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Things that I want, a USSPACECOM patch. You can find a picture of it floating around, since suddenly the forums think I have a new account and doesn't let me post external links.
Edited by TerminusEst on Sep 22nd 2019 at 8:21:16 AM
To add to that mess we have the Zumwalt class ships which are approaching cruiser sizes in the US fleet.
What, you mean this thing?
No, that's the Air Force Space Command. I mean USSPACECOM.
Edited by TerminusEst on Sep 22nd 2019 at 10:04:59 AM
The thing with the growing destroyers is further blurred by the increased mission set of modern-day destroyers. They're cruisers in all but name now in every way that matters, which is why we haven't tried to replace most of the cruisers we decommissioned in the past few decades (I think we have four Ticonderogas still in service?).
Originally a destroyer was just an escort intended to screen the capital ships against torpedo boats, not to mention being relatively cheap ships that could perform torpedo runs against enemy ships. They gradually picked up additional missions as time went on, as is the nature with things.
When it comes to tactical brevity codes, while the link I posted is for US and NATO forces, is it applied outside those countries or do countries outside of them like Russia, China, Japan, and Peru have their own?
Everyone has their own.
The SDF uses the NATO ones since there our primary ally, makes joint operations easier.
Edited by Imca on Sep 23rd 2019 at 1:41:12 AM
So how would "Fox 4/Guns, guns, guns" be said by JSDF then? Still said in English that might be questionable depending on pronunciation or is there an equivalent to the two terms in Japanese?
Edited by HallowHawk on Sep 25th 2019 at 3:41:15 AM
At least 40 Afghan civilians at a wedding party were killed in a government raid. This time there was a major fight between government and insurgent forces, with US aircraft in support.
Fox Four isn't a brevity code though.
Also maybe looking up gameplay video for the Ace Combat games in Japanese might be a starting point for how that ends.
Edited by Deadbeatloser22 on Sep 24th 2019 at 11:27:34 AM
Fox 4 used to be the brevity code for firing guns but it was replaced by saying Guns Guns Guns years and years ago.
GATE was made by a military buff, so I am skipping to it to save having to go find ace combat at the exact time some one makes a callout.
To confirm though, the answer is yes.
The Japan Coast Guard has officially referred to prosecutors an unnamed Marine pilot who crashed an Osprey back in 2016. This is due to SOFA rules.
As of 2019, they weren't able to question the pilot who made the crash landing.
Despite heavy casualties, the Afghan government has managed to liberate three entire districts from Taliban control. American airstrikes were crucial to the victory as always.
Edited by TheWildWestPyro on Sep 26th 2019 at 5:38:12 AM
Good, pretty good
Meanwhile in Norway, the media alleges that Spetsnaz have been operating in Svalbard and other areas (google translate does the trick). Mostly recon and setting up technical surveillance.
Presumably the agents in civilian clothes were discovered when asked to pronounce 'ø'.
That wouldn’t be too surprising. Messing with Northern European states is one of Russia’s favorite pastimes.
I’m sure they’ve got some ridiculous excuse ready. “Russian patriots who got lost while hiking”, or something.
The UN's announcing all active Sri Lankan military personnel in official PKOs are being pulled back according to AFP reporters.
The UN and several Western nations expressed concern over the promotion of Major General Shavendra Silva last month despite the allegations against him.
"In light of this appointment, the UN Department of Peace Operations is therefore suspending future Sri Lankan Army deployments...," Deputy UN spokesman Farhan Haq told AFP in New York.
"A Sri Lankan Army unit and individual officers currently serving with UN Peacekeeping will thus be repatriated, beginning next month, in accordance with their rotation dates and will not be replaced by Sri Lankan personnel," Haq said.
In Sri Lanka, the foreign ministry said its secretary, Ravinatha Aryasinha, will meet with the Department of Peace Operations on Friday.
Aryasinha is scheduled to "discuss this matter with the Under Secretary General of the UN Department of Peace Operations," the ministry said in a statement.
Some 490 Sri Lankan troops are currently deployed for peacekeeping operations in Mali, Lebanon and Sudan. Two Sri Lankan soldiers were killed in a mine attack in Mali this year.
Human Rights Watch welcomed the UN decision, saying it "sends a strong signal to governments that sweeping suspected war crimes under the carpet will not go unnoticed by the world body."
President Maithripala Sirisena promoted Silva as the new army chief brushing aside international outrage over his appointment.
Silva has been accused by the UN of committing war crimes during the final stages of Sri Lanka's separatist conflict, which ended in May 2009.
The 55-year-old general has dismissed the allegations against him while praising Sirisena's "courageous decision" to give him the top job despite intense foreign pressure.
The government has also rejected as "unwarranted and unacceptable" the avalanche of international criticism over Silva's ascension to the top job.
UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said at the time she was "deeply troubled" by Silva's appointment.
The US embassy in Colombo described allegations of gross human rights violations against Silva as "serious and credible".
Sri Lanka's successive governments have resisted calls for an independent investigation into the conduct of troops during the final months of the 37-year conflict, in which an estimated 100,000 people were killed.
Edited by Ominae on Sep 27th 2019 at 6:14:48 AM
The new Japanese Defense White Paper has been released for anybody that happens to be interested.
1. The Big Bad Three: China, North Korea and Russia as main adversaries
2. National defence policy: developing multi-domain operations, strengthening the US-Japan alliance, increasing security cooperation across the Indo-Pacific.
3. Defence development: Space, cyberspace and EM spectrum capabilities to be developed and expanded + traditional domains. Developing and securing logistics both military and civilian. Reinforcing human resources, tech etc. bases
Edited by TerminusEst on Sep 29th 2019 at 1:35:26 AM
Chief Wright, Superstar
An article about CMSAF Wright, AKA "Enlisted Jesus", and his priorities for his last year in the Air Force before he puts in for retirement.
The tl;dr version:
Increasing security cooperation but acting like children and destroying intelligence agreements with the Koreans.
GSOMIA is so low maintenance, that even US defence officials were furious with South Korea. Nah, Moon just did a very silly move. Not that it excuses anything that happened in that long series of tit-for-tat moves.
Now we're just back a few years.
Edited by TerminusEst on Sep 29th 2019 at 5:53:58 AM
Indeed. GSOMIA was suppose to overcome the limitation of the Trilateral Information-Sharing Agreement. The former allows Japan and Korea to make contact with intelligence related to North Korea.
The latter has the two countries at a disadvantage since the US needs to be involved.
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