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ROCK RIVER'S HYBRID RIFLE

The AR-15 and the AK-47 are two of the classic designs in rifles from the last seven decades. Each has their defenders and fans. Now imagine that someone could get features from both rifles that reflected their strengths: The flexibility of the AR-15 platform, combined with the additional oomph from the 7.62x39mm round fired by the AK-47 and the Russian rifle's magazines... imagine the rifle that would be.

The Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast, Final Resting Place of 688 Navy Personnel Identified

Heavy Cruiser Sunk During World War II
By SOF

The Heavy Cruiser USS Houston Wreckage Confirmed
The United States Navy, working with Indonesian Navy divers, has confirmed the final resting place of the heavy cruiser USS Houston (CA 30), which was sunk early in World War II.

KAYAK, CIA’s SPOOK IN LAOS

From the October 2014 issue of SOF!
By James E. Parker

More than three million American served in Southeast Asia from the early 1960s to the mid-1970s. Most in Vietnam. Some off-shore. Some in Thailand and the Philippines. A very few in Laos. In northeast Laos, which had 600 miles (900-plus km) of frontage on North Vietnam, the only American presence on the ground at any one time was a dozen or so CIA paramilitary case officers working with local guerrillas. Some came to work this remote, dangerous job from the Montana smoke jumper corps, who had years of experience working with planes in mountains similar to those in this area. This group was, to the man, hardy, rugged no-nonsense cowboys. An individual known in the CIA as “Hog” came from this group. Others came from combat tours in Vietnam, including “Kayak.” Both were, for reasons you’ll soon read, among the most interesting and unique people I’ve ever met. Kayak first. Hog next time.

SPOOKY SPECTER

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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.

SPEC-OPS BLOWOUT! T.H.E. (TACTICAL HOLDS EVERYTHING) PACK

T.H.E. Pack, Tactical Holds Everything - Made from super durable 1000D Cordura Nylon fabric, dual compression straps with integrated load loops on pockets.

CAN YOU PRACTICE FOR MOVEMENT TO CONTACT?

MOSUL DAM IN IRAQI HANDS

Islamic State Thugs Forced Away
By SOF

Iraqi and Kurdish forces have driven terrorists from the Islamic State away from the Mosul Dam, the largest such structure in Iraq. The capture came after continued American airstrikes, including at least 15 on Monday.

The MAXPEDITION® Standard – Bags & Packs

Maxpedition® proudly announces the first installment in a new line of product videos highlighting the features and benefits of The MAXPEDITION® product lines.

In this first installment (video is below), Tim Tang, Founder and CEO, explains his industry leading standards in the design, materials and construction of Maxpedition® bags and packs.

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

EKA - NORDIC H8

The classic style, streamlined grip and ease-of-use design guaranteed to fill your outdoor needs. Satin finished drop-point blade is constructed using surgical Sandvik Swedish steel for the keenest and most lasting edge. Ergonomic checkered oiled wooden handles achieve an optimum grip in adverse conditions.

Marines Rearrange Taliban With Minigun and GAU-16 in Helmund

Marines Rearrange Taliban With Minigun and GAU-16 in Helmund
Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 and HMLA-169, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, provide close air support over Helmand, Afghanistan.
Published on Aug 16, 2014

"I Felt Like I Was in a Humphrey Bogart Movie": A British Merc Joins the French Foreign Legion

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A BRITISH MERC, SOLDIER OF FORTUNE, AND A FIREFIGHT
A British Merc, SOF, and Two American “Foreign Volunteers” Fight off Terrorists in Rhodesia
From SOF Archives

A War of Hired Guns

The Rhodesian Bush War pitting a white-dominated government against a black communist-sponsored terrorist insurgency launched RKB and his adventurous gun-toting comrades in what became SOF signature on the ground—hands-on combat photography and journalism around the globe.

Lynx Helicopter Landing on Rough Seas

Landing by a Prism Defence Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer during development of Ship Helicopter Operating Limits for the Lynx Mark 90B helicopter onboard the KNUD RASMUSSEN class Offshore Patrol Vessel.
Operating helicopters onboard ships is extremely complex, due in part to the difficulty of landing a helicopter on a moving platform, but also due to numerous practical engineering issues.
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