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South Korea In A Corner, No Trustworthy Allie

Posted by Larry Barnes on May 21, 2010

Hillary Clinton: “The evidence is overwhelming and condemning”, and I am sure that international consequences over the sinking of a Southern warship in March will be swift boated by the Obama machine.

She said on a visit to Tokyo that, despite Pyongyang’s denials, evidence the North had torpedoed the ship was “overwhelming”.

South Korea’s president said the response to the sinking must be “very prudent”. On doubt that the lack of an allie will ensure that it is, and futile too boot.

He also firmly blamed North Korea when he addressed his security council.

It was a “surprise military attack from North Korea [that came] while South Korean people were resting late at night”, President Lee Myung-bak said.

Foreign investigators said in a report that a torpedo had hit the ship, killing 46 people.

Experts from the US, the UK, Australia and Sweden found that parts of the torpedo retrieved from the sea floor had lettering that matched a North Korean design.

Mrs Clinton has called on North Korea to “stop its provocative behavior” and her forceful personality will be instrumental in deterring homicidal maniacs. Mrs Clinton said it could not be business as usual with North Korea, I am confident new sanctions will plunge the North Korean people into extended suffering.

Action at the UN is most likely to be blunted by the Chinese government that holds economic daggers to the heart of the west.

A senior US official told me it is clear that South Korea does not wish to go to war and will not take steps that run that risk.

He added there is also no evidence that North Korea is preparing to go to war despite all the rhetoric.

The BBC has been able to contribute to the forgive and forget tendency by portraying the action as a “a one-off action”, without regard to a long history of North Korean aggression. The BBC has shown it not qualified to comment on world affairs with the assertion that “North Korea’s motivations are still unclear”.

Secretary Clinton has revealed the Obama plan by stating “This will not be and cannot be business as usual. There must be an international, not just a regional, but an international response.” This of course means that the international community will be to blame when no action is taken.

South Korea’s president’s plan of action to include taking the evidence of an attack to the UN Security Council in an attempt to win support for tougher sanctions on North Korea, proves he is aware of the corner he is in.

President Lee told his security council the sinking of the Cheonan on 26 March had violated the UN Charter and the 1953 armistice which effectively ended the Korean War as have many other actions taken by the North. But, let us ignore history. “Since this case is very serious and has a grave importance, we cannot afford to have a slightest mistake and will be very prudent in all response measures we take,” he said.

South Korean Defence Minister Kim Tae-young told reporters at a separate briefing that the North would be “made to pay”.


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Fire Scout Scores First-Ever Drug Bust with McInerney

Posted by Larry Barnes on April 7, 2010

From U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs

EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) — During a routine test flight, a MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Take-off and Landing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) supported its first drug interdiction with USS McInerney (FFG 8) and a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (USCG LEDET) Apr. 3.

McInerney launched one of its two embarked Fire Scout’s to test different functions and settings when it acquired a suspected narcotics “go-fast” on radar. The Mission Payload Operator completed testing and received permission to pursue.

Over the course of three hours, Fire Scout monitored the go-fast with McInerney. With its state-of-the-art optics and extremely small profile, Fire Scout was able to maintain an unprecedented covert posture while feeding real-time video back to McInerney.

Fire Scout proceeded to capture video of the “go-fast” meeting with a fishing vessel for what appeared to be a refueling/logistics transfer. McInerney and its embarked USCG LEDET moved in and seized approximately 60 kilos of cocaine and caused the suspected traffickers to jettison another approximately 200 kilos of narcotics.

Fire Scout has been deployed onboard McInerney in the Eastern Pacific since October 2009. McInerney, with embarked Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (Light) 42 Detachment 7 (HSL Det 7), is deployed for U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (NAVSO)in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility conducting counter illicit trafficking (CIT) operations in support of Joint Interagency Task Force-South. The embarked Fire Scout VTUAVs are operated and maintained by a team from HSL 42 Det 7, the Navy Fire Scout Program Office, and Northrop Grumman Corporation.

NAVSO is the naval component command for U.S. Southern Command and is responsible for all Naval personnel and assets in the area of responsibility. NAVSO conducts a variety of missions in support of the Maritime Strategy, including Theater Security Cooperation, relationship building, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, community relations, and CIT operations.

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Sailor Receives Battlefield Promotion For Heroic Actions Under Fire

Posted by Larry Barnes on February 10, 2010

By Senior Airman Ashley Hawkins, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan (NNS) — A Sailor assigned to Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) force protection, was awarded a combat action ribbon and promoted to petty officer third class during a ceremony Feb. 5 at Forward Operating Base Kalagush.

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuels) 3rd Class Robert Wagner, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., earned the promotion through the Combat Meritorious Advancement Program (CMAP) in recognition for his heroic actions in early November 2009 which helped repel an enemy attack on an observation post in Nuristan Province. While standing guard at an entry control point, Wagner quickly responded to the enemy attack and fired 800 rounds of M-240B ammunition.

The CMAP is a promotion program that promotes Sailors who have served in combat during Operation Iraqi or Enduring Freedom.

“The CMAP is a very positive, good thing for Sailors who have gone way beyond what is expected, and it allows us to recognize their good overall standings,” said Cmdr. Rodney Ottinger, U.S. Navy PRT executive officer.

Wagner said he was surprised when he learned of the promotion.

“I’m very excited about the promotion,” said Wagner, who enlisted in the Navy in October 2006. “It’s weird because I’ve waited a long time for it. It kind of doesn’t even feel like it happened.”

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Forces Arrest Suspected Militants, Taliban Commander

Posted by Larry Barnes on November 13, 2009

American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2009 – Combined Afghan and international security forces detained several suspected militants, including an alleged Taliban commander, in operations in Afghanistan today and yesterday, military officials reported.

A combined force killed enemy militants and detained several militants in Wardak province, including an alleged Taliban commander believed to be responsible for several attacks in the area.

The combined security force searched buildings near the village of Badam Kalay in Nerkh district where intelligence sources indicated a Taliban commander was located. The force surrounded a mosque, known to be used by the Taliban commander to cache weapons, and called for the militants to surrender.

The force received heavy machine-gun fire from the mosque and responded with precision fire, killing two of the militants. The force again called for the remaining militants to surrender.

Several other militants surrendered, including the suspected Taliban commander.

Afghan members of the joint force then entered and secured the mosque and recovered a medium machine gun, multiple assault rifles, grenades, a pistol, ammunition, video recorder and communications equipment. Following the operation, village elders discussed the operation with the combined force and examined the militant weapons cache in the mosque.

No Afghan civilians were harmed.

Elsewhere, a combined Afghan and international security force detained a group of suspected militants after searching compounds in Zabul province known to be used by a Taliban commander believed to be responsible for making homemade bombs and conducting attacks in the area. After searching the compounds without incident, the combined force detained the suspected militants. No shots were fired and no one was injured.

Meanwhile, a combined force killed an enemy militant and detained a group of suspected militants in Khost province while pursuing a local Taliban “shadow” governor with numerous links to Haqqani terrorist organization senior leadership in the area.

The combined force targeted a series of buildings near the village of Bazikani in Spera district after intelligence indicated militant activity there. The militant was killed when he fired on the force. The force searched the buildings, detained the suspected militants and recovered a number of small-arms weapons.

No Afghan civilians were harmed during this operation.

In Kandahar City yesterday, a combined force detained a suspected militant while pursuing a senior Taliban facilitator and subcommander who allegedly operates in the area.

The combined security force searched a compound after intelligence indicated militant activity there. The force conducted the search without incident and detained a suspected militant for additional questioning. No shots were fired, and no one was injured.

(Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command news releases.)

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SEALs And Special Boat Teams Assist Philippinos

Posted by Larry Barnes on September 30, 2009

JSOTF-P Assists in Rescue Efforts During Manila Flooding
By Lt.j.g. Theresa Donnelly, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (NNS) — Members of Joint Special Operations Task Force- Philippines (LSOTF-P) assisted the Armed Forces of the Philippines(AFP) with the rescue of 52 people affected by massive flooding during Tropical Storm Ondoy, (known as internationally as Ketsana) in Cainta, Metro Manila Sept. 27-28.

Members of Navy SEAL teams and Naval Special Boat Teams 12 and 20, and U.S. medical personnel attached to JSOTF-P took part. They worked directly with AFP and the Philippines National Disaster Coordinating Council, rescuing people from rooftops, delivering food, and giving out medical supplies.

Rescue teams from JSOTF-P launched two F470 Zodiac boats in the flood waters of Cainta and worked through the night transporting people to schools, churches, and evacuation shelters. Teams also assisted with the rescue of a pregnant Filipino woman in labor, stranded in a flooded-out house.

“These people lost their houses, cars and might still be looking for family members. I wanted to do anything and everything I could do to help the Filipino people. I was glad I could be a part of the rescue efforts,” said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (FMF) Jonathan Porter. Porter was a JSOTF-P medic on scene to provide direct medical care.

According to Philippines Disaster Management Services, the floods displaced hundreds of thousands of people and the most recent reports indicate that nearly 100,000 people have been relocated.

“The work the U.S. military did was terrific,” said Roman Romulo, Pasig City congressman. “I was very thankful for U.S. support. Your teams were able to successfully go to Santa Lucia High School to help deliver food. It was a big boost that your people were helping us.”

On Sept. 26, JSOTF-P teams delivered 500 pounds of food to Santa Lucia high school. Additionally the following day, a civilian helicopter contracted by JSOTF-P unloaded and distributed an additional 4,200 pounds of food and water in Cainta, northeast of Pasig city.

The response to Ondoy was a collaborative effort among Philippine civilian governmental agencies, the AFP, the people affected and assistance from Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines.

“I don’t think we could have done anything without the help of the Filipinos. They were just great in helping us. They had translators, guides, ” said Porter.
“They were able to tell us where to go. When we were looking for a house, the police and local citizens would help us and the rescue was a collaborative effort among governmental agencies and the people affected,” he said.

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Somali Pirates Fire on Navy Helicopter

Posted by Larry Barnes on August 27, 2009

American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2009 – Somali pirates aboard a hijacked ship fired at a U.S. Navy helicopter yesterday, Navy officials said.

According to the Navy, the helicopter from the USS Chancellorsville was not hit, and there were no injuries. The helicopter did not return fire.

The chopper received fire while on a surveillance flight over a Taiwanese-flagged vessel that pirates had captured in April. Footage taken from the SH-60B helicopter shows at least one pirate opening fire with what appears to be “a large-caliber weapon,” officials said.

Somali pirates hijacked the Taiwanese-flagged Win Far vessel April 6, and since have used it as a “mother ship” to conduct attacks, most notably on the U.S.-flagged Maersk-Alabama in April. The incident occurred in the Indian Ocean south of Garacad, Somalia, where the Win Far is anchored.

During the flight, the aircrew members observed pirate activity, but did not confirm they were fired on until their return to Chancellorsville and review of the infrared surveillance footage. The helicopter was about 3,000 yards from Win Far when it happened.

(From a U.S. Naval Forces Central Command news release.)

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Navy Completes Air and Ballistic Missile Exercise

Posted by Larry Barnes on March 30, 2009

From U.S. Third Fleet Public Affairs

The San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) fires a missile during training exercise Stellar Daggers

The San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) fires a missile during training exercise Stellar Daggers

SAN DIEGO (NNS) — Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, Vice Adm. Samuel J. Locklear announced the completion of the fleet operational exercise, Stellar Daggers, March 26.

The scheduled event took place March 24 and 26. Command and control of the participants in Stellar Daggers resided with U.S. 3rd Fleet based in San Diego.

San Diego-based Aegis destroyer, USS Benfold (DDG 65) engaged multiple targets during this multi-event exercise with Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) Block IIIA and modified SM-2 BLK IV missiles. The overall objective of Stellar Daggers was to test the Aegis system’s sea-based ability to simultaneously detect, track, engage and destroy multiple incoming air and ballistic missile threats during terminal or final phase of flight.

During the event, Benfold’s Aegis Weapons System successfully detected and intercepted a cruise missile target with a SM-2 BLK IIIA, while simultaneously detecting and intercepting an incoming short range ballistic missile (SRBM) target with a modified SM-2 BLK IV. This is the first time the fleet has successfully tested the Aegis system’s ability to intercept both an SRBM in terminal
phase and a low-altitude cruise missile target at the same time.

Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD), which includes Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), is a Navy core competency and a key warfighting capability for the U.S. maritime strategy, which calls for credible combat power to be continuously postured to protect America’s vital interests.

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Navy SEAL’s

Posted by Larry Barnes on March 30, 2009

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Second Fleet Ships Conduct Irregular Warfare Training

Posted by Larry Barnes on March 9, 2009

Ships participating in the training include the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) and the guided-missile cruisers USS Anzio (CG 68) and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58).

Ships participating in the training include the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) and the guided-missile cruisers USS Anzio (CG 68) and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58).

From U.S. 2nd Fleet Public Affairs NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) — Second Fleet will conduct Fleet Irregular Warfare Training in the vicinity of the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) and in the Jacksonville Operating Areas March 9-16.

Ships participating in the training include the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) and the guided-missile cruisers USS Anzio (CG 68) and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58).

Fleet Irregular Warfare Training is intended to better prepare individual unit ship commanding officers and their crews to operate in a complex, uncertain operating environment similar to the real-world environments experienced by units involved in counterpiracy and other irregular warfare support missions.

“This initial Fleet Irregular Warfare Training event is an important step for 2nd Fleet toward improving the quality and realism of training as we provide ready maritime forces for global assignment,” said Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet Vice Adm. Mel Williams Jr. “We will also continue to train and certify carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups/maritime expeditionary units for the high-end of military operations – major combat operations – but we will also ensure that individual units have the preparedness to operate alone in complex environments.”

AUTEC, located in the vicinity of Andros Island, Bahamas, is a facility that supports the full spectrum of undersea warfare by providing accurate three-dimensional tracking, performance measurement and data collection resources for assessment of fleet training, tactical and material readiness.

Ships participating in the training will perform visit board and search procedures, anti-submarine warfare, counter-piracy, hostage scenarios and air defense exercises.

“With this training we’re exposing ships to many different scenarios that they’re likely to see in reality,” said Capt. John Kersh, commander of Destroyer Squadron 24, which is the command element for the training exercise. “What makes this training unique is that we’re doing multiple training scenarios all at once.”

This training will test commanding officers and their Sailors in dealing with simultaneous irregular warfare settings ranging from counterpiracy to anti-submarine warfare.

“With piracy becoming a larger problem in the world today, it’s necessary we are fully prepared to conduct counterpiracy operations wherever we are deployed,” said Kersh.

“This is more difficult than just finding a base where pirates are located and destroying it, as pirates often pretend to be fishermen off the coast of Somalia; they’re fisherman one minute and pirates the next, making it difficult to differentiate between the two. As a result, this presents us with a unique and difficult situation.”

Another important aspect of this training is the communication between commanding officers and the various task forces with whom they will work for when deployed.

“By exposing these [commanding officers] to the stress that they’ll see over there, they’ll be more prepared and ready to execute when scenarios like the ones we’re training for happen,” said Kersh.

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USNS Impeccable Harassed

Posted by Larry Barnes on March 9, 2009

WASHINGTON – Five Chinese vessels shadowed and aggressively maneuvered close to the USNS Impeccable in the South China Sea yesterday, a senior Pentagon official said today.

The U.S. oceanographic ship was 70 miles south of Hainan Island conducting routine operations in international waters when the ships approached, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said.

“We view these as unprofessional maneuvers by the Chinese vessels and violations under international law to operate with due regard for the rights and safety of other lawful users of the ocean,” Whitman said.
A civilian crew mans the ship, which operates under the auspices of the Military Sealift Command.

The incident began as the ships surrounded the Impeccable and two craft closed to within 50 feet, Whitman said. The Chinese ships included a Chinese navy intelligence collection ship, a Bureau of Maritime Fisheries patrol vessel, a State Oceanographic Administration patrol vessel and two small Chinese-flagged trawlers.

Crewmen aboard the Impeccable used fire hoses to spray one of the vessels as a protective measure. The Chinese crewmembers disrobed to their underwear and continued closing to within 25 feet.

The Chinese vessels dropped pieces of wood in the water directly in the Impeccable’s path, and two of the ships stopped directly in the U.S. vessel’s path, forcing it to stop.

Whitman said the Chinese used poles in an attempt to snag the Impeccable’s towed acoustic array sonars. Impeccable’s master used bridge-to-bridge radio circuits to inform the Chinese ships in a friendly manner that it was leaving the area and requested a safe path to navigate.

“These are dangerous close maneuvers that these vessels engaged in,” Whitman said.

The incident was the culmination of earlier harassment. A Chinese patrol vessel shined a high-intensity spotlight March 4 on the USNS Victorious operating in the Yellow Sea 125 miles from China’s coast. Chinese maritime aircraft “buzzed” the ship 12 times March 5.

A Chinese frigate crossed the bow of the Impeccable at a range of about 100 yards March 5. Maritime aircraft buzzed the ship after that incident.

Another Chinese ship challenged Impeccable over bridge-to-bridge radio March 7, calling its operations illegal and directing the American ship to leave the area or “suffer the consequences,” officials said.

The Impeccable is one of six surveillance ships that gather underwater acoustical data, Whitman said. U.S. ships routinely operate in the area.

“We expect Chinese ships to act responsibly and refrain from provocative activities that could lead to miscalculation or a collision at sea, endangering vessels and the lives of U.S. and Chinese mariners,” a Defense Department official said.

U.S. embassy officials lodged a protest against these actions with the Foreign Ministry in China, and Defense Department officials have protested with the Chinese embassy here.

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Chinese Pirates

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Chines Pirates

Impeccable Harassed

Impeccable Harassed

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