Tuesday, January 23, 2018

SSN UK.

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Here with several You Tube video the second of which is germane to a previous blog entry.

I recommend both video highly, without reservation or qualification. EVEN a MUST see!

1. "How to Build A Nuclear Submarine (Full)"

"Fourteen years to design and build and costing around a billion pounds [about $1.4 billion USD], nuclear submarine the Astute is one of the most technologically advanced and controversial machines in the world."

THINK NOT MERELY "THE MOST TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED" MACHINE MADE BY MAN BUT AT THIS EXACT MOMENT THE MOST COMPLICATED THING AS MADE BY MAN!!

Before the Astute class submarine the Space Shuttle and before that the USS Iowa class battleship as those most complicated things made by man.

AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT FOUR SUBMARINES  IN VARIOUS STAGES OF CONSTRUCTION.

A single [?] and special facility for fabrication and assembly of the finished product [nuclear submarine] also a must.Impressive!

2. "Devonport nuclear submarine dismantling project"

Dismantling of a nuclear submarine a major project of itself.

THAT MAJOR FACTOR AND FIRST STEP IN THE DISMANTLING OF ANY NUCLEAR-POWERED SUBMARINE THE REMOVAL OF THE COMPARTMENT CONTAINING THE RADIOACTIVE REACTOR. AFTER THE NUCLEAR REACTOR REMOVED THE REST OF THE DISMANTLING PROCEDURE  RELATIVELY EASY??

ADDITIONALLY A PERMANENT AND FINAL STORAGE FACILITY FOR THE REACTOR AND NUCLEAR CORE MATERIAL WILL NOT BE READY UNTIL; 2040!!

Nobody ever said any of this was going to be easy!

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YPG/USA/SDF/FSA I.

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From that latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter and in the apparent [?] defeat of the Islamic State and for your consideration. Consider the combat not over but only entering a new phase. Extracts mostly as copied in entirety.

1. "US and Syrian Kurds setting up 30,000-strong border force"

14 January.

"The first training class has begun for a new border force of 30,000 members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and its main component the Kurdish YPG militia, which is being established by the US-led coalition in Syria. This has fueled Turkey's anger over US support for the Syrian Kurds and prompted the summoning of the US charge d'affaires to the foreign office in Ankara last week."

2. "Fading Trump-Putin trust derails de-escalation zones on Syria's borders with Israel, Jordan"

16 January.

"Washington's decision to keep US bases in northern Syria, secured by a new 30,000-strong local force, drew a threat from Moscow. Col. Gen. Vladimir Shamanov, chairman of the Russian State Duma Defense Committee, said, 'Russia will work in cooperation with its partners [Iran] to take necessary procedures to establish stability in Syria.'"

"On the same day, a delegation of Syrian (FSA) rebel chiefs arrived in Washington to bid for the restoration of US aid, which was suspended seven months ago when Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin agreed in Munich to establish de-escalation zones in Syria"

"The FSA saw its chance for a comeback, reckoning that if Washington was willing to set up a new army in northern Syria, dominated by the Kurdish YPG militia, it would be equally amenable to reconstituting the FSA for operating on other fronts"

3. "US anti-air missiles for Kurds to meet Turkish, Syrian air threats"

16 January.

"The US is supplying N. Syrian Kurds with man-portable air defense weapons MANPADs [man-portable air defense] to counter Turkish war threats. Tensions around northern Syria hit a new high on Tuesday, Jan. 16, when Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan threatened his army would invade the Kurdish region of Afrin - and then Kurdish-held Manbij - both of which abut on the Turkish border."

4. "Tillerson: US troops will stay in Syria long after fight against ISIS"

19 January.

"US Secretary of state Rex Tillerson confirmed Wednesday that American troops would remain in Syria long after the complete defeat of ISIS 'to ensure that neither Iran nor Bashar Assad take over areas newly liberated with help from the United States.'"

More to follow!

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Bombastic.

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“'It certainly is a threat U.S. forces will need to take into account,' . . . . 'It is large enough to carry a megaton-class nuclear weapon, although the 100 megaton weapon they advertise may be too heavy.'" - - Bryan Clark.

Thanks to the tip from Freeper and the original story as seen at the War is Boring Internet web site.

Apparently the Russian nuclear-powered, nuclear-warhead is for real?

Consider this a surprise?

"Russia’s Giant Nuclear Torpedo Is Apparently Real"

"The United States’ new Nuclear Posture Review asserts that Russia’s Status-6 intercontinental, nuclear-armed undersea autonomous torpedo is a real weapon and could be a genuine threat. Analysts are divided as to how genuine the threat is."

I too thought the manner with which the existence of the torpedo as reported and revealed by the Russia media represented some sort of hoax of disinformation.

THE SAME TYPE OF STUFF THAT USED TO OCCUR DURING THE TIME OF THE OLD SOVIET UNION AND THE COLD WAR. HIGHLY CLASSIFIED INFORMATION "INADVERTENTLY" LEAKED AN EVENT THAT SEEMED TO BE TOO COOL TO BE TRUE!

Now the threat seen as a possible or even more so? Is for real? This too is the type of scare tactics that does no one any good and often backfires? Bombastic scare tactics or otherwise?

Torpedo los!!

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Coraggio.

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Back to the topic of Italian military prowess or the lack thereof as generally perceived. From the Mad Monarchist and all thanks to MM.

Ask ten different military experts or military historians the armed forces of what nation gave the BEST performance during the Second World War and you will get ten different answers?

As those same military experts or military historians the armed forces of which nation gave the WORST performance during the Second World War and you will receive an instantaneous and unanimous answer, unequivocal?

THE ITALIANS? AN OPINION AND PERCEPTION NOT WORTHY WHEN COMPARED TO THE RECORD? DECIDE FOR YOURSELF!

1. "Italian Military Tradition I."

2. "Italian Military Tradition II."

3. "Italian Submarine Campaign of World War Two."

INDEED, ITALIAN NAVAL COMMANDO FORCES THE STANDARD OF THE COMBAT  FROGMAN BY WHICH ALL OTHER SIMILAR UNITS OF WHATEVER NATION ARE JUDGED.

See previous blog entries having a similar topic. The Italians hardly gutless cowards running away or surrendering en masse when the first shot fired:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/06/italy-ww2.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/05/savoia.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/01/bravery-courage.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/06/comsubin-i.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/06/comsubin-ii.html

For those who are interested in such matters, Sir John Keegan rated the Finns as the BEST soldiers during WW2.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Binkov.

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Came across Binkov quite by accident. I find to be informative and entertaining.

I recommend the Binkov Internet web site highly, without qualification or reservation. Devoted readers to the blog will want to avail themselves of beyond a mere perusal.

1. The Binkov Internet web site.

2. The Binkov Internet Facebook web site.

3. The collection of Binkov Internet You Tube presentations.

YOU TUBE PRESENTATIONS ALL WITH A MILITARY DIMENSION AND IN MY OPINION OUTSTANDINGLY DONE!

From the FAQ at the Binkov web site we have this description of Binkov and what he is all about. As to validity of these pronouncements I pass no judgment yea or nay.

"Binkov was born decades ago in the glorious land of Uberslavia. He went to military school from the early age and never looked back. He specialized in intelligence data analysis, though his post graduate work involved both study in strategy and military logistics. His career has led him all around the world. He served stationed both in capitalist West and communist USSR. But neither could match his beloved Uberslavia. Sadly, during a super secret covert operation, he lost his arms, which only made him more determined to spread his military knowledge."

All thanks to Binkov. Great stuff and keep up the good work!! I am impressed!

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ocean.

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Brazil si, Turkey no!

Bird Farm = Aircraft carrier.

From Harry at Sharkhunters:

"BRITISH BIRD FARM SOLD TO BRAZIL –"

"Rumors are now official; the Royal Navy [RN] carrier HMS OCEAN (a helicopter carrier) has been sold to the Brazilian Navy. It has been rumored for some time that this deal was being considered, but it is confirmed that Brazil will pay €84 million (Euros) for this ship. The first Brazilian Navy officers will be headed for England shortly when HMS OCEAN finishes her time with the RN this October or November"

Turkey also reported to have been interested in purchasing HMS Ocean. This deal to the Turk fell  through somehow.

HMS Ocean a helicopter carrier. A light carrier. The ship as sold not complete without a complement of warplanes, rotary, tilt-rotor or fixed wing, the latter if possible capable of vertical-take-off and landing.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Svetozar.

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Back to the topic, general officers of World War One. The contrast as is the subject of this post could not be more striking!!

Consider these two senior military commanders from that era of the Great War as possible additions to LISTS as were the subject of prior blog entries.

1. "Ten Most Underrated generals." Add to that list the name of Svetozar Boroević.

"K.u.k. Feldmarschall Svetozar Boroević . . .  was an Austro-Hungarian field marshal who was described as one of the finest defensive strategists of the First World War.

With all respect consider defense to be the stronger form of combat. Easier to do and accomplish more with less!

K.u.k. = "The joint 'Imperial and Royal Army' (kaiserlich und königliche Armee or k.u.k.)"

2. "Ten Worst Generals." Add to that list the name of Luigi Cardona.

Marshal of Italy Luigi Cadorna . . . was an Italian General and Marshal of Italy, most famous for being the Chief of Staff of the Italian Army during the first part of World War I.

Historians record Cadorna as an unimaginative martinet who was ruthless with his troops and dismissive of his country's political authorities. David Stevenson, Professor of International History at the London School of Economics, describes him as earning 'opprobrium as one of the most callous and incompetent of First World War commanders.'"

"opprobrium - -   n. Disgrace arising from exceedingly shameful conduct; ignominy. n. Scornful reproach. A cause of shame or disgrace."

"martinet - - noun 1. a strict disciplinarian, especially a military one. 2. someone who stubbornly adheres to methods or rules."

It doesn't get much worse than that. And that too during a time of war when most all the senior commanders seemed to be rather incompetent or downright acknowledged as being so.

The good, the bad, and no ugly!

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