Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Ann Coulter - June 12, 2013 - IF THE GOP IS THIS STUPID, IT DESERVES TO DIE

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U.S. Marine Corps Image of the Day

Marines assigned to I Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, and 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, currently attached to combat assault battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, conduct an amphibious raid exercise with Royal Thai Marines during exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand 2013. More than 1,200 Sailors and Marines are participating in CARAT Thailand. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John C. Lamb (Released) 130610-M-VK320-166

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USS Freedom VBSS Team and USS Blue Ridge FASTPAC Hold Joint Training in Singapore

USS Freedom VBSS Team and USS Blue Ridge FASTPAC Hold Joint Training in Singapore

SINGAPORE (June 11, 2013) Staff Sgt. Melbin Medina, assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team, Pacific, uses a Jacob's ladder to board the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) during a joint visit, board, search and seizure training exercise. Fast, agile and mission-focused, littoral combat ships are designed to operate in near-shore environments and employ modular mission packages that can be configured for surface warfare, mine countermeasures, or anti-submarine warfare. Freedom is homeported in San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Cassandra Thompson/Released)


Story Number: NNS130612-06Release Date: 6/12/2013 1:48:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Cassandra Thompson
SINGAPORE (NNS) -- The littoral combat ship USS Freedom's (LCS 1# visit, board, search and seizure team and the amphibious command and control ship USS Blue Ridge #LCC 19) Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team, Pacific staged a joint boarding exercise on the Freedom, June 11.

The exercise involved both teams on Freedom's 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boat to practice boarding techniques. The exercise allowed for an interchange of ideas and best practices while both forward-deployed ships were in the same harbor.

"We had about 15 Marines and 12 Sailors," said Chief Fire Controlman Richard Schaefer. "We were going over exactly how to properly do a hook and pole, set our hooks and climb over the side of a ship. Marines are usually on the ground, they're not used to a waterborne entry onto a ship, so they had a lot of questions about how we do things, and vice versa."

"This was the first time out on a small craft for us," explained Lance Cpl. Derek Tang. "It was first time using a Jacob's ladder to get onto a ship for us too. [The Freedom crew] was very informative. It was great getting to work with them, and listening to how they talk, and how they work, so if we ever have to work with them we're not doing this stuff on the fly."

The cross-training gave these Sailors and Marines heightened preparation for the challenges of compliant boarding during patrols in the Southeast Asia region.

"My Sailors enjoyed it," said Schaefer. "They got to interact with another branch and get some new perspectives which I think helped them out. Both teams probably came out a little bit better and more proficient after the evolution since we can take their best practices and ours, and combine them so we get the best of both worlds."

Fast, agile and mission-focused, littoral combat ship platforms are designed to operate in near-shore environments and employ modular mission packages that can be configured for three separate purposes: surfaces warfare, mine countermeasures or anti-submarine warfare.

Freedom will remain homeported in San Diego throughout this rotational deployment to Southeast Asia. The "Gold" crew of 91 Sailors include mission package personnel and an aviation detachment to operate an embarked MH-60 helicopter initially mans freedom. Halfway through Freedom's deployment, a crew-swap will be conducted with her "Blue" crew.

For more news from Commander, Task Force 73, visit www.navy.mil/local/ctf73/ .

Freedom Sets Sail for CARAT Malaysia 2013

Freedom Sets Sail for CARAT Malaysia 2013

Story Number: NNS130611-28Release Date: 6/11/2013 9:06:00 PM
From Task Force 73 Public Affairs
SINGAPORE (NNS) -- The Navy's first littoral combat ship, USS Freedom (LCS 1), departed Changi Naval Base June 11 to participate in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2013.

CARAT Malaysia is among the key maritime exercises and exchanges Freedom will conduct with regional navies and U.S. 7th Fleet units while deployed to Southeast Asia.

In May, Freedom participated in the International Maritime Defence Exhibition (IMDEX) and the Republic of Singapore Navy's Western Pacific Multilateral Sea Exercise (WMSX). In the coming months, Freedom will participate in additional phases of CARAT and in exercise Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT).

Rear Adm. Tom Carney, commander, Task Force 73 and U.S. Naval Forces for CARAT, said Freedom is a good fit with many navies in Southeast Asia that operate comparable-sized ships.

"The opportunity to work side-by-side and interact with regional navies in exercises like CARAT is in large part why Freedom was deployed to Southeast Asia," said Carney.

Carney noted that several training events during CARAT Malaysia would demonstrate Freedom's speed, shallow draft and surface warfare mission package. These events include a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) scenario, a surface gunnery exercise, and shipboard helicopter operations with Freedom's embarked MH-60R Seahawk.

"The crew cannot wait to work with our partners in the Royal Malaysian Navy and demonstrate what this ship was designed to do in the littorals," said Cmdr. Timothy Wilke, commanding officer, USS Freedom.

CARAT is an annual naval exercise series between the United States and the armed forces of nine partner nations: Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste. The 2013 series began with CARAT Indonesia in May, followed by CARAT Thailand in June, and continues through the Fall.

More than 1,200 Sailors and Marines are participating in CARAT Malaysia. Additional U.S. Navy ships participating in the exercise include the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) with embarked U.S. Marine Corps landing force, the diving and salvage vessel USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50) with embarked Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1, and the guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54).

Though each phase of CARAT is tailored with participating forces and focused training goals, all phases address shared maritime security concerns, build maritime relationships and enhance interoperability.

Prior to departing for CARAT Malaysia, Freedom completed a long-scheduled maintenance availability - known as a Readiness Assist Visit 1 (RAV 1) - and also completed some repairs to the lube oil system during this period in response to problems identified in April.

"The Navy expected challenges associated with deploying a first-of-class ship on a maiden overseas deployment," said Carney. "We have significant experience supporting 7th Fleet ships and have the right combination of technical assistance, maintenance and logistics support in theater to sustain Freedom while deployed to Southeast Asia."

Fast, agile and mission-focused, LCS platforms are designed to operate in near-shore environments and employ modular mission packages that can be configured for three separate purposes: surfaces warfare, mine countermeasures or anti-submarine warfare. Her "Gold" crew of 91 Sailors includes mission package personnel and an aviation detachment to operate the MH-60 helicopter.

Throughout Freedom's rotational deployment to Southeast Asia, which began March 1, the ship will remain homeported in San Diego. Midway through the deployment, a crew-swap will be conducted with Freedom's "Blue" crew.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Nimitz Strike Group Enters 5th Fleet

Nimitz Strike Group Enters 5th Fleet

INDIAN OCEAN (June 9, 2013) The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) transits through inclement weather. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)


Story Number: NNS130611-04Release Date: 6/11/2013 11:34:00 AM
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Victoria I. Ochoa, USS Nimitz Public Affairs
USS NIMITZ, At Sea (NNS) -- The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) with embarked Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 and Destroyer Squadron 23, along with the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations June 9.

"I am proud of the Sailors and Marines of the strike group," said Rear Adm. Michael S. White, commander of CSG 11. "They have worked tirelessly to ensure that we arrive in theater ready to support ongoing operations. We look forward to working with our regional partners to demonstrate our commitment to security operations."

While in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Nimitz Strike Group will conduct maritime security operations, which help set conditions for security and promote regional stability and global prosperity.

"We are eager to participate in fostering trust, cooperation and mutual respect with our partner nations while working together to increase stability in the area and ensure the vital sea lanes of this region remain free for all maritime traffic," said White.

The squadrons of CVW-11 include the "Black Knights" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, the "Argonauts" of VFA-147, the "Blue Diamonds" of VFA-146, the "Death Rattlers" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323, the "Gray Wolves" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142, the "Wallbangers" of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117, the "Indians" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6 and the "Wolf Pack" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75.

U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet is headquartered in Manama, Bahrain, and is responsible for about 2.5 million square miles of water including the Arabian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman and parts of the Indian Ocean.

While operating in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Nimitz and CVW-11 will also conduct missions in direct support of troops participating in Operation Enduring Freedom.

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