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Scientists find radioactive aircraft carrier off San Francisco coast – News – Stripes

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (Tribune Content Agency) — In a ghostly reminder of the San Francisco Bay Area’s nuclear heritage, scientists announced Thursday they have captured the first clear images of a radioactivity-polluted World War II aircraft carrier that rests on the ocean floor 30 miles off the coast of Half Moon Bay.

The USS Independence saw combat at Wake Island and other decisive battles against Japan, and was later blasted with radiation in two South Pacific nuclear tests. The Navy deliberately sunk the contaminated ship in 1951 south of the Farallon Islands.

via Scientists find radioactive aircraft carrier off San Francisco coast – News – Stripes.

The Independence survived not one, but two nuclear blasts. Able was an airburst, and Baker was an underwater detonation.  The Independence wasn’t sunk, or even really that badly compromised by either.  The real problem was that the base surge of contaminated water from Baker made her far too hot, radioactively speaking. So the Navy simply towed her out a short bit from San Francisco Bay and sunk her.

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More on that F-15 Mishap, and the Radome Cap.

As usual, no single factor is responsible for the loss of an aircraft. Here’s the report, with some analysis on how such a minor aerodynamic blemish could have such a major impact.



Daily Dose of Splodey

Space-X came this><close to successfully recovering the first stage of a Falcon 9 used just minutes earlier to launch a Dragon capsule into orbit.

Word is that Space-X, having demonstrated successful control of the vehicle in all phases except touchdown, will forego the barge based landing pad and attempt to land ashore next time.

By the way, while they haven’t successfully recovered a first stage that’s actually been used in a launch, they have successfully made ascents and landings during testing prior to these attempts.

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JOINT CHIEFS: Why We Don’t Care That You’re Resigning


The following is an opinion article written by the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

It has come to our attention that another company grade officer has very publicly resigned, citing numerous reasons for doing so. As the top commissioned leaders of the different branches, we feel this issue now requires that we respond to these resigning officers.

First and foremost, thank you for your service. Most Americans will never understand what can be gained from putting yourself at a point of great friction in defense of your nation’s way of life. We are truly grateful for the countless sacrifices every one of our servicemembers makes, especially the ones that will never be perceived at our level. We know that this is a hard life, and it hurts us to know that there are good things you do that will never be recognized.

Second, we do not care that you are resigning. Your career is less than a blip on our radar screen. Your skills and experiences will never in a million years cause us to raise even a finger to stop you from resigning, much less cause us to look back on your resignation with regret. Regardless of your unique and valuable perspective, you could not be more replaceable.

via JOINT CHIEFS: Why We Don’t Care That You’re Resigning.

TDB is our go-to for military laughs. But this piece is absolutely serious, and spot on. Go read the whole thing.



Unhappy Military Spouses target Pin-Ups For Vets

Back in 2006, Gina Elise, then working in hotel management, decided the influx of wounded troops flooding into our nations veterans care organizations needed some support. More than that, the troops and veterans themselves needed support. Rather than just cutting a check, she decided to see what she herself could do to help. And so Pin-Ups For Vets came to be.

Selling calendars with the look of classic 40s era pin-ups, Gina and her friends raised funds for troops, and gave troops some awesomely morale boosting calendars.


Photo courtesy of Pin-Ups For Vets

Pretty tasteful and really, these days, quite demure.

But of course, someone always has to be butthurt.

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m pretty sure there are better, more effective ways to support veterans than by parading yourself around in front of someone else’s husband while wearing sexy retro outfits and burlesque costumes, shooting provocative pin-up calendars and holding a burlesque show fundraiser.

Or maybe I’m crazy. Maybe I’m “just” another jealous military spouse who would prefer her husband’s eyes be on her, not on some busty veteran supporting pin-up girl, regardless of her good intentions or “good cause.”

Maybe you’re just a little overly sensitive.

Friend of the blog SKK chatted with Gina about the opinion piece at SpouseBuzzz:

“It’s important to note here that 50% of our supporters online and at our events are women, who enthusiastically embrace the pinup image and its positive effects in the hospital wards across the U.S.,” Gina tells me.

Nor is the group entirely male-directed.

“We often visit women Veterans in the hospitals who are thrilled to meet our female Veteran volunteers, their sisters from the military,” Gina tells me. “In fact, on our last hospital visit in Alabama, a female Veteran, who was completely surprised by our visit said, ‘If you can make me smile, you can make anyone smile.’ The Veterans often tell us, ‘When you are here, my pain is gone.’ “

Happiness is key to healing, Gina says. “One of our calendar models is a former Naval Flight Surgeon, now an ER doctor, and she has attested to how much these visits matter in recovery for our ill and injured Veterans.”

At a time when so much of our society seems to ever more sleazy and skeevy, Gina and her ambassadors are trying to class up the joint. 

We think Gina and her gang are the cat’s meow.

To SpouseBuzz’ credit, they did invite Gina to pen a reply on their pages.



Vostok 2014

The Russians love them some big stage production live fire exercises.

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Sea-Air-Space 2015 – US Navy V-22


NAVAIR has recently unvieled it’s plan for the COD version of the V-22 Osprey at the recent Air-Sea-Space 2015 expo in Washington DC. Via Navy Recginition:

Colonel Dan Robinson, NAVAIR V-22 Program Manager, gave the latest on U.S. Navy variant of the V-22. It was made publich in February this year that the U.S. Navy would procure the Osprey to answer its future Carrier Onboard Delivery requirements. As of now, the U.S. Navy is planning on procuring 48 Ospreys. The Osprey typical Navy missions will include:
– Sea Based Logistics (including COD)
– Personnel recovery (including SAR)
– Special warfare (with US Navy Seals)

A model of the Osprey in Navy colors was also on display:


The COD version of the Osprey will replace the venerable Grumman C-2 Greyhound which has been in US Navy service since the late 1960’s. While there’s no question a new COD aircraft is needed, the V-22, as currently configured has a range problem when comapred to the Greyhound.  NAVAIR is looking at increasing the range by increasing the size of the sponsons which house the main landing gear.

Grumman's C-2 Greyhound first flew on 18 November 1964.

Grumman’s C-2 Greyhound first flew on 18 November 1964.