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John McCain Naval Institute Interview

By: US Naval Institute Staff
August 25, 2018 9:01 PM

Former presidential candidate and naval aviator Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) died today after succumbing to a long battle with cancer, according to a statement from his office released late Saturday. He was 81.

“Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28 pm on August 25, 2018. With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family,” read the statement issued by his office. “At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years.”

McCain had been battling brain cancer and announced he was stopping treatment on Friday.

“Last summer, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: he had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious. In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for his survival. But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict. With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment,” the McCain family said in a separate Friday statement.

McCain graduated from the Naval Academy in 1958 and flew A-4 Skyhawks during the Vietnam War.

In 1967, McCain was shot down over Hanoi on a bombing mission and captured by North Vietnamese troops. He was held in the infamous Hanoi Hilton until 1973.

Following his retirement from the Navy in 1981, McCain won an election in 1982 and served in Congress for 36 years and ran for president on the Republican ticket in 2008.

McCain announced his illness in July of 2017.

The following is an October 2017 interview of McCain conducted for the Naval Institute by Bob Woodward of The Washington Post.


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USS John S. McCain Collision, A Year Later

By: Ben Werner
August 21, 2018 4:03 PM



(top left to right) Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Corey George Ingram, Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Abraham Lopez, Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Logan Stephen Palmer, Electronics Technician 3rd Class John Henry Hoagland III, Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon

(bottom left to right) Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jacob Daniel Drake, Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Timothy Thomas Eckles, Electronics Technician 1st Class Charles Nathan Findley, Electronics Technician 3rd Class Kenneth Aaron Smith, Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kevin Sayer Bushell

Last year, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) collided with a merchant ship while approaching Singapore, an incident that resulted in the death of 10 sailors and prompted the Navy to take a hard look at how it operates and trains crews on forward-deployed ships.

McCain was the second deadly collision to occur last summer, and the fourth in a series of U.S. warship collisions and groundings to occur in 2017. On June 17, USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) collided with a merchant ship, killing seven sailors.

A year later, McCain is undergoing extensive repairs, the Navy has completed two reviews of how it trains crews and operates ships in its surface warfare community, the Navy has taken actions to hold people accountable for the collision, and the Navy added a namesake to the ship.


Ship Repair Efforts

The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) departs Subic Bay, Philippines aboard heavy lift transport vessel MV Treasure, Nov. 28. Treasure will transport McCain to Fleet Activities Yokosuka to undergo repairs. US Navy Photo

When McCain collided with a civilian tanker, the merchant ship’s bulbous bow struck the port side of McCain, causing extensive flooding below the waterline, and crumpling berthing and some mechanical areas. The damage was severe, but the flooding did not damage many of McCain’s electronic components. The Navy determined McCain could moved from Singapore, where it pulled into port following the collision, and repaired in Japan.

However, a crack developed in McCain’s hull while being transported to Japan on a heavy lift transport. Due to the 4-inch crack amidship on McCain’s starboard side and bad weather from a Typhoon, McCain’s transit to Japan took a detour to the Philippines.

In December, McCain arrived in Japan to begin an estimated year-long, $223-million repair job to make the ship seaworthy again. This project will be one of the largest to occur at U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility-Japan Regional Maintenance Center, according to the Navy.


Legislative Fallout
Meanwhile, Congress acted to create some reforms to help prevent such incidents from occurring again. The recently approved Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act put into law several recommendations made by two internal Navy studies the service initiated following the death McCain and Fitzgerald collisions.

The bill limits how long ships can remain forward-deployed, requires readiness reviews, requires ships to always meet minimum staffing and establishes a new logbook policy for officers on watch.


Legal Actions

Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez. US Navy Photo

The Navy has also acted to hold crew members and leaders accountable for the collision. The Navy conducted a series of non-judicial punishment hearings for several members of the crews of both McCain and Fitzgerald.

In September, U.S. 7th Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Philip Sawyer removed Rear Adm. Charles Williams, commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 70, and Capt. Jeffery Bennett, commodore of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, from their positions due to a loss of confidence in their ability to command. DESRON 15 includes command over both Fitzgerald and McCain, and CTF- 70.

In February, Cmdr. Jessie L. Sanchez, former executive officer of McCain, was found guilty of violating Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice during a non-judicial punishment hearing in Washington, D.C. Sanchez received a punitive letter of reprimand in the hearing overseen by Adm. James Caldwell, who is serving as the consolidated decision authority for all punitive actions related to the two destroyer collisions.

In May, former McCain commander Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez pleaded guilty to a single charge of negligence for his role in the incident that killed 10 sailors. Sanchez admitted to not setting the proper watch team for the busy shipping lane the ship was entering, or taking proper action when the bridge crew lost control of the ship due to a poor understanding of the helm controls.

Sanchez was sentenced to a punitive letter of reprimand and forfeiture of $6,000 in pay. He also requested to retire as part of the agreement. Sanchez also has a federal misdemeanor on his record as a result of the court-martial.

Also in May, McCain Chief Boatswain’s Mate Jeffery Butler entered a guilty plea to one count of dereliction of duty and was reduced in rank to E-6.


McCain Namesake

Adm. John S. McCain Sr., Adm. John S. McCain Jr., Sen. John S. McCain (R-Ariz.)

In July, Sen. John S. McCain (R-Ariz.) had his name added to USS John S. McCain (DDG-56). When commissioned in 1994, the ship was named for the senior senator from Arizona’s grandfather, Adm. John S. McCain Sr., who served as a carrier task force commander during World War II; and his father, Adm. John S. McCain Jr., who served as U.S. Pacific Command commander from 1968 to 1972. Sen. McCain himself was a naval aviator who was shot down during the Vietnam War and held as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for five and a half years, including the entire span of his father’s tenure as PACOM.

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced the new name added to McCain while visiting the destroyer, which is currently being repaired at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.

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CNO: New 2nd Fleet Boundary Will Extend North to the Edge of Russian Waters

By: Sam LaGrone
August 24, 2018 2:32 PM




Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79) transits the Arctic Circle Sept. 5, 2017. US Navy Photo
ABOARD AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH – The boundaries of the Navy’s reestablished U.S. 2nd Fleet extends well past the old submarine stomping grounds of the Cold War and into waters north of Scandinavia and the Arctic Circle, near the submarine headquarters of Russia’s Northern Fleet, Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson said on Friday.

“A new 2nd Fleet increases our strategic flexibility to respond — from the Eastern Seaboard to the Barents Sea,” Richardson said. “Second Fleet will approach the North Atlantic as one continuous operational space, and conduct expeditionary fleet operations where and when needed.”

Richardson and new 2nd Fleet commander Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis stressed the standup of the new command was a reflection of the National Defense Strategy from Secretary of Defense James Mattis that signaled a return to “great power competition” with nation-states, rather than the low-intensity ground wars the U.S. has waged since 2001.


Then-Rear Adm. Andrew Lewis, then-commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12, delivers remarks as the guest speaker during a change of command ceremony in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) on July 21, 2015. US Navy photo.

“We will not simply pick up where we left off. We are going to aggressively and quickly rebuild this command into an operational warfighting organization,” Lewis said.

Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work told USNI News on Friday the extension of the boundary to Russia’s doorstep was in line with the new Mattis-led strategy.

“This truly is about great power competition and demonstrating it to the great powers that we can operate in waters nearby when and where we chose to do so. It’s signaling we’re here. We’re ready to go,” Work said.

“In China we have a rival that is really has a full-spectrum naval capability. The Russians truly are more of an undersea competitor. The best way to get there is to operate in those grounds close to them and not let them break out into the open ocean.”


The official crest for the re-establishment of Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet. US Navy Image

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe retired Adm. James Stavridis told USNI News on Friday the extension of the border was a reflection of new realities in dealing with capabilities of the Russian Navy.

“The new battle space for 2nd Fleet reflects two critical elements: The first is Russia’s desire to extend the distance over which its fleet can roam,” Stavridis said.

“The second is new long-range attack technologies that allow Russia far greater maritime standoff distance.”

While on Bush, Richardson declined to talk to reporters about specific Russian capabilities he views as threats. However, it’s well known the Russian Navy has invested heavily in its attack submarine fleet and its new Kalibir land strike missile with about a 1,000-mile range.

Last year, Russian nuclear attack boat Severodvinsk launched a Kalibir almost 400 miles in a test of their capability to strike land targets from under the sea. The Russians have also demonstrated the missiles as part of Moscow’s military effort in Syria.

While new Russian surface ships field similar missiles, the construction of new ships has stalled due to loss of infrastructure after the Cold War and ongoing manufacturing delays. In contrast, the Russian Navy had always spent more time investing in its submarine force. Combined with the new missiles, Russian submarines can put mainland European cities at risk without leaving the North Atlantic.


Map of North Atlantic with the Barents Sea highlighted. Google Image

The increased capability and standoff distance the Russians can employ drives an increased focus on the North Atlantic, Magnus Nordenman, deputy director of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council and author of a forthcoming book on GIUK gap, told USNI News on Friday.

“Giving 2nd fleet responsibility up to the Barents recognizes one of the most important aspects of the emerging naval competition in the North Atlantic,” he said. “The action will be in the high north, not around or south of the GIUK gap, and it will not be about defending allied convoys coming across the Atlantic”

While the ceremonial standup of the new command was Aug. 24, the Navy has already moved to employ more ships into the North Atlantic.

As part of the recent Truman Strike Group deployment, a major contingent of U.S. destroyers operated off Norway and in the North Atlantic.

Until this year, U.S. destroyers – equipped with a very capable anti-submarine war suite – largely did not exercise in the region.


A Russian Kilo submarine passes the parade stand during the Russia Navy Day celebration in Vladivostok. US Navy Photo

“Our Atlantic coast guys need a chance to train against good submariners. … Either they’re doing it with the French or the British for training or for hope of finding a Russian submarine,” Bryan Clark, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, told USNI News in June. “You have to make a special effort to put them there.”

While the reconstituted 2nd Fleet was announced in May, the notion of increasing focus on the North Atlantic has been simmering since the 2014 seizure of Crimea by Russian forces.

In 2016, now-commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe Adm. James Foggo wrote in U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings that the Russian sub threat has continued to grow creating a Fourth Battle of the Atlantic.

“Russian submarines are prowling the Atlantic, testing our defenses, confronting our command of the seas, and preparing the complex underwater battlespace to give them an edge in any future conflict,” he wrote. “Not only have Russia’s actions and capabilities increased in alarming and confrontational ways, its national-security policy is aimed at challenging the United States and its NATO allies and partners.”

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Get Ready: U.S. 2nd Fleet Re-established to Counter Russian Navy
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Published on Aug 26, 2018
Get Ready: U.S. 2nd Fleet Re-established to Counter Russian Navy

In a ceremony in Norfolk on Friday, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson formally re-established U.S. 2nd Fleet. The new command is intended bolster the U.S. Navy's capability in the North Atlantic and counterbalance the rising levels of Russian activity in the region.

“Although deeply consequential, the meaning of this establishment can be summarized simply as a dynamic response to a dynamic security environment,” said CNO Richardson. “We first need to understand this competitive security environment and why it demands every ounce of our tenacity, ingenuity and fighting spirit. Then we can focus on the mission and how best to accomplish it; 2nd Fleet will enhance our capacity to maneuver and fight in the Atlantic, and as a result, help to maintain America’s maritime superiority that will lead to security, influence and prosperity for our nation.”
 

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ROYAL NAVY COLD WAR CAPABILITIES vs. SOVIET NAVY SUBMARINES 75714
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Published on Aug 20, 2015
This Royal Navy produced stock reel contrasts the RN versus the Soviet Navy, its chief perceived adversary in combat. The film begins with shots of different modern merchant and oil tanker ships, as well as footage of Navy vessels. It also features footage of the Russian Navy in the 1970s beginning around the 2:30 mark, including helicopter carrying warships equipped with cruise missiles, amphibious assault ships, and more. Soviet amphibious forces are seen at the 4:30 mark including tanks, assault ships, and more. Russian bomber aircraft are seen at the 4:00 mark. The Soviet submarine fleet is profiled at the 5:00 mark with footage of SSBN nuclear missile and attack submarines. At the 6 minute mark, a Navy helicopter is shown making a rescue of stranded merchant seamen on the high seas.

At the 7:00 mark, Royal Navy ships are shown on maneuvers, including mine hunting warship M29, which uses an ROV to find enemy mines and detonate them. Nuclear powered hunter killer submarines are shown at the 8:40 mark launching homing torpedoes and harpoon missiles (this material was used in the Thomas Dolby video "One of Our Submarines is Missing btw!) Diesel submarines are seen at the 9:30 mark. An Invincible class carrier is shown at 9:45 with Sea Harrier aircraft, and ASW helicopters are seen at the 11:00 mark. The Sea Dart missile system is seen at the 12:30 mark, and Sea Wolf at 13:00. The 4.5 gun is shown at the 13:30 mark, capable of firing dozens of shells per minute. Support craft are shown at the 14:30 mark, including ships designed to enforce shipping regulations and protect British interests in the North Sea -- including members of the Royal Marines (15:20 mark) who would protect an oil platform against say the IRA. Snow troops are shown at 16:00. Polaris missile submarines are shown at the 17:00 mark.

The last part of the film shows a Naval exercise with the fleet, including emergency drill with simulated wounded and fire aboard ship.

The Invincible class was a class of light aircraft carrier operated by the Royal Navy. Three ships were constructed, HMS Invincible, HMS Illustrious and HMS Ark Royal. The vessels were built as aviation-capable anti-submarine warfare (ASW) platforms to counter the Cold War North Atlantic Soviet submarine threat, and initially embarked Sea Harrier aircraft and Sea King HAS.1 anti-submarine helicopters. With the cancellation of CVA-01, the three ships became the replacements for Ark Royal and Eagle fleet carriers and the Centaur-class light fleet carriers, and the Royal Navy's sole class of aircraft carrier.

The three vessels have seen active service in a number of locations, including the South Atlantic during the Falklands War, the Adriatic during the Bosnian War, and in the Middle East for the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.

Invincible was decommissioned in 2005 and put in reserve in a low state of readiness.

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ROYAL NAVY 1960s COLD WAR PROMOTIONAL FILM "1400 ZULU" 71062
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Published on Feb 26, 2015
Created in 1965, "1400 Zulu" is a classic British propaganda and recruiting film that profiles the Royal Navy's operations around the world: from the Caribbean to Aden to the Suez Canal and beyond. It's a job that involves hundreds of ships and tens of thousands of men both above, on and below the water of all the world's oceans. The film shows some of the newest weapons in the RN's arsenal including nuclear submarines, missile systems and the Guided Missile Destroyer HMS Hampshire, Harrier Jump Jets and carrier-based Buccaneers, and helicopters. The Royal Marines including frogmen are shown performing maneuvers, and various military exercises are shown and activities demonstrated.

HMS Hampshire was a County-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. Laid down, in March 1959 a couple of weeks behind the class leader Devonshire, she was classified as a guided missile destroyer, as the Sea Lords regarded the concept of the cruiser and big gun ship as discredited by the perceived failure of the Tiger class and the obsolescence of the heavy gun. The description of guided missile destroyer seemed more likely to win approval from the Treasury and Government for an adequate number of warships the size of small cruisers which could play many traditional cruiser flagship and command functions but had armour around neither its gun or missile magazine.

The Blackburn Buccaneer originated in the early 1950s as a design for a carrier-borne attack aircraft able to carry a nuclear bomb below radar coverage. It was a British low-level subsonic strike aircraft that served with the Royal Navy (RN) and later the Royal Air Force (RAF), retiring from service in 1994. Designed and initially produced by Blackburn Aircraft at Brough, it was later known as the Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer when Blackburn became a part of the Hawker Siddeley group.

The Royal Navy originally procured the Buccaneer as a naval strike aircraft capable of operating from their aircraft carriers, introducing the type to service in 1962 to counterbalance advances made in the Soviet Navy. The Buccaneer was capable of delivering nuclear weapons as well as conventional munitions for anti-shipping warfare, and was typically active in the North Sea area during its service. Early on the initial production aircraft suffered a series of accidents due to insufficient engine power, thus the Buccaneer S.2, equipped with more powerful Rolls-Royce Spey engines, was soon introduced.

Although they originally rejected it in favour of the supersonic BAC TSR-2, the RAF later procured the Buccaneer as a substitute following the cancellation of both the TSR-2 and its planned replacement, the F-111K. When the RN retired the last of its large aircraft carriers, its Buccaneers were transferred to the RAF. The South African Air Force also procured the type. Buccaneers saw combat action in the Gulf War and the South African Border War. In RN service, the Buccaneer was replaced with the V/STOL British Aerospace Sea Harrier. In RAF service, they were replaced by the Panavia Tornado.

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British SBS - Special Boat Service Rare Footage - UKSF
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Special Boat Service Rare Images SBS - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpj-z...

The Special Boat Service are the naval special forces of the United Kingdom and the sister unit of the SAS. The operational capabilities of both units are broadly similar, however, the SBS being the principal Royal Navy contribution to UKSF have the additional training and equipment to lead in the maritime, amphibious and riverine environments. Both units come under the operational command of HQ Directorate of Special Forces (DSF) and undergo an identical selection process, enjoy significant interoperability in training and on operations.

In times of armed conflict and war the Special Boat Service (SBS) and 22 Special Air Service Regiment (22 SAS) are required to operate in small parties in enemy controlled territory. Operations of this nature require men of courage and high morale who are self-disciplined, intelligent, reliable, determined and physically fit, and who possess mental, moral and physical stamina.

Principle roles of the SBS are Surveillance Reconnaissance (SR), including information reporting and target acquisition; Offensive Action (OA), including direction of air, artillery and naval gunfire, designation for precision guided munitions, use of integral weapons and demolitions; and Support and Influence (SI), including overseas training tasks.the SBS also provide immediate response Military Counter Terrorism (CT) and Maritime Counter Terrorism (MCT) teams.

UKSF Selection Course

Special Forces Briefing Course - 1 week SAS. 2 weeks SBS

SBS SFBC consists of Basic combat fitness tests. Basic swim test. 23 mile canoe in 8 hours open sea anda 6.4 portage run (55 Kg). and dive tests

Aptitude Phase (hill phase) - 4 weeks

Aptitude Phase. The Aptitude Phase is designed to select those individuals who are suitable for SF training. The initial three weeks are devoted to gradual physical training and progressive exercises designed to develop physical and navigational ability. Volunteers will be expected to complete the Basic Combat Fitness Test (Infantry) on the first day of the course. Exercise HIGH WALK will take place on Day 6 and takes the form of an escorted hill march over approximately 23 KM. as with all assessment marches, additional time may be added for inclement weather conditions. Exercise HIGH WALK identifies those individuals that are not adequately prepared to continue on the course. All other training during this initial period is directed at preparing volunteers for "Test Week" which is the fourth and final week of Aptitude. "Test Week" consists of 5 timed marches of between 23-28 km conducted on consecutive days followed by a final Endurance march of 64 kms; this must be completed within 20 hours. Bergan weights carried during "Test Week" increase from 40 lbs (1B.2 kgs) to 55lbs (25 kgs) for the Endurance march; in addition a rifle is carried on all marches. Volunteers are also required to pass the UKSF swimming test that consists of; high water entry - 3m, treading water for 9 minutes followed immediately by a swim of 500 metres wearing combat 95. The test finishes with an underwater swim of lOm including a retrieval of a small weight

Continuation training which consists of SOP and Tactical training in temperate and jungle environments. - 9 weeks

Those who pass the Aptitude Phase will undertake an intensive
period of instruction and assessment of SF Tactics, Techniques and Procedures ('TTPs), including SF weapons and SOPs. The majority of this period is spent in the jungle, an environment that is suitable for SF training and ideal to achieve the purpose of this phase. Much of the training is aimed at discovering an individual's qualities.

Employment Training -14 Weeks

Employment Training consists of surveillance and reconnaissance training (2 weeks), army combat survival (2 weeks), SF parachute training (4 weeks), Counter terrorist course (3 weeks), signals training (1 week), patrol training and squadron induction training (2 weeks). and 1 week officers week for potential officers.

Resistance to Interrogation Training - 4 weeks

After this the respective SAS trooper is placed on 1 year probation.
the SBS Marine is sent to undertake the SC3 course. On completion of this course he is the placed on 1 year probation.

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What It Takes To Be A Royal Naval Reserve Diver | Forces TV
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Published on Aug 29, 2018
Royal Naval Reserve divers have been searching a ship's hull for potential mines, as part of a test putting personnel through their paces. The reservists are part of the Reserve Diving Group, made up of firefighters, scientists, teachers and project workers who devote their weekends to the senior service.

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Royal Navy sailors tasered in bar brawl after first transatlantic voyage of new ship 'Big Lizzie'
Six Royal Navy sailors tasered in bar brawl after the first transatlantic voyage of Britain’s £3billion aircraft carrier 'Big Lizzie'

  • Six Royal Navy sailors have been arrested for drunk and disorderly behaviour
  • Incident after the first transatlantic voyage of Britain’s £3 billion aircraft carrier
  • Two of the sailors from HMS Queen Elizabeth were tasered by Florida police
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...transatlantic-voyage-new-ship-Big-Lizzie.html
 

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Royal Navy sailors tasered in bar brawl after first transatlantic voyage of new ship 'Big Lizzie'
Six Royal Navy sailors tasered in bar brawl after the first transatlantic voyage of Britain’s £3billion aircraft carrier 'Big Lizzie'

  • Six Royal Navy sailors have been arrested for drunk and disorderly behaviour
  • Incident after the first transatlantic voyage of Britain’s £3 billion aircraft carrier
  • Two of the sailors from HMS Queen Elizabeth were tasered by Florida police
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...transatlantic-voyage-new-ship-Big-Lizzie.html
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New Authorities Helping Navy Save Money on New Weapons; Sustainment Costs Still an Issue
https://news.usni.org/2018/09/07/navy-must-consider-long-term-cost-of-maintaining-fleet

New India-U.S. Arms Agreement, Expanded Exercises Illustrate Growing Security Cooperation
https://news.usni.org/2018/09/09/ne...cises-illustrate-growing-security-cooperation

Navy Will Sortie 30 Hampton Roads Ships to Escape Hurricane Florence
https://news.usni.org/2018/09/10/navy-will-sortie-30-hampton-roads-ships-escape-hurricane-florence

USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 10, 2018
https://news.usni.org/2018/09/10/usni-news-fleet-marine-tracker-sept-10-2018

Panel Asks: What Problem Does a U.S. Space Force Solve?
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U S Navy Ships Sortie Out of Naval Station Norfolk Prior to Hurricane Florence
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Published on Sep 10, 2018
NORFOLK (Sept. 10, 2018) Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command ordered all U.S. Navy ships in the Hampton Roads area to sortie on Sept. 10, ahead of Hurricane Florence. There are nearly 30 ships preparing to get underway from Naval Station Norfolk and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek as Hurricane Florence is forecasted to bring high winds and rain to the Mid-Atlantic coast. Ships will be directed to areas of the Atlantic where they will be postured for storm avoidance. (U.S. Navy Video by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jessica L. Dowell/Released)

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QUITTING THE MILITARY WITHIN THEIR FIRST YEAR?
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Published on Sep 13, 2018
This video I talk about why young people want to quit the military!

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Navy sailor, 21, dies after being struck by E-2C Hawkeye radar propeller on aircraft carrier deck - just two weeks after proposing to his girlfriend

  • Airman Apprentice Joseph Min Naglak, 21, died after being struck by a propeller from an E-2C Hawkeye radar plane he was securing to a flight deck
  • Navy confirmed he died on the USS George H.W. Bush in the Atlantic on Monday
  • 'The loss of a shipmate is a heartbreaking experience for a crew of a naval vessel,' said Cmdr. Dave Hecht, spokesman for Naval Air Force
  • Naglak's death comes just two weeks after he proposed to his girlfriend Niki Weber on September 3
  • The New Jersey native had been in the Navy for roughly a year and a half at the time of his death
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Pentagon report reveals young single women serving in the military are most likely to be sexually assaulted on Navy ships

  • A 2014 study on sexual assault in the armed forces showed hundreds of reports of sexual assault were made on a small number of bases over 12 months
  • Six bases had more than 500 reports, and two of those had more than 800
  • The reports were made by men and women, and study said the single, uneducated and junior-level personnel were the most at risk
  • Navy ships were one of the most dangerous places for women to be stationed
  • In 2017, 5,277 service members reported sexual assault. Only 281 were convicted
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Riverine Command Boat: A Group Of Six Serving The US Navy, Based On The Swedish CB90 Series
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Published on Sep 23, 2018
The Riverine Command Boat (RCB) is capable of offering command and control for a range of situations. RCBs can execute a variety of operations across all phases of military operations, including port security, troop insertion or extraction, inland counter-insurgency operations, organic air and fire support, organic unmanned aerial vehicle support, maritime interdiction, and command and control.
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Euronaval 2018 Press Conference
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Published on Sep 24, 2018
The 26th edition of Euronaval will be held at the Paris Le Bourget exhibition center from 23 to 26 October 2018. Euronaval is the leading Naval Defence & Maritime Exhibition & Conference.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Euronaval, a trade show that grows and attracts more exhibitors and visitors with every edition. Euronaval 2018 is set to be a great success once again, for the companies exhibiting as well as for the official delegations attending in order to prepare the future of their navies.

CREATED 50 YEARS AGO, THE EURONAVAL EXHIBITION
IS NOW THE LARGEST INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF NAVAL
DEFENCE, MARITIME SECURITY AND SAFETY. Organised every
two years at Paris-Le Bourget, the exhibition brings together
decision makers of navies from all over the world and all
the actors in the world’s naval industry.

Organised by the GICAN via its subsidiary SOGENA, the EURONAVAL exhibition is the naval equivalent of the Paris Air Show organised by the GIFAS in the aeronautical sector, and EUROSATORY organised by the GICAT in the land armament sector.
 

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Soviet Torpedo Boats of World War II ( ВМФ СССР )
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Published on Oct 2, 2018
Soviet Torpedo Boats / Советские торпедные катера второй мировой войны:
G-5 Motor Torpedo Boats ( Торпедные катера типа «Г-5» ) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G-5-cla...
TM-200 / TD-200 ( «ТМ-200» · «ТД-200» ) -
D-3 Type (Project P-19-OK) ( Торпедные катера типа «Д-3» (проект П-19-ОК) ) - https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A2%...
SM-3 ( Торпедный катер «СМ-3» ) - https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A1%...)
 

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Euronaval 2018: Update on the Thales Sea Fire Radar for FTI Frigates
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Update on the Sea Fire radar programme at the Thales radar facility in Limours. The Sea Fire is the radar for the French Navy’s FTI future medium-size frigates. The Sea Fire is fully solid-state multifunction radar with a four-panel phased array antenna. It is designed for roles ranging from ship self-defence to extended air defence, providing protection from conventional, asymmetric and emerging air and surface threats.
 

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'Thursday War': How Royal Navy Sailors Stay Operation Ready | Forces TV
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The organisation that prepares the Navy for war is marking its 60th anniversary with a large scale 'Thursday War' off the coast of Plymouth. The Royal Navy’s Flag Officer Sea Training group (FOST) took a host of admirals to sea to celebrate the anniversary aboard a Dutch amphibious assault ship.

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Euronaval 2018: French Navy Mine Warfare & Thales USV for MCM
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Published on Oct 3, 2018
Interview with the head of the French mine warfare school during the Euronaval 2018 press trip at French Navy (Marine Nationale) base in Brest. The commander explains the missions of the French Navy in terms of mine warfare and presents some of the equipment: The A9 UUV by ECA Group and the SPPA (SONADIVE) by RT SYS. Then a Thales representative introduces the future USV that will be used for MCM missions as part of the SLAM-F / MMCM programme.
 

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The First F-35B Aircraft Has Landed On Board HMS Queen Elizabeth | Forces TV
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Published on Oct 3, 2018
F-35B aircraft have landed on the deck of the UK's new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time. American F-35B Lightning II aircraft flown by British pilots were the first to land on board the carrier. British jets will land on deck when HMS Queen Elizabeth returns to the UK.

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Euronaval 2018 - Naval Group Shipyard: FREMM Normandie, Gowind PSIM and FREDA (Air Defense FREMM)
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Published on Oct 4, 2018
Navy Recognition visited the Naval Group shipyard in Lorient during the Euronaval 2018 press trip. The shipyard specializes in all surface combatants in Naval Group's portfolio from corvettes to destroyers. In this video, we start with an interview of the Commanding Officer of Normandie, the last FREMM Frigate in ASW configuration for the French Navy (Marine Nationale). We then discuss the PSIM (panoramic sensors and intelligence module) of the Gowind corvette. And finally we focus on the FREDA, the Air Defense variant of the FREMM Frigate for the French Navy.
 

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HARDEST JOB IN THE MILITARY TO MAKE RANK?! (HOSPITAL CORPSMAN)
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Published on Oct 6, 2018
This video I dive in to one of the most frequently asked questions. How hard is it to make rank as a Hospital Corpsman and should you choose it?
 

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MY MILITARY CAREER ISN'T GOING AS PLANNED?
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Published on Oct 4, 2018
This video I talk about hurdles and adversities i'm facing towards becoming an officer. Not really anyone's fault, just how the tempo of the military can be.
 

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The transatlantic warship SWAP: 1,092ft USS Harry S Truman stops off Hampshire coast as Britain's 'Big Lizzie' is put through her paces across the pond

  • The giant nuclear-powered U.S. vessel arrived in thick fog off the Hampshire coast on Saturday morning
  • It is on a North Atlantic mission to 'foster co-operation, strengthen regional stability and remain vigilant'
  • Trip comes after stealth fighter jets landed on the deck of Britian's HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time
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German Patrol Boats of World War 2 ( Deutsche PatrouillenSchiffe des zweiten WeltKriegs )
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Published on Oct 7, 2018
Lesser Known German Kriegsmarine Coastal Patrol Boats of the Second World War
( Deutsche PatrouillenSchiffe des Zweiten WeltKriegs ).
S-Boot or Schnellboot ( fast boat ) - Fast Attack Craft from 1929 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-boat
Type 23 Torpedo Boat from 1926 Speed - 43.8 knots (81.1 km/h, 50.4 MPH) Crew - 120 to 129 Displacement - 1,290 tons (max)
Type 35 Torpedo Boat (Flottentorpedoboot - Fleet Torpedo Boat ) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_35...
Elbing-Class Torpedo Boats (or Flottentorpedoboot 1939) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_39...
Type 40 Class - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_...
Patrol Boats / Landing Craft :
Pionier-Sicherunsboot 43 Patrol Boat from 1944 - https://en.valka.cz/topic/view/39341#...
- http://en.valka.cz/topic/view/39341/C...
R Boats (Räumboote or Minenräumboote ) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R_boat
Siebelfähre or Siebel Ferry - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siebel_...
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Ca...
Marinefährprahm (MFP) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marinef...
F-Class Escort Ships or Flottenbegleiter from 1936 - 1939 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-class...
M- Class Minensuchboot 1935 - http://navyworld.narod.ru/m5.htm
Vorpostenboot VP-Boats, Flakships - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vorpost...
Sperrbrecher or Pathfinder ( Mine Barrage Breaker ) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sperrbr...
 

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Better Logistics, 3D Printing Will Quickly Return Navy and Marine Corps Aircraft To Service


By: Ben Werner
October 8, 2018 4:14 PM • Updated: October 9, 2018 6:29 AM


Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Keelan Freedman, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25, performs maintenance on an MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter in the hangar bay of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp. Wasp on Sept. 30, 2018. US Navy Photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Technological advances in production and distribution can strengthen the Navy and Marine Corps aviation parts supply chain the services’ aviation leaders said on Friday.

Improved spare parts logistics systems and 3D printing will increase flight availabilities and decrease costs, Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller, commander of Naval Air Forces, and Lt. Gen. Steven Rudder, the Marine Corps deputy commandant for aviation, said at a joint appearance Friday at the Maritime Security Dialogue, sponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


“I think you’ll see in the next year, if we’re back taking to y’all in the next year, you’ll see additive manufacturing (3D printing) be the kind of the headline of how far we’ve come with efficiencies, both at the FRCs (fleet readiness centers) and out in the field,” Rudder said.

The entire spare part logistics system has the potential be sped up with the use of 3D printing Rudder said. With forward deployed forces, he sees the addition of 3D printing as a way to increase availability and save costs by quickly producing small replacement parts onsite instead of waiting for the supply chain to send equipment far off.

However, Rudder also sees 3D printing as a way for the industry to quickly manufacture the parts needed by aircraft maintainers without necessarily having to sink money into new machinery to make specialized components not frequently requested.

Ultimately, this on-demand manufacturing will help companies control their costs. The only limiting factor, Rudder sees, is the ability for 3D printers to create air-worthy parts.

“We’re at the front end of this. There are parts that require airworthiness for approval and the non-air worthiness, the non-airworthiness are easier to do,” Rudder said. “You’re going to see additive manufacturing, both in industry and in our FRC’s. The Air Force is ahead of us on metal printing; you’re going to see that really take off. That’s just at the beginning of stages.”

When speaking of aviation funding and the need to control costs, the natural tendency is to focus on new acquisitions, Miller said to USNI News after his formal remarks. But the maintenance portion of an aircraft program is of equal importance in keeping costs down.

“We got to operate it, and sustain it, and fly it for the lifecycle,” Miller said of aircraft programs. “So understanding your supply chain and making sure it’s robust is key.”

A new logistics sustainment system Navy maintainers are trying will help both the service and industrial base adjust their ability to purchase and manufacture replacement parts, Miller said. The new system prioritizes how to allocate replacement parts to aircraft based on how quickly it will return to service after the part arrives.

Using a hypothetical scenario, Miller asked to consider the fate of two aircraft from different squadrons. Both are grounded, and each requires the same replacement part, but one of the aircraft needs additional other work done to get back in the air.

Under the current system, Miller said the part goes to the maintainers who request it first, even if this aircraft needs additional work resulting in being grounded for weeks. Meanwhile, the aircraft that only required the one part could’ve been ready sooner, but remains unavailable while waiting for part delivery.

“We’re now using supply optimization tools that are taking a look across a base, and not only a base but across a type, model series,” Miller said. “So I use (Naval Air Station) Lemoore and (Naval Air Station) Oceania as an example, a long lead-time part is coming in, so OK, what airplane benefits most from that? That’s one area where we’re using data analytics to help out making make what I’m calling data-driven decision making.”

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Go to sea or go home!
By: Mark D. Faram
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The Pentagon’s get-tough policy on troops who can’t deploy took effect on Oct. 1 and it’s poised to boot thousands of sailors nationwide from the Navy.

The brainchild of Defense Secretary James Mattis, a retired four-star Marine general, the plan calls for sending home all troops who have been ineligible to deploy overseas for more than 12 consecutive months.

“As Secretary Mattis has said before, ’every action will be designed to ensure our military is ready to fight today and in the future.’ This new department-wide retention policy is based on the underlying premise that in order to build and maintain a ready, lethal force, all military members must be deployable,” said Pentagon press secretary Dana White.

While it carves out exemptions for wounded warriors, pregnant sailors and post-partum moms, the new policy promises to weed out personnel who can’t contribute to the military’s missions overseas and often hog billets coveted by fit troops in the United States.

Approximately 11 percent of the 2.1 million personnel serving on active duty in all the services, their reserves and the National Guard are currently non-deployable, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Of the roughly 235,000 non-deployable troops, about 99,000 are on the list for administrative reasons — everything from not having all their immunizations or failing to update dental records to ongoing legal problems.

Another 116,000 are recovering from injuries or illnesses.

The other 20,000 are pregnant and exempt from the cuts.

Cmdr. Richard Huth, the deputy director of Distribution Management at Navy Personnel Command, counts about 20,000 personnel who can’t qualify today for sea duty.

That’s roughly 5 percent of the force.

In a written statement to Navy Times, Huth said his service will meet the objectives of the Mattis plan “to maximize lethality and readiness.”

All sailors are expected to be deployable and the Navy will focus on making sure that those who can go to sea stay fit, he added.

Huth’s boss, Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Bob Burke, emphasized the tougher policy during a Sept. 25 online all-hands call.

“If you go 12 consecutive months, not qualified for sea duty — which is our rough metric for deployability in the Navy because we’re a seagoing service — then you are subject to processing for administrative separation, “ Burke said. “This doesn’t necessarily mean you will be separated, but you will be looked at for separation.”

Huth said that look begins 12 months after a sailor has been marked as non-deployable. For many sailors, that clock started ticking long before the Pentagon’s Oct. 1 policy rollout.

They will soon be notified by naval message, letter or email that they are being screened for mandatory processing for administrative separation or a referral to the Disability Evaluation System.

Going forward, all notifications will occur on a monthly basis, Huth said.

But Burke held out hope for some sailors who are trying to get back into shape to ship out.

“We’ll look at this on a case basis and extenuating circumstances will be considered,” Burke said.

For example, sailors over the one-year deadline but who are making progress to get fit for sea duty could be retained, Burke indicated.

“Those who have started the evaluation process and have follow-on appointments, we understand that,” he said.

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russ Smith echoed Burke.

“The policy isn’t intended to run someone out of the Navy because they have a medical issue," Smith told Navy Times. "As we’re growing to be the Navy the nation needs, we want to keep as many of our shipmates on the team — ready for the fight.

“Medical treatment facilities and commands will assess a sailor’s ability to perform his or her duties, taking into consideration any ongoing medical treatment or administrative limitations."

The Pentagon’s plan was announced in February and official guidance followed in late July. The Department of Defense directive freed the services to create their own rules on how to monitor personnel and evict them if they can’t deploy.

The Navy heaped increasing responsibilities on individual sailors to get in shape, stay out of legal trouble and prepare to go overseas.

“While command leadership is responsible for overall personnel readiness, our sailors bear the ultimate responsibility for their individual readiness and deployability status,” said Rear Adm. Jeff Hughes, Burke’s deputy at Navy Personnel Command. “This new program is designed to help our force successfully achieve both goals.”

In a Sept. 26 Navy directive, officials reiterated that unit leaders must report up the chain of command a sailor’s ability to perform “appropriate military duties commensurate with his or her office, grade, rank, or skill in light of ongoing medical treatment or administrative limitations.”

For sailors with chronic medical conditions, commanding officers don’t even need to wait 12 months to start retirement or discharge proceedings. They can refer them to medical evaluation boards and begin the involuntary separation process, officials said.

Last year, military leaders began allowing Navy Personnel Command detailers to scan the medical status of a sailor up to a year before a potential deployment to see if he or she can be cut orders.

“These last-minute surprises should now be kept to a minimum,” Burke said. “With the longer detailing windows, if there is something that’s come up we will have plenty of time to identify a new relief and get them there in time to avoid gaps in critical overseas billets.”

That’s been a constant headache for the Navy over the past five years. A 2013 analysis by the Navy’s internal watchdog agency, the Naval Audit Service, estimated that up to 16,000 sailors could not deploy.

That was a number four times greater than what the Navy reported as its official limited duty population.

That’s unacceptable to a Navy that’s stretched across the globe, including warships and units deployed close to potential trouble spots.

“The whole point of this policy is to maximize our warfighting readiness by ensuring sailors are prepared for deployment at all times," said MCPON Smith. "The fight doesn’t wait, so neither should we. This is a matter of survivability. Sailors are expected to be deployable and to maintain their medical, physical and administrative readiness.”

Beyond medical maladies, the Navy can bar sailors from going overseas if they can’t lawfully carry a firearm due to a criminal conviction; have received conscientious objector status; or became the sole surviving family member.

Sailors also can become temporarily non-deployable if they fail to file Family Care Plans or draw special orders to take care of sick relatives.

Troops who are under arrest, jailed, pending legal action in court or are under criminal investigation also will be removed from the deployment rolls. Personnel who have been marked as material witnesses in these cases also can be blocked from deploying.

Officials insist that chronic truancy for scheduled medical and dental appointments and hiding conditions that impact a sailor’s ability to go to sea or serve overseas will factor significantly into whether he or she will be involuntarily separated from the service.

To drive that point home, the Navy now requires commands to wield written counseling statements and adverse performance evaluations “to document a sailor’s knowing failure to comply with responsibilities to maintain individual readiness,” according to the directive.

Under the new policy, sailors who are notified that they face involuntary separation for administrative reasons must personally submit retention requests with their commands.

The retention determination authority will then decide “if it is in the best interest of the Navy to retain a sailor,” Huth said.

If a sailor’s health improves or the administrative glitches are fixed, he or she will be reclassified as deployable and the process for any pending retention determination will be cancelled, Huth added.

The secretary of the Navy also can grant retention on a case-by-case basis.

“We’re in a new game here. Our potential adversaries are working overtime to overtake us,” Burke said “We’ve got to be lean and lethal. We don’t have a lot of room to be carrying people on the books that aren’t able to be in warfighting trim.”

https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2018/10/04/go-to-sea-or-go-home/
 

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Naval Group to Showcase its C2G AIP solution at Euronaval 2018
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Published on Oct 11, 2018
Suited for all concepts of naval operations, Fuel Cell 2nd Generation Air Independent Propulsion (FC2G AIP) solution
is designed to limit detection risks for submarines. It increases
submerged endurance, providing energy without external air supply.

FC2G ensures unmatched stealth during missions, allowing more than two weeks diving endurance, avoiding multiple snorkelling periods.
 

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GREENSIDE HOSPITAL CORPSMAN: DAY IN THE LIFE
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Published on Oct 13, 2018
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This video I show the basics of what to expect as far as what Hospital Corpsman do with Marines.
 

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R.O.K. Navy International Fleet Review in Jeju - South Korea
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Published on Oct 15, 2018
The Republic of Korea Navy's International Fleet Review was held Thursday in waters off Jeju Island with a total of 41 vessels and 24 aircraft from 12 countries taking part. The event celebrated the 60th anniversary of the R.O.K Navy
 

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R.O.K. Navy International Fleet Review in Jeju - South Korea
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Published on Oct 15, 2018
The Republic of Korea Navy's International Fleet Review was held Thursday in waters off Jeju Island with a total of 41 vessels and 24 aircraft from 12 countries taking part. The event celebrated the 60th anniversary of the R.O.K Navy
Wow...looks like the RoK has something similar to the Aegis system...phased array radar and everything.