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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINES!

The Corps Turns 239
By SOF Staff


The Marine Corps celebrates its 239th Birthday today. In honor of that, we at SOF are posting the Birthday Message that then-Commandant John A, Lejeune (pictured) sent out in 1921:

RUSSIAN KAMIKAZES

Report Details How Soviets Would Have Attacked American Carriers
By SOF Editor

A paper from the Naval War College by a former Soviet naval officer has revealed how the Soviets planned to target American aircraft carriers. This look carried some surprising revelations, particularly about the hybrid of influences from Axis powers in World War II.

In the paper, Maksim Y. Tokarev wrote due to an inability to match American carriers “for both economic and political reasons, the Soviet Navy had to create some system that could at least deter the U.S. Navy carrier task forces from conducting strikes against the naval, military, and civilian infrastructure and installations on the Kola and Kamchatka Peninsulas, Sakhalin Island, and the shoreline around the city of Vladivostok.”

MARINE SCORES BACK TO BACK PERFECTION

Marine Scores Back-to-Back Possibles
By SOF Editor

Perfection is hard to obtain when on the shooting range. However, one Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant has managed to achieve perfect scores on the range twice in less than three months.

F-35 LIGHTNING IN THE MIDDLE

RUSSIAN TANKERS IN EGYPT

Il-78 “Midas” Tankers Seen In Cairo
By SOF Editor

Egypt’s closer alignment with Russia has become stronger in recent months.

A MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR THE NAVY?

Could the CGNs Have Helped?
By SOF Editor

In the mid-to-late 1990s, the United States Navy discarded nine nuclear-powered guided-missile cruisers. USS Long Beach (CGN 9), USS Bainbridge (CGN 25), USS Truxtun (CGN 35), the California-class cruisers, and the Virginia-class cruisers were all retired and scrapped.

IS OBAMA SELLING OUT TAIWAN?

2001 Promise for Subs at Risk
By SOF Editor

The Obama Administration may be prioritizing a military exchange program with the ChiComs over a promise to help Taiwan modernize its submarine force. The decision could leave the Republic of China vulnerable to the ChiComs.

IS THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WHITEWASHING THE VA SCANDAL?

17 Criminal Referrals Declined
By SOF Editor

At least 17 criminal referrals to the Justice Department made by the Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs have been rejected by the Justice Department. Instead, administrative action is the course of action that is being recommended.

DEADLY DEFENSE CUTS? Scathing Report Questions Troopers' Deaths

Report Points Finger at Sequestration Cuts
By Harold Hutchison

Green Beret in Afghanistan
(Army photo)

Think that defense cuts don’t get troops killed? You might want to re-think those conclusions in light of the investigation stemming from the worst blue-on-blue incident in Operation Enduring Freedom, when a B-1B Lancer dropped bombs on a friendly position.

According to a report by the Washington Times, the deaths of five Soldiers in a 9 June “friendly fire” incident were caused by an inability of the Special Forces unit to properly train prior to deploying to Afghanistan due to “sequestration” – automatic spending cuts that hit the defense budget and entitlement spending. Special Forces units usually try to train for at least three weeks in terrain in the United States that resembles that in Afghanistan, but the Operational Detachment Alphas had those training deployments cancelled and had to make do with training at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

SAAB SCORES!!!. GRIPEN BEATS RAFALE AND SUPER HORNET

Brazilian Air Force Picks Saab
By SOF

The Brazilian Air Force shoes Saab’s new Gripen E/F to replace a dozen older fighters. The Gripen beat out competing designs from France and the United States.

THE STANFEX SOLUTION: The Danish Navy's Versatile Warships

Denmark’s Versatile Warships
By Harold Hutchison

MEET STANFLEX
As controversy swirls over the Littoral Combat Ship, which appears to be far more suitable for the Coast Guard, the Danish Navy is operating two classes of ship that might be an answer to America’s question. It is hard not to look at these ships and wonder what could have been.

One of the ways Denmark has made their naval vessels so potent and yet versatile lies in the StanFlex system. This system, first deployed in the 1980s on the small Flyvefisken class patrol vessels, enabled a small 320-ton vessel to fulfill roles from mine-countermeasures to a missile boat to combating pollution. Modules can be switched out in a couple of hours.

0 FOR 27

Marine Standards Targeted By Social Activists
By SOF Editor

The Marine Corps is now facing pressure to lower standards at the Infantry Officer’s Course from activists who want women in combat roles. The pressure comes as the number of women who have attempted, but failed the course reached 27.

USS NORTH DAKOTA TO JOIN FLEET

Submarine to Be Commissioned This Weekend
By SOF Editor

The Navy will be commissioning the submarine USS North Dakota, the second ship to carry that name, over the weekend. The boat will be the 11th Virginia-class submarine to join the fleet.

DID SWEDEN HAVE A READINESS GAP?

Scandinavian Country Retired ASW Choppers in 2008
By SOF

The hunt for the mystery submarines first sighted last Friday off the coast of Sweden may have been crippled by the decision to retire the country’s force of ASW choppers. That decision, which was carried out in 2008, has now come back to bite the Swedes.