Friday Linkzookery – 30 Sep 2011

F-35B Set for Sea Trials Next Week
Up to six weeks on USS Wasp (LHD 1).

Sea trails of upgraded aircraft-carrier set for 2012
Former “Admiral Gorshkov,” now India’s “Vikramaditya,” won’t begin trials until next May. It had been scheduled for the end of 2011 at the latest.

Admiral Kuznetsov to leave for Mediterranean in November
Meanwhile, Tass reports the Russian carrier will embark on a three-month cruise of the Atlantic and Med in mid-November.

Are Moammar Gadhafi’s Missiles Really Missing?
There seems to be more than a little confusion about whether many of the 20,000 supposedly-missing man-portable SAMs really existed in the first place. Let’s hope not.

Lockheed lobbies anew for new Taiwan F-16s
Murdoc thinks we should be selling them the new ones.

Navy’s 2nd Fleet to undergo disestablishment
North Atlantic area will become the responsibility of the United States Fleet Forces Command (USFLTFORCOM), which 2nd Fleet was part of.

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal Changes Announced
The Defense Department issued guidance saying decisions for use of DOD property should be made on a “sexual-orientation neutral” basis, and that military chaplains do not have to officiate at ceremonies that go against their religious tenets.

Next version of Fire-X tested at Yuma Proving Grounds
Based on a Bell 407, it’s bigger and faster than the MQ-8B Fire Scout.

Bears Hall of Famer Hampton refuses White House invite
One of his reasons is that he’s “not a fan of the guy in the White House.

Deportation would force 19-year-old and mom to leave ‘everything I know’, including dad and siblings
Don’t know the details of the case, but the girl has been here since she was “a baby.” Seems like there should have been time to get citizenship straightened out.

Showdown in Berlin
At Checkpoint Charlie, US and Soviet tanks faced each other at point-blank range.

World’s largest renewable diesel refiner says cost of fuel is way more than anticipated
It’s almost like petroleum-based fossil fuels have some advantages.

Cartridges of the World
Richard Mann is helping with the newest edition of this classic book and wants your help.

USS Nevada bell back in state’s historic collection
61 years after Sen. Pat McCarran gave the bell to the Kiwanis Club of Las Vegas.

Mapping zombies
The results either provide a rough proxy for the amount of English-language content indexed over our planet, or offer an early warning into the geographies of the impending zombie apocalypse.


  1. ILLEGAL ALIEN: Murdoc says: “Seems like there should have been time to get citizenship straightened out.”

    If you were just a baby when arriving and lived in the US for almost 19-years without a hastle you should be given priority to remain over OBAMA’s drunken, welfare sucking relatives, who snuck in as adults and are free to roam the streets thanks to the magic of the Messiah.

    1. I never had or played 2nd Fleet, but I was all over Sixth Fleet for a while.

      Was just telling someone the story about my brother and how he’d go all-out to sink the New Jersey in every scenario. Not because it would help him win, but because he knew it pissed me off.

      1. I never had 6th Fleet but 2nd and 7th (Japan, Okinawa, Philippines, etc). IIRC in 2d Fleet you could have limited land operations… SOF raids on enemy ports and airfields and such.

        I learned alot from those games, as I expect you did. Not just acronyms (ASW, CAP, SSBN, CG, CV, etc) and weapons but geography too. I remember each turn taking like an hour.

        And come to think of it I remember the BBs being very difficult to sink… your brother must have gone all out.

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