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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:15 pm
 


The usual unconfirmed scuttlebutt and chatter:

* The USAF is quietly but steadily moving dependents and non-critical staff out of Incirlik AFB in Turkey.

* The US consulate at Konak reportedly activated at least some of their 'flash' cabinets in response to the sudden appearance of Turkish police and military outside the consulate on Wednesday.

* China is turning back train and truck traffic on their friendship bridge with North Korea in support of sanctions against the DPRK. An altercation of some sort took place this week between North Korean truck drivers and Chinese border guards with relation to the trade restrictions.

* Anthrax is killing hundreds of wild animals in Namibia. So far no reports of human infections but the US Centers for Disease Control has sent a team to observe local health efforts.

* Japanese cable and broadcast television providers are being observed to have this year significantly increased broadcasts of movies and programs with military and nationalistic themes.

* The drama aboard the USS Shiloh with excessive punishments of bread and water sentences is reportedly linked to the recent collisions of four other Navy ships with non-military traffic. US 7th Fleet is apparently in a state of chaos due to previously unreported staffing problems. Ships are operating with reduced crews and some ships have been forced to consolidate their A & B and A,B, & C crews into one crew in order to maintain operations. Some enlisted ratings have been at sea for over a year according to what I was told.

* China and Russia are collaborating on the construction of a Western fighter at Yongning Air Base. Possibly an F-35.

* Egypt is allowing armed IDF patrols in the Sinai Peninsula to assist Egyptian forces in their efforts against terrorists and militants.

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The first line is prudent in the USAF’s case. Turkey is far from stable these days.

The bit from Japan is not too surprising. With the change to their constitution relating to making the D in JDF less binding, there has been a bit of a nationalist bent to japan in recent years.

As is the news from 7th fleet. It sucks for the sailors but the number of collisions lately is beyond unacceptable. Though, is it more of a manpower problem or one of complacency and overreliance on technology?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:05 pm
 


xerxes xerxes:
The first line is prudent in the USAF’s case. Turkey is far from stable these days.

The bit from Japan is not too surprising. With the change to their constitution relating to making the D in JDF less binding, there has been a bit of a nationalist bent to japan in recent years.

As is the news from 7th fleet. It sucks for the sailors but the number of collisions lately is beyond unacceptable. Though, is it more of a manpower problem or one of complacency and overreliance on technology?


On the 7th Fleet drama I'd estimate that it's fallout from the Obama policy of gutting the active duty military...

https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-nav ... urces-say/

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The unexpectedly steep cuts will reduce 5,300 billets from current levels by October 2017, according to defense officials familiar with the Navy's proposal, who said the end strength drop runs in tandem with some proposed force reductions to be unveiled with the full budget proposal on Tuesday.


They reduced the number of swabbies but the number of hulls and missions didn't change. The result is more officers and enlisteds staying at sea for months and now even more than a year.

Hate to say, but if the only way to get shore leave is to crash the ship then that may well be the calculation some crews are making. That or they just don't give a fuck because there's no end in sight for sea duty. :|


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