By lex, on April 15th, 2011
Not all that, aboard the FN Charles de Gaulle *:Continue reading
Posted by Lex, on Sat July 24, 2004 at 07:00 PM
As a squadron commanding officer, I had to discharge two otherwise fine Sailors who had “popped positive” on urinalysis screens for having THC in their systems. They were good kids, from bad backgrounds – the service had been a lifeline for them, a chance to remove themselves from bad situations.
And I had cut that lifeline – sent one back to the gang infested streets of El Paso. The other returned to East Los Angeles. Truly, my hands were tied.
By Lex, on Mon – February 14, 2005
From a frequent correspondent, and former Navy Sailor, I bring you:
In 1994 I reported for duty to the USS Guam (LPH-9). A venerable old ship to be sure, she had seen many things in her years. From recovering spacecraft to the re-enactment of D-Day and the support of Operation Restore Hope in Somalia (remember BlackHawk Down?). She was also not a small ship. She was designed as a sort of “mini-carrier” for Helicopters and Harriers, and a launching platform for what the Marines call “Verticle Envelopement”. Smaller than the newer LHA’s and LHD’s but still large enough to be the flagship of the Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG).
“I feel like I’m watching our foundation, our culture erode in front of our eyes,” commander of Naval Special Warfare Group 2 Capt. Jamie Sands said in a closed-door meeting as part of the standdown, according to video obtained by CBS.”
H/T to one of the Lexicans for finding this.
Here I am all ready to call it a night – it is 0051 – and I come across an interesting article [Paywall] in the WSJ on a new tool the big oil companies are using to aid in exploration: Super Computers.
In my programming career, I came from an era where the true mainframes were starting to fade away, and the upstart micro computers were taking over.
Is that once on that road, there’s no going back. And eventually you’re caught.
An incredible story of corruption and security breaches…
“As the flagship for the Navy’s 7th Fleet, the USS Blue Ridge plays a critical role in national security by overseeing all U.S. maritime operations in Asia and the western Pacific. The venerable warship is the Navy’s second-oldest active-duty vessel and has survived the Vietnam War, the Cold War and tensions with China and North Korea.
But there is one foreign threat against which the Blue Ridge proved utterly defenseless for many years: a 6-foot-3, 350-pound tugboat owner known as “Fat Leonard.”
In a case that ranks as the worst corruption scandal in Navy history, the Justice Department has charged 15 officers and one enlisted sailor who served on the Blue Ridge with taking bribes from or lying about their ties to Leonard Glenn Francis, a Singapore-based tycoon who held lucrative contracts to service Navy ships and submarines in Asian ports.”
H/T to one of the Lexicans…