March 4, 2013

Navy Littoral Combat Ship Sails For Singapore With New Camo Paint

Amidst all the budgetary gridlock, it’s nice to know something still works in the federal government. The first of the Navy’s controversial Littoral Combat Ships, LCS-1 Freedom, will sail for Singapore, our not-quite-ally, this Friday, March 1st — the same day the sequestration cuts will start taking effect — sporting a new camouflage paint job that sets its apart from traditional naval vessels.(Paint schemes and the cost of applying them to something as massive as a warship are a big deal in the Navy).

Intended to build a new class of small, agile, and innovative warships, the LCS program has come under bitter criticism that the ships are too expensive for their size and too fragile for major combat. Freedom in particular has taken flak for hull cracks, which contractor Lockheed Martin insists are all repaired and won’t reoccur on redesigned follow-on ships. After years in development hell, the first LCS is finally underway on a real-world mission — headed for the Pacific amidst rising tensions between China and its neighbors.

Chinese PLAAF stealth J-31 internal weapons bay

Graduation Ceremonies of Iranian Military, Naval and Air Academies

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei presiding over joint graduation ceremonies for the cadets and midshipmen of Iranian Military, Naval, and Air Force academies; Tehran, 17 November 2014

Photos - Mehr

ISIS casualties videos

Airstrike against ISIS Bunker in Iraq

Kurdish HPG fighters ambush ISIS soldier on Mount Sinjar 

Pilot of brand new Chengdu J-10B which crashed shortly after take-off yesterday

Photos - Chinese Weibo

Vietnam Army and Air Force joint exercises

Vietnamese Su -30MK2V make a rare appearance during the joint Army and Air Force co-ordination exercise.

Air Force Thunderbirds Show Off At Nellis

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform during the 2014 Nellis Air Force Base Open House on November 8, 2014. The Thunderbirds fly in F-16C Fighting Falcons and are assigned to the 57th Wing at Nellis AFB in Nevada.

Islamic State commits new war crimes

Islamic State has claimed the beheading of 26-year-old American aid worker Peter Kassig

Probable Location where this took place 


Go locating British Pakistani origin Jihadi John from video images.

@ Raqqa_SI

Village of Tell Dabiq on GM

Jihadi John leads mass beheading of Syrian Soldiers in new new war crimes

Video released in response to recent reports of Jihadi John being injured in an airstrike.

ISIS fighter from France -- Abu Abdalrhman al Farance