How accurate are Naval Guns???

I was asked in an email how accurate the 3 inch Naval gun was in Monday’s post…

According to Capt Kouta (JMSDF Retired), they are this accurate…

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This snow lantern top is made out of the center of a military target from the time period (early 1900s) that was shot by the 3 inch guns from an average range of 4000 yards on the gunnery range.  The legs are made from the pieces removed from the Mikasa to repair battle damage after the defeat of the Russian Baltic Fleet.

This is the ‘standard’ bridge, used in normal times on the Mikasa, which was actually built in Britain and in March 1902 MIKASA was commissioned at Vickers Shipbuilding, so many of the instruments are in English…

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This is the topgallant forecastle, where Admiral Togo (corrected thanks Joe) ‘directed’ the Mikasa and the battle against the Russian Fleet.   According to drawings, it was ‘shielded’ by sandbags around the sides and the compass was also wrapped in sandbags.  The speaking trumpets on each side of the compass go to the bridge above, and to the armored bridge two decks down (below).DSC01297

This is looking through one of the ports to the armored bridge.  Roughly 12 inches of battle steel.DSC01289

And then there’s keeping a gun in the office, taken to the next level…

Two of these two inch guns are in the Admiral’s workroom/mess at the stern of the Mikasa…DSC01325

If anybody is curious, the Mikasa’s website is HERE.

Mikoshi Festival…

Well, there was a Mikoshi Festival here Sunday, and it’s quite the experience if you’ve never seen it…

A mikoshi (神輿 or 御輿?) is a divine palanquin (also translated as portable Shinto shrine). Shinto followers believe that it serves as the vehicle to transport a deity in Japan while moving between main shrine and temporary shrine during a festival or when moving to a new shrine. Often, the mikoshi resembles a miniature building, with pillars, walls, a roof, a veranda and a railing.

And they not only carry it, they dance, and there are drummers, and ‘everybody’ gets in the act…

Dancing…

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Pulling the drum wagon…  Even the little ones help…DSC01259

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The base opened the gates and easily 10,000 came in to ‘help’ the festival and enjoy the time on base…

It seemed their ‘favorite’ take home food was pizza!!!

And a short video of one of the palanquins…  I’d have needed a beer or three (dozen) after listening to that for a couple of hours of ‘dancing’ that thing along…

But it was fun! And it is amazing how the Japanese clean up after themselves.  No messes, everything piled by the trashcans, and everyone was polite!

WWII Poster…

It’s back around to the Navy, and this one is a ‘tad’ different…

It’s for the Naval Reserve…

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This is another one from McClelland Barclay.  Barclay was actually in the Navy as a Naval Constructor starting in 1938, and was a LCDR when he was lost at sea off the Solomons Islands after LST 342 he was aboard was torpedoed.

The sailor is tightening down a tampion in the muzzle of probably an 8 inch gun. An interesting little side fact, ONLY the USN uses a standard five pointed star for ALL tampions.  Other naval services allow the ship’s crest on the tampions…

WTF???

The new Ebola ‘czar’ has NO medical background, he’s a former lobbyist, and was the chief of staff to Gore and Biden…

And this makes him qualified HOW???

Ron Klain is going to be a political sop… This will be a spin job from the get go…

I really need to go buy some upgraded biohazard equipment… Sigh…

Vito…

Does NOT like noisemakers…

And the expression on Jace’s face is hilarious!  Something to the effect of “Mommy what did you just do?” Then the look at Vito…LOL

Willie’s playing my song again, y’all go read the folks on the sidebar. I’ll post/comment when I can.

The Grey Man- update…

Thank you to all who’ve put down hard earned $$ to buy my book!!!

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For those who asked for signed copies, those should go out today.

Also, all those who donated to KTKC your books went out yesterday! :-)

I would appreciate it if you’d post an honest review on Amazon if you have time.

The sale is over on The Grey Man- Vignettes, it’s going to $2.99 for the duration.  If you know anybody that wants one, they can go to my author page HERE.

Thanks again, especially to those who’ve graciously linked and posted on the book!!!  And yes, I am working on #3 in the series…

 

And now insult to injury…

Today BO signed an executive order allowing call up of the Reserves and National Guard to ‘support’  the African Ebola mission…

It’s on AP, so I won’t quote it, but the link is HERE.

The Reserves and Guard are ‘supposedly’ only used when active duty personnel aren’t available…

WTF???

I can’t help but wonder if this is yet another ploy by the administration to run people out of the Reserves and Guard units, or whether they even care about these folks at all… So far Marines, Seabees and Army are in play.  I’m betting the USAF will end up flying hardware/people into the area.

So will they also be quarantining airplanes?  What if???  The Air Force is hurting NOW for enough planes to accomplish their transport missions, if they have to take 3,4,5 out of service and quarantine those aircrews, then what happens? And where do they do it???

IMHO, this has the potential to get really ugly for our folks going (once again) in harms way…

Protection? Not so much…

I’m actually surprised to see this on CNN…

Washington (CNN) — In an unprecedented move to protect U.S. troops that might be exposed to Ebola, U.S. military commanders are being given the authority to quarantine troops for 21 days at a Defense Department facility where they will be monitored for signs of the disease and treated if they do contract the virus.

Entire article and video HERE.

Meanwhile, there are words, but there don’t appear to be real plans to actually quarantine people flying from the Ebola areas…

And it is being reported in various MSM venues that Liberians are claiming they are being discriminated against because they ‘might’ be infected.

At what point does the administration wake up and smell the dead bodies??? Not banning flights, not closing the border, playing the PC games…

And what ELSE is being hidden until after the election???

Sigh…

Elections are coming…

The 2014 United States elections will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. During this midterm election year, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested in this election. PLEASE get out and VOTE!!!

A movement has been started by our armed forces to get out the vote in 2014. The President, the Commander-in-Chief, has made the Rules of Engagement (ROE) so difficult, that our troops are often killed before they can even get permission to fight. It’s bad enough that we have 1400-1700 boots on the ground in Iraq with NO SOFA, but now we’re sending 3000 troops to Liberia to ‘combat’ Ebola? That is NOT the troops jobs, nor are they being properly trained or equipped (from the info I’m getting).  The President, with his Democratic control of the Senate, has nearly all the power. If the Non-Establishment Republicans, and Conservatives, can take back the Senate in 2014, our troops can once again be protected from unnecessary danger. Please consider this, and send it on to your mailing lists.

During this mid-term election, if there is someone new running against an incumbent, vote for the new person. We have to get all new blood in the Senate and the House. These politicians have become leaches and spend more time serving themselves than serving their country. Our vote is their term limits!

Interestingly enough, when GWB was president you heard about the military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan almost daily. With Obama in the White House, the mainstream media has been strangely quiet. More than 1,000 American soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq in the last 27 months. This is more than the combined total of the nine years before.

The commander in chief is AWOL. Not a peep, although he ordered the White House flag flown at half-staff for the Sikhs that were killed, but not the 2-star General (Obama played golf, and there wasn’t a SINGLE WH rep). There is a deep disgust, a fury, growing in the ranks of the military against the indifferent incompetence of this president.  And this doesn’t even begin to address the fiasco of the VA scandal.  Just throwing money at the problem WILL NOT fix it.  Firing

It has taken on a dangerous tone. No one knows what to do about him, but the anger runs deep as the deaths continue with no strategic end in sight to the idiocy of this war. Obama has had 6 years to end this futile insanity, during which time he has vacationed, golfed, campaigned, and generally ignored the plight of our men and women in uniform. But, there is now a movement afoot in the armed services to launch a massive get out the vote drive against this president. This includes not just current active-duty types, but the National Guard, Reserves, the retired, and all other prior service members. This is no small special interest group, but many millions of veterans who can have an enormous impact on the outcome of the November election if they all respond.

The one million military retirees in Florida alone could mean an overwhelming victory in that state if they all show up at the polls. It might not keep another hundred or more US troops from dying, but a turn out to vote by the military against this heartbreaking lack of leadership can make a powerful statement that hastens a change.

Veterans, please forward to your lists.  Get out there and make you vote count!  I don’t care WHO you vote for, but dammit… GO VOTE this November.  It’s important, and our votes may be able to get this country back on track!!!