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Old 13-07-2014, 09:27 PM   #141
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In Greek mythology, the Sirens (Greek singular: Σειρήν Seirēn; Greek plural: Σειρῆνες Seirēnes) were dangerous yet beautiful creatures, portrayed as femme fatales who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. Roman poets placed them on some small islands called Sirenum scopuli. In some later, rationalised traditions, the literal geography of the "flowery" island of Anthemoessa, or Anthemusa, is fixed: sometimes on Cape Pelorum and at others in the islands known as the Sirenuse, near Paestum, or in Capreae.. All such locations were surrounded by cliffs and rocks..When the Sirens were given a name of their own, they were considered the daughters of the river god Achelous, fathered upon Terpsichore, Melpomene, Sterope, or Chthon (the Earth). In Euripides' play, Helen (167), Helen in her anguish calls upon "Winged maidens, daughters of the Earth"). Although they lured mariners, the Greeks portrayed the Sirens in their "meadow starred with flowers" and not as sea deities. Roman writers linked the Sirens more closely to the sea, as daughters of Phorcys.. Sirens are found in many Greek stories, particularly in Homer's Odyssey...

"They are mantic creatures like the Sphinx with whom they have much in common, knowing both the past and the future," Harris observed. "Their song takes effect at midday, in a windless calm. The end of that song is death." That the sailors' flesh is rotting away, suggests it has not been eaten.. It has been suggested that, with their feathers stolen, their divine nature kept them alive, but unable to provide food for their visitors, who starved to death by refusing to leave..According to Hyginus, sirens were fated to live only until the mortals who heard their songs were able to pass by them..Sirens were believed to combine women and birds in various ways. In early Greek art, Sirens were represented as birds with large women's heads, bird feathers and scaly feet. Later, they were represented as female figures with the legs of birds, with or without wings, playing a variety of musical instruments, especially harps. The 10th-century Byzantine encyclopedia Suda says that from their chests up Sirens had the form of sparrows, below they were women, or, alternatively, that they were little birds with women's faces. Birds were chosen because of their beautiful voices. Later Sirens were sometimes depicted as beautiful women, whose bodies, not only their voices, are seductive...

The so-called "Siren of Canosa" from Italy was said to accompany the dead among grave goods in a burial. She appeared to have some psychopomp characteristics, guiding the dead on the after-life journey.. The cast terracotta figure bears traces of its original white pigment.. The woman bears the feet, wings and tail of a bird.. The sculpture is conserved in the National Archaeological Museum of Spain, in Madrid..Odysseus was curious as to what the Sirens sang to him, and so, on the advice of Circe, he had all of his sailors plug their ears with beeswax and tie him to the mast. He ordered his men to leave him tied tightly to the mast, no matter how much he would beg. When he heard their beautiful song, he ordered the sailors to untie him but they bound him tighter. When they had passed out of earshot, Odysseus demonstrated with his frowns to be released..Some post-Homeric authors state that the Sirens were fated to dye if someone heard their singing and escaped them, and that after Odysseus passed by they therefore flung themselves into the water and perished.. It is also said that Hera, queen of the gods, persuaded the Sirens to enter a singing contest with the Muses. The Muses won the competition and then plucked out all of the Sirens' feathers and made crowns out of them.. Out of their anguish from losing the competition, writes Stephanus of Byzantium, the Sirens turned white and fell into the sea at Aptera ("featherless"), where they formed the islands in the bay that were called Souda (modern Lefkai)...

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Hestina is a genus of butterflies in the family Nymphalidae..Siren is a genus of aquatic salamanders of the family Sirenidae. The genus consists of 2 living species, along with one extinct species from the Eocene Epoch and three from the Miocene.. The 2 living species have elongated, eel-like bodies, with 2 small vestigial fore legs..Siren Bay (Coordinates: 71°22′S 169°15′E) is a small bay formed by the configuration of the ice at the terminus of Shipley Glacier and the northwest side of Flat Island along the north coast of Victoria Land..Charted by the Northern Party, led by Campbell, of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910–13, and so named by them because they heard a noise like a ship's siren while mapping this Area..
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Old 13-07-2014, 10:23 PM   #142
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Vikings (from Old Norse víkingr) were Norse seafarers, speaking the Old Norse language, who raided and traded from their Scandinavian homelands across wide areas of northern and central Europe, as well as European Russia, during the late 8th to late 11th centuries.. The term is also commonly extended in modern English and other vernaculars to the inhabitants of Viking home communities during what has become known as the Viking Age.. This period of Norse military, mercantile and demographic expansion constitutes an important element of the early medieval history of Scandinavia, the British Isles, France, Sicily, Russia, the rest of Europe and beyond..Facilitated by advanced seafaring skills, and characterised by the longship, Viking activities at times also extended into the Mediterranean littoral, North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Following extended phases of (primarily sea- or river-borne) exploration, expansion and settlement, Viking (Norse) communities and polities were established in diverse areas of north-western Europe, European Russia, the North Atlantic islands and as far as the north-eastern coast of North America. This period of expansion witnessed the wider dissemination of Norse culture, while simultaneously introducing strong foreign cultural influences into Scandinavia itself, with profound developmental implications in both directions...

The Old Norse feminine noun víking refers to an expedition overseas.. It occurs in Viking Age runic inscriptions and in later medieval writings in set expressions such as the phrasal verb fara í víking, "to go on an expedition". The derived Old Norse masculine noun víkingr appears in Viking Age skaldic poetry and on several rune stones found in Scandinavia, where it refers to a seaman or warrior who takes part in an expedition overseas.. In later texts, such as the Icelandic sagas, the phrase "to go on a viking" implies participation in raiding activity or piracy and not simply seaborne missions of trade and commerce..The Vikings were known as Ascomanni, ashmen, by the Germans, Lochlanach (Norse) by the Gaels and Dene (Danes) by the Anglo-Saxons..The Slavs, the Arabs and the Byzantines knew them as the Rus' or Rhōs, probably derived from various uses of rōþs-, "related to rowing", or derived from the area of Roslagen in east-central Sweden, where most of the Vikings who visited the Slavic lands came from. Some archaeologists and historians of today believe that these Scandinavian settlements in the Slavic lands played a significant role in the formation of the Kievan Rus' federation, and hence the names and early states of Russia and Belarus..The modern day name for Sweden in several neighbouring countries is possibly derived from rōþs-, Ruotsi in Finnish and Rootsi in Estonian..Geographically, a Viking Age may be assigned not only to Scandinavian lands (modern Denmark, Norway and Sweden), but also to territories under North Germanic dominance, mainly the Danelaw, including Scandinavian York, the administrative centre of the remains of the Kingdom of Northumbria, parts of Mercia, and East Anglia.. Viking navigators opened the road to new lands to the north, west and east, resulting in the foundation of independent settlements in the Shetland, Orkney, and Faroe Islands; Iceland; Greenland; and L'Anse aux Meadows, a short-lived
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The Viking peoples could read and write and used a non-standardized alphabet, called runor, built upon sound values. While there are few remains of runic writing on paper from the Viking era, thousands of stones with runic inscriptions have been found where Vikings lived.. They are usually in memory of the dead, though not necessarily placed at graves. The use of runor survived into the 15th century, used in parallel with the Latin alphabet..The majority of runic inscriptions from the Viking period are found in Sweden and date from the 11th century. The oldest stone with runic inscriptions was found in Norway and dates to the 4th century, suggesting that runic inscriptions pre-date the Viking period. Many runestones in Scandinavia record the names of participants in Viking expeditions, such as the Kjula runestone that tells of extensive warfare in Western Europe and the Turinge Runestone, which tells of a war band in Eastern Europe..There are numerous burial sites associated with Vikings throughout Europe and their sphere of influence – in Scandinavia, the British Isles, Greenland, Iceland, Faeroe Islands, Germany, The Baltic, Russia, etc.. The burial practices of the Vikings were quite varied, from dug graves in the ground, to tumuli, sometimes including so-called ship burials..There have been several archaeological finds of Viking ships of all sizes, providing knowledge of the craftsmanship that went into building them. There were many types of Viking ships, built for various uses; the best-known type is probably the longship.. Longships were intended for warfare and exploration, designed for speed and agility, and were equipped with oars to complement the sail, making navigation possible independently of the wind..The Viking society was divided into the 3 socio-economic classes of Thralls, Karls and Jarls.. This is described vividly in the Eddic poem of Rigsthula, which also explains that it was the God Ríg - father of mankind also known as Heimdallr - who created the 3 classes.. Archaeology has confirmed this social structure...The Vikings in York mostly ate beef, mutton, and pork with small amounts of horse meat..When the information from various sources are put together, a picture of a diverse cuisine, with lots of different ingredients emerges..Seafood was an important part of the diet, in some places even more so than meat. Whales and walrus were hunted for food in Norway and the north-western parts of the North Atlantic region, and seals were hunted nearly everywhere..Milk and buttermilk were popular, both as cooking ingredients and drinks, but were not always available, even at farms..Horse fighting was practised for sport, although the rules are unclear. It appears to have involved two stallions pitted against each other, within smell and sight of fenced-off mares.. Whatever the rules were, the fights often resulted in the death of one of the stallions..Both archaeological finds and written sources testify to the fact that the Vikings set aside time for social and festive gatherings..Board games and dice games were played as a popular pastime, at all levels of society. Preserved gaming pieces and boards show game boards made of easily available materials like wood, with game pieces manufactured from stone, wood or bone, while other finds include elaborately carved boards and game pieces of glass, amber, antler or walrus tusk, together with materials of foreign origin, such as ivory..The warfare and violence of the Vikings were often motivated and fuelled by their beliefs in Norse religion, focusing on Thor and Odin, the gods of war and death.. In combat the Vikings are believed to have engaged in a disordered style of frenetic, furious fighting, leading them to be termed berserkers.. Such tactics may have been deployed intentionally by shock troops, who may have induced this mental state through ingestion of materials with psychoactive properties, such as the hallucinogenic mushrooms, Amanita muscaria, or large amounts of alcohol..Until recently, the history of the Viking Age was largely based on Icelandic sagas, the history of the Danes written by Saxo Grammaticus, the Russian Primary Chronicle, and Cogad Gáedel re Gallaib. Few scholars still accept these texts as reliable sources, as historians now rely more on archaeology and numismatics, disciplines that have made valuable contributions toward understanding the period..
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Old 13-07-2014, 10:56 PM   #143
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In celestial navigation, lunar distance is the angle between the Moon and another celestial body. A navigator can use a lunar distance (also called a lunar) and a nautical almanac to calculate Greenwich time. The navigator can then determine longitude without a marine chronometer..The method relies on the relatively quick movement of the moon across the background sky, completing a circuit of 360 degrees in 27.3 days. In an hour then, it will move about half a degree, roughly its own diameter, with respect to the background stars and the Sun. Using a sextant, the navigator precisely measures the angle between the moon and another body.. That could be the Sun or one of a selected group of bright stars lying close to the Moon's path, near the ecliptic; Regulus was particularly commonly used. At that moment, anyone on the surface of the earth who can see the same 2 bodies will observe the same angle(after correcting for parallax error). The navigator then consults a prepared table of lunar distances and the times at which they will occur.. By comparing the corrected lunar distance with the tabulated values, the navigator finds the Greenwich time for that observation. Knowing Greenwich time and local time, the navigator can work out longitude.. Local time can be determined from a sextant observation of the altitude of the Sun or a star.. Then the longitude (relative to Greenwich) is readily calculated from the difference between local time and Greenwich Time, at 15 degrees per hour..Having measured the lunar distance and the heights of the 2 bodies, the navigator can find Greenwich time in 3 steps...A lunar distance changes with time at a rate of roughly half a degree, or 30 arc-minutes, in an hour.. Therefore, an error of half an arc-minute will give rise to an error of about 1 minute in Greenwich Time, which (owing to the Earth rotating at 15 degrees per hour) is the same as one quarter degree in longitude (about 15 nmi (28 km) at the equator)..Captain Joshua Slocum, in making the first solo circumnavigation in 1895-1898, somewhat anachronistically used the lunar method along with dead reckoning in his navigation..The work of the lunarian, though seldom practised in these days of chronometers, is beautifully edifying, and there is nothing in the realm of navigation that lifts one’s heart up more in adoration..
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http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showp...8&postcount=61So they were traveling somewhere?..A superior species, no doubt..it's fairly evident they were in the process of leaving, before things went to pot..Leaving to go where?.Earth..Sometimes to create, one must first destroy.. If you're receiving this transmission, make no attempt to come to its point of origin...http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showp...&postcount=151

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Jan Dirk Breytenbach DVR, SD, SM, MMM (born 4 July 1933) was appointed by General Fritz Loots, the founder of the South African Special Forces Brigade, as the first commander of 1 Reconnaissance Commando, the first unit founded within the South African Special Forces. He was also appointed as the first commander of the 32 Battalion, known colloquially as "Buffalo Battalion", as well as 44 Parachute Brigade..Breytenbach attended the Army Gymnasium in 1950, and was awarded the Sword of Peace in 1953 and joined the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm after serving in the Armoured Corps and saw service in the Suez Crisis in 1956. He rejoined the South African Defence Force in 1961 and soon after completed one of 1 Parachute Battalions courses. He founded 1 Reconnaissance Commando in 1971.. He attended Staff College in 1977 and was promoted to Colonel, becoming Senior Staff Officer for Operations at Northern Transvaal Command and commanded 44 Parachute Brigade from 24 September 1980 to 31 December 1982. He founded the SADF Guerilla school which he commanded until his retirement..Breytenbach retired from the military in 1987, and has written a number of books since then.. He is the brother of South African poet and writer Breyten Breytenbach and of war correspondent/photographer Cloete Breytenbach.. During the 1980s, Breyten and Jan Breytenbach held strongly opposing political viewpoints, so with his brother opting for a more left-wing approach, this influential family effectively covered the political spectrum...The ovary (From Latin: ovarium, literally "egg" or "nut") is an ovum-producing reproductive organ..'They entered an apartment containing nothing except a black painting representing a woman.. Her legs reached to the top of one of the walls; her body occupied the entire ceiling; from her navel hung suspended, by a thread, an enormous egg; and the remainder of her body, her head downward, descended the other wall, to the level of the pavement, where her finger ends touched,'—SALAMMBO...

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The San kinship system reflects their interdependence as traditionally small mobile foraging bands.. The kinship system is comparable to the eskimo kinship system, with the same set of terms as in European cultures, but also uses a name rule and an age rule. The age rule resolves any confusion arising from kinship terms, as the older of two people always decides what to call the younger. Relatively few names circulate (approximately 35 names per sex), and each child is named after a grandparent or another relative..Children have no social duties besides playing, and leisure is very important to San of all ages. Large amounts of time are spent in conversation, joking, music, and sacred dances. Women have a high status in San society, are greatly respected, and may be leaders of their own family groups. They make important family and group decisions and claim ownership of water holes and foraging areas. Women are mainly involved in the gathering of food, but may also take part in hunting..The most important thing in San life is water.. Droughts may last many months and waterholes may dry up.. When this happens, they use sip wells. To get water this way, a San scrapes a deep hole where the sand is damp.. Into this hole is inserted a long hollow grass stem. An empty ostrich egg is used to collect the water.. Water is sucked into the straw from the sand, into the mouth, and then travels down another straw into the ostrich egg..Eigg is one of the Small Isles, in the Scottish Inner Hebrides.. It lies to the south of the Skye and to the north of the Ardnamurchan peninsula..The centre of the island is a moorland plateau, rising to 393 metres (1,289 ft) at An Sgurr, a dramatic stump of pitchstone, sheer on three sides. Walkers who complete the easy scramble to the top in good weather are rewarded with spectacular views all round of Mull, Coll, Muck, the Outer Hebrides, Rùm, Skye, and the mountains of Lochaber on the mainland..Hull's puppet represented a side of his personality that enabled the entertainer to create a kind of gleeful havoc, while not seemingly being to blame for it. This was aided by the simple yet effective conceit of a false arm attached to Hull's jacket, which cradled the emu, therefore making it appear that the neck and head moved of its own volition...The 1 Reconnaissance Commando was the first South African special forces unit, founded by General Fritz Loots - the founder of the South African Special Forces, and the first General Officer Commanding of the South African Special Forces. He appointed 12 qualified paratroopers (known as "The Dirty Dozen") as the founder members. Included in these 12 paratroopers was Jan Breytenbach, who was placed in command of the Founder Members by General Loots...
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http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showp...&postcount=231We are white men, Sir, not beasts.. Oh, he sits up there in those melancholy hills; some say he sleeps in caves like a beast, slumbers deep like the Kraken.. The Blacks say that he is a spirit.. The Troopers will never catch him.. Common force is meaningless, Mr. Murphy, as he squats up there on his impregnable perch...http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showp...postcount=1272

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HMS Astute is an operational nuclear-powered submarine in the Royal Navy, the lead ship of her class. Astute is the second submarine of the Royal Navy to be named after the characteristic of shrewdness and discernment. The first was the World War II Amphion-class Astute. She is the largest attack submarine the Royal Navy has commissioned.Built as a successor to the Trafalgar class, Astute is 50% bigger than the T-boats but has a smaller crew. The 7,400-tonne Astute's nuclear reactor will not need to be refuelled during the vessel's 25-year service. Since the submarine can purify water and air, she is able to circumnavigate the planet without resurfacing.. The main limit is that the submarine will only be able to carry 3 months' supply of food for 98 crew..Astute has stowage for 38 weapons and is expected to typically carry both Spearfish heavy torpedoes and Tomahawk Block IV cruise missiles, the latter costing £870,000 each..Astute was ordered from GEC's Marconi Marine (now BAE Systems Submarine Solutions) on 17 March 1997. She was laid down at BAE's submarine facility in Barrow-in-Furness on 31 January 2001, 100 years to the day after the keel was laid down for the Royal Navy's first submarine Holland 1.. She was the first submarine built in the UK since HMS Vengeance (launched in 1998)...Astute was launched on 8 June 2007 by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, 43 months behind schedule .. The launch attracted more than 10,000 spectators.. Her builders BAE Systems described her as "the largest and most able attack submarine that the Royal Navy has operated, with a performance to rival any in the world"...

In November 2012 The Guardian reported that there had been a serious leak that caused an emergency surfacing because a cap for a pipe was made of the wrong metal, even though the inventory claimed proper checks had been made, that there were problems with reactor monitoring instruments because the wrong grade of lead was used, and circuit boards had not been correctly fitted. The Ministry of Defence and BAE Systems confirmed the problems were being worked on..On 22 October 2010, the Ministry of Defence confirmed that Astute had "run into difficulties" off the Isle of Skye while on trials, after eyewitnesses reported the submarine had run aground a few miles from the Skye Bridge. There were no reports of injuries.. The captain of the vessel elected to wait for tug assistance, rather than use the submarine's own power to clear the stern from the obstruction, to minimise the damage to the hull's anechoic tiles.. A Royal Navy spokesperson said the vessel had been grounded on silt, and was re-floated at high tide.. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency-chartered emergency tow vessel Anglian Prince was dispatched to the scene from Stornoway..On 27 October 2010, the Royal Navy announced that the captain of Astute, Commander Andy Coles, had been relieved of his command.. In December 2010 it was announced that Commander Iain Breckenridge, who has previously commanded the submarine HMS Tireless, would take over command.. On 11 December 2010, on her first day back at sea after the grounding incident, Astute had to return to port for repairs due to a problem with her steam plant...

On 8 April 2011, one naval officer was killed and another injured in a shooting on board Astute while berthed at Southampton docks. Southampton City Council's leader, chief executive, and mayor were on board at the time. During a changeover of armed guards, Able Seaman Ryan Donovan opened fire with an SA80 assault rifle in the submarine's control room, hitting two officers, before being overpowered by Southampton Council's leader, Royston Smith, a former RAF flight engineer, and chief executive Alistair Neill..Donovan had drunk 20 pints of cider and lager, and spirits, in the 48 hours before going on a guard duty, leaving him well beyond the drink-drive limit when on duty.. Heavy drinking before duties was common practice amongst the crew..

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"We were in the control room when someone entered and there was an exchange of words. He [the gunman] stepped out with another man and two shots were fired and then he entered the control room again and began shooting again... He had a magazine with 30 rounds in it so I took the view that someone had to stop him.. I pushed him against the wall and we wrestled, then I pushed him into another wall which resulted in him going to the ground and I managed to get the weapon from him and threw it aside under a table.. I shouted for someone to help as I held him down and my chief executive was the first to come, and he did a remarkable job of restraining him"..

Royston Smith, BBC interview..

The gunman was later arrested by Hampshire Constabulary officers..The dead officer was named as Lieutenant Commander Ian Molyneux, Astute's weapons engineering officer.. Donovan was charged with the murder of Molyneux and the attempted murder of Petty Officer Christopher Brown, Chief Petty Officer David McCoy, and Lieutenant Commander Christopher Hodge..On 23 March 2012, Ian Molyneux, Royston Smith and Alistair Neill were awarded the George Medal for gallantry..On 19 September 2011, at the Crown Court at Winchester, Donovan admitted the murder of Lieutenant Commander Molyneux and 3 counts of attempted murder. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and must serve a minimum of 25 year..HMS Astute (S119)..Complement: 98 officers and enlisted, capacity of 109 (all male)..Starting in late 2011, she began a 5-month stay at the US Navy's Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center in the Bahamas, in which she fired Spearfish torpedoes and Tomahawk missiles.. Astute launched two Tomahawks, the first missile on 15 November 2011.. They were the Royal Navy's 9th and 10th Tomahawk flight tests..In February 2012, Astute rendezvoused with the Virginia-class submarine USS New Mexico underwater in the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center for a series of war games. Present were the head of the Royal Navy, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope and the head of the United States Navy, Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert.. It was reported that Astute "surpassed expectations" and that the Americans were "taken aback" by Astute's capabilities. Royal Navy Commander Iain Breckenridge was quoted saying: “Our sonar is fantastic and I have never before experienced holding a submarine at the range we were holding
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The Port of Southampton is a major passenger and cargo port located in the central part of the south coast of England. It benefits from a sheltered location, unique "double tides", close proximity to the motorway network and good rail links. Owned and operated by Associated British Ports since 1982, the port is the busiest cruise terminal and 2nd largest container port in the UK..The port is located 10 miles (16 km) (16 km) inland, between the confluence of the rivers Test and Itchen and the head of the mile wide inlet (technically a ria or drowned valley), known as Southampton Water. The mouth of the inlet is protected from the effects of foul weather by the mass of the Isle of Wight, which gives the port an advantageous sheltered location.. Additional advantages include a densely populated hinterland and close proximity to London, and excellent rail and road links to the rest of Britain which, however, bypass the congestion of London..There are currently 4 active cruise terminals in the Port of Southampton..On average, each docking is worth £1.25 million to the local economy..In addition ships of a number of other cruise companies regularly sail from the port..Red Funnel provide 2 ferry services from the Town Quay area in Southampton to the Isle of Wight..The Car Ferry service to East Cowes, with a journey time of 50 minutes, is currently operated by the 3 'Raptor' class vessels: Red Falcon, Red Eagle and Red Osprey..Blue Funnel Cruises offer harbour cruises to view the ships in port, as well as other short day cruises in the Solent area, and "Party Night" type trips etc..The village of Eling, with its Sailing Club and anchorages for small boats, faces the container terminal to the south-west. It features a Norman parish church, one of the 2 working tide mills left in Britain, and a mediæval toll bridge that still charges users..2 miles (3.2 km) of undeveloped foreshore, mainly reeds, shingle and mud lie downstream from Eling, opposite the container port; then we come to industrialised Marchwood, facing the western docks.. This area was home to Husband's Shipyard, famed for wooden military craft including minesweepers, and also yachts and fishing boats. The British Military Powerboat Team more recently assembled an interesting collection of historic military powerboats in the old Husband sheds, but they have left and gone to Portsmouth. A marina and hotel are now planned for this site in the near future. Beyond lies Marchwood Military Port..Marchwood has four Christian churches. The Parish Church of St. John's; The Gospel Church; New Forest Community Church; and Fijian church, which meets in the army estate, mainly for those from Fiji posted in the military houses and barracks. The churches are active in the community: The New Forest Community Church run a local coffee shop in the village centre, the "sweet soul cafe"; The Gospel Church runs a Friday afternoon cafe "refreshers", ladies' and men's social groups, and various youth and children's clubs, meeting on Sundays at 10.30am at the Infant school; and the Parish church has strong links with the local schools...

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http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showp...0&postcount=14 The Secretary finishes the meeting by telling Captain Wendover that he is to take Hunt and the rest of the Tigershark's crew to find the cause of the ship sinkings and, if possible, eliminate it..The scenes after that show day-to-day life on an atomic submarine.. After a time, the submariners do finally find the cause of the disasters: a saucer-shaped underwater craft with a strange light coming out of an eye-shaped window..It was foolish.. It was insane.. It was fantastic...http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showp...&postcount=261

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The tunnel rats were American, Australian and New Zealand soldiers who performed underground search and destroy missions during the Vietnam War..Later, similar teams were used by the Soviet Army during the Soviet war in Afghanistan, and the IDF..During the Vietnam War "tunnel rat" became a more or less official specialty for volunteer infantrymen, primarily from the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Their motto was the Latin phrase "Non Gratum Anus Rodentum"—"not worth a rat's ass".. Since the 1940s, during the war against the French colonial forces, the Viet Cong had created an extensive underground system of complexes.. By the 1960s, there were underground hospitals, training grounds, storage facilities, headquarters and more. The Viet Cong, who were crack forces highly skilled at guerrilla warfare, might stay underground for several months at a time.. The tunnels were their territory..Whenever troops would uncover a tunnel, tunnel rats were sent in to kill any hiding enemy soldiers and to plant explosives to destroy the tunnels. A tunnel rat was equipped with only a standard issue .45 caliber pistol, a bayonet and a flashlight, although most tunnel rats were allowed to choose another pistol with which to arm themselves. The tunnels were very dangerous, with numerous booby traps and enemies lying in wait...



The tunnels presented many potential threats: enemy soldiers manned holes on the sides of tunnels through which spears could be thrust, impaling a crawling intruder. Not only were there human enemies, but also dangerous creatures, such as snakes (including venomous ones, sometimes placed there as living booby traps), rats, spiders, scorpions and ants. Black-Bearded Tomb Bats and Lesser Dawn Bats also roosted in the tunnels, though they were a harmless nuisance if awakened. Often there were flooded U-bends in the tunnels to trap poison gas.. Underground, gas could be a very deadly weapon, and a tunnel rat might choose to go into the tunnels wearing a gas mask as it would be impossible to put one on in a narrow tunnel.. More often than not, however, a tunnel rat would take his chances without a gas mask, as it made even harder to see, hear and breathe in the narrow, dark tunnels..Tunnel rats were generally, but not exclusively, men of smaller stature (5'6" and under) in order to fit in the narrow tunnels..Mangold and Penycate claimed that the tunnel rats were almost exclusively White or Hispanic soldiers and that the majority of American Latinos were Puerto Rican or Mexican American.. Such tactics came to prominence following their successful application in January 1966 during a combined US–Australian action against the Củ Chi tunnels in Bình Dương Province, known as Operation Crimp..Afghanistan has an extensive series of historic tunnels used for transporting water, the kariz, and during the 1979–1989 Soviet war in Afghanistan, such tunnels were used by Mujahideen fighters. The Soviet 40th Army had their own tunnel rats, who were tasked with flushing people out of the tunnels, then going through the tunnels to disarm booby traps and kill those who remained.. The United States Marine Corps and the Royal Marines are involved in
similar work during the current ongoing war in Afghanistan...
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A lazaretto or lazaret is a quarantine station for maritime travellers.. Lazarets can be ships permanently at anchor, isolated islands, or mainland buildings.. Until 1908, lazarets were also used for disinfecting postal items, usually by fumigation.. A leper colony administered by a Christian religious order was often called a lazar house, after the parable of Lazarus the beggar..In 1726, a lazaretto was built on Manoel Island located in Malta. Its remains are still standing..Africans imported to Savannah, Georgia during the days of the slavery typically had to wait at a quarantine station on Tybee Island, which the slave ships accessed by way of Lazaretto Creek.

Lazaretto Island (formerly known as Aghios Dimitrios) is located two nautical miles north-east of Corfu.. In the early 16th century, when Corfu was under Venetian rule, a monastery was established on the islet. Later that century, the island was renamed Lazaretto, after the leprosarium that was set up there. In 1798, when the French ruled Corfu, the Russo-Turkish fleet took over the islet and ran it as a military hospital. In 1814, during the British occupation, the leprosarium was renovated and went into operation again. After the Ionian Islands were united with Greece (1864), the leprosarium only operated when needed.

Lazaretto Islet survives on Ithaca and another on Zakynthos..According to Edward Hasted in 1798, two large hospital ships (also called lazarettos), (which were the surviving hulks of forty-four gun ships) were moored in Halstow Creek in Kent. The creek is an inlet from the River Medway and the River Thames. The hospital ships watched over ships coming to England which were forced to stay in the creek under quarantine to protect the country from infectious diseases, including the plague..

Fidra, an uninhabited island in the Firth of Forth in eastern Scotland, has the ruins of an old chapel, dedicated to St. Nicholas, which was used as a lazaretto..During the Nazi occupation of Poland, the German-run Treblinka extermination camp had a pit where new arrivals who were severely ill would be shot; the staff's euphemistic name for this area was the lazaret..As of 2002, one of the few remaining lazarets in Europe is the one in Dubrovnik..In the United States, the Philadelphia Lazaretto was built in 1799 as a response to the 1793 yellow fever outbreak...The first lazaret was established by Venice in 1423 on Santa Maria di Nazareth (also called "Nazaretum" or "Lazaretum", today "Lazzaretto Vecchio"),
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A leper colony, leprosarium, or lazar house is a place to quarantine people with leprosy, which is also known as Hansen's disease. The term lazaretto can refer to quarantine sites, which were at some time also leper colonies..Leper colonies or houses became widespread in the Middle Ages, particularly in Europe and India, and often run by monastic orders. Historically, leprosy has been greatly feared because it causes visible disfigurement and disability, was incurable, and was commonly believed to be highly contagious.. A leper colony administered by a Roman Catholic order was often called a lazar house, after Lazarus, the patron saint of lepers..The route of leprosy into Japan has not been settled but the presence of leprosy in Japan at least in the Nara Era (710-784)and the earliest record of leprosy in Korea at Cheju Island in 1445 suggests that leprosy came from the south..In a collection of government documents titled "Ryounogige", written in 833, leprosy was described as the following: "It is caused by a parasite which eats 5 organs of the body.. The eyebrows and eyelashes come off, and the nose is deformed.. The disease brings hoarseness, and necessitates amputations of the fingers and toes.. Do not sleep with the patients, as the disease is transmittable to those nearby"..Japanese people were accustomed to seeing people with leprosy begging for money at temples and shrines or wherever people gathered, but this was a shocking event to Europeans.. Upon seeing a miserable 30-year-old woman abandoned near a watermill, Father Testevuide became determined to establish a facility for such people..The original idea of the Ihaien was to house people with leprosy and let them live with spiritual comfort. Kitasato Shibasaburo, a famous doctor at the Institute of Infectious Diseases belonging to the Interior Ministry, sent a doctor and also patients in 1899 when it was changed to a hospital. The hospital's patients numbered about 50 and were also quite poor.. In addition to them, the government sent patients called Seikan (government patients) which sometimes led to strife between them and the already established patients.. The Ihaien Hospital was closed in 1942 because of financial difficulties, and 55 patients were transferred to Tama Zenshoen Sanatorium...
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The se7enth HMS Dreadnought was the United Kingdom's first nuclear-powered submarine, built by Vickers Armstrongs at Barrow-in-Furness. Launched by Queen Elizabeth II on Trafalgar Day 1960 and commissioned into service with the Royal Navy in April 1963, she continued in service until 1980.. The submarine was powered by a S5W reactor, a design made available as a direct result of the 1958 US–UK Mutual Defence Agreement..In the mid-1960s, Dreadnought's visits included trips to Norfolk, Virginia, Bermuda, Rotterdam, and Kiel. She was at Gibraltar in 1965, 1966, and 1967, and on 19 September 1967, she left Rosyth, Scotland for Singapore on a sustained high-speed run. The round trip finished as 4,640 miles surfaced and 26,545 miles submerged..During her career, Dreadnought performed many varied missions. On 24 June 1967, she was ordered to sink the wrecked and drifting German ship Essberger Chemist. Three torpedoes hit along the length of the target, but the gunners of HMS Salisbury finished the job by piercing the tanks which were just keeping Essberger Chemist afloat..

Apart from minor hull-cracking problems, Dreadnought proved to be a reliable vessel, popular with her crews. On 10 September 1970, she completed a major refit at Rosyth, Scotland, in the course of which her nuclear core was refuelled and her ballast tank valves were changed to reduce noise..On 3 March 1971, Dreadnought became the first British submarine to surface at the North Pole. In 1973 she took part in the Royal Navy's first annual Group Deployment, when a group of warships and auxiliaries would undertake a long deployment to maintain fighting efficiency and "show the flag" around the world..Together with the frigates Alacrity and Phoebe, Dreadnought took part in Operation Journeyman, a deployment to the South Atlantic in 1977 (prior to the Falklands War) to deter possible Argentine aggression against the Falkland Islands...Displacement: 3,500 tons surfaced (3,556 tonnes)4,000 tons dived (4,064 tonnes)...
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Lt Cmdr Neil Rutherford, DSC. Born 15 May 1922, died 24 September 1976. Cremated North Wales. He saw active service in the Second World War and in Korea. In 1958 he served with the Underwater Weapons Material Dept. He committed suicide in Penmaenmawr, Wales after murdering four people at a hotel..

Education: RN College (01.1936-12.1939)

1 January 1940 - January HMS Glasgow (cruiser)

January 1941 - May 1941 HMS Hero (destroyer)

May 1941 - July 1941 HMS Valiant (battleship)

July 1941? - September 1941? passage home SS Empress of Asia

September 1941 - March 1942 Sub-Lieutenant's courses

March 1942 - 05.1942 submarine training course

20 May 1942 - February 1943 HMS Tuna which was involved in Operation Frankton

February 1943 - July 1943 HMS P 556 (submarine)

5 July 1943 - January 1946 First Lieutenant HMS Spiteful patrolling the Pacific sinking Japanese shipping.

8 February 1946 - August 1946 HMS Dolphin a shore-establishment depot for submarines. Part of Submarine Reserve Group K.

August 1946 - September 1946 HMS Stygian (submarine)

October 1946 - November 1946 HMS Ranee (Woolworth carrier)

January 1947 - January 1948 specialist Torpedo & Anti-Submarine (TAS) course HMS Vernon

January 1948 - September 1949 HMS Defiance a torpedo school.

September 1949 - November 1949 passage to Far East [SS Devonshire]

November 1949 - April 1952? HMS Black Swan (sloop) which was involved in the Yangtze Incident on 20 April 1949 (Korea; possibly POW))

30 April 1952 - (May 1953) staff TAS, HMS Montclare a Submarine Depot Ship and based at Rothesay with the 3rd Submarine flotilla.

May 1953 - 5 July 1954 Commander-in-Chief, The Nore

5 July 1954 - (January 1956) staff, Flag Officer Commanding Reserve Fleet HMS Cleopatra

(1958) Underwater Weapons Material Department (Bath), Admiralty HMS President...

Commander Rutherford retired from the navy 5 January 1959. He was son of Neil Perry Rutherford and after his father's death, Neil took over the family firm as head of A. Rutherford and Co, until it was liquidated in the 1960s. By April 1975, he was working as a gardener/handyman at the Red Gables Hotel, Penmaenmawr, North Wales..

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HMS Quilliam (G09) (later named HNLMS Banckert (D801)) was a Q class destroyer serving in the Royal Navy during World War II, and the Royal Netherlands Navy from 1946 to 1957..The ship was laid down by R. and W. Hawthorn, Leslie and Company, Limited, at Hebburn-on-Tyne on 19 August 1940, launched on 29 November 1941 and commissioned on 22 October 1942..She was named after Manx Lieutenant (later Captain) John Quilliam RN, First Lieutenant of HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar..

Quilliam was involved in wartime operations in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans..On 20 May, 1945, while taking part in Operation Iceberg (the Invasion of Okinawa), Quilliam was involved in a collision with the British aircraft carrier HMS Indomitable, which left the destroyer with a heavily damaged bow..She was out of service for repairs when World War II ended..Quilliam was one of six Q class destroyers to survive World War II. While five were transferred to the Royal Australian Navy, Quilliam was instead transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy on 21 November 1945.. The ship was renamed HNLMS Banckert, and received the pennant number D801.. The ship was refitted to Dutch standards and had a new bow fitted before she entered service in the Netherlands East Indies..Banckert left Southeast Asia for the Netherlands on 20 August 1951..Banckert was paid off in April 1952. She was struck from records on 19 October 1956, and was sold to Jos de Smedt of Antwerp for scrapping on 1 February 1957..

The Group of Nine (G9) is a group of nine North-Eastern European nations that (used to) meet occasionally to discuss matters of mutual interest..Terria Access Seekers Association, formerly known as G9 is a consortium of Australian Internet service providers who, in 2006, formed a consortium to bid for the right to build the proposed National Broadband Network..G9 star, a subclass of G-class stars..HMS G9 was a British G class submarine, one of eight Royal Navy submarines lost to friendly fire in World War I...Shayler moved again, to G9 branch, responsible for Middle Eastern terrorism where he allegedly headed the Libyan desk as G9A/5. It was during his tenure at the Libyan desk that he claims that he learned of the MI6 plot to assassinate Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi from his MI6 counterpart David Watson (PT16B) and Richard Bartlett (PT16) who had overall
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The Kriegsmarine (War Navy) was the name of the Navy of Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1945. It superseded the Imperial German Navy of World War I and the inter-war Reichsmarine.. The Kriegsmarine was one of 3 official branches of the Wehrmacht, the armed forces of Nazi Germany..The Kriegsmarine grew rapidly during German naval rearmament in the 1930s (the Treaty of Versailles had limited the size of the German navy previously). In January 1939 Plan Z was ordered, calling for the construction of many naval vessels. The ships of the Kriegsmarine fought during the Spanish Civil War and World War II. The Commander-in-Chief of the Kriegsmarine (as for all branches of armed forces during the period of absolute Nazi power) was Adolf Hitler, who exercised his authority through the Oberkommando der Marine..The Kriegsmarine's most famous ships were the U-boats, most of which were constructed after Plan Z was abandoned at the beginning of World War II. Wolfpacks were rapidly assembled groups of submarines which attacked British convoys during the first half of the Battle of the Atlantic but this tactic was largely abandoned in the second half of the war. Along with the U-boats, surface commerce raiders (including auxiliary cruisers) were used to disrupt Allied shipping in the early years of the war, the most famous of these being the heavy cruisers Admiral Graf Spee and Admiral Scheer and the battleship Bismarck. However, the adoption of convoy escorts, especially in the Atlantic, greatly reduced the effectiveness of commerce raiders against convoys..After the end of the Second World War, the Kriegsmarine's remaining ships were divided up amongst the Allied powers and were used for various purposes including minesweeping...

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Adolf Hitler was the Commander-in-Chief of all German armed forces, including the Kriegsmarine. His authority was exercised through the Oberkommando der Marine, or OKM, with a Commander-in-Chief (Oberbefehlshaber der Kriegsmarine), a Chief of Naval General Staff (Chef der Stabes der Seekriegsleitung) and a Chief of Naval Operations (Chef der Operationsabteilung).. The first Commander-in-Chief of the OKM was Erich Raeder who was the Commander-in-Chief of the Reichsmarine when it was renamed and reorganized in 1935. Raeder held the post until falling out with Hitler after the German failure in the Battle of the Barents Sea. He was replaced by Karl Dönitz on 30 January 1943 who held the command until he was appointed President of Germany upon Hitler's suicide in April 1945. Hans-Georg von Friedeburg was then Commander-in-Chief of the OKM for the short period of time until Germany surrendered in May 1945..Subordinate to these were regional, squadron and temporary flotilla commands. Regional commands covered significant naval regions and were themselves sub-divided, as necessary. They were commanded by a Generaladmiral or an Admiral. There was a Marineoberkommando for the Baltic Fleet, Nord, Nordsee, Norwegen, Ost/Ostsee (formerly Baltic), Süd and West. The Kriegsmarine used a form of encoding called Gradnetzmeldeverfahren to denote regions on a map..Each squadron (organized by type of ship) also had a command structure with its own Flag Officer. The commands were Battleships, Cruisers, Destroyers, Submarines (Führer der Unterseeboote), Torpedo Boats, Minesweepers, Reconnaissance Forces, Naval Security Forces, Big Guns and Hand Guns, and Midget Weapons..Major naval operations were commanded by a Flottenchef. The Flottenchef controlled a flotilla and organized its actions during the operation. The commands were, by their nature, temporary..The Kriegsmarine's ship design bureau, known as the Marineamt, was administered by officers with experience in sea duty but not in ship design, while the naval architects who did the actual design work had only a theoretical understanding of design requirements. As a result the German surface fleet was plagued by design flaws throughout the war...
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A government agent is determined to come to his son's rescue when a sinister official kidnaps him to harbor his extremely powerful psychic abilities..

The Stargate Project was the code name for a project established by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency to investigate claims of psychic phenomena with potential military and domestic application, such as remote viewing, which is the purported ability to psychically "see" events, sites, or information from a great distance...
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The 1st Commando Regiment is one of the three combat units of the Australian Special Operations Command. Australian Army commando regiments are trained and organised primarily as a direct action and raiding forces.. The 1st Commando Regiment is an integrated unit composed of regular (full-time) soldiers, ex-regular and reserve (part-time) soldiers.. The Regiment’s primary function is to provide individual commando reinforcements to the Army’s full-time Commando unit, the 2nd Commando Regiment. The Regiment also provides specialist command and control capabilities for Special Operations Command...The term Commando is derived from the South African/Dutch word used by the Boers identifying their irregular sized raiding forces employed against the British during the South African Wars. The term commando was adopted by newly formed British raiding forces during WWII, and subsequently used by Australian special units raised to fight in the South-west Pacific and Indian oceans..By the close of World War II Australian special forces included the Independent Companies (later Commando Squadrons) and Special Operations Australia (or the Services Reconnaissance Department - M and Z special units). The enviable record they achieved on active service had confirmed to all at the time the effectiveness of unconventional warfare...

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1 Commando Company was raised in New South Wales on 24 February 1955 however the Officer Commanding Major W.H (Mac) Grant, decided that the official birthday would be their first parade on 25 June 1955. 2 Commando Company was raised in Victoria on 24 February 1955..Major Grant travelled to the United Kingdom in 1955 and studied Royal Marine Commando training methods, completing their course, and being awarded their symbol of commando qualification, the light green (Sherwood) beret.. It was decided that Australian commandos would also adopt the Sherwood beret as the symbol of qualification, with the first one being awarded in Australia to Captain George Cardy of 1 Commando Company on 14 July 1956..The requirement for long-range communications can be traced back to WWII and units such as Coastwatchers, New Guinea Air Warning Wireless Company, the Independent Companies, and Special Operations Australia..All sub-units operated independently, training Army Reserve commandos and Special Forces signalers until 1981 when it was determined a regimental headquarters was required. This headquarters would coordinate the efforts of the previously independent units and provide the east coast command element for the newly established counter-terrorist capability within the Special Air Service Regiment. The headquarters was established on 1 February 1981 at Randwick, NSW where it remains today...

Prior to formation as a Regiment, the sub units deployed individuals and small teams to the Malayan War, the Borneo Confrontation and the Vietnam War..In recent years the Regiment has become more frequently deployed on operations providing small detachments and individuals to Cambodia, Bougainville, Iraq and Afghanistan..In March 2007 the task group was bolstered to form an Apprehension Task Force with the purpose of apprehending ex-Timorese Army Major and rebel leader, Alfredo Reinado, at the request of the President of Timor Leste. Reinado was eventually located in the village of Same. Following negotiations between the Timor Leste government and the rebels, the decision was made to detain Reinado by force.. Reinado evaded capture but 5 of his men were killed in the battle..On 11 February 2008 Reinado was killed during coordinated rebel attacks on the President and Prime Minister of Timor Leste..

The role of the commando company in Afghanistan is to conduct offensive operations deep within enemy safe havens to provide security to both coalition forces and the people of Afghanistan..The unit suffered its first combat fatality in 2009, with Private Gregory Sher killed by a rocket attack in Oruzgan province, on 4 January. Lieutenant Michael Fussell was killed in action whilst serving with the 1st Commando Regiment company group several weeks before on 24 November 2008, but was still posted to his parent unit of 4RAR (Cdo)..The Regiment received considerable publicity in 2009 when members of the unit were engaged by Taliban insurgents on the night of 12 February and 5 Afghan civilians were killed during the ensuing firefight..While the 1st Commando Regiment and the UK Royal Marines recognise a shared link to the UK Special Service Brigades of WWII the two units have steadily travelled separate paths of capability and service needs. It would be difficult to now draw parallels between the two..1st Commando Regiment personnel maintain the same base level commando skills as their regular commando counterparts in the 2nd Commando Regiment.. As a result, members of the Regiment are positioned to provide short notice reinforcement in support of Special Operations Command operational and training activities...
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29 Commando Regiment is the Commando-trained unit of the British Army's Royal Artillery. The regiment is under the operational control of 3 Commando Brigade providing artillery support and gunnery observation..The regiment was established in 1947 by the redesignation of 25th Field Regiment.. In 1951 it was renamed 29th Medium Regiment Royal Artillery and was based at Brancepeth Camp in Durham.. In 1957 it was deployed to Cyprus..In 1962 it re-roled and became 29 Commando Light Regiment, Royal Artillery.. At that time, each battery consisted of 4 x 105mm pack howitzers (Italian Mountain Gun)..In the 1970s Batteries from the regiment completed operational tours in NI..During the 1982 Falklands War, 29 Commando Regiment accompanied the Royal Marines, providing much needed close support with their L118 Light Guns..In 1996, the honorary Freedom of the City of Plymouth was conferred on the regiment..They conducted numerous operational tours in Afghanistan to provide artillery support during operations..The regiment consists of an HQ battery, three gun batteries, a Naval Gunfire Support Forward Observation battery and an attached Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers workshop which includes a Royal Logistic Corps stores section..."Bomb" is widely used as an abbreviated form of address for both full bombardiers and lance-bombardiers.. They may also be referred to as a "full screw" (bombardier) or a "lance jack" (lance-bombardier), in common with corporals and lance-corporals..

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Operation Barras was a British Army operation that took place in Sierra Leone on 10 September 2000. The operation aimed to release 5 British soldiers of the Royal Irish Regiment who had been held by a militia group known as the "West Side Boys"...They were returning from a visit to Jordanian peacekeepers attached to (UNAMSIL) at Masiaka on 25 August 2000.. The ground operation was conducted by D Squadron, 22 Regiment Special Air Service—who assaulted Gberi Bana in a bid to extract the Royal Irish—and elements of 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment (1 PARA), based around A Company, who launched a diversionary assault on Magbeni...

The negotiations were led by LT Colonel Simon Fordham, commanding officer of 1 R IRISH, who was assisted by a small team which included hostage negotiators from the Met Police.. The West Side Boys would not allow negotiators any closer to the village of Magbeni than the end of the track from the main road, so Fordham met there with the self-styled "Brigadier" Foday Kallay, the gang's leader...As planning for a potential military operation to release the captive soldiers progressed, it became clear that, given the number of West Side Boys and their separation between 2 locations, the operation could not be conducted by special forces alone..By 5 September, the British media was openly speculating on the possibility that an operation would be launched to free the remaining soldiers, having picked up on 1 PARA's heightened readiness..The following day, the media was reporting that British forces had arrived in Sierra Leone "as a contingency"...

1 British soldier,Brad Tinnion, was killed in the operation.. Another twelve soldiers were injured, one seriously.. The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) did not officially acknowledge the involvement of special forces, issuing a press release which made no mention of the SAS, but when it was made public that Tinnion was a Lance Bombardier originally from 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, it became clear to experts that Tinnion had been serving with special forces. Operation Barras was Tinnion's first operational deployment as an SAS trooper..Sierra Leone is a former British colony in West Africa, close to the equator, with an area of 71,740 square kilometres (27,700 square miles)—similar in size to South Carolina or Scotland..The group was influenced to some extent by American rap and gangsta rap music, especially Tupac Shakur, and the "gangsta" culture portrayed therein... Conflict diamonds were also used to purchase many of their weapons.."Colonel Cambodia" quickly depleted the batteries in the telephone, but his call to the BBC enabled specialists from the Royal Corps of Signals to determine the exact position of the tele-phone...Final approval was gained from Sierra Leonean President Ahmad KabaaLa.. allowed to telephone their families and then rejoined their battalion in Freetown..

The partner of a soldier who was killed rescuing British hostages in Sierra Leone has been offered £250,000 by the Ministry of Defence..Anna Homsi, 31, had been considering suing the MoD after she was refused a war pension because she was not married to Brad Tinnion..But the couple had been together for se7en years and lived in a village near the SAS HQ in Hereford..Miss Homsi was pregnant with their daughter, Georgia, now 11 months old, when Mr Tinnion, 28, died in action last year... Miss Homsi told the BBC she faced a dilemma over the offer.."I'm not scoffing at it, but it still doesn't recognise me as Brad's partner, and it doesn't help others who may be in the same position"..The MoD said the offer reflected Ms Homsi's unique circumstances, but it was non-negotiable and should not be seen as a precedent for other unmarried partners..She is very pleased with the progress that we have made to date, but there is a big responsibility on her, not only for herself, but for those in the future..We are living in the 21st century and things have moved on so far as the way people cohabit as partners"..When you are killed, when you pay the ultimate price, you rightly expect that those close to
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Himsi is a family name.. It can also be written as al-Homsi.. Himsi family is one of the biggest families in Syria.. The name of the family is rooted from the city Homs, located 80 miles north of Damascus..Akram al-Homsi is the Secretary of the Jordanese Regional Command of the Jordanian branch of the Ba'ath Party..The party espoused Ba'athism (from Arabic: البعث‎ Al-Ba'ath or Ba'ath meaning "renaissance" or "resurrection"), which is an ideology mixing Arab nationalist, pan-Arabism, Arab socialist and anti-imperialist interests. Ba'athism calls for unification of the Arab world into a single state. Its motto, "Unity, Liberty, Socialism", refers to Arab unity, and freedom from non-Arab control and interference..The National Command of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party was the ruling organ of the party between sessions of the National Congress, and was headed by a Secretary General...
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Carl Maxie Brashear (January 19, 1931 – July 25, 2006) was the first African American to become a U.S. Navy Master Diver, rising to the position in 1970..Brashear enlisted in the U.S. Navy on February 25, 1948, shortly after the Navy had been desegregated by U.S. President Harry S. Truman. He graduated from the U.S. Navy Diving & Salvage School in 1954, becoming the first African-American to attend and graduate from the Diving & Salvage School and the first African-American U.S. Navy Diver...

While attending diving school in Bayonne, New Jersey, Brashear faced hostility and racism. He found notes on his bunk saying, “We’re going to drown you today, nigger!” and “We don’t want any nigger divers.” Brashear received encouragement to finish from First Class Boatswain’s Mate Rutherford, and graduated 16 out of 17...Brashear first did work as a diver retrieving approximately 16,000 rounds of ammunition that fell off a barge which had broken in half and sunk to the bottom. On his first tour of shore duty in Quonset Point, Rhode Island his duties included the salvaging of airplanes, including one Blue Angel and recovering multiple dead bodies...

In January 1966, in an accident now known as the Palomares incident, a B28 nuclear bomb was lost off the coast of Palomares, Spain after two United States Air Force aircraft of the Strategic Air Command (SAC), a B-52G Stratofortress bomber and a KC-135A Stratotanker aerial refueling aircraft collided during aerial refueling. Brashear was serving aboard the USS Hoist (ARS-40) when it was dispatched to find and recover the missing bomb for the Air Force. The warhead was found after two and a half months of searching.. For his service in helping to retrieve the bomb, Brashear was later awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal - the highest Navy award for non-combat heroism..

During the bomb recovery operations on March 23, 1966, a line used for towing broke loose, causing a pipe to strike Brashear's left leg below the knee, nearly shearing it off.. He was evacuated to Torrejon Air Base in Spain, then to the USAF Hospital at Wiesbaden Air Base, Germany; and finally to the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia. Beset with persistent infection and necrosis, his left leg was eventually amputated..Brashear remained at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth from May 1966 until March 1967 recovering and rehabilitating from the amputation. From March 1967 to March 1968, Brashear was assigned to the Harbor Clearance Unit Two, Diving School, preparing for return to full active duty and diving.. In April 1968, after a long struggle, Brashear was the first amputee diver to be (re)certified as a U.S. Navy diver...


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The 1966 Palomares B-52 crash or Palomares incident occurred on 17 January 1966, when a B-52G bomber of the United States Air Force's Strategic Air Command collided with a KC-135 tanker during mid-air refuelling at 31,000 feet (9,450 m) over the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Spain. The KC-135 was completely destroyed when its fuel load ignited, killing all 4 crew members. The B-52G broke apart, killing 3 of the 7 crew members aboard..

"It is customary maritime law that the person who identifies the location of a ship to be salved has the right to a salvage award if that identification leads to a successful recovery. The amount is nominal, usually 1 or 2 percent, sometimes a bit more,of the intrinsic value to the owner of the thing salved. But the thing salved off Palomares was a hydrogen bomb, the same bomb valued by no less an authority than the Secretary of Defense at $2 billion—each percent of which is, of course, $20 million."

Of the 4 Mk28-type hydrogen bombs the B-52G carried, three were found on land near the small fishing village of Palomares in the municipality of Cuevas del Almanzora, Almería, Spain. The non-nuclear explosives in two of the weapons detonated upon impact with the ground, resulting in the contamination of a 2-square-kilometer (490-acre) (0.78 square mile) area by plutonium.. The fourth, which fell into the Mediterranean Sea, was recovered intact after a 2½-month-long search..During early stages of recovery after the accident the 66th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, flying RF-101C Voodoos out of RAF Upper Heyford near Oxford, England, provided aerial photographs to assist in the recovery operation and to
document The crash site...
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Thank you lightgiver, but im too dumb to understant any of your posts in any topic, did you have some site or post where explain the things more easy?

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Suicide bombers detonated each of the truck bombs. In the attack on the building serving as a barracks for the 1st Battalion 8th Marines (Battalion Landing Team - BLT 1/8), the death toll was 241 American servicemen: 220 Marines, 18 sailors, and 3 soldiers, making this incident the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States Marine Corps since World War II's Battle of Iwo Jima, the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States military since the first day of the Vietnam War's Tet Offensive, and the deadliest single attack on Americans overseas since World War II.. Another 128 Americans were wounded in the blast..13 later died of their injuries, and they are numbered among the total number who died.. An elderly Lebanese man, a custodian/vendor who was known to work and sleep in his concession stand next to the building, was also killed in the first blast..The explosives used were later estimated to be equivalent to as much as 9,525 kg (21,000 pounds) of TNT...was first prepared in 1863 by German chemist Julius Wilbrand and originally used as a yellow dye..In the attack on the French barracks, the nine-story 'Drakkar' building, 58 paratroopers from the 1st Parachute Chasseur Regiment were killed and 15 injured by a second truck bomb...This attack occurred just minutes after the attack on the American Marines.. It was France's single worst military loss since the end of the Algerian War.. The wife and 4 children of a Lebanese janitor at the French building were also killed, and more than twenty other Lebanese civilians were injured..
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