CHINA – battle ships arrive

June 22, 2019

 

China’s Aircraft Carrier Battle Group Emerges

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Submitted by Richard D. Fisher, a senior fellow with the International Assessment and Strategy Center. Via the Epoch Times.

It’s been a long time coming, but Japanese reports on June 11 revealed that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have realized a long-held ambition: to build and deploy an aircraft carrier battle group.

 

China’s first domestically manufactured aircraft carrier, known only as “Type 001A”, leaves port in the northeast city of Dalian early on May 13, 2018. AFP/Getty Images

That means that China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) isn’t just able to deploy an aircraft carrier with a working air-wing of combat aircraft, but this carrier is also protected by escort combat ships and sustained by large, fast replenishment ships. This allows the carrier to undertake offensive missions against adversaries, while escort ships carry the burden of defending the carrier.

Also on June 11, the Japanese Ministry of Defense reported that a PLAN aircraft carrier battle group had cruised past the strategic Japanese island of Okinawa and was on its way to the Miyako Strait to depart the “First Island Chain.”

So deployed, this PLAN carrier battle group could assist blockade or strike operations directed at the eastern side of Taiwan. It also could assist attacks against the southern islands of Japan’s Ryukyu island chain, which might host combat aircraft and anti-ship missiles to disrupt attacks against Taiwan.

At the center of the group is the PLAN’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoningwhich, in January 2019, emerged from a period of maintenance and upgrading of its electronic combat systems. This 58,000-ton carrier was first purchased uncompleted from Ukraine and towed to China, reaching the port of Dalian in March 2002. A cover story was hatched that it was to be converted into a casino, but by 2005–2006, its reconstruction had begun in earnest, and by 2012, Liaoning was commissioned and was testing its new Shenyang J-15 carrier fighters.

Liaoning can carry 20 to 25 J-15s, an improved copy of the Russian Sukhoi Su-33 carrier fighter. While its range and payload are slightly limited because it’s launched via a “ski jump” instead of a catapult as on U.S. carriers, it’s a respectable fourth-generation fighter, which will be improved. Liaoning also carries about 12 large Z-18 helicopters equipped for anti-submarine and early-warning radar missions.

A second PLAN carrier, modeled on Liaoning with slight modifications, is in advance trials. It may soon begin testing with J-15 fighters and could be commissioned in one or two years.

What is also important to note is the composition of the Liaoning battle group. It includes one Type 052D multi-role destroyer; one Type 051C air defense destroyer; two Type 054A multi-role frigates; and one new large Type 901 underway replenishment ship. The combat support ships feature 128 vertical launchers for anti-aircraft, anti-submarine, and soon, anti-ship ballistic missiles. The Type 051C is equipped with 48 Russian-made S-300MF anti-aircraft missiles.

While the PLAN may in the next few years have only two carrier battle groups, compared to the 10 maintained by the U.S. Navy, it’s important to note that China’s is the only aircraft carrier battle group operated by an Asian navy.

On June 12, the South China Morning Post cited the People’s Daily social media account Xiakedao saying, “It is very unlikely that Chinese carriers will ever be involved in resolving maritime disputes with neighboring countries.” Such statements are not credible.

Also, while the Liaoning carries fewer aircraft than a U.S. carrier (up to 90), the PLAN can today compensate for its weakness—both in carrier battle groups and in carrier aircraft—with weapons the U.S. Navy doesn’t have today.

For example, in January, the PLAN held exercises in the South China Sea with the PLA’s new Rocket Force. PLAN ships, and perhaps submarines, coordinated simulated strikes with the Rocket Force’s medium- and intermediate-range anti-ship ballistic missiles. In addition, the PLA Air Force is testing a new medium-range air-launched ballistic missile, most likely carried by Xian H-6 medium bombers. The PLA will first try to sink U.S. Navy carriers with long-range ballistic missiles, coordinated with strikes by land-based aircraft, submarines, and then aircraft carriers and ships.

Of special note, the Liaoning carrier battle group has included the new 50,000-ton Type 901A underway replenishment ship. Capable of transferring fuel, ammunition, and solid stores, Type 901A’s are very similar to the U.S. Navy Supply-class.

 

Replenishment ships of this size can support global deployments for the PLAN’s carrier battle groups. In the next one or two years, it should be expected that the PLAN carrier battle groups may deploy into the South China Sea, the Indian Ocean, or to advance China’s naval diplomacy in the South Pacific. They also will be calling into ports in Africa and Latin America before long.

At the end of May, China’s state television aired a program stating that China would build 10 aircraft carriers by 2049, the 100th anniversary of the CCP dictatorship. The PLA will likely build its first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the mid- to late-2020s, followed by nuclear-powered escort cruisers and perhaps also nuclear-powered replenishment ships.

Washington must now determine how best to counter multiple globally deployed PLAN carrier battle groups. While it will remain important for the U.S. Navy to sustain 10 or more of its own carrier battle groups, the U.S. Navy, Air Force, and Army require large numbers of medium- and intermediate-range ballistic and cruise missiles capable of attacking China’s aircraft carrier battle groups at very long ranges.

In the 2002 issue of the congressionally mandated Department of Defense “China Military Power Report,” on page 20, it was stated that “while continuing to research and discuss possibilities, China appears to have set aside indefinitely plans to acquire an aircraft carrier.”

Such an ingrained tendency to downplay the intentions and capabilities of the People’s Republic of China likely is reinforced by a hubristic susceptibility to PRC deception and denial efforts; both flaws are costly and must be corrected. The United States should expect that China will deploy many carrier battle groups to challenge global American interests, and Washington must both develop forces to counter them, and begin developing new weapons systems to succeed the aircraft carrier. 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-22/chinas-aircraft-carrier-battle-group-emerges


Was the CIA caught in a spy network in Iran ? And what was their mission ?

June 21, 2019

How convenient that a CIA spy network is “caught” by Iran.  I would question “caught”.  Maybe OUTED?

 

 

Iran claims they busted CIA-run spy network

Iran has dismantled a CIA-run “large US cyber-espionage” network, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) reported, citing the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani.

“Given the cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and other countries in creating an ‘international organisation to counter American espionage’, we provided our partners with information that led to the disclosure and dismantling of a network of CIA officers, as well as detention and punishment of several spies in different countries”, the senior official said.

Shamkhani added that since some aspects of the case have already been disclosed by the CIA itself, the Ministry of Intelligence can also publish the documents.

The development comes a few days after Iran urged the United States to cease “warmongering” and false flag operations in the region after Washington accused Tehran of being behind attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

The Iranian side has vehemently denied the allegations and called on the US to stop the “blame game”.

“Suspicious acts in the Gulf of Oman against oil tankers… seem to be supplementary to the [US] economic sanctions as the Americans went nowhere with the sanctions, [also] especially given America’s historical record in the area [of false flag ops]”, Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani said over the weekend.

 

On 13 June, two oil tankers, the Panama-registered Kokuka Courageous, operated by Japan’s Kokuka Sangyo Co, and Marshall Islands-flagged Front Altair, owned by Norway’s Frontline, were hit by explosions in the Gulf of Oman, near the Strait of Hormuz.

Shortly after the incident, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Tehran of orchestrating the attacks, with the US CENTCOM releasing a video claiming to show Iranian sailors removing an unexploded mine from the hull of one of the tankers as “proof” of Tehran being the culprit.

The footage has, however, been questioned by US allies and the Kokuka Courageous tanker’s operator, who said that it was not enough to prove Washington right.

Tensions have been simmering in the Gulf region since the US withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018, but were exacerbated last month after the Pentagon deployed an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East to send a “clear and unmistakable” message to Iran that any attack on American interests or those of its allies would be met with “unrelenting force”.

Source: Sputnik

———-me – I would want to see those statements in full context of the issues in that week

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/iran-claims-they-busted-cia-run-spy-network/

 

 

 


US – Downgraded! The OBAMA PLAN revealed. – Obama Should not be President.

April 18, 2011

His incompetence and illegal Presidency should be REDACTED.

This man has destabilized the country as the nail in the coffin.

Soros’ henchman is what he is.  The Communists (Globalists) tool.

He is in direct violation of Article 1 section 9 – nobility clause.

His birth is questionable

His actions are directly contrary to American security and sovereignty.

It’s said that one knows one by ones friends and associates.   Obama cavorts with thugs and thieves.  Truly, horrible people.  People who are terrorists and those who would seek to do harm to people in America and America ITSELF.  This is not an American President.  He is the Anti American President.  People from other countries come and have babies who take advantage of America.  Voter fraud is sanctioned through sanctuary cities.

This is EVIL

Stocks sink after US debt outlook downgrade

(AP) – 1 hour ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are falling sharply lower after Standard & Poor’s dropped its outlook on U.S debt quality to negative.

Even as it cut its outlook, the agency reaffirmed the U.S. debt rating itself at AAA.

International concerns are also weighing on stocks even after several companies reported earnings that beat expectations.

Traders are facing the renewed threat of a Greek debt default. China took another step to curb its runaway inflation.

In morning trading, the Dow Jones industrial average is down 175 points, or 1.4 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 is down 19, or 1.5 percent. The Nasdaq composite is down 40, or 1.5 percent.


Army, Navy, Air force, Marine – Suicide – Due to Helplessness and the inability to DO anything.

April 9, 2011

I have warned before that more were coming.

This is only the beginning.

When they, the men, start seeing women, in their combat shoes, then they will be completely demoralized.  There are a few levels to that.  The first is that men naturally feel protective of women and seeing them dead will create an inner struggle for life.  Women are life and the protectors of life.  This will create a scar in a mans mind.  They will also feel anger, because they will have an added burden of ensuring that the women stay safer.

The policies are being created to ensure the inability to fight.  To weaken.  To come away in defeat.  They WANT us to loose.  There is NO other way to view it.

 

War casualty on the home front

A poster boy for suicide prevention, Houstonian becomes another statistic
By LINDSAY WISE
HOUSTON CHRONICLE

April 9, 2011, 7:15AM

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Clay Hunt, 28, a Houston native, joined the Marines in 2005.

Resources

RESOURCES FOR VETS

VA’s Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 800-273-TALK (8255) or chat online at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Military OneSource: 800-342-9647

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-SUICIDE

Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline:Call 800-984-8523 or email wsfsupport@conus.army.mil

PTSD Foundation of America: 281-664-7948 or www.ptsdusa.org

Helpful Links: www.mentalhealth.va.govwww.battlemind.orgwww.behavioralhealth.army.mil

IF YOU CHOOSE

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests that memorial contributions in Clay Hunt’s name be directed to Team Rubicon Inc., P.O. Box 7476, Santa Monica, CA 90406 (www.teamrubiconusa.org); or to Ride2Recovery, 23679 Calabasas Rd., #420, Calabasas, CA 91302, (www.ride2recovery.com).

Marine veteran Clay Hunt had a tattoo on his arm that quoted Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien: “Not all those who wander are lost.”

“I think he was a lot more philosophical about life than a lot of us are, but trying to search for some inner peace and the meaning of life, what was the most important thing,” said his father, Stacy Hunt.

His son’s quest ended last week when he took his own life at his Sugar Land apartment.

The 28-year-old had narrowly escaped death in Iraq four years ago, when a sniper’s bullet missed his head by inches. But he wrestled with post-traumatic stress disorder and survivor’s guilt over the deaths of four friends in his platoon who weren’t so lucky.

“Two were lost in Iraq, and the other two were killed in Afghanistan,” said his mother, Susan Selke. “When that last one in Afghanistan went down, it just undid him.”

In many ways, Hunt’s death is all too familiar: the haunted veteran consumed by a war he can’t stop fighting.

Suicides among Texans younger than 35 who served in the military jumped from 47 in 2006 to 66 in 2009 — an increase of 40 percent, according to state records.

The problem seems increasingly intractable. Efforts by the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs to stop the alarming rise in military suicides nationwide through training and screening have had limited success.

‘He tried everything’

Hunt’s suicide was baffling to friends and family, but not because he hid his struggle or failed to get help. It baffled them because he faced it, head-on, leading from the front like any good Marine.

Hunt had become a poster boy for suicide prevention. He appeared in an award-winning public service campaign to encourage returning veterans who feel isolated to reach out to their peers for help.

“He tried everything,” said his best friend Jake Wood, a fellow Marine. “He tried the medication, he tried (humanitarian) service, he tried moving back closer to family. He tried everything under the sun, and he was fully self-aware. I think that’s what kind of surprised everybody. We thought that Clay was taking the steps to try and avoid something like this. It’s unfortunate that he wasn’t able to.”

Hunt was born at Houston’s Methodist Hospital on April 18, 1982. He grew up in the Memorial area, a tow-headed ball of energy who played tackle football, read voraciously and loved to collect turtles.

“But he definitely didn’t move at a turtle’s pace at anything,” his mother said. “He was ADHD with kind of a big H — very hyper, very outgoing,” she recalled, referring to Hunt’s childhood diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Hunt graduated from Stratford High School in 2001. He headed to College Station to attend Blinn College, with the goal of transferring to his dream school, Texas A&M.

A few years later, when the paperwork for Hunt’s transfer was almost done, he called his father. “Dad, I just feel I’m wasting your money,” he said. Hunt said he wanted to be part of something bigger than himself.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps infantry in May 2005.

“Clay said to me at several points, ‘I want to be given a task and complete and do it well,’ and that’s kind of how he was made,” his mother said. “Give me a mission, put me on the ground, let me go do it.”

A warrior’s poise

In January 2007, Hunt deployed to Iraq with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. Before he left, his parents traveled to California to see him off. His father remembers marveling at his son’s self-assurance. He attributed the young man’s newfound poise to months of intense training and to the bond he had built with fellow Marines.

“He was like, ‘Dad, don’t worry, don’t worry, don’t worry,’ ” the elder Hunt said. “But he was so confident. He was feeling pretty good.”

Six weeks later, Hunt called his father by satellite phone from Anbar Province.

“His voice had changed,” his father said, “and for the first time in my life, I could tell he had a touch of fear in his voice.”

Three friends from Hunt’s company had died in the space of a few weeks, “basically right in front of his eyes,” his father said.

“He didn’t feel invincible anymore,” his mother said.

One of those killed was Hunt’s friend and bunkmate, Lance Cpl. Blake Howey, 20. After his death on Feb. 18, 2007, Hunt moved from his top bunk and started sleeping in Howey’s bottom bunk. “He just felt like it brought him closer to Howey,” his mother said.

Not long after Howey died, Hunt was driving a Humvee when a sniper fatally shot Lance Cpl. Nathan Windsor, 20, who was walking in front of the vehicle.

<WHY would the MILITARY tell OUR Soldiers to WALK outside their vehicles in ENEMY territory?>

“Clay felt very helpless in that firefight because he was stuck driving a Humvee, and he wasn’t able to do anything,” Wood said. “He wasn’t able to fire his weapon.”

<The policies that the commanders are requiring would make any sane person go insane.  Imagine you are in that same predicament.  Just as YOU can barely imagine it, THAT is how they see it.  They can’t believe that this is actually what they are supposed to do, because it doesn’t FEEL right.  They KNOW they are walking a SUICIDAL line.  They watch it in disbelief.  They are brainwashed to believe that THIS is the right way.  It’s not.  They are right for being SCARED, Confused and ignored.  They are told that they are expendable.  They are treated as such.  This is the result.  >

Hunt told his mother it was like watching a bad movie. “He said that scene played in his head,” Selke said. “He said it would be on replay, rewind all the time.”

A few days later, a sniper’s bullet ripped through Hunt’s left wrist. He’d rested his chin on that hand right before the shot rang out, and moved his head at the last second.

“I would’ve thought you’d feel like the luckiest guy on the earth that you got shot and they missed your head, but that’s not how he felt,” his father said. “He felt he didn’t deserve it.”

Became sniper himself

Hunt’s wrist wound was his ticket home, but he hated leaving his buddies in Iraq.

He had no choice. Hunt was evacuated to Germany, and then California, where he threw himself into helping rehabilitate a badly injured Marine from his unit.

A year later, after graduating from Marine sniper school, Hunt deployed again, this time to Afghanistan, where two more friends were killed.

When Hunt left the Marine Corps in 2009, his mother bought him a shadow box. Inside he put his medals and pictures of those four fallen Marines from his platoon. He kept it by the door in his apartment.

“Every day he looked at that, and thought of his guys,” his mother said.

“He could never really leave behind the feeling of, ‘Why me? Why did I make it and the other guys didn’t?’ ” his father said.

Civilian life not easy

Like many vets, Hunt had a bumpy transition from the military.

It took him 10 months and a series of doctor visits to get disability payments after the VA lost his paperwork.

He dropped out of Loyola Marymount University last year, and a two-year marriage ended in divorce. He told his parents that he’d come close to killing himself at least twice in the past six months.

But he found a renewed sense of purpose in volunteerism. He lobbied for veterans’ rights on Capitol Hill, helped build bikes for Ride 2 Recovery, a mental and physical rehabilitation program for injured veterans, and volunteered in earthquake-stricken Haiti and Chile with Team Rubicon, a nonprofit founded by Wood that rechannels military veterans’ skills to humanitarian aid work.

“I think it was incredibly therapeutic for him, for all of us really, to be able to go to a place like that and do nothing but help people,” Wood said.

In recent months, Hunt focused on the future. He moved back to Houston. He bought a truck. He found a job at a construction company. He got medication for his depression and PTSD. He moved into a new apartment and started dating. He even considered re-enlisting.

On March 31, though, Hunt didn’t show for work. He stopped answering his phone. His frantic mother drove to his apartment. Maintenance workers forced their way in and found Hunt dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

His mother desperately wants to know what was in his mind when he pulled the trigger.

“I thought we were over that hump,” Selke said. “He said, ‘Mom, stop worrying.’ He said, ‘Mom, there have been so many times I’ve thought about it, but I love you guys too much, and I just don’t want you to have to go through that.’ So I know whatever happened, it had to be something he just couldn’t control. He did not want to do this.”

Funeral drew 1,100

Active-duty military suicides hit record numbers in recent years. No statistics track how many veterans like Hunt have taken their own lives after leaving the service, said Paul Rieckhoff, executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the nonprofit group that sponsored the public service ad featuring Hunt.

“This was a guy who was doing all the right things, it seems like, and we lost him,” Rieckhoff said. “If it can happen to Clay, then it can happen to anyone. This should be a wakeup call for America.”

More than 1,100 people packed Memorial Drive United Methodist Church on Monday for Hunt’s memorial service. Veterans came from all over the country.

Wood flew in from California to deliver a eulogy for his brother Marine.

“He thought the world was supposed to be a better place than it is, and he lived every day of his life thinking, perhaps naively, that his efforts could make the world be what he thought it should be,” Wood said.

When Hunt woke up every day and his efforts seemed in vain, that made him more depressed, Wood said.

“Clay, I think that you realize now just how loved you were,” Wood said. “You have a church full of people who are honored to be here, and we love you.”

lindsay.wise@chron.com

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7513640.html


The Suicide of the WEST part 2- Main Stream Media’s “Al Jazeera” and the Government support of the Global Jihad -Kincaid, Kenney, and Timmons, clear the confusion.

April 8, 2011

 

 

 

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The Suicide of the WEST – Main Stream Media’s “Al Jazeera” and the Government support of the Global Jihad -Kincaid, Kenney, and Timmons, clear the confusion.

April 8, 2011
Vodpod videos no longer available.
Kincaid, Kenney &Timmons on ” Al-Jazeera, Globa…, posted with vodpod



Japan – nuclear breach

March 25, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

BREACH SUSPECTED AT JAPAN NUKE PLANT — GOV’T ADVISES CITIZENS TO FLEE

TOKYO (The Blaze/AP) — A suspected breach in the core at one reactor at a stricken Fukushima nuclear plant could mean more serious radioactive contamination, Japanese officials revealed Friday – a situation the prime minister called “very grave and serious.”

A somber Prime Minister Naoto Kan sounded a pessimistic note at a briefing hours after nuclear safety officials said they suspected a breach at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant that would be a major setback in the urgent mission to stop the facility from leaking radiation.

“The situation today at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant is still very grave and serious. We must remain vigilant,” Kan said. “We are not in a position where we can be optimistic. We must treat every development with the utmost care.”

Hours earlier, two government officials encouraged those withing 20-30 km to evacuate voluntarily amid concerns of dwindling access to necessities so close to the disaster.

The uncertain situation halted work at the nuclear complex, where dozens had been trying feverishly to stop the overheated plant from leaking dangerous radiation. The plant has leaked some low levels of radiation, but a breach could mean a much larger release of contaminants.

Kan apologized to farmers and business owners for the toll the radiation has had on their livelihoods: Several countries have halted some food imports from areas near the plant after milk and produce were found to contain elevated levels of radiation.

The prime minister also thanked utility workers, firefighters and military personnel for “risking their lives” to cool the overheated facility.

The alarm Friday comes on a day marking two weeks since the magnitude-9 quake triggered a tsunami that enveloped cities along the northeast coast and knocked out the Fukushima reactor’s cooling system.

Police said the official death toll jumped past 10,000 on Friday. With the cleanup and recovery operations continuing and more than 17,400 listed as missing, the final number of dead was expected to surpass 18,000.

The nuclear crisis has compounded the challenges faced by a nation already saddled with a humanitarian disaster. Much of the frigid northeast remains a scene of despair and devastation, with Japan struggling to feed and house hundreds of thousands of homeless survivors, clear away debris and bury the dead.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/breach-suspected-at-japan-nuke-plant-govt-advises-citizens-to-flee/


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