Wednesday, November 27, 2013

LCS Training Strategy Mixes Education and Video Games

LCS Training Strategy Mixes Education and Video Games

South Korea To Order 40 F-35s, Maybe 20 More Later

South Korea To Order 40 F-35s, Maybe 20 More Later

Thanksgiving dinner with the Coast Guard: Pumpkin pie

Thanksgiving dinner with the Coast Guard: Pumpkin pie

Posted by LT Stephanie Young, Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Pearl puts the finishing touches on the pumpkin and pecan pie. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Pearl puts the finishing touches on the pumpkin and pecan pie. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Coast Guard food service specialists serve in approximately 370 units worldwide. The keep the Coast Guard fleet ready and able to perform the service’s missions.
As many Americans gather together with family and loved ones on Thanksgiving, we thought there was no one better to turn to for advice on preparing the perfect mea.......
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Cartoon: A Life Line

Nuke_Option h/t: http://netrightdaily.com/2013/11/life-line/

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

States Reject Big Government | RedState

States Reject Big Government | RedState

RIA Novosti: Refitted Aircraft Carrier Sails Out From Russia to India

RIA NovostiVikramaditya aircraft carrierRefitted Aircraft Carrier Sails Out From Russia to India
17:25 26/11/2013 India’s Vikramaditya aircraft carrier left a shipyard in northern Russia on Tuesday, embarking on a long voyage to its permanent base half way across the world, the Sevmash shipbuilder said.>>

U.S. Navy Photo of the Day

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MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Sept. 19, 2013) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52), homeported in Norfolk, Va., is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christopher B. Stoltz/Released)

Catholic League: Vatican Embassy Move is Pure Politics


FOR RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL RIGHTS

Vatican Embassy Move is Pure Politics


November 26, 2013
Bill Donohue comments on the desire of the Obama administration to move the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See to the American Embassy in Italy:

There are principled reasons why some might say that the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See should be moved, such as safety concerns and economic issues. But when these reasons are being promoted by an administration that stood by and did nothing about the fatalities at the American facility in Benghazi—and to this day refuses to provide a full account—it strains credulity to believe that safety is their real interest. Moreover, no administration in American history has been more fiscally reckless than the Obama administration, making it risible to suggest that all of a sudden they have discovered austerity.

Former U.S. Ambassadors to the Holy See, James Nicholson, Mary Ann Glendon, Thomas Melady, Francis Rooney and Raymond Flynn are right to sound the alarms; the net effect of this move is to diminish the prestige of the Holy See. Flynn is also right to see in this gambit an animus against the Catholic Church. Which only goes to show how thoroughly consistent this administration is in its dealings with all matters Catholic.

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USS Freedom and BNS Somudro Joy Conduct PASSEX in Pacific

USS Freedom and BNS Somudro Joy Conduct PASSEX in Pacific


By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karolina A. Oseguera
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The USS Freedom (LCS 1) conducted a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Bangladesh navy ship BNS Somudro Joy (F-28), Nov. 26.

The PASSEX occurred as both ships transited across the Pacific Ocean in support of multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in the Philippines.

Freedom had recently completed delivering aid supplies to Tacloban Nov. 24, while Somudro Joy was en route to deliver aid.

Formerly the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis, Somudro Joy was transferred to the Bangladesh Navy in May as Excess Defense Articles (EDA) as part of a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case with Bangladesh. The ship departed Alameda, Calif., Oct. 26 and has since transited across the Pacific Ocean en route to Chittagong, Bangladesh.

"This PASSEX was a unique opportunity to work with the Bangladesh Navy," said Freedom's Commanding Officer Cmdr. Pat Thien. "Bangladesh was able to show off their navy's newest warship, and both crews conducted valuable training events at sea."

Several at sea training events were accomplished over a four-hour period, including a ship-to-ship personnel exchange, diversionary tactics (DIVTACS) and a fire drill on board the Freedom. Conducted as an extension of the bilateral naval exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh, the PASSEX complimented shore-based training events conducted in Chittagong, Bangladesh from Sept. 16-21.

"The personnel exchange was a great way to make friends at sea," said Freedom's Operations Officer Lt. Cmdr. Brandon Epps. "I toured Somudro Joy, and learned a great deal from seeing how they operate their ship."

On board Freedom, crewmembers from Somudro Joy observed shipboard damage control tactics during a class alpha fire drill.

"They saw us come in and test for agent as well as clear personnel from the spaces and set boundaries," said Culinary Specialist Seaman Christian Diaz, a member of the damage control response team. "The interaction was awesome."

USS Freedom's first rotational deployment to Southeast Asia began March 1, when the ship departed San Diego and commenced a Pacific Ocean transit that included port visits in Hawaii, Guam and Manila. Freedom used Singapore as a logistics and maintenance hub between April 18 and Nov. 16, during which she participated in the International Maritime Defence Exhibition (IMDEX), three phases of the bilateral naval exercise CARAT with Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, and the multinational exercise Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT). During port visits, Freedom hosted thousands visitors from throughout Southeast Asia. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

USS Freedom Takes Part in Operation Damayan; Petty Officer Advancement Quotas Released

USS Freedom Delivers HA/DR Supplies to Tacloban, Philippines

USS Freedom Delivers HA/DR Supplies to Tacloban, Philippines


From Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific Public Affairs
TACLOBAN, Republic of the Philippines (NNS) -- USS Freedom (LCS 1) delivered 10 pallets of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief supplies to officials from the Armed Forces of the Philippines Nov. 24.

The delivery was part of Operation Damayan and occurred in Tacloban - one of the areas hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.

Supported by U.S. Joint Task Force 505, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is coordinating HA/DR efforts with multinational forces, local civilian authorities and non-governmental organizations.

On scene to receive the materials from Freedom in Tacloban were Philippine representatives from AFP, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

"We appreciate the efforts of our U.S. Navy partners from USS Freedom to deliver these supplies to the people of Tacloban," said Philippine navy Capt. Roy Trinidad, director of the AFP's Task Force Airport in Tacloban. "We have already discussed the best use of these supplies and will deliver them within the local community as Tacloban recovers from Typhoon Yolanda."

From her position 16 nautical miles off the coast of Tacloban, Freedom delivered the five pallets of hygienic supplies and five pallets of medical supplies with her MH-60R helicopter and one from USS Cowpens (CG 63). Like other U.S. Navy ships supporting Operation Damayan, Freedom's helicopter is one of her most important HA/DR assets.

Personnel from both nations unloaded Freedom's supplies on Tacloban's airfield, including much needed items such as hand sanitizer, baby wash, bandaids and disinfectant. As noted by Trinidad, the AFP will coordinate delivery of the supplies with OCD and DSWD.

Freedom deployed to Southeast Asia with a Surface Warfare Mission Package to conduct maritime security operations with allies, partners and other 7th Fleet units, and as such, is not configured specifically for HA/DR missions. "That said, while HA/DR is not our primary mission, we were very happy to be able to help the people of Tacloban as we return from deployment, and it's an honor to be part of this mission," Fire Controlman 1st Class Sergio Pina explained.

Loaded with the pallets in Singapore last week, Freedom joined the other U.S. Navy ships supporting Operation Damayan Nov. 23 after a brief port call in Brunei. The delivery in Tacloban occurred as Freedom was beginning her transit across the Pacific Ocean to return to her homeport in San Diego.

Rear Adm. Cindy Thebaud, JTF 505's maritime liaison officer and commander of the U.S. Navy's Logistics Group Western Pacific, was the senior U.S. Navy official present during the delivery in Tacloban.

"Freedom deployed to this region nearly nine months ago to work with partner navies in a challenging operational environment," said Thebaud. "Supporting Operation Damayan alongside our Philippine navy partners is a fitting way to wrap up her maiden overseas deployment. I'm very proud of Freedom's Sailors and glad to know these relief supplies will be so well used."

USS Freedom's first rotational deployment to Southeast Asia began March 1, when the ship departed San Diego and commenced a Pacific Ocean transit that included port visits in Hawaii, Guam and Manila. Freedom used Singapore as a logistics and maintenance hub between April 18 and Nov. 16, during which she participated in the International Maritime Defence Exhibition, three phases of the bilateral naval exercise CARAT with Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, and the multinational exercise Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training. During port visits, Freedom hosted thousands visitors from throughout Southeast Asia.


For more news from Pacific Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/cpf/.

RIA Novosti: Russian Navy Gets New Carrier-Based Fighters

RIA NovostiMiG-29K carrier-based fighter aircraftRussian Navy Gets New Carrier-Based Fighters
15:50 25/11/2013 The Russian navy has taken delivery of its first four series-produced MiG-29K/KUB carrier based fighter jets, the Defense Ministry said Monday.>>

Israel Air Force Hosts Largest International Military Exercise in Israel’s History

Israel Air Force Hosts Largest International Military Exercise in Israel’s History

On Sunday, November 24, for the first time in Israel’s history, the Israel Air Force launched the “Blue Flag” training exercise – an international air force exercise with participation by the US, Italian and Greek air forces.

Read more at: http://www.idfblog.com/2013/11/25/israel-air-force-hosts-largest-international-military-exercise-israels-history/