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 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Korea

 Post subject: Re: Korea
Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:44 pm 

Replies: 201
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If South Korea wants to engage in a more regional, or even global naval strategy then SSNs are a fine thing to have, but until the Fat Leader et al are dealt with then I'm not sure they can actually do that. SSNs are power projection tool but, much more importantly, they are a political influence t...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: So this whole urban combat business...

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:35 pm 

Replies: 57
Views: 980


Those are pretty awkward in close quarters. Because the compartments are more or less linear, boarding pikes might actually make sense. Getting through hatches with a boarding pike may be difficult. Based on experience in the days of sail though, boarding actions very rarely went below decks. Norma...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Irma emergency relief

 Post subject: Re: Irma emergency relief
Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:30 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 367


So yes, we do have systems to accept aid. It's just that we prefer to decide what we need and reach out to our partners to get it, than have it thrust upon us and be forced to devote precious people, time and resources dealing with it. On an internal basis yes. On an international basis not so much...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Irma emergency relief

 Post subject: Re: Irma emergency relief
Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:23 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 367


Thank you for the information... I find it interesting that the US is set up this way. Not interesting bad, but interesting good. When all is said and done, we are a rich nation, and can probably handle most (almost all) of our disaster relief needs. Its also interesting to see how the different la...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Irma emergency relief

 Post subject: Re: Irma emergency relief
Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:07 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 367


The problem is that the US is not set up to receive aid and we really doesn't know what to do with it. We're set up to be aid donors and aid suppliers, not aid receivers. That's why the best way to provide aid is to give cash to non-governmental organizations like the Red Cross/Red Crescent and its...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: AF -100 percent promotion opportunity to major

Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:54 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 171


St Curtis is rolling in his grave. Not so sure about that. It depends on whether this statement is truth or boilerplate: Like all other promotion boards, opportunity rates do not guarantee promotion. LeMay would not willingly throw out good people unless there were no room, nor would he promote inc...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: So this whole urban combat business...

Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:26 pm 

Replies: 57
Views: 980


Micael wrote:
Thanks! I'm not sure if I dare ask how a submariner knows this much about urban combat. :D

Shore leave.

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Question on Army Training

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:52 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 364


When I did basic, we were only allowed long land pattern muskets, and only five barrel pins for the whole platoon... We would dream of land pattern firelocks! We had to use hand-gonnes and set light to our nose-hair to fire them. And we were grateful for them. What are these gonnes of which you spe...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Minor ST:TLS Point Cleared Up....

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:23 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 353


On Kirk, the crescent moons in his braid in Star Trek III appear to be in threes, per this image: http://images.yuku.com.s3.amazonaws.com/image/jpg/fae1646cc0e8778a8eccff0caa5d65d56412a09f_r.jpg From Memory Alpha, RADM braid had crescents in triples, VADMs in pairs, and full ADM singly. The sleeve i...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: USS Jimmy Carter had fun

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:15 am 

Replies: 21
Views: 595


Would that be the RN, or shoddy Guz contractors..? Both. Shoddy contractors who didn't do the work properly, poor RN quality control in that they didn't keel-haul the contractors. One of the advantages of HMS Queen Elizabeth joining the fleet is that she will make keel-hauling so much more effectiv...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: The Very Backbone of the U.S. Navy Is in Big Trouble

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:58 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 357


Well, at least 7th Fleet wasn't gundecking the training certifications.... I'm not sure that's an "at least". If they had gundecked them, it would have at least shown they cared. What the fact they didn't even bother with that tells us is that basic seakeeping expertise was held in contem...

 Forum: The Fiction Page   Topic: A Little Something For Your Perusal.....

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:41 am 

Replies: 318
Views: 7208


Having just rewatched Wrath of Khan on the BIG screen (damned impressive that), Kirk has only one ghost - what could have been, and wasn't.

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Irma

 Post subject: Re: Irma
Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:44 pm 

Replies: 38
Views: 764


Irma is turning into another of those storms that discredits the "We're Alll gonna Diiieee" crowd. I've started to see a lot of "we would have been better off if we had ridden it out instead of evacuating," messages, particularly from the Keys. I've also been seeing stories of s...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Cheese-eating surrender monkeys?

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:42 pm 

Replies: 90
Views: 2129


Are there comparable "imminent defeat = mass desertion" events in other militaries? I can't really think of one for the US, but most of the time the US avoided such a situation, either through dumb luck, geography or military skill, pick your poison. I can think of Bataan as one event whe...

 Forum: The Fiction Page   Topic: A Little Something For Your Perusal.....

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:05 pm 

Replies: 318
Views: 7208


A Klingon who puts death ahead of duty is a taHqeq. I don't think Kirk has too many ghosts. David, certainly, because the choice was David, Saavik or Spock, and David took the choice away. But ghosts represent mistakes. Things you could have done differently. Most of those lost under Kirk's command...

 Forum: The Fiction Page   Topic: A Little Something For Your Perusal.....

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:27 pm 

Replies: 318
Views: 7208


A Klingon who puts death ahead of duty is a taHqeq. I don't think Kirk has too many ghosts. David, certainly, because the choice was David, Saavik or Spock, and David took the choice away. But ghosts represent mistakes. Things you could have done differently. Most of those lost under Kirk's command ...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Minor ST:TLS Point Cleared Up....

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:39 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 353


When Kirk had his ego in check and thought, he was the most dangerous person in the galaxy. When his ego wasn't in check, he was at his most dangerous to himself. Even when his ego wasn't in check, he bounced back. That's the most important bit - Kirk wasn't somebody you'd paralyze by setting him b...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Cheese-eating surrender monkeys?

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:05 pm 

Replies: 90
Views: 2129


Rot. It was causing problems with communist agitators and their "mainstream" apologists, who, while more important than the Bolshevik army, were not actually all that important. The idea that Britain couldn't find 6,000 men who actually wanted to fight communism in the whole Empire is obv...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Minor ST:TLS Point Cleared Up....

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:48 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 353


1st thought, Starfleet wants the next generation of command to be Kirk's clones? One or two I could see, but a generation? In 2283, Star Fleet is on a war footing, with a whole host of hostile powers (Klingons, Romulans, Tholians, Gorn, etc) and other assorted space menaces (Orion pirates, navigati...

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Minor ST:TLS Point Cleared Up....

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:31 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 353


Not just cadets, though. Both Saavik and ENTERPRISE's unnamed navigator in WoK were senior lieutenants. So Kirk is also overseeing something like the Perisher (given that Saavik was subsequently promoted to LCDR and assigned as GRISSOM's XO). Now THAT is something I hadn't thought of.....:D Mike We...
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