USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) dressed for the season:
The Blue Ridge-class amphibious command ship has been in the fleet since 1971– making her one of the oldest vessels on the Navy List and, indeed, older than just about everyone who walks her decks. She is 6th Fleet flagship forward-deployed to Gaeta, Italy, and the afloat command platform for STRIKFORNATO.
Meanwhile, in Scandanavia, the Royal Swedish Air Force’s Norrbottens Flygflottilj F 21 just conducted their annual “Julgransflygning” (Christmas tree flight) across the country– putting their JAS39 Gripens in formation in an ode to the O’ Tannenbaum.
Photos by Jesper Sundström/Försvarsmakten.
You never know who is going to crash a photography session. Trying to get some shots of my G19X after a year of use for an upcoming publication and this strange looking puppy dog edged in.
Of course, *no horses were hurt in the production of this post.
I saw that “New Coke” is back and the music of Queen is more popular than ever, but the whole reboot of the 1980s seems to be getting a little extreme.
So this happened, from the USN 7th Fleet PAO:
At approximately 11:45 am on June 7, 2019, while operating in the Philippine Sea, a Russian Destroyer (UDALOY I DD 572) made an unsafe maneuver against guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), closing to approximately 50-100 feet putting the safety of her crew and ship at risk.
While USS Chancellorsville was recovering its helicopter on a steady course and speed when the Russian ship DD572 maneuvered from behind and to the right of Chancellorsville accelerated and closed to an unsafe distance of approximately 50-100 feet. This unsafe action forced USS Chancellorsville to execute all engines back full and to maneuver to avoid a collision.
We consider Russia’s actions during this interaction as unsafe and unprofessional and not in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS), “Rules of the Road,” and internationally recognized maritime customs.
It looks like there may be trouble in paradise with Sig’s new subcompact P365 carry gun. While the double stack micro is about the same size as Glock’s G43 (which has sold an amazing one million units in the past two years), the Sig comes to the party with 10+1 rounds of 9mm rather than the Glock’s 6+1, which guarantees it to be a smash hit.
However, growing word on the street is that Sig’s gun is not a rival for Glock’s reliability.
Not my words, but check out the below from Max Life Tactical, who got 550~ rounds through one on a review before the fit hit the shan (the review starts off glowing but then rapidly makes a 180 at the 6-minute mark)
Then, Tim Harmsen from the Military Arms Channel dropped this on social media yesterday. The words “failed catastrophically” are used.
Could just be a bad batch of guns. Could be that Sig used the customer as a beta tester. All platforms have hiccup periods. I’ve seen it before, regularly.
Still, you may want to wait until the hiccups are over on this one…
I give you, the summary of the weekend safety brief: