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A US Navy Warship, Yours For $180,000

 

 

 

 

 

” This is the Sea Slice, a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), and the coolest craft a civilian can buy. No one else in Monaco, or even Lake Havasu will have one. For a craft that cost $15 million in the late 90s, it’s a steal.

  When Lockheed Martin (of SR-71 Blackbird fame) finished designing and building, the US Navy launched the Sea Slice in 1996, built to dart around lakes and near-shore water bodies.

  The design is a descendent of the small waterplane area twin hull (SWATH) class of ship. Regular SWATHs have two cylindrical pontoons for hulls, both of which sit below the water’s surface. That way, it avoids the speed- and stability-sapping waves on the surface. The Sea Slice here has four shortened teardrop-shaped hulls in total — two on each side, in lines behind each other. That design reduces drag even more, and reduces the wake.”

 

Popular Mechanics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Peaceful Protesters” Disrupt Ceremony For 100 Yr Old War Veteran

 

 

 

 

 

” 100 year old U.S. Navy veteran Dario Raschio was scheduled to receive some long overdue medals for his service in World War II this weekend at a town hall in Portland, Oregon arranged by Senator Ron Wyden. The veteran of five campaigns in the Pacific Theatre was the subject of many stories, having done multiple observational flight runs, taken gunfire from the Japanese and even being shot down once, finding himself stranded in shark filled waters. The multiple medals he was to receive were all in recognition of various aspects of his service to our nation. Unfortunately, before the proceedings could get fully underway, things took a turn.

 

  While the disrespect shown for Mr. Raschio is beyond the pale, this is fairly characteristic of the latest rounds of anti-cop, “peaceful protests” going on around the country. One of the defining characteristics of these schemes is that they are so completely outside the realm of the issue they are purportedly out there to correct. If you are angered about perceived injustice by police against minorities, what could that possibly have to do with Mr. Raschio? This theme is repeated in the so called Black Brunch protests in Oakland and New York City this weekend. Protesters invaded various businesses to disrupt service and dining in what they referred to as “white spaces.” “

 

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Navy Spy “Fish” Could Be Operational Next Year

 

 

 

 

 

” It looks like a fish, sort of. It swims like one too, if you squint. It’s even named after a fish – OK, a Disney one.

  The Navy is hoping that’ll be enough to get the little swimmer into enemy territory undetected to patrol and protect U.S. ships and ports from harm.

  Project Silent Nemo is under way this week at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek , where a team of civilian engineers and military officers are testing the capabilities of a 5-foot, 100-pound experimental robot that’s designed to look and swim like a bluefin tuna.

  The robotic fish glided through the harbor Thursday as sailors took turns controlling it with a joystick. It can also be programmed to swim on its own. The robot’s black dorsal fin poked above water as its tail wiggled back and forth, propelling it almost silently just below the surface.

  Nemo was developed by the Office of Naval Research and is being tested by the chief of naval operation’s Rapid Innovation Cell – a group of junior Navy and Marine Corps officers tasked with putting emerging technologies to use for the military. The same group has been playing around with 3D printers, augmented-reality glasses and about 10 other breakthrough gadgets. “

 

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Video: Navy Uses Laser Blaster In The Persian Gulf

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The Navy U.S. has deployed and fired a laser weapon on board a warship in the Persian Gulf. The laser weapon system or LaWS was fired from the USS Ponce which is assigned to the 5th Fleet in Bahrain: Epic Technology!

  The laser hit and destroyed a series of targets during a test shots – one mounted on a small boat, another was a six-foot drone.

  The Navy has spent $40 million over the past decade developing LaWS. It’s shown to be effective at ranges of up to a mile.

  An officer sitting inside the ship directs the laser with a video game-like controller. LaWS generates about 30 kilowatts of power in focusing its deadly beams.”

 

Thanks to Epic Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Angels Thrill Record Crowd At Homecoming Air Show In Pensacola

 

 

 

Blue Angels Homecoming

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” The U.S. Navy Blue Angels drew a record crowd of 110,000 Saturday for their annual Homecoming Air Show at Naval Air Station Pensacola, according to base public affairs staff.

  The show started early with civilian air show acts taking off beginning at 9 a.m., building excitement for the early crowd until the Blues took to the skies just after 2 p.m. 

  Though the early acts included powerful jets, teams of up to 11 aircraft flying in formation, and a woman riding on the wings of a biplane, the signature F/A-18s were the main attraction. 

  There was an unexpected change to the show a few minutes in, when Blue Angel No. 3, piloted by Lt. Commander Nate Barton landed his plane due to what appeared to be a mechanical issue. Barton’s jet remained on the ground for several minutes while mechanics worked on the plane before rejoining the show in progress. While Barton was down, the Blue Angels’ usual four-plane formations used three jets instead. 

  Last year’s Homecoming Show was canceled along with most of the team’s 2013 schedule due to sequestration. Having missed the show last year, locals and regional travelers made a point to attend this year’s show. “

 

AL.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cocaine Busted: Biden’s Son Booted From The Navy After One Reserve-Duty Weekend

 

 

 

 

 

” After a singular weekend Reservist drill with the U.S. Navy, Vice President Joe Biden’s youngest son has been kicked out of the Armed Forces for cocaine use. As reported by the Wall Street Journal on Oct. 16, 2014, the now ex-Ensign Hunter Biden sunk his naval career literally on his first day of duty.

  Deemed an Officer and a Gentleman by an act of Congress, Biden was commissioned an Ensign on May 7, 2013 in the Navy Reserve. Assigned to the Navy Public Affairs Support Element East reserve command, then Ensign Biden reported for duty to his unit one short month later for his first ever weekend reserve drill at the sprawling Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia. Upon arrival, he was promptly given a drug test, which just as promptly, came back with a positive result for cocaine use. After months of working its way through the bureaucracy, Biden was finally released from the Navy last February, sans Honorable Discharge.

  The youngest of the Biden sons waited somewhat late in life to pursue a military career at the age of 43, albeit that of the Naval Reserve component vice active duty. Seeking one of the very rare Direct Commission Officer (DCO) slots available every year, the former Ensign Biden managed to secure one of the six seats open for Public Affairs Officers.

  With the official cut off that of no older than 35, Biden somehow managed to be granted an age waiver by the Navy Department. Yet the over-age waiver was only the first. Reportedly, he also managed to secure a second waiver for a prior drug-related incident in his past.

 

   There is not a single detail of this report that does not reek of elitism . From the waivers regarding a previous drug offense and the maximum age limit for enlistment to the fact that it took eight months for this story to become public knowledge there can be no doubt that the Biden “boy” received special considerations that would never be provided to your child or mine . Read the rest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Navy Ships Held In Philippine Port As Death Investigation Continues

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Five Navy warships are being held in port in the Philippines while police investigate the killing of a Filipino transgender at Subic Bay.

  The State Department said in an email Tuesday that a Marine, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., is a suspect in the death of Jeffrey Laude, also known as Jennifer.

  Laude, 26, was last seen entering the Celzone Lodge in Olongapo City with a short-haired male foreigner, aged 25-30, around 10:55 p.m. on Saturday. Later, Laude’s naked body, partially covered with a blanket, was found in a bathroom at the hotel.

  A State Department spokesperson said the suspect is being held onboard the USS Peleliu while the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Philippine National Police investigate.

  The Peleliu, USS Germantown, USNS Sacagawea, USNS Washington Chambers and the JHSV WestPac Express are staying in the Philippines, Marine Corps Forces Pacific spokesman Col. Brad Bartelt said. “

 

Military.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Navy’s Developing Little Autonomous Boats To Defend Its Ships

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Navy ships are at their most vulnerable when they’re resupplying in port or navigating narrow straits or rivers because they’re tricky to maneuver in tight quarters and vulnerable to attack. The attack 14 years ago on the USS Cole as it refueled while berthed in Yemen, an attack that killed 17 American sailors and reiterated the need to protect warships in port.

  To counter asymmetric attacks—the 505-foot Cole was attacked by a small craft packed with explosives that ripped 40-foot gash in the destroyer—the Navy uses small patrol craft for close-quarters defense. And that means placing sailors in the line of fire. That got the Office of Naval Research into developing autonomous technology for small “swarmboats” that could be used for risky jobs.

  These vessels would, much like the autonomous minesweepers the Army is testing, act as a force multiplier, allowing one sailor to do the work of several, from a safe location.

  The technology, called Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing (CARACaS), is essentially an autopilot on steroids that can be installed on nearly any boat. During a test in August on the James River in Newport News, Virginia, Navy researchers used 13 rigid-hulled inflatable boats equipped with the technology to escort a “high-value” ship and swarm an “enemy” vessel. The boats decide on their own where to go, when to steer, and when to apply the throttle. A human operator, who can be in another ship, a helicopter, or well away from the action, uses a laptop to tell the swarmboats which craft are to be protected and which are to be attacked. Think of it as an officer giving his (robotic) sailors a mission—protect this guy, attack that one—and letting them determine how best to fulfill it.”

 

 

 

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Almost 8,000 Navy Chiefs Face Ax

 

 

 

 

” Almost 8,000 senior enlisted personnel must go before a continuation board later this year to determine whether they can continue to serve or must retire.

  The board — the first since early 2013 — will convene Oct. 27, according to a Navy document released Aug. 14.

  At risk are between 7,500 and 8,000 retirement-eligible active and reserve E-7s, E-8s and E-9s with at least at least three years’ time in rate.

  But there is a big upside to the process: Clearing out senior enlisted who have engaged in misconduct or whose performance has slipped noticeably makes way for hot running sailors to move up.

  The board has no exceptions; even the most senior sailors — up to and including Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens — will have their records reviewed.”

 

 

     These military purges serve multiple purposes for the Obama regime: They free up moneys to fund more “social programs” read: vote buying , they rid the service of the most experienced war fighters thus continuing Obama’s policy of weakening our national security and they allow the tyrant to install personnel more loyal to himself all under the guise of being more responsible with our taxpayer dollars . 

 

USA Today

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feds: Sailor Hacked Navy Network While Aboard Nuclear Aircraft Carrier

 

 

 

” A former sailor assigned to a US nuclear aircraft carrier and another man have been charged with hacking the computer systems of 30 public and private organizations, including the US Navy, the Department of Homeland Security, AT&T, and Harvard University.

  Nicholas Paul Knight, 27, of Chantilly, VA, and Daniel Trenton Krueger, 20, of Salem, IL, were members of a crew that hacked protected computers as part of a scheme to steal personal identities and obstruct justice, according to a criminal complaint unsealed earlier this week in a US District Court in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The gang, which went by the name Team Digi7al, allegedly took to Twitter to boast of the intrusions and publicly disclose sensitive data that was taken. The hacking spree lasted from April 2012 to June 2013, prosecutors said.

  At the time of the alleged hacks, Knight was an active duty enlisted member of the Navy assigned to the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, prosecutors said. He worked as a systems administrator in the carrier’s nuclear reactor department. He is accused of conducting some of his unlawful hacking while aboard. The “self-professed leader of Team Digi7al [and] the primary publicist and Twitter poster,” Knight was discharged after trying to hack into a Navy database while at sea, according to court documents. There are no allegations that he hacked any of the carrier’s systems. Krueger, meanwhile, was a student studying network administration at an Illinois community college. The two men were allegedly aided by three unnamed minors who were not charged in the complaint.”

 

Ars Technica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Navy’s Newest Destroyer Is A Drone

 

 

 

 

 

 

” When the U.S. Navy christens the first of its newest class of destroyers this month, it will launch the first ship with a brain of its own.

  Among the high-tech features included on the USS Zumwalt—cannons that fire rocket-propelled, GPS-guided rounds and stealth design that gives the 610-foot ship the radar signature of a small fishing vessel—there’s also a computer intelligence capable of preparing the ship for battle and engaging enemy targets on its own. Think of it as a gigantic floating drone: “Most UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] are a few million dollars,” says Wade Knudson, who heads the Zumwalt project for Raytheon (RTN), which made most of the ship’s computer systems. “This is a $5 billion UAV.”

  Unlike aerial drones, however, the Zumwalt will still have a human crew and it will know how to anticipate their needs. If the ship’s smoke alarms and cameras detect a fire, the ship will turn on the sprinklers and seal off the area. When the fire is out, the ship knows to drain the water so the crew can investigate. All of this automation means the ship will carry a crew of just over 150—half of what would normally be required on a ship of this size. In a pinch, it can be manned by a crew of 40.”

 

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Daily Comedy 2.27.14

Vintage Adult Cartoon From 1940s WW2 Era – US Navy – Sailor And The Seagull

 

 

Published on Aug 5, 2012

” Watch this rare classic entertaining cartoon aimed at urging WWII US Navy Sailors to reenlist in the military during World War Two.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pearl Harbor Mega Gallery

 

 

Pearl Harbor as viewed from space.

Image Credit: NASA
 
 

” Pearl Harbor as viewed from space.”

 

 

 

An aerial view of the U.S. Naval Operating Base, Pearl ...

Image Credit: USN

 

” An aerial view of the U.S. Naval Operating Base, Pearl Harbor, Oahu, looking southwest on 30 October 1941. Ford Island Naval Air Station is in the center, with the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard just beyond it, across the channel.”

 

 

 

 

See them all at Military.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Story Is Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drone Crashes Into Navy Ship Injuring 2 In California

 

 

 

 

” An American drone has malfunctioned and crashed into a guided missile cruiser off the coast of Southern California, causing two injuries, say officials. The incident happened while the vessel was testing a combat weapons system.

Lt. Lenaya Rotklein of the US Third Fleet told AP the two sailors injured in the crash were being treated for minor burns. The remotely-controlled craft reportedly veered out of control during an operation to test the USS Chancellorsville’s combat weapons system on Saturday afternoon. Rotklein said the drone was being used to test the ship’s radar. “

 

 

 

 

” The guided missile carrier is now heading back to the San Diego Naval Base, where officials will assess the extent of the damage. In response to the accident, the Navy says it is opening an investigation to examine the possible causes. 

This is the second drone crash to occur this week in the US after an unmanned craft malfunctioned and came down over Lake Ontario on Tuesday, prompting the suspension of all drone flights in the Central New York area.

 

 

  Two down in one week , this time with injuries … it’s only a matter of time before a drone crash wipes out an innocent family asleep in their beds or heading to Grandma’s house in the family wagon . No doubt when that happens the authorities will wring their hands apologetically and say that this is the price we must pay for “freedom” .

 

 

“One of the notorious things about drones and Reapers is their high accident rate,” Ed Kinane a Syracuse-based peace activist told syracuse.com on Tuesday. “A general concern is that because the military is so in love with drones and the Reaper, it appears they have rushed these things into production.”

 

 

 For those readers who are unaware of exactly how frequently drone crashes occur Global Research has compiled a list that is very informative reading . This is a problem that is sure to grow as the domestic use of these spying machines becomes ever more commonplace .

 

 

” Our database primarily contains details of crashes of  Class 2 and Class 3 UAVs (i.e. medium and large drones – see here for explanation of drone class and size) since January 2007.  However  there are a few occasions when small drone crashes have been included for some notable reasons (i.e. crashed with another aircraft).  We continue to maintain this database  as, although safety and reliability is a key issue in the growing use of unmanned aerial vehicles, nobody appears to be publicly compiling  drone crash information.   We are not claiming that our database is complete.  Given the secretive nature of drone operations and development, it is highly likely that other drone crashes have occurred and not been publicly reported.

So far this year we have recorded 14 crashes involving 15 drones (yep, one crash involved two drones colliding).  However it should be noted that one key source for our data –  the USAF Aerospace Mishap Website –  has not been updated since December 2011 and this may well have impacted upon the figures  (see Table 1: Drone Crashes by Year).”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Both in US and in Europe corporate interests continue to pressurize governments to open up civilian airspace to unmanned systems.  Without a real improvement in reliability and safety however,  legislators should remain sceptical, else we really will be living in the Century of drone crashes.”

 

 

 

 

   We had better start spending our time with one eye towards the sky as the domestic drone warfare program is bringing new meaning to “death from above” by accident if not by design . As drone use proliferates with the continued militarization of our local law enforcement organizations these types of accidents are only going to become more frequent and sooner or later fatal .

    The military , which one would hope is trained to a higher standard than your local Barney Fifes has even managed to crash two drones into each other on the runway . 

 

 

” Army officials are investigating after two remotely piloted aircraft collided on the runway in El Mirage, causing damage to both pricey planes.

The unmanned aerial vehicles were of different variations operated by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. of San Diego, a U.S. Army spokesman said in an email. The enhanced Predator-type UAVs were undergoing individual flight tests at El Mirage Flight Test Facility on July 25, he said.”

 

 

Like we said , heads up … have good day .

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U.S. Navy Secrets And Diverting Aircraft Carriers Were Sold For Lady Gaga Tickets And Hookers

 

 

 

 

” A U.S. Navy commander has been accused of moving ships ‘like chess pieces’ to ports in Asia to financially benefit a defense contractor, in return for prostitutes and Lady Gaga tickets, according to naval court documents.

Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz also allegedly passed confidential information on ship routes to the firm, Singapore-based company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd, or GDMA.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spectacular Video Shows USS Theodore Roosevelt Aircraft Carrier Receive 600,000 Gallons Of Jet Fuel While At Sea During First Underway Replenishing In Four Years

 

 

 

USS Teddy Roosevelt

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” At 1,092 feet, the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier is nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall.

Yet last month this nuclear-powered giant warship demonstrated its unlimited range and ability to sustain itself at sea by successfully completing a first underway refueling in four years.

On September 17, the supply ship USNS Kanawha pulled alongside and pumped 600,000 gallons of jet fuel into the carrier. A stunning video shows the complex 2-hour operation in just a minute.”

 

Mammoth task: The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (right) pulls alongside the replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (left) during a first underway replenishment in four years

 

 

 

The Ship’s Specs

 

” Ordered: 30 September 1980
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Co
Cost: US $4.5 billion in 2007 dollars
Laid down: 31 October 1981
Commissioned: 25 October 1986
Homeport: NS Norfolk, Virginia
Motto: Qui Plantavit Curabit (He who has planted will preserve.)
Nickname: TR, Big Stick
Displacement: 104,600 long tons (117,200 short tons)
Length: Overall: 1,092 feet (332.8 m) Waterline: 1,040 feet (317.0 m)
Beam: Overall: 252 ft (76.8 m) Waterline: 134 ft (40.8 m)
Propulsion: 2 × Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors, 4 × steam turbines, 4 × shafts, 260,000 shp (194 MW)
Speed: 30+ knots (56+ km/h; 35+ mph)
Range: Unlimited distance; 20-25 years
Endurance: Limited only by food and supplies
Complement: Ship’s company: 3,200, Air wing: 2,480
Aircraft carried: 90 fixed wing and helicopters”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US Sailor Thwarts Dubai Bus Driver Rapist After Putting Him In Strangehold With Her Thighs And Then Beating Him Into Submission

 

 

 

 

” An off-duty US navy sailor wrestled a bus driver to the ground and beat him into submission after he attempted to rape her at knife point, a court heard yesterday.

Prosecutors said that she knocked the knife from his hand, broke it in two, bit him in the hand, forced him to the ground and locked him between her thighs.

The woman, 28, was on 24-hour shore leave in Dubai and was attacked as she returned to the port where she was based after a day shopping.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Littoral Combat Ship Network Can Be Hacked, Navy Probe Finds

 

 

 

 

”  The computer network on the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship is vulnerable to hacking, according to findings by Navy cybersecurity specialists.

A “red team” assigned to test weaknesses in computer systems found major deficiencies last year on Lockheed Martin Corp.’s USS Freedom, said a government official familiar with the findings who asked not to be identified because the Navy report hasn’t been made public. The Freedom, the first of the new ships to be deployed, sailed to Singapore last month for eight months of testing of its manning and logistics operations.

The estimated price to build each vessel has doubled to $440 million, and its ability to survive to fight after an attack has been questioned.

The Littoral Combat Ship depends for its combat capability on communicating with better-armed vessels through its “Total Ship Computing Environment,” a maritime battle network linked by computers and sensors. The Navy and the Pentagon’s weapons testing office declined to say whether the vulnerabilities would affect operations of the ship or coordination with other vessels.

The program may face added scrutiny this year, starting tomorrow with a hearing on Navy ship programs convened by the House Armed Services Committee’s seapower panel. The U.S. Government Accountability Office also is working on a review that may be published in June.

The LCS depends on mission modules that are supposed to be swapped out depending on the duty at hand. The GAO said last month that the Navy plans to purchase 30 of a planned 52 vessels by 2018, before the first fully combat-capable modules for surface warfare, counter-mine operations and anti-submarine patrols are ready.

The modules the Navy has accepted so far “do not yet meet requirements,” GAO said.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Firepower with the MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV (37 Photos)

 

 

 

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See ‘MURPH: The Protector’ In A Real Movie Theater

 

” OK, here’s one for all our readers who say they never go to the movies because Hollywood never puts out anything they want to see. Regal Cinemas has teamed up with the producers of a new documentary called MURPH: The Protector for a limited nationwide release in select theaters on Friday, March 22nd.

MURPH: The Protector tells the life story of U.S. Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy. He joined the Navy after graduating from Penn State, served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2007.”

 

 

Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy
United States Navy (SEAL)
May 7, 1976 – June 28, 2005

Lt. Michael P. Murphy, fondly referred to by friends and family as “Murph,” was born May 7, 1976 in Smithtown, N.Y. and grew up in the New York City commuter town of Patchogue, N.Y. on Long Island.

Murphy grew up active in sports and attended Patchogue’s Saxton Middle School. In high school, Murphy took a summer lifeguard job at the Brookhaven town beach in Lake Ronkonkoma — a job he returned to each summer through his college years. Murphy graduated from Patchogue-Medford High School in 1994.

Murphy attended Penn State University, where he was an exceptional all-around athlete and student, excelling at ice hockey and graduating with honors. He was an avid reader; his reading tastes ranged from the Greek historian Herodotus to Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.” Murphy’s favorite book was Steven Pressfield’s “Gates of Fire,” about the Spartan stand at Thermopylae. In 1998, he graduated with a pair of Bachelor of Arts degrees from Penn State — in political science and psychology.

Following graduation, he was accepted to several law schools, but instead he changed course.  Slightly built at 5 feet 10 inches, Murphy decided to attend SEAL mentoring sessions at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point with his sights on becoming a U.S. Navy SEAL. Murphy accepted an appointment to the Navy’s Officer Candidate School at Pensacola, Fla., in September, 2000.

Murphy was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy on Dec. 13, 2000, and began Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in Coronado, Calif., in January 2001, graduating with Class 236. BUD/S is a six-month training course and the first step to becoming a Navy SEAL.

Upon graduation from BUD/S, he attended the Army Jump School, SEAL Qualification Training and SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) school. Lt. Murphy earned his SEAL Trident and checked on board SDV Team (SDVT) 1 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in July of 2002. In October of 2002, he deployed with Foxtrot Platoon to Jordan as the liaison officer for Exercise Early Victor.

Following his tour with SDVT-1, Lt. Murphy was assigned to Special Operations Central Command in Florida and deployed to Qatar in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After returning from Qatar, Lt. Murphy was deployed to the Horn of Africa, Djibouti, to assist in the operational planning of future SDV missions.

In early 2005, Murphy was assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1 as assistant officer in charge of ALFA Platoon and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

On June 28, 2005, Lt. Murphy was the officer-in-charge of a four-man SEAL element in support of Operation Red Wing tasked with finding key anti-coalition militia commander near Asadabad, Afghanistan. Shortly after inserting into the objective area, the SEALs were spotted by three goat herders who were initially detained and then released. It is believed the goat herders immediately reported the SEALs’ presence to Taliban fighters.

A fierce gun battle ensued on the steep face of the mountain between the SEALs and a much larger enemy force. Despite the intensity of the firefight and suffering grave gunshot wounds himself, Murphy is credited with risking his own life to save the lives of his teammates. Murphy, intent on making contact with headquarters, but realizing this would be impossible in the extreme terrain where they were fighting, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his own life moved into the open, where he could gain a better position to transmit a call to get help for his men.

Moving away from the protective mountain rocks, he knowingly exposed himself to increased enemy gunfire.  This deliberate and heroic act deprived him of cover and made him a target for the enemy.  While continuing to be fired upon, Murphy made contact with the SOF Quick Reaction Force at Bagram Air Base and requested assistance. He calmly provided his unit’s location and the size of the enemy force while requesting immediate support for his team. At one point, he was shot in the back causing him to drop the transmitter. Murphy picked it back up, completed the call and continued firing at the enemy who was closing in.  Severely wounded, Lt. Murphy returned to his cover position with his men and continued the battle.

As a result of Murphy’s call, an MH-47 Chinook helicopter, with eight additional SEALs and eight Army Night Stalkers aboard, was sent in as part of the QRF to extract the four embattled SEALs. As the Chinook drew nearer to the fight, a rocket-propelled grenade hit the helicopter, causing it to crash and killing all 16 men aboard.

On the ground and nearly out of ammunition, the four SEALs, continued to fight.  By the end of a two-hour gunfight that careened through the hills and over cliffs, Murphy, Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny Dietz and Sonar Technician 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew Axelson had fallen. An estimated 35 Taliban were also dead.  The fourth SEAL, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SEAL) Marcus Luttrell, was blasted over a ridge by a rocket-propelled grenade and knocked unconscious. Though severely wounded, the fourth SEAL and sole survivor, Luttrell, was able to evade the enemy for nearly a day; after which local nationals came to his aide, carrying him to a nearby village where they kept him for three more days. Luttrell was rescued by U.S. Forces on July 2, 2005.

By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit and inspirational devotion to his men in the face of certain death, Lt. Murphy was able to relay the position of his unit, an act that ultimately led to the rescue of Luttrell and the recovery of the remains of the three who were killed in the battle.

Lt. Murphy was buried at Calverton National Cemetery less than 20 miles from his childhood home. Lt. Murphy’s other personal awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon and National Defense Service Medal.

Lt. Murphy is survived by his mother Maureen Murphy; his father Dan Murphy; and his brother John Murphy. Dan and Maureen Murphy, who were divorced in 1999, remain close friends and continue to live in N.Y.  Their son John, 22, attends the New York Institute of Technology, and upon graduation will  pursue a career in criminal justice, having been accepted to the New York City Police Deparment.

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Operation Red Wings

” Operation Red Wings was a failed counter-insurgent mission in Kunar province, Afghanistan, involving four members of the United States Navy SEALs. Murphy and two other SEALs were killed in the fighting in addition to 16 American Special Operations Forces soldiers who were killed when their helicopter was shot down while attempting to extract the SEAL Team. Prior to a helicopter being shot down in 2011,[4][5] it was both the largest loss of life for American forces since the invasion began[6] and the largest loss for the SEALs since the Vietnam War. Marcus Luttrell was the only surviving American sailor from the squad; he was protected by local villagers who sent an emissary to the closest military base allowing a rescue team to locate him.

Murphy led the four-man reconnaissance team on a mission to kill or capture a top Taliban leader, Ahmad Shah(code name Ben Sharmak),[7] who commanded a group of insurgents known as the “Mountain Tigers,”[8] west ofAsadabad.[9][10] The group was dropped off by helicopter in a remote, mountainous area east of Asadabad in Kunar Province, near the Pakistan border. After an initially successful infiltration, local goat herders stumbled upon the SEALs’ hiding place. Unable to verify any hostile intent from the herders,[11] Murphy asked the team what should be done with them. Matthew Axelson reportedly voted to kill the Afghans, and Danny Dietz did not offer an opinion, causing Murphy to state that he would vote the same as Marcus Luttrell, who said the herders should be set free.[9]Hostile locals, possibly the goat herders they let pass, alerted 150 to 200[citation needed] nearby Taliban forces, who surrounded and attacked the small group. After Murphy called for help, an MH-47 Chinook helicopter loaded with reinforcements was dispatched to rescue the team, but was shot down with an RPG, killing all 16 personnel aboard; eight SEALs and eight service members from the 160th SOAR.[1]

By the end of the two-hour battle, an undisclosed number of Taliban soldiers (which is estimated at 70% by some sources), Murphy, Dietz, and Axelson were killed in the action. Luttrell was the only American survivor and was eventually rescued after several days of wandering the mountain and being protected by the people of an Afghanistan village.[1] All three of Murphy’s men were awarded the Navy’s second-highest honor, the Navy Cross, for their part in the battle making theirs the most decorated Navy SEAL team in history.[12]

File:Navy SEALs in Afghanistan prior to Red Wing.jpgSEALs of Operation Red Wings, Murphy is on the far right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Navy: Lincoln Refueling Delayed, Will Hurt Carrier Readiness

 

 

The aircraft carriers 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) are in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. US Navy Photo

The aircraft carriers
 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)
 are in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. US Navy Photo

 

 

 

” The U.S. Navy will delay the refueling of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) for an unknown period because of the uncertain fiscal environment due to the ongoing legislative struggle, the service told Congress in a Friday message obtained by USNI News.

Lincoln was scheduled to be moved to Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipyard later this month to begin the 4-year refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the ship.

“This delay is due to uncertainty in the Fiscal Year 2013 appropriations bill, both in the timing and funding level available for the first full year of the contract,” the message said.
“CVN-72 will remain at Norfolk Naval Base where the ships force personnel will continue to conduct routine maintenance until sufficient funding is received for the initial execution of the RCOH.” ”

 

 

      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 .

 

 

Stranded Minesweeper On Philippine Reef Is Total Loss, Says US Navy

 

 

 

” The US Navy said that a minesweeper that ran aground on a coral reef off the Philippines was a complete loss after announcing plans to dismantle it

US Pacific Fleet spokesman Captain Darryn James said there was a chance the USS Guardian might break up or sink if crews tried to remove it without taking it apart first.

Limiting damage to the coral, which was part of a national marine park, was important to the navy, James said.

“We really do care about being good stewards of the environment,” he said.”

 

Details on the USS Guardian’s history 

 

 

The Welrod Assassin Gun: WWII’s Phantom Plinker Supressed Pistol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Actually made before the MkI (dont ask), the MkII was the most common type of Welrod with some 14,000 produced.  It was rather heavy for a weapon designed to be secreted away at 38-ounces and was

Welrod MK II could make use of captured German, Italian and Japanese ammunition.

slightly over a foot long. Chambered for .32ACP (7.65x17mm), the same caliber as many popular ItalianGerman, and Japanese pistols, the gun was stated to be able to fire a 72-grain Kynoch lead head at 920fps. Its single stack magazine held 8-shots.

The German military captured many of the weapons dropped to European Resistance groups and the MkII Welrod was often in these caches. The SS special operations groups led by Otto Skorzeny (called once the most dangerous man in Europe) are known to have carried the occasional Welrod. A number were given as reverse-Lend Lease to the US Navy who referred to them as “.32 Hand Firing Mechanism Mk.1 Mod 0″ to obscure its use as a weapon of special applications. Many of these later were passed on to the CIA.

A Black Hole of Information

The individual who invented the Welrod or even company that manufactured them is a matter of conjecture and is a question that has never been definitively answered. Even the name ‘Welrod’ has never been fully explained other than in urban legends that have found their way onto the Internet over the yearsWhile small resolution diagrams abound, the full and correct set of manufacturer’s blue prints have seemingly never been declassified. Additionally, the guns were almost completely unmarked so they could be deniable if captured. It is thought that BSA made the Welrod production pistols, although this information is still classified. “