‘Five carriers’ photo was in 2012 and it was no big deal

Everybody calm down.

 

Eighth wonder of the world, check.  Breach of national security - not so much.
Eighth wonder of the world, check. Breach of national security – not so much.

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about this in the last week, so I’m running a short post on it to see if the wild rumors can be laid to rest.

About a year ago, someone began circulating a photo of five aircraft carriers all in port at the same time at the Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia.  The claim was that the carriers had just been ordered into port for some purpose the Navy didn’t understand, Continue reading “‘Five carriers’ photo was in 2012 and it was no big deal”

How many old, belching Russian destroyers does it take to establish an international veto in Syria?

Crouching bear, sleeping eagle.

One, if the US is weak and undisciplined.

A picture is worth a thousand words.  The Bosphorus Naval News blog, an excellent source for ground-truth naval information in the Bosporus and Black Sea, has photos of the Russian Kashin-class destroyer Smetlivy transiting the Turkish Straits on 2 April, on her way to Syria.  “As you can see,” says blogger Cem Devrim Yaylalı demurely, “she was smoking heavily.”

According to Russian officials quoted in an AFP report on the deployment, Continue reading “How many old, belching Russian destroyers does it take to establish an international veto in Syria?”