQUE INSURGENCY? MARINHA MM THEIR RESOURCES SCANT TO NONE!

See previous very recent and pertinent blog entries the Mozambique situation:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2021/04/iscap.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2021/04/adf.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2021/04/asjw.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2021/03/moz-i.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2021/03/moz-ii.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2021/03/palma.html

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Recondo.

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Recondo Afghan? Recondo?

From the Internet web site Small Wars Journal and the article as written in 2013.

Wonder if it ever came to pass? Recondo Afghan.

"OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM RECONDO SCHOOL"

"RECONDO School was one of the most unique schools in the Army’s history. Your final exam was a real mission in enemy territory. In other words the final exam could and sometimes did result in enemy contact. RECONDO, was coined by General Westmoreland taken from the words: Reconnaissance, Commando, and Doughboy. The school was staffed by a 54-man Special Forces cadre, Australian and Korean liaisons, support personal and a company of the Civilian Irregular Defense Group [CIDG]"

ADDITIONALLY some video of Recondo training:

"WATCH: LEGENDARY MACV RECONDO TRAINING WITH VIETNAM GREEN BERETS

"The instructors of MACV Recondo school were among the best soldiers in the Army, and so-called triple volunteers: for the Army, Airborne, and Special Forces. The cadre were also supported by Australian and South Korean liaisons during the 20-day course."

See also this video:


Recondo USA. Not limited to jungle warfare training Vietnam. Think Fort Carson Colorado USA in this case.

My understanding was that Recondo:

* Was not strictly limited to combat arms personnel. Was branch immaterial as can be referred to.

*  Recondo more than anything else a confidence builder and leadership training course for those of the  lowest level non-commissioned officer ranks.

* Cadre always of superior caliber individuals who had already seen combat action in Vietnam. Troops that knew their stuff.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Bates II.

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Bates, 1st Wisconsin Heavy Artillery. American Civil War.

From the Coffee or Die webzine of the Black Rifle Coffee Internet web site the article by Matt Fratus.

A feel good story.

"THE MAN WHO MARCHED A US FLAG ACROSS THE SOUTH 3 YEARS AFTER THE CIVIL WAR"

"Sgt. Gilbert Bates was a Civil War veteran of the 1st Wisconsin Heavy Artillery Regiment. Bates had returned to Wisconsin as a farmer when he told some neighbors he thought he could march across the just-defeated rebel states of the South wearing his old Union uniform and carrying an American flag. He thought the country, after the trauma of the war, was united and would welcome him."

THIS WAS EVEN SEEN AT THE TIME AS A FOOLHARDY GESTURE, FRAUGHT WITH DANGER. NOT SURE OF WHAT THE RECEPTION WOULD BE SOME SUGGESTING BATES MIGHT EVEN BE KILLED!!

"The complete opposite happened. Bates was treated to dinners, parties, and parades provided by crowds of welcoming Southerners present to cheer on the faith Bates had in them." 

That Great Compromise as agreed upon in the aftermath of the American Civil War. 1. Southerners generally agreeing it was probably better the Union was preserved [it was] and 2. Northerners generally agreeing that the Southerner had indeed fought very bravely for his cause [he did] and should be accorded respect for having done so.

Please also do not confuse Gilbert Bates with another Bates from the era of the American Civil War. 

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