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

Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:27 am 

Replies: 562
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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: The Media Center   Topic: Red Sparrow (2018 movie)

 Post subject: Red Sparrow (2018 movie)
Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:05 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 53


https://youtu.be/ZQUBjoGm1ls Heads up for the March launch of this spy thriller based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Jason Matthews, a former CIA operative. I read the novel a year or two back and it was better than most, not flashy and brainless like a lot of the newer "spy" fare ...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Please ID the rifle...

 Post subject: Re: Please ID the rifle...
Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:00 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 255


Yes, looks like it, thank you. I did not know it was in use in Germany.

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Please ID the rifle...

 Post subject: Please ID the rifle...
Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:19 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 255


Guys, can anybody ID that rifle in the foreground for me?

It's naval security guys on board FGS Sachsen in 2012, btw.

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

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:21 am 

Replies: 562
Views: 13000


GAWD! Reading this as somebody completely detached from the matter apart from being a former sailor makes my gorge rise. I could puke in a circle reading this. Whoever signed off on this willfilly criminal negligence deseves to be shot with bullets made out of cat droppings, the bodies desecrated ad...

 Forum: Art and Photography   Topic: T 72 Model

 Post subject: Re: T 72 Model
Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:50 am 

Replies: 75
Views: 5540


Bit of a thread necro, but has anybody taken a closer yet at the model kits Meng is selling? The quality of these kits is astounding. Exquisitely detailed, very clean fabrication, next to no excess flashes on the individual parts, the parts fit without any(!) need to file down edges etc., every kit ...

 Forum: The Media Center   Topic: What the hell, Italy?

 Post subject: Re: What the hell, Italy?
Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:56 am 

Replies: 15
Views: 279


Looks just big enough for my hands. Not that 'd ever buy one of those...even if I could.

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Russia plans to reactivate and upgrade 3,000 mothballed T-80

Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:39 am 

Replies: 31
Views: 1302


Russian planners makeing the old mistake? P*ssing away capital sorely needed elsewhere to flex their military muscle?

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: MiG-41 - new interceptor for Russia

Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:46 am 

Replies: 41
Views: 1013


Yup. Of course. "Toot-toot. Look at us. We are so brilliant it hurts." Yawn.

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

Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:23 am 

Replies: 49
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She is in my thoughts.

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

Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:20 am 

Replies: 562
Views: 13000


Germany trains about 220 officer candidates per year, if I am not mistaken. The Gorch Fock usually takes one four-month training cruise with the 220 trainees divided into two groups, exchanging after eight weeks, somewhere abroad. So for the USNA alone, we'd need four ships. The rest of the year (ei...

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

Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:48 pm 

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If we look around the world's fleets, quite a few navies have invested in sailing ships of various descriptions over the last decade. At a time when budgets are under a lot of pressure, I think that tells us something. There's even word from the herd that China may be interested in a tall ship. I t...

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

Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:50 pm 

Replies: 562
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Thanks for your contribution, Micael. I forgot to mention the bridge simulator in our Naval Academy. It is used in the Basic Officer's Course and extensively used in the OOD course.

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

Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:22 am 

Replies: 562
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As a starting point, hire the Royal Navy to establish seamanship schools on both coasts and put every USN officer and enlisted man who is now, or who ever might be, a member of a bridge watch team through those schools. Not enough of them - you'd have to dedicate the entire RN to providing training...

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

Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:45 am 

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Using VHF is absolutely, positively the last thing you should do. In my last deployment, in the Med with SNMG 2, there was more than one instance where traders (as we called them) who were in a "yield" situation went blissfully on, fully cofident that the little grey ship would slavishly a...

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

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:30 am 

Replies: 562
Views: 13000


The USN has been very helpful in helping the RN relearn carrier strike ops (look at the recent articles about the US George Bush and Saxon Warrior), in sure that FOST would be willing to help with helping the USN relearn seamanship etc; that whole Special Relationship and all that I heard more than...

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

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 4:29 am 

Replies: 562
Views: 13000


Jotun, do you think you could give us a rough idea what the equivalent officers are required to have experience and qualification wise in the German navy? It would be interesting to compare. Will do this evening. Right. Officer training consists of basic training at the Marineschule Mürwik in Flens...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Lots of laughs

 Post subject: Re: Lots of laughs
Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:17 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 284


Hahahahaha.

If spanking the monkey made one unfit for military duty, there would not have been any military anywhere, ever :D

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

Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:55 am 

Replies: 562
Views: 13000


Post-Millennials. Generation Z.

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

Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:26 am 

Replies: 562
Views: 13000


Micael wrote:
Jotun, do you think you could give us a rough idea what the equivalent officers are required to have experience and qualification wise in the German navy? It would be interesting to compare.


Will do this evening.
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