By lex, on June 19th, 2010
Category Archives: SEALs
By lex, on December 17th, 2009
As congressmen and many in the public stew over the pending court martial of three Navy SEALs accused of abusing a detainee and making false official statements, a SEALs blog * remembers one of them men murdered whose desecrated remains were hung from that infamous bridge in Fallujah:
By lex, on April 14th, 2009
It probably sounds trivial, but I wondered in an earlier post * about the meaning of the word “on scene commander” as used by 5th Fleet in relating the takedown of those Somali pirates. Broadly speaking, the captain of a Navy ship has military authority over everyone within his lifelines, but a cruiser CO would be wise to refrain from telling a SEAL platoon CO how to do his job.
By lex, on April 13th, 2009
Obviously your host is pleased that a heroic mariner such as Captain Richard Phillips has been liberated from his captivity. I am not displeased that those who wrongly held him have shuffled off their mortal coils. I’m very proud of the SEAL snipers whose precise application of firepower – 25-35 yards is no great distance for a marksman, but the shooters were on a moving platform, shooting at mobile targets who were themselves bobbing around in a lifeboat – eased the pirates into the next life without harming Captain Phillips.
By lex, on February 9th, 2008
From the time of the Spanish Armada until today, naval warfare has been about firepower and mobility: Put the most firepower you can on the largest ships that will hold them and row, sail or steam them as fast as you can into harm’s way.
Where weight and accuracy were matched, tactics held sway – Drake used fireships and the weather gage to sink what Spanish ships he could before their survivors dashed themselves to bits against the rocks of Ireland. Hundreds of years later battleship sailors conjured the ghosts of Jutland and Tsushima by maneuvering to “cross the T” at Cape Esperance and the Surigao Straight.