Provide For The Common Defense

Tu-95 Bear Bomber over Guam

I’ve loved aircraft all my life, and I think this is a very pretty picture. I also absolutely hate it. Why? Because it is a picture of a TU-95 Russian Bear bomber, and it was taken over Guam. The bear is the old Soviet equivalent (although not anywhere near parity)of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, it’s a strategic bomber, designed to carry thermonuclear devices.

Think maybe the Russians are testing us a bit?

From the source which is Vine of Life News.

Two Russian nuclear-armed bombers circled the western Pacific island of Guam this week in the latest sign of Moscow’s growing strategic assertiveness toward the United States. The Russian Tu-95 Bear-H strategic bombers were equipped with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles and were followed by U.S. jets as they circumnavigated Guam on Feb. 12 local time—hours before President Barack Obama’s state of the union address. Air Force Capt. Kim Bender, a spokeswoman for the Pacific Air Force in Hawaii, confirmed the incident to the Washington Free Beacon and said Air Force F-15 jets based on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, “scrambled and responded to the aircraft.” “The Tu-95s were intercepted and left the area in a northbound direction. No further actions occurred,” she said. Bender said no other details would be released “for operational security reasons.” The bomber incident was considered highly unusual. Russian strategic bombers are not known to have conducted such operations in the past into the south Pacific from bomber bases in the Russian Far East, which is thousands of miles away and over water. John Bolton, former U.N. ambassador and former State Department international security undersecretary, said the Russian bomber flights appear to be part of an increasingly threatening strategic posture in response to Obama administration anti-nuclear policies.

Continue reading Bear Bombers Over Guam.

Here’s another pretty picture

5 CVN at dock in Norfolk: US Navy photo

Pretty neat, isn’t it? That’s the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), all lined up at the dock at the naval station: Norfolk.

It’s bad enough that we have five of our fleet carriers in one port at a time but, it’s inexcusable (and my understanding is that it is on direct White House orders) to have them lined up like this. Reminds me of another photo.

Battleship Row, Pearl Harbor, 07 December 1941

Battleship Row, Pearl Harbor, 07 December 1941

That one is Battleship Row in Pearl Harbor on 07 December 1941, my understanding is that the Navy was incredulous when it was told to park the CVNs like this. It’s fairly obvious why, isn’t it? Combine these three pictures and half of the navy’s power projection is at risk to one bomber getting lucky. This is not how national security is done.

My understanding is that the balloons used on the Mexican border to track traffic have been withdrawn, also.

I’m no expert but it looks to me like the US is intentionally being made very vulnerable to a first (and not very strong) strike, using sequestration as an excuse.

As the author at You Viewed/Editorial observed.

So the Obama administration shirks the one true responsibility of the Federal government ,  ” to provide for the common defense” in order to continue the advancement of the entitlement state … got to have those Obamaphones and free wireless for the “oppressed” but fuel for the Navy … not so much .

Continue reading “Provide For The Common Defense” … Unless It Interferes With Freebies | YouViewed/Editorial.

You have noted that the campaigner-in Chief’s salary and expense account are exempt from sequestration didn’t you. 


Last Patrol for a Legend

Yesterday the USS Enterprise CVN 65 set off on its last mission. The Enterprise has been doing this since 1961 when she became the first Nuclear power aircraft carrier. She served in the Cuban Missile Crises,Vietnam, the Evacuation of Saigon, several tours in the Middle East and is now heading there again on her final mission. From CNN:

Enterprise is, of course, one of the most hallowed names in the United States Navy.

The first was a sloop of war captured from the British by Benedict Arnold which fought at the Battle of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain.

The 3d ship of the name served starting in the quasi war with France and in the First Tripolitan War capturing the brig Tripoli and helping USS Constitution capture the ketch Mastico which was used by Decatur to burn the Philadelphia in Tripoli Harbor. During the War of 1812 Enterprise captured 4 ships including the HMS Boxer. After the war Enterprise was on patrol in the Caribbean against slavers, pirates, and smugglers of whom she captured 13.

USS Enterprise

The 6th USS Enterprise is , of course, the most famous. This is CV6 the most decorated ship of World War 2, commissioned in 1938 and serving till 1947, the Big E served all through the Pacific campaign from before Pearl harbor and through Tokyo Bay.

Enterprise at SLC-6 at Vandenberg AFB

It probably wouldn’t hurt to note that another famous Enterprise, NCC-1701 was most probably named after CV-6. You probably remember her Captain, James Kirk. And that still another Enterprise, OV-101, the very first Space shuttle was named after NCC-1701.

And that brings us back to the Current USS Enterprise, CVN 61, which is probably the most distinctive aircraft carrier in the world. Oh, did I mention that the Enterprise also starred in Top Gun.

While this is not an exhaustive account of these ships, it is enough for you to understand why there are several active online petitions to get hull number CVN-80, the third in the Navy’s new Gerald Ford class of carriers, named the Enterprise. That ship is planned to be commissioned in 2021.

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