Thursday, August 28, 2014

Video: HMS Illustrious Decommissioned

 More on 'Lusty' from Daily Mail.

From Forces News:

The official ceremony to decommission the Royal Navy's last Aircraft Carrier takes place today in Portsmouth following 32 years of active service. She will be preserved for the nation as the oldest ship in the Navy's active fleet.

From The News (Portsmouth)

Crowds turn out to say farewell to Lusty

CROWDS of proud family, friends and veterans are gathered at Portsmouth’s naval base for the decommissioning of HMS Illustrious.

Members of the ship’s company are also preparing to take part in the ceremony this morning.
The Royal Marines band will start the celebrations, with a parade taking place shortly before 11am.
Able Seaman Stacey Bell is one of those who will be saying goodbye to the aircraft carrier.

The 26-year-old said: ‘I have been on board since January. To get such a large ship for your first deployment made it a great experience.

‘When I stood on the flight deck for the first time and looked out at the ocean was incredible.
‘It will stay with me forever - it was my second home.’

The 22-tonne ship was deployed before her naming ceremony en-route to the Falklands in June 1982.
She has clocked up 900,000 operational miles.


 Check out the MoD column:  HMS Illustrious takes final bow

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Warrenpoint: Always remembered

At least 18 soldiers have been killed in two booby-trap bomb attacks at Warrenpoint, South Down, close to the border with the Irish Republic. 

It is the highest death toll suffered by the British Army in a single incident since it arrived in Northern Ireland to restore order a decade ago.

The IRA are believed to be behind the attack.

It came only hours after the Queen's cousin, Lord Louis Mountbatten, was killed in an IRA bomb attack in Donegal Bay in the Irish Republic.

The day after the bombs went-off, Officers and men from 2 Para paraded at the scene of the blast to pay their respect to their fellow soldiers


Yes, I have written about Warrenpoint before. You can find more here, here and here.

Roll of Honour

"Utrinque paratus"


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Ens. John Parle

Ens. John Parle23 years old from Omaha, Nebraska
May 26, 1920 - July 10, 1943

From Ens. Parle's Medal Of Honor citation:

For valor and courage above and beyond the call of duty as Officer-in-Charge of Small Boats in the USS LST-375 during the amphibious assault on the island of Sicily, 9-10 July 1943. Realizing that a detonation of explosives would prematurely disclose to the enemy the assault about to be carried out, and with full knowledge of the peril involved, Ens. Parle unhesitatingly risked his life to extinguish a smoke pot accidentally ignited in a boat carrying charges of high explosives, detonating fuses and ammunition. Undaunted by fire and blinding smoke, he entered the craft, quickly snuffed out a burning fuse, and after failing in his desperate efforts to extinguish the fire pot, finally seized it with both hands and threw it over the side. Although he succumbed a week later from smoke and fumes inhaled, Ens. Parle's heroic self-sacrifice prevented grave damage to the ship and personnel and insured the security of a vital mission. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.
You can read more about Ens. Parle here

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them Hero.

Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Video: Whittle on Ferguson and race FACTS

As Sharpton, Jackson, Obama and Holder cling to the race card to explain/justify/excuse the recent - and ongoing - events in Ferguson, Bill Whittle adds facts to the mix..

Take a look:

ISIS to US: Chicago, you're next

From JihadWatch:

Islamic State threatens jihad mass murder attack in Chicago

Robert Spencer
22 August 2014

“we are in your state/ we are in your cities / we are in your streets. You are our goals anywhere.” “we are here #america near our #target :) sooooooooooooon.”

The Islamic State is doing all it can to “strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah” (Qur’an 8:60). “Photo implies ISIS threat to Chicago,” by Mark Suppelsa,, August 21, 2014[...]

There is another chilling Chicago connection in the battle between the US. and extreme Islamic militants isil (ISIS).

First there’s the beheading of the journalist who was the Northwestern graduate.
Now WGN Investigates has found an online war of words and disturbing images that includes an implied threat to a Chicago landmark building.

It’s a nasty, sometimes horrible back and forth coming on the heels of U.S. bombing of ISIS forces in Iraq involving Facebook and Twitter pages with titles like, #AMessageFromISIStoUS and vice versa....

There is more, much more, here.

AFG: UK MWD on the job

From the MoD: 

Corporal Amy-Jane Harrop, a military working dog handler, makes the most of a short break in the shade with her dog, Troy, before moving off again into the heat of the Afghan sun. It is vitally important that the dogs are given as much rest and hydration as the soldiers, as they work just as hard and quite often cover a vast amount of ground. [Picture: Corporal Daniel Wiepen, Crown copyright]