Posted by lex, on December 26th, 2011
From the 2011 Strike Fighter Ball on the east coast.
- It’s still a little strange for me to see the liveries of Tomcat squadrons on Super Hornets.
- I know how effective The Helmet can be in close. It still looks goofy.
- The NCEA for flares appears to have changed, since I was in. As has the taste in music.
- Good on yez.
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By lex, on December 14th, 2011
Richard Somers was appointed a midshipman in April, 1797. He served on the USS United States in the Quasi-War in France, and captained the Nautilus in the Med, subsequently leading a division of gunboats that repeatedly attacked Tripoli. The Tripolitan corsairs had captured the nation’s attention during the Barbary Wars, and eventually Somers – serving under Stephen Decatur – volunteered to command the fire ship Intrepid, destined for the pirate fleet hard by a fortress in Tripoli. In an inherently hazardous mission, Somers and his crew of twelve volunteers died when their ship exploded prematurely. Their bodies floated ashore, were feasted on by dogs and dragged through the streets. They lie now in an ill-kept mass grave in the Libyan capital. A capital, which – for the first time in decades – is well-disposed to the United States.
Their families want to bring their remains home, but Navy is fighting the effort. *
This, I don’t get.
** 06-16-18 – Link gone; no replacement found – Ed.
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By lex, on December 5, 2008
It’s not even past, at NAS Kingsville, Texas:
The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department unveiled their latest “toy” for base personnel Friday, Oct. 31 in the form of a mechanical device designed to simulate catching a wire on an aircraft carrier. The “Kingsville Catapult” or “King Kat” as it is called, was designed and built by VT-21 Training Officer LT Casey Bates. The project took three months to complete from design to test drive, and included the volunteer efforts of several other aviators, dubbed the King Kat air crew.
The design was borrowed from the “Cubi Cat” at NAS Cubi Point in Olongapo, PI.
Posted by lex, on July 11th, 2011
Writing in the WSJ, former SecNav Gordon England joins former CNO Vern Clark and former Marine Corps Commandant James L. Jones to channel their inner Alfred Thayer Mahan:
Posted by lex, on May 18, 2008
The Java Sea yields up one of its more famous ghosts:
The cruiser HMS Exeter, best known for its valiant role in the Battle of the River Plate when it hunted down the pride of the German navy, the Admiral Graf Spee, was located by divers searching the Java Sea.
The British vessel was sunk on March 1, 1942, when, with two escorts, the destroyer HMS Encounter and the American destroyer Pope, it was intercepted by nine Japanese warships.
All three Allied ships were lost in the action. The wreck of Encounter, which had passed up a chance to escape by turning back in a brave but futile attempt to protect Exeter, has also now been located…