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 Forum: Space and Technology   Topic: CMS 330 vs COMBATSS-21

 Post subject: Re: CMS 330 vs COMBATSS-21
Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:02 am 

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"SPS-10s, SPS-40s, SPA-8, SPA 25s, SPQ23s, status boards and vertical plots, DRTs, "Mo" Boards, grease pencils and writing backward Combat systems still intrigue me. " ah yes. I initially qualified on a SPA-8 and an SPS-30. :D SPS-30? Was that the big parabolic dish and horizont...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: USS Fitzgerald collision at sea

Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:37 am 

Replies: 562
Views: 12997


Oh, that ain't good at all, especially the 'no exercises' part. Guessing though that all the Social Actions training was in compliance. Mike If you're not planning on fighting (or winning) a war, why do you need warfighting training? However, interaction with the proles people cannot be avoided, so...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: USS Fitzgerald collision at sea

Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:09 am 

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Can confirm. Was on Okinawa from 2011-2016. First two years, 2-4 exercises per year (first part would be simulating troop and acft movement, processing through lines, etc. 2nd part was combat sim to include MOPP training). Last 3 years they tapered off dramatically. I don't think there was a single...

 Forum: Space and Technology   Topic: CMS 330 vs COMBATSS-21

 Post subject: Re: CMS 330 vs COMBATSS-21
Posted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:26 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 117


Halifax class upgrade on finals [CANSEC2016D2] Richard Scott 26 May 2016 Canada’s C$4.3 billion Halifax Class Modernization (HCM)/ Frigate Equipment Life Extension (FELEX) programme is approaching its conclusion, with nine out of the 12 frigates returned to service, and the last refit now in its fi...

 Forum: Space and Technology   Topic: CMS 330 vs COMBATSS-21

 Post subject: CMS 330 vs COMBATSS-21
Posted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:10 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 117


Being a grumpy old 20st century Neanderthal "Scope Dope" who started out with SPS-10s, SPS-40s, SPA-8, SPA 25s, SPQ23s, status boards and vertical plots, DRTs, "Mo" Boards, grease pencils and writing backward Combat systems still intrigue me. Just read an article, (excerpts belo...

 Forum: Space and Technology   Topic: What is going on at Area 51?

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:50 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 202


FWIW, I am still a big fan of 50's & 60's B Sci Fi movies. Area 51 was a pretty common backdrop in some of them. So this article got my attention. I must ask the question. What is going on at Area 51? The tragic death of Lieutenant Colonel Eric Schultz last week on a weapons testing range in Ne...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Korea

 Post subject: SSN flying Jolly Roger
Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:49 am 

Replies: 181
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There are many things in my life I'm not particularly proud of but I take comfort in the fact I was never a Bubblehead ! :lol: :lol: :lol: That said, I'd put money on the bet the peanut farmer's boat pulled off what they "THINK " (remember these are Bubbleheads) was a very successful inte...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Korea

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:56 pm 

Replies: 181
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I don't particularly care for it myself. IMO, it is just a matter of time before we wake up one morning to find the US has unloaded everything we got, in West Pac, on the Norks. Why? It has as much to do with Iran, Russia, China and the rest of the world as it does to do with Kim. Quite frankly I b...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Korea

 Post subject: Re: Korea & Think Tanks
Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:10 am 

Replies: 181
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Thinking about the unthinkable is a perfectly reasonable course of action. Got to agree with our famous Historical author Theo. When I was TAD to the War College (supporting a war game with a heavy SBU/Riverine/Littoral Scenarios) I was told by an old and trusted "O" type shipmate that th...

 Forum: War Against Terrorism   Topic: What really happened on United flight 93 on 9/11?

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:12 am 

Replies: 3
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We occasionally talk about acts of heroism here. Not being one myself, I don't think much about heroes. You all know what I have observed that heroes are neither born or made, their trapped. That said IMVHO, the folks on United Flight 93 on 9/11 were heroes in the very best sense of the word. The f...

 Forum: Space and Technology   Topic: COLUMBIA class SSBN 12 do the work of 14

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:23 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 180


Inside the U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Ballistic Missile Submarine The Navy has begun early construction and prototyping on a new class of nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines designed to help ensure global peace by deploying massive destructive power under the sea. The Ohio Replacement Progr...

 Forum: Space and Technology   Topic: COLUMBIA class SSBN 12 do the work of 14

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:16 pm 

Replies: 1
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This is news to me, especially the CMC collaboration with the RN. Good, bad idea? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H0ifS-W1jU Navy moves forward on common missile compartment for future U.S. and U.K. nuclear submarine January 5, 2016 By John Keller WASHINGTON, 5 Jan. 2016. U.S. Navy strategic defen...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: HEH, HEH, HEH "DUFFEL BLOG

Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:24 am 

Replies: 12
Views: 347


Craiglxviii wrote:
Hehehe yes. I too have been reading TDB over the last fortnight and much fun it is too...


With all the doom and gloom we are inundated with is there any interest in a Military/Naval humor Topic ?

 Forum: Bar   Topic: HEH, HEH, HEH "DUFFEL BLOG

 Post subject: HEH, HEH, HEH "DUFFEL BLOG
Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:55 am 

Replies: 12
Views: 347


I recently came across this military oriented Onion like site. Here are some of it's more "noteworthy" news stories (IMHO, at least as accurate as the NYT, WAPO, CNN, MSNBC, etc.). Not to worry folks. I am not competing with Erik's noble work. Who We Are Duffel Blog was originally founded...

 Forum: Space and Technology   Topic: The Falcon Has landed!!

 Post subject: Re: The Falcon Has landed!!
Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:33 pm 

Replies: 175
Views: 5650


All this talk about ULA vs SpaceX (FWIW, I'm a big fan of SpaceX) got me to take a look at it. Here is what ULA thinks of itself (absolutely ZERO self serving article, :roll: ) "Formed in December 2006, United Launch Alliance (ULA) is a 50-50 joint venture owned by Lockheed Martin and The Boei...

 Forum: Space and Technology   Topic: Is this the A-10 replacement?

Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:24 pm 

Replies: 21
Views: 574


Because the primary use for these things is not for USAF needs, but as a low cost, low maintenance required plane for client states. Like the Export model Mig-21. The US buys them, does the initial training and maintenance, then turns them over to the Afghan or Iraqi military. They're capable enoug...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: I would appreciate your prayers for my Ganddaughter

Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:15 am 

Replies: 49
Views: 735


It's good to hear that she probably won't need surgery. Thanks Bernard, I would be very happy if the surgeon said she "probably won't need surgery", unfortunately that is not what she said. It is very much a wait and see situation. She is being evaluated every two weeks. If the progress c...

 Forum: Space and Technology   Topic: Is this the A-10 replacement?

Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:33 am 

Replies: 21
Views: 574


This one looks like the navy "Jets" in HOT SHOTS, Charlie Sheen's parody of Top Gun. Aha, a parody of a parody. Only part of TOP GUN worth watching, IMO, was the dyke Kelly McGillis. :lol: :lol: :lol: But I digress Big question in my non Airedale mind. I thought we were going for UCAVs fo...

 Forum: Space and Technology   Topic: Is this the A-10 replacement?

Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:03 am 

Replies: 21
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US experimental attack planes show their might http://video.foxnews.com/v/5544203479001 From THE / WIRE THE / WARZONE BY JOSEPH TREVITHICKAUGUST 10, 2017 The U.S. Air Force has begun to release more information about its ongoing light attack experiment, or OA-X, as well as the first official photos ...

 Forum: Space and Technology   Topic: Kim's H Bomb?

 Post subject: Kim's H Bomb?
Posted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:52 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 269


FWIW, given the NORKS track record of outright lies about everything I don't buy the ICBM H bomb payload. Furthermore, the SKs and the crack wh0re press have routinely greatly overestimated the size of the NORKS nuclear tests only to have to recant later. Not going to let this spoil my day with an ...
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