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EAGLE DOWN OVER VIRGINIA

F-15 Crashes Near Deerfield
By SOF

A F-15C Eagle air superiority fighter crashed near Deerfield, Virginia, earlier today. The aircraft had been on a routine training mission.
The pilot , the only one on board, lost communications and the search is in.

THE MYSTERIOUS LOCKDOWN AT FORT LEE

Only Casualty: Female Shooter Wounded Herself
By SOF

Troops at Fort Lee.
(U.S. Army photo)

Fort Lee, where the headquarters of the Army’s Combined Arms Support Command is located, was locked down briefly this morning. The lockdown came after reports of an active shooter were released. The shooter turned out to be a female soldier who had shot herself.

HYPERSONIC SETBACK

Army Test Ends When Missile Destroyed
By SOF

The United States Army aborted a test of a hypersonic weapon after the missile carrying the testbed system suffered an “anomaly” according to the DOD. The system had been tested successfully in 2011.

CHICOM War Plane Plays Chicken With U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon Patrol Aircraft

P-8 Has Near-Collision With ChiCom Fighter
By SOF

A United States Navy P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft had a close call when a ChiCom fighter came within 30 feet of the aircraft while making aggressive maneuvers. The incident took place earlier this week in international airspace.

THE M18 Smoke Grenade is a Winner

Army Announces Three Million Have Been Produced With No Failures
By SOF

It doesn’t go bang, but it is arguably one of the more important items that the troops can have. This system has a variety of options – even though they all do the same thing, for all intents and purposes. It is the M18 smoke grenade – and recently, the Army announced that Pine Bluff Arsenal's Directorate of Ammunition Operations produced its three millionth such grenade with no failures.

SCOUT SNIPERS HONE THEIR SKILLS

COAST GUARD SAVES 124 HAITIANS

SPOOKY SPECTER

Tell me... who doesn't love the AC-130?

THE STATE OF THE NAVY: Was A Larger Fleet Better or Will A Streamlined Navy Fare As Well?

The Numbers Aren’t There, And It’s Getting Worse
By Harold Hutchison

FALLING NUMBERS
The United States Navy is in a crisis. Its numbers are dwindling – at a time when several adversaries are strengthening. From a high of 594 ships on 30 September, 1987, it has declined to 290 ships, less than half the total.

The Navy has dropped from a high of 15 carriers on 30 September, 1991 to 10 today. Worse, in the last two years, three aircraft carriers have been either retired or sold for scrap. While the carriers were ancient (in some cases, pushing sixty years old), keep in mind it took just under five and a half years to build USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77), the newest carrier in commission. Her first deployment did not occur for two years and four months after her commissioning.

CAN YOU PRACTICE FOR MOVEMENT TO CONTACT?

WHAT TO DO WITH THE LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP

The Navy’s Flop Could Be The Coast Guard’s Godsend
By Harold Hutchison

The Littoral Combat Ship has been a lightning rod of controversy. While it has cutting-edge technology, it has been very expensive (at least $400 million per hull), and it has been lightly armed. The Navy is planning to halt construction after thirty-two hulls, evenly divided between the Freedom-class and the Independence-class designs. The vessels are also lightly armed, presently working with a Mk 110 57mm gun and a number of .50-caliber machine guns. The armament suite seems to be closer to that of the Bertholf-class cutters in Coast Guard service than to a real warship.

X-47B Flight Operations

FIRING THE M252 AT THE RANGE

"Happily they go about the day's work..."