1…………> Where All Directions Point South: US Navy
The Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22), left, Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768), and the Royal Navy hunter-killer submarine, HMS Trenchant (S-91) surface through the ice during the multinational maritime Ice Exercise (ICEX) in the Arctic Circle. ICEX 2018 is a five-week exercise that allows the Navy to assess its operational readiness in the Arctic, increasing experience in the region, advance understanding of the Arctic environment, and continue to develop relationships with other services, allies and partner organizations. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Darryl I. Wood (Released) 180321-N-HI707-750
2…………..> USS Ralph Johnson: Godspeed
On March 5, 1968, in an observation post overlooking the Quan Duc Valley, Marine Corps Pfc. Ralph Henry Johnson used his body to shield fellow Marines from a grenade, absorbing the blast and dying instantly. The Charleston native had only been in Vietnam for two months when he was killed at the age of 19. In recognition of his “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity” during the Vietnam War he posthumously received the Medal of Honor, and now the Navy will commission its newest guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, March 24, at Columbus Street Pier in Charleston, South Carolina.
3…………> Spanish Treasure: Yutacan
A priceless stash of more than 300 gold pieces, including rings, buckles, crosses, brooches, cufflinks, bracelets, rosaries and toothpicks — as well as 74 encrusted emeralds among other items were discovered three years ago on a shallow reef, all parts of a Spanish treasure lost at sea after a shipwreck off the Yucatán coast in the 18th century.
According to Roberto Junco Sánchez, a researcher at the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), the discovery of the treasure was purely accidental when an underwater archaeology team was mapping the site of a 19th-century shipwreck using a portable magnetometer just to record a signal from just outside the area it was surveying.
The signals led the team to a broken anchor, a golden rosary bead and dozens of silver coins, and the rest is now part of Mexican history.
4……………..> Nordic Window: Ancient Pedophile Culture
Norwegian police have documented 151 cases of sexual abuse, including child rape, in one small community of 2,000 people in a 900 feet deep fjord, a village named Tysfjord, north of the Arctic circle, a forgotten hamlet of some of Scandinavia’s earliest inhabitants called the Sami’s, a long lost tribe that still live in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. The offences occurred between the 1950s and 2017, but Sami people accounted for about two-thirds of the 83 victims and 92 of the perpetrators identified in the police report on sexual abuse,
5……….> Ready For War: PLA Air Force
After the unceremonious trespassing by US Navy carrier battle groups through what the Chinese government consider their backyard, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force recently conducted a high-sea training mission in the West Pacific and a joint combat patrol mission in the South China Sea, according to an air force spokesperson.
Shen Jinke, a spokesperson for the PLA Air Force, said a formation, including H-6K bombers, Su-30 and Su-35 fighters, carried out a real combat training mission in the West Pacific via the Miyako Strait to improve high-sea combat readiness.
The PLA Air Force will continue to safeguard national sovereignty and security, as well as support the country’s peaceful development through high-sea training and combat patrol missions, according to Shen.
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