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The Hornet’s Sting



On the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle raid, Dave got to visit the USS Hornet Museum. It honors the brave men who flew that daring raid as well as the generations of sailors who served in her after WWII and even today aboard ships with other names, but doing the same job of keeping the peace.

That idea of deterrence and peace through strength is the real reason, despite the apparent confusion of Trump’s Armada, that North Korea and Kim Jong-tun (get it?) decided to not test their atomic weapons last week.

Deterrence works because there is a credible and real threat of retaliation. Ships like USS Hornet and USS Carl Vinson along with their myriad of escorts and support ships provide that deterrent today.

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The Vital National Interest



Despite last weeks trip to the PACNORWEST, I have no particular or direct knowledge of US Navy deployments or availabilities. I am not here to be an armchair judge of tactics or strategy. Frankly, I am pretty impressed by the delivery the USS Porter and USS ROSS made last Thursday, April 6, 2017.

I am a historian. At the end of the day I believe in Dave’s 2nd Law – People don’t change. They do the same things, for the same reasons throughout history. And for whatever reasons, it’s odd that nexus dates keep coming up. I’m enough of a science based person that I know that most of them are coincidence, in fact I seriously doubt that President Trump had or has any idea of the significance of that date. If he does, he clearly doesn’t grasp the ideas that went into what happened almost to the minute a century before.

As things stand today, I do not know whether or not it is “in the vital national interests” of the United States to go into yet another war, this time in Syria. I have questions to which answers might salve my concerns. Questions which have yet to be answered. It may in fact be that such a conflict is necessary and is “in the vital national security interests” of our nation. If so, is this really the best way to do it?

The Navy Tests a Missile

Editors Note: All information contained in this podcast is either UNCLASSIFIED and appropriately sourced as such or is the Podcaster’s opinion based on open source media reports linked below. Nothing contained in this podcast should be construed to either confirm or deny any operational characteristic of the described operations or official US Navy positions.

Over the weekend two surprising things were seen in the sky. First, a UFO/Meteor/Navy Missile Test. Second, Rain!

TRIDENT_TESTOf course it was a Navy Missile Test, and while these things are not unusual, there’s a lot of confusion as to why and how the Navy conducts these tests. These tests are far more common than you might think, and indeed, on this date in 1962, one of the most awesome tests ever both validated the POLARIS A2 Missile and sent a big message to Comrade Khrushchev. In 198x, Dave himself participated in such a test aboard USS Michigan, also off the West Coast. In those days though, things were different…

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