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Old 29-02-2012, 16:23
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The last 2 posts have summed it up very nicely. The military is indeed for the defense of the United States, and the huge budget deficit is due, at least in part, to the politicians mis-using it to interfere in other countries (probably to secure cheap oil). HOWEVER none of this justifies cutting it. The only way to deter foreign aggression is to maintain a substantially larger and better- equipped military than everyone else. The British made this mistake in 1982, when the Thatcher government made major cuts to the military, in order to cut the budget deficit. This prompted the Argentinians to invade the Falkland Islands, with the loss of 256 British lives. Unfortunately, many politicians seem to think that the military can be cut in peacetime, when, in fact, it is a strong military which guarantees peace. Remember Ronald Reagan's motto: 'Peace through strength'.
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Old 01-03-2012, 05:27
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Considering that the USN is larger (in ships above 1,500 tons) than the next-largest 3 (or 4) navies combined, I think there is room for some re-adjustment of numbers, don't you?

Even the British Empire only maintained a superiority over the next 2 largest navies... and then only for a couple of decades!
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Old 02-03-2012, 14:35
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So America cuts its Navy down, while China builds hers up. Not very clever. We will all regret it, if China, with its communist regime, overtakes America as the World's dominant military nation.
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:51
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That would take a long time, and both a lot of cutting by the US and a lot of building by China.

Yes, China has to be the US' biggest long-term concern (in terms of national military strength), but the situation does not require panic or over-reaction.
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It's a repititive cycle in about every country of the modern world.

Got those nasty wolves with bared dripping fangs at the door that could take your relatively benign and peaceful lifestyle or your life away?? Clamor for military action! Save us, oh mighty warriors, from probably what was our folly to begin with!! Three cheers for our valiant men and women of the military -- lets throw a parade!

And, should yon peaceful citizens be blessed with their valiant warrior's victory on the fields of glory?? Oh -- we don't need YOU anymore. You are too expensive to maintain now that everything is hunky dory -- you take money away from important things like the greedy and avaricious pursuit of profits and privilege at all costs. We're cutting your weapons and pay and benefits because you're a drag on the economy and there's no war on anyway.

Funny, are those wolves I see on the horizon? And are they headed this way??
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Old 03-03-2012, 16:42
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It's a repititive cycle in about every country of the modern world.

Got those nasty wolves with bared dripping fangs at the door that could take your relatively benign and peaceful lifestyle or your life away?? Clamor for military action! Save us, oh mighty warriors, from probably what was our folly to begin with!! Three cheers for our valiant men and women of the military -- lets throw a parade!
Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?"
But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll

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Old 03-03-2012, 17:52
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Guess I missed out on the parade when I returned to CONUS from Viet Nam. As for the rest (posts #30 and #31): oh so true! One "good" thing about humans...we never learn.

The next time tho, the West will not have the luxury of time and infrastructure to rapidly build a massive war machine, but let's not worry about that minor detail those progressive social programs need "feeding".......DFO
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Old 13-03-2012, 23:54
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The cruiser Vicksburg has deployed for her final cruise.


By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nick C. Scott, Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs

USS VICKSBURG, At Sea (NNS) -- Guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) departed its homeport of Mayport, Fla., March 9 to make its final deployment, this time as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group.

Family members, friends and well-wishers gathered on the pier in the early morning hours to bid farewell to loved ones and wish them good luck.

"This is the first time I've deployed," said Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 3rd Class Ronnie Mathis temporarily assigned to Vicksburg from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).

"It was difficult to leave my six-week old daughter and wife behind, but the crew is really nice and is helping me get through it," said Mathis.

Deploying can be challenging for a lot of Sailors, even seasoned veterans who still must make sure all affairs ashore are in order.

"It doesn't really get any easier," said Navy Counselor 1st Class Brian S. Olinger, the career counselor aboard Vicksburg. "I've been in the Navy for 19 years and this is my fifth and final sea deployment. No one wants to leave their loved ones behind, but we have a mission."

This deployment marks the end of Vicksburg's 20 years of service since its commissioning in 1992.

"The mission must come first, the mission is why we are here in the first place," said Ensign Michael E. Fitzpatrick, first lieutenant for Vicksburg. "The crew understands that and they are very professional."

Although this is the last deployment for Vicksburg, mission readiness is still the key to success.

"We must not view this deployment in terms of being the last deployment," said Capt. Logan Jones, commanding officer of Vicksburg. "We are not looking for any final glory."

Jones also said that "at the end of the day we know that we will have served with honor, but we must not react differently than we normally would in any given situation."

Vicksburg's commanding officer is just one of the ship's crew looking forward to completing a successful deployment as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group team.

"I look forward to a deployment of working with maritime partners, flying missions and providing security," said Jones. "My job is to leave with 370 Sailors and return with 370 Sailors and that is what I intend to do."

Vicksburg is scheduled to decommission in 2013.

The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group is comprised of Enterprise, Carrier Air Wing 1, Destroyer Squadron 2, Vicksburg (CG 69), and guided-missile destroyers USS Porter (DDG 78), USS Nitze (DDG 94), and USS James E. Williams (DDG 95).
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Old 14-03-2012, 20:31
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An update with the vessels to be decommissioned in fiscal year 2013.

11 ships to be decommissioned in fiscal 2013
By Jacqueline Klimas - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Mar 14, 2012 16:53:59 EDT
Six frigates, four cruisers and an aircraft carrier are set to be decommissioned during fiscal 2013, according to a Navy message released Monday.

NAVADMIN 087/12, released by Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Vice Adm. John Blake, includes deactivation dates and the fates of the ships. The six frigates will be sold to foreign militaries, while the four cruisers will be dismantled.

Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the oldest active-duty warship in the fleet, will move to a shipyard March 15, 2013. There, it will await a date for decommissioning.

Enterprise left on its final deployment Sunday.

FISCAL 2013 DECOMMISSIONING SCHEDULE
Oct. 31: frigate Crommelin.

Feb. 15: frigate Underwood.

Feb. 27: frigate Curts.

March 15: carrier Enterprise and frigate Carr.

March 22: frigate Klakring.

March 31: cruisers Cowpens, Anzio, Vicksburg and Port Royal.

Aug. 30: frigate Reuben James.
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Old 15-03-2012, 01:20
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An update with the vessels to be decommissioned in fiscal year 2013.


Aug. 30: frigate Reuben James.
Yet another proud name to be gone.
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Old 15-03-2012, 09:20
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Further clarification from USN:



2. THE PROJECTED FY13 SHIP INACTIVATION SCHEDULE FOR INACTIVATING U.S. NAVAL VESSELS IS PROMULGATED AS FOLLOWS TO FACILITATE FLEET PLANNING EFFORTS TO CONDUCT A DECOMMISSIONING CONTINUOUS MAINTENANCE AVAILABILITY (CMAV) OR INACTIVATION AVAILABILITY (INAC):

SHIP NAME INACTIVATION POST DECOM STATUS
USS CROMMELIN (FFG 37) 31 OCT 2012 SEE NOTE 1
USS UNDERWOOD (FFG 36) 15 FEB 2013 SEE NOTE 1
USS CURTS (FFG 38) 27 FEB 2013 SEE NOTE 1
USS CARR (FFG 52) 15 MAR 2013 SEE NOTE 1
USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) 15 MAR 2013 SEE NOTE 2
USS KLAKRING (FFG 42) 22 MAR 2013 SEE NOTE 1
USS REUBEN JAMES (FFG 57) 30 AUG 2013 SEE NOTE 1
USS COWPENS (CG 63) 31 MAR 2013 SEE NOTE 3
USS ANZIO (CG 68) 31 MAR 2013 SEE NOTE 3
USS VICKSBURG (CG 69) 31 MAR 2013 SEE NOTE 3
USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73) 31 MAR 2013 SEE NOTE 3

NOTE 1: VESSEL IS DESIGNATED FOR FOREIGN MILITARY SALE (FMS). PER REF A, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF NON-TRANSFERRABLE TECHNOLOGY IDENTIFIED BY NAVSEA AND NAVY IPO UNDER SEPCOR, NO ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT REMOVALS ARE AUTHORIZED ON THE FRIGATES EXCEPT AS SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY OPNAV N8F IN RESPONSE TO A RECORD MESSAGE REQUEST THAT INCLUDES JUSTIFICATION FOR REMOVAL AND INCLUDES COORDINATION VIA THE APPROPRIATE SYSTEMS COMMAND. TYCOMS ARE REQUIRED TO ENSURE STRICT ADHERENCE TO THIS DIRECTION. PER REFS A AND B, IT IS NAVY POLICY THAT SHIPS DESIGNATED FOR FMS TRANSFER SHALL NOT BE STRIPPED. STRIPPING OF SHIPS PROVIDES DIMINISHED OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY TO MARITIME PARTNERS AND CORRODES OUR EFFORTS TO BUILD MARITIME PARTNER CAPACITY. SEE PARAGRAPH 3 FOR ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT REMOVAL GUIDANCE.

NOTE 2: DATE INACTIVATION BEGINS IN A NAVAL SHIPYARD AND THE UNIT IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR OPERATIONAL TASKING. FINAL DECOMMISSIONING DATE SHALL BE REPORTED TO THE CNO AND NVR CUSTODIAN IAW REFS B AND C.

NOTE 3: VESSEL WILL BE DECOMMISSIONED AND DISPOSED OF BY DISMANTLEMENT. REQUEST USFFC AND CPF COORDINATE REQUIREMENTS FOR UTILIZING VESSELS IN A LOGISTIC SUPPORT STATUS PRIOR TO THEIR DISMANTLEMENT WITH OPNAV N8F VIA N86.

3. AN OPNAV WORKING GROUP WILL BE REVIEWING THE LOGISTICAL NEEDS OF THE NAVY AND THE CAPABILITY NEEDS OF OUR MARITIME PARTNERS. FLEET REPS, PROGRAM OFFICES, AND FMS STAKEHOLDERS WILL BE PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY TO JUSTIFY THEIR REQUIREMENTS FOR EQUIPMENT REMOVALS AND EXPLORE OPPORTUNITIES TO MITIGATE IMPACT TO FLEET AND INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS AS PART OF THAT REVIEW. DETAILS OF THE WORKING GROUP FORUM WILL BE PROVIDED VIA SEPCOR.


Looks like the "cruisers" will be rapidly put to the cutting torch.......DFO
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Old 15-03-2012, 09:29
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More on the "cruisers":

"•USS Cowpens (CG 63) will be 24 years old at retirement. She is currently homeported in Yokosuka, Japan and should still have at least 11 good years in her. The ship was in a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) maintenance period last month, and fields the AN/SPY-1B radar capable of being upgraded to the latest AEGIS ballistic missile defense baselines with the Cruiser modernization program.
•USS Anzio (CG 68) will be around 22.4 years old at retirement. She is currently homeported in Norfolk, Virginia and should still have at least 13 good years in her. Also fielding the AN/SPY-1B radar, the ship was expected to be upgraded to a ballistic missile defense cruiser with the cruiser modernization program.
•USS Vicksburg (CG 69) will be around 21.6 years old at retirement. She is currently homeported in Mayport, Florida and should still have at least 14 good years in her. USS Vicksburg (CG 69) departed with the USS Enterprise Strike Group this week on what is scheduled to be her last deployment. Also fielding the AN/SPY-1B radar, the ship was expected to be upgraded to a ballistic missile defense cruiser with the cruiser modernization program.

•USS Port Royal (CG 73) will be around 20.3 years old at retirement. She is currently homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and should still have at least 15 good years in her. USS Port Royal (CG 73) ran aground in February 2009 and a great deal of money was spent repairing the ship over 7 months from the damage of that incident, and an additional $14 million was spent at the end of 2010 repairing cracks found in the ships hull. It is unclear if the ship is still suffering from serious problems related to that grounding incident, or simply a product of poor maintenance by the Navy. USS Port Royal (CG 73) is one of a handful of existing US Navy AEGIS Cruisers with Ballistic Missile Defense capability.
In my opinion, unless there are serious undisclosed material condition problems on (Port Royal?) these ships, this is a Bullshit Popsicle. The over 500 VLS cell missile capacity of these 4 warships exceed the combined missile capacity of the Royal Navy, the French Navy, the Italian Navy, the Spanish Navy, the Dutch Navy, the German Navy, the Turkish Navy, or the Danish Navy. These four ships are about equal in total missile capacity to the existing surface combatant force of the Royal Navy today."

Brilliant isn't it? However, those obama social programs must be paid for and who better to "CONTRIBUTE" than US Military, especially the Navy? DFO
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Old 15-03-2012, 18:22
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Designeraccd, thank you for your information. And, I totally agree with your points... with every word.
In June 2011 I was aboard the USS Anzio and it looked like the ship is in a great shape, and her CO and crew were proud of her. So what happens is just a shame...
Still, it seems to me there's still some hope (if even small one). As we can see these decommissioning dates are scheduled for a period after January 2013 - i.e. after the date of inauguration of the new President, if the current President will not be re-elected.
So if this will happen and if the new leaders will be more attentive to the needs of national defense, they will have some time to stop this nonsense... if they will want, it will not take too much time, there's nothing impossible in it. Remember, the USS Ponce was recently saved virtually in the last moment! As far as I remember Romney strongly criticized the weakening tendencies about the US Navy a couple months ago and promised (if being elected) to reverse this trend, and particularly to increase the new shipbuilding orders up to 15 new ships yearly.
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Now that is indeed real HOPE for worthy CHANGE!!: "i.e. after the date of inauguration of the new President, if the current President will not be re-elected."
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Old 19-03-2012, 12:57
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Now that is indeed real HOPE for worthy CHANGE!!: "i.e. after the date of inauguration of the new President, if the current President will not be re-elected."
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Sounds like a ray of Hope maybe?

http://www.navytimes.com/news/2012/0...nding-031912w/
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Old 19-03-2012, 16:42
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Now that is indeed real HOPE for worthy CHANGE!!: "i.e. after the date of inauguration of the new President, if the current President will not be re-elected."
DFO
So Mitt Romney says that he will reverse the decline of the Navy. Brilliant. Mitt for President!

Also I am confused when I hear that six more Perry class frigates are being sold overseas; I had read that the remaining Perrys were being refitted to remain in service indefinitely, and that the refits would include installing a 25-mm gun on the foredeck where the Standard missile launcher used to be. Can anyone clarify what is going on here.
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The current budget cuts in the US Armed Forces are sadly the end result of the last sitting president, NOT the current. We spend more time playing the blame game with the current president. And yet no one is willing to do the research to verify or even understand how US ended up in this economic crisis. It appears to me that the current president is an easy target.

Also lets look at the historical facts behind running up the deficit in the US, who among our US colleague can answer this question:

Which President run the national deficit up to almost 100%?

And it's not the current President.

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True, if one plays the game of percentages. The current President did in three years what the last one took eight (in deficit dollars spent and this one is just getting warmed up).
We went from the frying pan, and straight into the fire.

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An astute, accurate and succinct observation: "The current President did in three years what the last one took eight (in deficit dollars spent and this one is just getting warmed up).
We went from the frying pan, and straight into the fire."

Meanwhile the USN (and the other Services) suffer to help pay the bill for dear leader's socialist agenda. However, from what I've gleaned, despite pouring major money into "repairing" the PORT ROYAL after her Pearl Harbor grounding, the ship is basically a floating junk pile not worth "saving". DFO
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Yes, it is fair opinion on the current president.

Now let's look back in time which President had the Iowa Class brought back into service?

Once you answer the above question then you will see who holds the record for Deficit spending. This is documented as far which President had the most deficit spending during there term/s in office.

Moreover this is off topic, SORRY!

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The US Navy Shipbuilding Report of 28 March 2012 indicates that the 7 Ticonderoga Class Cruisers will be placed "Out of Commission In Reserve" and not dismantled as previously reported. It will be interesting to see how long they remain in that state in view of the ever increasing obsolescence that occurs in our high technology world. At least ships with considerable hull life remaining are not prematurely discarded.

The two Whidbey Island Class LSD's and USS Peleliu (LHA 5) will be placed in reserve as well. This action would seem reasonable to preserve a mobilization base for the Marines.

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More likely spare parts reserve, unless war with Iran (or China) comes soon.
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True, if one plays the game of percentages. The current President did in three years what the last one took eight (in deficit dollars spent and this one is just getting warmed up).
We went from the frying pan, and straight into the fire.
As my knowledge of budgetary matters is far less than my knowledge of naval matters, could anyone please tell me the last time that Congress actually passed a balanced budget?

It seems to me, that the more the government borrows, the greater the percentage of tax revenue spent on debt repayment; therefore, if the government continues to borrow more money every year, eventually 100% of its annual revenue will be spent on debt repayment and there will be nothing left to fund essential services. Britain is experiencing such a situation at present; she hs no navy left of which to speak, and is also making major cuts to fire and police departments. Allegedly, 67% of all taxes raised in Britain are spent on debt repayment, and I have also heard that the British government repays to the banks, every day of the year, enough money to build an aircraft carrier.
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Just in case no one got the answer to my question the President in question was Ronald Reagan, his deficit spending was 110%.


Just some information most are unaware.

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As my knowledge of budgetary matters is far less than my knowledge of naval matters, could anyone please tell me the last time that Congress actually passed a balanced budget?

It seems to me, that the more the government borrows, the greater the percentage of tax revenue spent on debt repayment; therefore, if the government continues to borrow more money every year, eventually 100% of its annual revenue will be spent on debt repayment and there will be nothing left to fund essential services. Britain is experiencing such a situation at present; she hs no navy left of which to speak, and is also making major cuts to fire and police departments. Allegedly, 67% of all taxes raised in Britain are spent on debt repayment, and I have also heard that the British government repays to the banks, every day of the year, enough money to build an aircraft carrier.
Seems like one of Clinton's was 'called' a balanced budget, although I had my doubts at the time. I think the last official balanced budgets were in the Eisenhower years [56 and/or 57 ?].
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HMS Triumph by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 Jim Clark in his Lotus-Ford 38 winning in the record breaking 1965 Indianapolis 500 Mile Classic.

Jim Clark by Ray Goldsbrough.
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Unarguably the most famous Flying Finn of the past years has been Mika Häkkinen who won the F1 championship twice 1998-1999 and also raced in DTM between 2005 and 2007.

The Flying Finn by Ray Goldsbrough
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 In 1992 Matthew graduated in Geography from St. Catherine's College, Oxford, where he was President of the Oxford Rowing Club.  He took part in the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race in 1990 and 1991, when Oxford beat Cambridge by substantial distances.  Also in 1992, at the age of only 21, Matthew had his first taste of Olympic success, when in a coxless pair with partner Sir Steve Redgrave, he won the gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics.  Prior to that Olympic win he and Redgrave had enjoyed an unbeaten international season, and it was already obvious that Matthew was developing to become one of the world's greatest oarsmen.  At the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 the Pinsent / Redgrave duo won another gold medal and throughout the nineties their outstanding combination also brought them seven world championship golds.  Their unbroken run of success continued through to the millennium Olympic games in Sydney when Pinsent, again with Redgrave (now in a coxless four with James Cracknell and Tim Foster) again triumphed earning Pinsent his third Olympic gold medal.  The race in which he did it was voted Britain's greatest sporting moment and the crew secured themselves a very special place in the heart of the nation.  After Sydney, Matthew formed a seemingly invincible coxless pair partnership with James Cracknell MBE.  Undefeated throughout 2001, they went on to complete a unique feat in the history of rowing, by winning the coxless pair at the world championships in Lucerne, a mere two hours after winning the coxed pairs.  In the 2002 world championships in Seville they defended their coxless pairs title, beating an experienced Australian crew who had beaten them in Lucerne earlier in the year and breaking the world record by 4 seconds in the process.  On Saturday 21st August 2004 at the Athens Olympic games, Matthew Pinsent CBE entered Olympic history.  In one of the classic sporting moments of all time, he led the Great Britain coxless four to victory over the Canadian world champions by only eight hundredths of a second.  Matthew was awarded the MBE in the 1993 New Year's Honours List and the CBE in the New Year's Honours List 2003.  In the 2005 New Year's Honours List he was awarded a knighthood.

Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE by James Owen.
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DB006. Michael Schumacher by Darren Baker.
Michael Schumacher by Darren Baker.
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 The night of the 16th May 1943 saw 19 modified Lancasters of the specially formed 617 squadron set out to breach the Ennepe, Eder, Mohne and Sorpe dams in Westphalia, Germany. The mission was led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson.

The Dambusters by Graeme Lothian. (P)
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Lancaster CF-X (LM384) of 625 Squadron.  On the Leipzig raid on the evening of 19th/20th February 1944 approx 47 Lancasters were shot down or failed to return, that is over 300 airmen.  Lancaster CF-X (LM384) was taking part in the bombing raids that were a build up to the D-Day landings of June 1944.  Leipzig was seen as a high value target due to its oil and synthetic fuel production.  The Lancaster took off from Kelstern in Lincolnshire just before midnight.  Unfortunately LM384 did not come back as was the case with many others - the aircraft was lost and crashed just outside the tiny village of Bledeln in Germany.  The Pastor of the village, Herr Duncker, kept a diary throughout the war and has an account of the plane crash and the subsequent burial of the crew.  All of the crew died in the crash except one - bomb aimer George Paterson who was interned in Stalag 357 Kopernikus.  The rest of the crew were given a Christian burial and stayed there until the end of the war, when the war graves commission disinterred the crew and reburied them in the Hannover war cemetery.

Last Long Shadow by Anthony Saunders.
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 Flight Lieutenant Ian <i>Widge</i> Gleed is depicted in his personal Hurricane 1 P2798 (LK-A) of 87 Sqn shooting down a Messerschmitt Bf.110 on 15th August 1940.  Just visible beneath the cockpit of the Hurricane is his mascot, Figaro, shown kicking a swastika.  His aircraft was also easily identifiable by the red flash on its nose, a feature that was retained even when P2798 was painted all black for its night fighter role. Gleed scored many victories before being shot down and killed whilst flying a Spitfire Vc in the Western Desert in April 1943.

Tribute to Flt Lt Ian R Gleed by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 A pair of Focke Wulf 190A4s of 9./JG2 Richthofen based at Vannes, France during February 1943. The nearest aircraft is that of Staffelkapitan Siegfried Schnell. The badge on the nose is the rooster emblem of III./JG2 and the decoration on Schnells rudder shows 70 of his eventual total of 93 kills.

Looking for Business by Ivan Berryman. (C)
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 Braving intense enemy fire, Lt. Col. RB Mayne, Commanding Officer 1st SAS Regiment devastated a German ambush and subsequently rescued wounded troops of his own unit who had been pinned down while on a reconnaissance mission for the 4th Canadian Armoured Division.

Paddys Fourth DSO, The Olderburg Raid, 9th April 1945 by David Pentland. (GS)
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 Hill 112, Normandy, 28th June 1944.  Infantry of the 11th Armoured Division digging in during the battle for the strategically important Hill 112.  The division comprised of the 8th Motor Battalion Rifle Brigade, 4th King's Shropshire Light Infantry, 3rd Monmouthshires,1st Herefords, 3rd Royal Tank Regiment, 2nd Fife & Forfarshire, Yeomanry and 23rd Hussars.

Digging In by David Pentland. (P)
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 Men of the US 381st Infantry Regiment, 96th Division supported by the tanks of 763rd and 713th Flamethrower Tank Battalions, during the assault on Yaeju Dake. This escarpment, known as Big Apple was the last in a series of tough Japanese defence lines on the south of the Island.

Taking of Big Apple, Okinawa, 10th - 14th June 1945 by David Pentland. (GL)
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 A Tiger I and PAK 40 anti tank gun of the Müncheberg Division, field a final defence of the capital in front of the Brandenburg Gate under the shattered remains of the famous Linden trees. The under-strength division had just been formed the previous month from a mixture of ad hoc units and various marks of tank. Despite this it put up a spirited fight until its final destruction in early May.

Tiger at the Gate, Berlin, 30th april 1945 by David Pentland. (GS)
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