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Old 16-05-2013, 12:22
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Don: Those "carbon based lifeforms" could be "dummies"

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Old 16-05-2013, 21:17
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There's no "could be" with some I've met, but overall, our jet jockeys are the cream of the crop. I feel that the unmanned vehicles will be a great assest in the future, but will work in conjunction with the continuing crop of flyboys, not replace them. Unless the Great Machine takes over!

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Old 16-05-2013, 21:47
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The BORG will take over............DFO
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Old 11-07-2013, 20:02
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Here is some video of flight deck operations on 10th of July from CVN 77 with a certain pilotless aircraft.
http://www.navy.mil/viewVideo.asp?id=18637
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Old 13-07-2013, 03:56
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Interesting video. These were short takes on the longer video i saw the other day. The deck crew upon landing of this aircraft had to wait until the tail hook was retracted. Strange to see the deck crew standing around.....

Thanks for sharing!

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Old 23-09-2014, 17:37
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The US struck Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria for the first time on 22 September, the Department of Defense (DoD) has announced.

The overnight strikes were conducted using a mix of carrier- and land-based combat aircraft, and Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from USS Arleigh Burke and USS Philippine Sea operating in the international waters of the Red Sea and Persian Gulf.

According to early reports, the US-led strikes were focused on the IS strongholds of Ar-Raqqah, Dayr az-Zawr, Al-Hasakah, and Abu Kamal, destroying checkpoints, compounds, and equipment, and killing dozens of militants.

“Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time,” Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said.

It has been reported that several Middle Eastern countries participated in the strikes. While the extent of Arab involvement is currently unknown, Jordan has confirmed its participation, and Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are also said to have taken part.

The aircraft involved are reported to be US Navy Boeing F/A-18 Hornets from USS George H W Bush in the Persian Gulf, as well as US Marine Corps McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier IIs and US Air Force (USAF) Boeing F-15E Strike Eagles, Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons, Rockwell B-1B Lancers, and Boeing KC-135 Stratotankers. Particularly noteworthy are reports that the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter made its combat debut during the mission.

News of the US-led raid on IS in Syria comes just days after the French government announced that its warplanes had conducted their first strikes on militant positions in Iraq. The Netherlands has also reportedly offered a number of its F-16s to the mission, and the UK Royal Air Force has been conducting intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and humanitarian flights over Iraq using its Panavia Tornado GR.4 and Lockheed Martin C-130J platforms respectively. Australia and Canada too have pledged military support.

Since operations began in August, US Central Command has conducted nearly 200 air strikes against IS across Iraq as part of a strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the organisation.

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While conducting air strikes against IS in Iraq is not without its risks, politically and militarily, doing the same against targets in Syria raises these risks to a whole new level.

Whereas much of the political risk of the mission over Iraq is mitigated by the fact that US help has been officially requested by the Iraq government, the same is not true of Syria.

Given the ongoing civil war in that country and suspicions by President Bashar al-Assad that US air strikes may be a precursor to an attack on his regime, the Syrian government (along with its allies Iran and Russia) had warned the United States that any military action would be illegal and treated as a hostile act. Despite this, the Syrian government has said that it was informed of the strikes beforehand, although whether or not it gave permission has yet to be established.

An added complication is that, while it may seem on the surface to be politically expedient for the US to have a number of Arab allies taking part in the mission, it should be noted that these are all Sunni-majority countries. While this is important in the context of tackling the Sunni IS, it makes it altogether more diplomatically tricky when you consider that five Sunni countries have just been involved in an attack on a Shia-majority country.

Militarily too, the risks involved in conducting strike operations against targets in Syria are heightened when compared with the mission in Iraq.

While IS militants in both countries have access to captured man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS), the most sophisticated of these are only really effective up to about 15,000 ft. This means that, having the government's permission to operate in its airspace, US and allied aircraft operating over Iraq are flying in a relatively permissive environment.

In Syria, there is no such permission, so as well as the threat posed by IS-controlled MANPADS, US and allied pilots have to consider the threat from the Syrian government's far more sophisticated air defence systems, including MiG fighter aircraft flown by the Syrian Arab Air Force. It is interesting to note that in more than a decade of the global wars on terror, this is the first time that the US and its partners have operated in a non-permissive environment. It will be for this reason that the F-22 stealth fighter has made its combat debut over Syria.

And, as if all of these considerations were not complicating the picture enough, there was the news that came out shortly after the strikes that Israeli air defence units had shot down a Syrian Arab Air Force MiG-21 that had entered its northern airspace. While the reasons for this Syrian incursion are unclear, should the conflict widen to include Israel, all bets are off as to how this might affect the US strategy, both against IS and in the wider region.
http://www.janes.com/article/43536/u...st-is-in-syria

Interesting to note that in addition to Hornets from GHWB, and the first combat use of the advanced F-22 Raptor, the awe inspiring B-1B Lancer, that the humble AV-8B Harrier took part in this strike.

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Old 23-09-2014, 19:33
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Interesting to read that the AV8B was involved, any idea where they launched from? I thought Turkey had said no to basing.
I did read on another site that US Army Apaches were involved, would suggest boots on the ground.

I assume the F22s were providing top cover in case the Syrian Air force decided to come up.
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Old 23-09-2014, 21:32
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It appears the Harriers were operated off of USS Bataan (LHD 5) from the Mediterranean Sea.
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Old 24-09-2014, 02:05
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Interesting to read that the AV8B was involved, any idea where they launched from? I thought Turkey had said no to basing.
I did read on another site that US Army Apaches were involved, would suggest boots on the ground.

I assume the F22s were providing top cover in case the Syrian Air force decided to come up.
According to the talking heads at 6, the F-22s used some variety of smart ordinance. They, of course, had no clue as to what type.
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CVN 77, is helping the RN get used to operating A CSG.
http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and...r-strike-group
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Old 31-07-2017, 21:14
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When will this leviathan up anchor from Portsmouth, or will it return after Saxon warrior .. ?? Anyone know ??
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A huge vote of thanks to the USN and the George H W Bush Group :-

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Old 10-08-2017, 02:05
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It is never easy to re-establish skills lost. The RN is fortunate to be able to use American expertise and ships as it re-establishes fixed wing capabilities afloat.
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It is never easy to re-establish skills lost. The RN is fortunate to be able to use American expertise and ships as it re-establishes fixed wing capabilities afloat.
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