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The Chinese Navy stretches it’s arms…….

The United States Navy is the largest in the world…and has never had any REAL serious challenges in the world’s oceans….

The old Soviet Union had reach..but never really had the level concentration and technology of the US fleet it has been said…..

Now slowly in little steps the Chinese Navy is expanding it’s reach…..

Moving far from home…and increasing its submarine force….

The South China sea on China’s back door has afforded the United States Naval ship free roaming…..The Chiense are warning the US  that they want to influence the area…..

Things are ARE going to get interesting……

The overall plan reflects China’s growing sense of self-confidence and increasing willingness to assert its interests abroad. China’s naval ambitions are being felt, too, in recent muscle flexing with the United States: in March, Chinese officials told senior American officials privately that China would brook no foreign interference in its territorial issues in the South China Sea, said a senior American official involved in China policy.

The naval expansion will not make China a serious rival to American naval hegemony in the near future, and there are few indications that China has aggressive intentions toward the United States or other countries.

But China, now the world’s leading exporter and a giant buyer of oil and other natural resources, is also no longer content to trust the security of sea lanes to the Americans, and its definition of its own core interests has expanded along with its economic clout.

In late March, Adm. Robert F. Willard, the leader of the United States Pacific Command, said inCongressional testimony that recent Chinese military developments were “pretty dramatic.” China has tested long-range ballistic missiles that could be used against aircraft carriers, he said. After years of denials, Chinese officials have confirmed that they intend to deploy an aircraft carrier group within a few years.

China is also developing a sophisticated submarine fleet that could try to prevent foreign naval vessels from entering its strategic waters if a conflict erupted in the region, said Admiral Willard and military analysts.

“Of particular concern is that elements of China’s military modernization appear designed to challenge our freedom of action in the region,” the admiral said.

Yalong Bay, on the southern coast of Hainan island in the South China Sea, is the site of five-star beach resorts just west of a new underground submarine base. The base allows submarines to reach deep water within 20 minutes and roam the South China Sea, which has some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes and areas rich in oil and natural gas that are the focus of territorial disputes between China and other Asian nations.

That has caused concern not only among American commanders, but also among officials in Southeast Asian nations, which have been quietly acquiring more submarines, missiles and other weapons. “Regional officials have been surprised,” said Huang Jing, a scholar of the Chinese military at the National University of Singapore. “We were in a blinded situation. We thought the Chinese military was 20 years behind us, but we suddenly realized China is catching up.”

China is also pressing the United States to heed its claims in the region. In March, Chinese officials told two visiting senior Obama administration officials, Jeffrey A. Bader and James B. Steinberg, that China would not tolerate any interference in the South China Sea, now part of China’s “core interest” of sovereignty, said an American official involved in China policy. It was the first time the Chinese labeled the South China Sea a core interest, on par with Taiwan and Tibet, the official said.

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April 24, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Chinese Navy stretches it's arms…….

The United States Navy is the largest in the world…and has never had any REAL serious challenges in the world’s oceans….

The old Soviet Union had reach..but never really had the level concentration and technology of the US fleet it has been said…..

Now slowly in little steps the Chinese Navy is expanding it’s reach…..

Moving far from home…and increasing its submarine force….

The South China sea on China’s back door has afforded the United States Naval ship free roaming…..The Chiense are warning the US  that they want to influence the area…..

Things are ARE going to get interesting……

The overall plan reflects China’s growing sense of self-confidence and increasing willingness to assert its interests abroad. China’s naval ambitions are being felt, too, in recent muscle flexing with the United States: in March, Chinese officials told senior American officials privately that China would brook no foreign interference in its territorial issues in the South China Sea, said a senior American official involved in China policy.

The naval expansion will not make China a serious rival to American naval hegemony in the near future, and there are few indications that China has aggressive intentions toward the United States or other countries.

But China, now the world’s leading exporter and a giant buyer of oil and other natural resources, is also no longer content to trust the security of sea lanes to the Americans, and its definition of its own core interests has expanded along with its economic clout.

In late March, Adm. Robert F. Willard, the leader of the United States Pacific Command, said inCongressional testimony that recent Chinese military developments were “pretty dramatic.” China has tested long-range ballistic missiles that could be used against aircraft carriers, he said. After years of denials, Chinese officials have confirmed that they intend to deploy an aircraft carrier group within a few years.

China is also developing a sophisticated submarine fleet that could try to prevent foreign naval vessels from entering its strategic waters if a conflict erupted in the region, said Admiral Willard and military analysts.

“Of particular concern is that elements of China’s military modernization appear designed to challenge our freedom of action in the region,” the admiral said.

Yalong Bay, on the southern coast of Hainan island in the South China Sea, is the site of five-star beach resorts just west of a new underground submarine base. The base allows submarines to reach deep water within 20 minutes and roam the South China Sea, which has some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes and areas rich in oil and natural gas that are the focus of territorial disputes between China and other Asian nations.

That has caused concern not only among American commanders, but also among officials in Southeast Asian nations, which have been quietly acquiring more submarines, missiles and other weapons. “Regional officials have been surprised,” said Huang Jing, a scholar of the Chinese military at the National University of Singapore. “We were in a blinded situation. We thought the Chinese military was 20 years behind us, but we suddenly realized China is catching up.”

China is also pressing the United States to heed its claims in the region. In March, Chinese officials told two visiting senior Obama administration officials, Jeffrey A. Bader and James B. Steinberg, that China would not tolerate any interference in the South China Sea, now part of China’s “core interest” of sovereignty, said an American official involved in China policy. It was the first time the Chinese labeled the South China Sea a core interest, on par with Taiwan and Tibet, the official said.

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April 24, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Navy has banned smoking on its subs…and will allow women and gay sailors……

Did I hear Congress say Something?

Allowing gay sailors isn’t really a change…..

There have always been gay sailors..who are we kidding…

But Women?

That’s gonna be a change…..

Being on sub..is not like being on a Air Craft Carrier…..

It’s tight, boring and stressfull….

There are going to be’ boy /girl’ problems that’s for sure….and that will be a extra task for the ship’s Captain’s to handle…

But opening the door to females will find some very good ones (the female officer’s will be first to serve aboard the boats ) and some trouble makers…….same as male sailors…

But there will be more availabe to serve …which should make things better for the Navy…..

Captain’s always have problems..it comes with command…..

Submarine commanders have been trying to reassure their crews — as well as lawmakers — about the changes. The Navy announced the smoking ban April 8 and said it would offer programs to help sailors kick the habit by the end of the year. After making noises last fall about letting women join the Submarine Force, the Defense Department formally notified Congress in February of its intentions. Congress has until the end of this month to weigh in, but so far it appears the decision is fait accompli.

As commander of Submarine Group 10, based at Kings Bay, Ga., Rear Adm. Barry L. Bruner has acknowledged in his blog that anxieties persist. “I have listened to concerns and understand that there will [be] some difficulties,” wrote Bruner, the leader of the Navy’s task force on integrating women into sub crews. “However, I have no doubt that it is the absolutely right thing to do and we are working hard to ensure a smooth transition.”

Not all bubbleheads, as submariners are commonly known, are convinced. Of all the pending changes, the introduction of women seems to be igniting the strongest reactions, according to interviews with active-duty and veteran sailors. The complaints often fall into two categories: first, that female sailors will invariably become pregnant, potentially compromising missions during which submarines can remain submerged for months at a time; and second, that submarines are not built for the mixing of the sexes, given the tight passageways, shared berths and lack of privacy.

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April 22, 2010 Posted by | Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Navy gets a new escourt jammer aircraft…on time on budget…..

The United States Navy now has an operational EA-18G Growler squardon…..the aircraft an F-18 Hornet with added on electronic jamming acapabiklties..is a two-seater, with a pilot and  mission system operator like in the retired F-14 ‘s that “Maverick” flew in ‘Top Gun”, the hit movie……

The new F-18G will also save the Navy some crew numbers since it will doing the same job as the EA EA-6B Prowler, which was first flown in Viet Nam, and has a crew of 4, a pilot and 3 system operators…..the Prowler’s are operating in harm’s way in the Middle East , and are the only aircraft in the Navy, Marines and Air Force that do the escort jamming mission (electronic warfair)…..

The F-18 is built by Boeing and has proven that combat systems can be built on time and on budget…..

They just got to use off the shelf stuff…that’s all…don’t let the technology get ahead of them…..

I wonder what the House is gonna do on Marine One?

Note: The Growler’s run about $73 million each…..

November 24, 2009 Posted by | Government, Military, Politics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

THe USS New York comes home to the City to be christened……the ship has WTC steel in it……

The ship, the USS New York, the US Navy’s newest, is a amphibous transport, that carries Marines and their equipment, and was built by Northrop Grunman Ship Systems in Avondale, La…….the ship has 7.5 tons of steel in its bow,  that came from the New York and New Jersey’s Port Authority’s World Trade Center after 9-11……

The ship will be commissioned in New York  this week……

November 2, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Military, Politics, September 11 | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The United States Navy adjusts to a new world…..Budgets, current real world action, and precise warfare…….

In a thoughtful Politico piece …….Jen Massico over at Politico  points to the Navy’s new emphasis on less collateral damage as a driving policy for Aircraft Carrier commanders…and the ever present worry about money and budgets as they relate to current U.S. military action. This as contrasted to old cold war doctrine ,whichsis  a concern for Secretary Gates, as he moves forward……………

September 24, 2009 Posted by | Military, The Economy | , , , , , | Leave a comment