Originally posted by AwakeANDreaming
I happen to have a friend who "was' in the navy a few years ago. During these cuts he was released and is now a big Romney/Ryan supporter.
I had an argument recently with him because for the past four years we have been friends, he spent at least 10 hours a day online talking to women on the internet while being paid by the Federal Government to do it. It was ridiculous and he knows it but will not admit it to me.
Originally posted by captaintyinknots
Oh, and for the record:
According to the Washington Post, the U.S. Army discontinued bayonet instruction during basic training in 2010. Read more: newsfeed.time.com...
Originally posted by randomname
a modern u.s. aircraft carrier is a floating iron city, nothing short of a direct nuclear strike or a bunker buster could sink it.
but on the flip side, its main strength is also its biggest weakness. a direct hit on the deck with a conventional anti-ship missile would destroy the runway and the catapult system rendering it's biggest assets, the fighter planes, useless and taking it out of the battle for weeks until repaired.
to combat that, the range of the fighter jets has to be greater than the range of the anti-ship cruise missile.edit on 23-10-2012 by randomname because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by AngryCymraeg
If the enemy gets close enough for you to need a bayonet, then someone's massively screwed up somewhere.
You are pretty snarky for a moderator.
Originally posted by masqua
reply to post by butcherguy
I guess you missed that bit about a 'bayonet' being something being attached to the business end of a rifle and used much like a spear. These days, with automatic weapons, it's far easier to just shoot a few rounds rather than sticking your assault rifle into an enemy combatant and then having to do the 'struggling to pull it out again' dance.
That's why bayonet drills were dropped from training.
You can call a knife a bayonet if you like, though.
There are 12 carriers, by law. Today they are all nuclear powered. The last two conventional carriers, Kennedy and Kitty Hawk, were decommissioned several years ago; my son-in-law decommissioned both ships.
After all arrangements were made to decommission Kitty, he was instructed to call the ceremony something else because its replacement had not passed sea trials and therefore the Navy would violate the law by having only 11 operating carriers.
So they had a legend ceremony.
Shortly after, only the CO and one or two sailors remained. Four months later the last crew member, the CO, received a message to transfer from the ship. So for four months the Navy had a commissioned carrier, dead and no crew.
Now to the meat. If you were to ask our citizens "How big is our U.S. Navy?" you would receive all kinds of answers. Most would be large numbers, like 1,000 ships. Actually, it is 278, plus or minus -- the smallest number in some 80 years. There are 340 admirals, plus or minus a few.
The Sixth Fleet has one ship, and I don't think it has any guns or missiles. I'm not sure where that destroyer came from. The No. 1 one priority for our Navy, as demanded by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mullen, and the chief of naval operations, Adm. Roughead, is diversity. They are busy doing other things.
Our people have been put to sleep since the 1993 base closures, when the Navy lied to us about the size of the fleet. It was then 450, and nobody said anything when it dropped below 300. Where are the Kings, Halseys, Nimitzes and Burkes? We now have no warriors, only managers. James A. Kenney Capt., U.S. Navy (Retired)
Originally posted by hangedman13 A bayonet is also handy to prevent the barrel from getting into mud and such.