Category Archives: Militaria

Forces plan rule changes as 15 per cent of Canada’s regular military unable to deploy

A little more than 15 per cent of Canada’s regular military is unfit to deploy, slightly higher than the U.S. armed forces which is fighting two wars and conducting numerous missions around the world.

The Pentagon recently announced a tough approach to the problem, warning troops they will be booted out if they are not capable of deploying over a 12-month period.


Honoring Vietnam Veterans Is The Right Thing To Do But We Now Fight Our Wars Using Other People’s Kids

…Senator Joe Toomey (R. Pa), said last year that an unpopular war meant that some veterans “were actually treated quite poorly (during) a tragic period in our history driven by people’s perceptions of the war. Fortunately, that, I think, is behind us now.”

Sorry, Senator, but neither commemorative lapel pins nor teary-eyed expressions of patriotic good will can camouflage an overriding generational reality: The widening gap between our soldiers and the society they swear to defend with their lives. You need look no further than the notorious example of Gregory Salcido, the Rancho Mirage, California high school teacher who recently unloaded on one of his students wearing a U.S. Marines sweatshirt.


Inside the college that trains the UK’s youngest soldiers

Sixteen-year-old Grace Monaghan, one of Britain’s junior soldiers, is unfazed by the prospect of killing someone. “It’s not a nice thought,” she said. “But it’s what we’re trained to do. It doesn’t bother me much.”

Monaghan is one of hundreds of 16- and 17-year-olds being trained at the Army Foundation College in North Yorkshire.

She rejected the description “child soldier”: the UN definition is anyone under 18. “We are not children,” she said. “Because of what we do, we mature earlier.”

Naturally the Guardian hates the very thought of such a college.


Has Russia’s Robotic Nuclear Torpedo Surfaced?

In 2015, Russia television “accidentally” showed a glimpse of plans for a proposed new 100-megaton autonomous torpedo designed to destroy American ports and poison the coastline of any adversary it targets. Analysts were left wondering whether the blueprints were a sign that Moscow was returning to the good old days of bizarre Cold War weapons development—or just bluffing to keep the Yankees off balance.

The U.S. government still appears to believe that the weapon is a real Russian program, according to a leaked draft of the Trump administration’s forthcoming Nuclear Posture Review obtained by the Huffington Post.


Mystery deepens over fate of super-secret $1 billion military satellite

Where is Zuma? What is Zuma? What went wrong with Zuma?

The Pentagon is not saying anything about the fate of the military payload, code-named “Zuma,” that was launched this week and may have crashed soon after, and neither is anyone else.

“I would have to refer you to SpaceX, who conducted the launch,” said Dana White, chief Pentagon spokesperson when questioned about the unexplained mystery Thursday, four days after the satellite did or did not go into orbit, or more likely ended up falling back to Earth and plunging into the ocean.


Canada dumps Boeing fighter jet deal over trade dispute with US

Plans to buy 18 Boeing Super Hornet fighter jets have been scrapped by the Canadian government due to the deepening dispute with the US aerospace company, sources told Reuters.

According to the sources, next week Ottawa will announce it intends to acquire a used fleet of older Australian F-18 jets. It’s the same type of plane the Royal Canadian Air Force currently operates.


‘We found one’: Searchers confirm Avro flight model discovery

A Canadian search-and-recovery mission says it has successfully found a flight test model of a Cold War-era supersonic interceptor jet.

The “Raise the Arrow” project has been searching for free-flight models of the Avro Arrow in the depths of Lake Ontario since July.

Over 60 years ago, nine models were launched into the Great Lake to test their flight design.

Searchers are using advanced sonar technology in the underwater hunt.


The Navy Is Having Collisions at Sea. Here’s Why It’s Happening and What Should Be Done.

In the past two and a half months, the Navy has experienced the worst peacetime surface ship collisions in over 41 years.

Two recent collisions—first the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), then the USS John S. McCain (DDG 56)—took place with commercial vessels and claimed the lives of 17 U.S. sailors during routine “independent steaming” operations in the western Pacific Ocean.

These tragic incidents, coupled with the USS Antietam (CG 54) grounding and the USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) collision in the past eight months, have raised significant concerns about the state of the Navy’s surface fleet readiness and operational proficiency.


Furey: Is it time the Canadian Forces developed a full-service rapid response brigade?

The Canadian Forces should develop a new brigade that can take on sea, land and air roles all in one, a new paper recommends.

A tri-service rapid response brigade, as it’s called, would be a groundbreaking endeavour that rolls in all the current and traditional capabilities of the Canadian Forces as well as new measures like attack helicopters, drones (both armed and unarmed), cyber warfare specialists and more.

Well OK, so long as it’s Transgender friendly.


USS John S. McCain collides with oil tanker, 5 sailors injured, 10 missing

SEOUL — Ten U.S. Navy sailors are missing and five have been injured after the USS John S. McCain destroyer collided with an oil tanker near Singapore early Monday morning.

This is the second time in two months that a Navy destroyer based at the 7th Fleet’s home port of Yokosuka, Japan, has been involved in a collision. Seven sailors were killed when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a tanker south of Japan in June.

The guided missile destroyer and the Liberian-flagged merchant vessel Alnic MC collided near the Strait of Malacca at 5:24 a.m. local time, the Navy’s 7th Fleet said in a statement.


Captain of USS Fitzgerald and his executive officer are removed from duty after deadly collision with a cargo ship

The highest ranking naval leaders who were aboard the USS Fitzgerald when the ship crashed in June off the coast of Japan, will be removed from duty.

Adm. William Moran, the vice chief of naval operations, said Thursday that the ship’s captain Cmdr. Bryce Benson and executive officer, Cmrd. Sean Babbitt will be relieved of their command.

Additionally Master Chief Petty Officer Brice Baldwin, the ship’s command master chief is being removed. Nearly a dozen other crew members face punishment.


Navy: Only woman in SEAL training pipeline drops out

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The only woman in the Navy SEAL training pipeline has dropped out, a Navy special warfare official confirmed Friday.

The female midshipman voluntarily decided to not continue participating in a summer course that’s required of officers who want to be selected for SEAL training, Lt. Cmdr. Mark Walton, a Naval special warfare spokesman, told The Associated Press. The Navy has not released the woman’s name, part of a policy against publicly identifying SEALs or candidates for the force.

No other woman has started the long process required to become a Navy SEAL, Walton said.


Oh Oh! Justin’s Gonna Cry! …. Canadian elite special forces sniper sets record-breaking kill shot in Iraq

This made Justin cry.

A sniper with Canada’s elite special forces in Iraq has shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in military history at a staggering distance of 3,450 metres.

Sources say a member of Joint Task Force 2 killed an Islamic State insurgent with a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle while firing from a high-rise during an operation that took place within the last month in Iraq. It took under 10 seconds to hit the target.

h/t SM