ROYAL NAVAL AND BRITISH MARITIME SNIPPETS 4

a continuation of type from http://www.godfreydykes.info/ROYAL_NAVAL_AND_BRITISH_MARITIME_SNIPPETS_1.html
and
http://www.godfreydykes.info/ROYAL_NAVAL_AND_BRITISH_MARITIME_SNIPPETS_2.html

and
http://www.godfreydykes.info/ROYAL_NAVAL_AND_BRITISH_MARITIME_SNIPPETS_3.html

 

1.

In naval protocol, who comes last?  Why, always the senior officer of course.....with only a couple of exceptions!  For example:-

a. At a naval funeral or a funeral where the bearer party is a naval bearer party, the senior officer in charge always marches at the head of the coffin.  Since a secular persons coffin always travels feet first, that means at the back of the coffin as it travels,  with the senior rating, or, for a more senior persons funeral, the warrant officer at the head  [feet] leading the way to the bier or catafalque or grave and by so doing giving all the necessary orders to the bearer party.

b. When a ship is under sailing orders the commanding officer is usually piped aboard the quarterdeck as the last officer to board  the vessel before the gangway is removed.

c. Whenever a document is signed the junior officer always signs first, then in order of seniority, other officers until the last signature is that of the most senior officer.

d.  When a signal was needed to be transmitted, the drafter of the signal was a nominated officer but the originator, the final signatory was the releasing officer, the commanding officer or an officer appointed by the commanding officer.

e. By tradition, when a vessel was clearly sinking, the commanding officer ordered abandon ship, giving the crew full permission  for everyone for themselves. When he was sure that that had happened he himself saved his own life, but if unsure that  he was the last person on board, he stayed at his post to draw a last breath as the ship went under.

f. In terms of social interaction, the senior officers on board, commanding officer and admiral for example, lived a lonely existence, a private existence, and were at the end of the queue for social interaction. On a flagship the flag captain was occasionally invited to dine in the admirals quarters with the admiral and his senior staff officers. Equally, there were occasions when the officers mess president, the senior wardroom officer, would invite the commanding officer [and even the embarked admiral and his senior officers] into the wardroom for drinks or a meal on special occasions. The commanding officer could also invite wardroom officers to dine with him in his day cabin although  rarely. But for all that, he was a loner by military design, so that he was beholding to nobody and made loose acquaintances only in the cause of trusting the competences of his officers, but no friends.

g. A senior officer was always called last to give evidence at a board of enquiry or a court martial.

h. Put here on purpose so as to divorce a Pall Bearer from a Coffin Bearer [a] above, which many people confuse, usually ending up with people carrying coffins being called pall bearer!  Military Pall Bearers today are a rarity at funerals, the last being thirty six years ago in 1979 at the Royal Ceremonial Funeral of Lord Mountbatten. In such grand state events, the pall bearers are eight very high ranking officers of at least three star rank, but usually four star rank, who march inboard of the eight coffin bearers during the ceremonial marching phases of the funeral, and outboard when the coffin is being carried. In Lord Mountbatten's case, the pall bearers were international, having amongst them officers from India, Burma, USA, France plus four British officer, two navy and one each from the Army and Royal Air Force. The most senior officer was of five star rank, our most senior Admiral of the Fleet Sir Edward Ashmore [other than Royal admirals of the fleet] whose marching position was in position 8, namely on the starboard side of the gun carriage adjacent to the  rear wheel. The configuration is based on a tri-service understanding that we drop our naval numbering system of even numbers to port [left] and off numbers to starboard [right] and number sequentially 1234 down the left hand side of the coffin and 5678 down the right hand side, counting from the feet end. In this picture [click to enlarge] you can see the senior pall bearer on the far side just after of the starboard rear wheel wearing the red sash of an admiral of the fleet and behind him [and the lieutenant on this side] , me, the last man in the coffin bearers column.

There are others but I won't bore your further!

2.

When first read many moons ago, I much enjoyed Jellicoe’s book and full account of his actions and those of Beatty at Jutland.  No fair minded person could doubt that notwithstanding the count of the dead on each side and the materiel losses, that it was a victory for Jellicoe and the British Navy  in so much that it quite literally interned Scheer and his  German High Seas Fleet from June 2nd 1916 until November 11th 1918, which led to a strangle hold on German’s ability to trade and import essential food stocks  resulting in the starvation of the masses and the capitulation of the German fighting forces.   It is often forgotten, regrettably, that the German’s were not beaten militarily  at the Front in WW1, and that it was the civilian population and its many government and managerial departments who  pulled the plug back home in Berlin in the face of total and utter carnage and civil disobedience from people dying in the streets for lack of food, made that way because of the success of Jutland and the fleets “jailer” tactics thereafter.   If  people  could, for a moment, open their minds  to read Adolf Hitler’ Mein Kampf,  they would readily empathise with him and his peers, when he tells us of the almost permanent stalemates on the Western Front where there were no winners, at least no obvious winners, then all of a sudden, it was ‘down arms lads and up hands, were surrendering’, a military order given without substance based on the knowledge that the German Empire had collapsed, but not its soldiers. Frankly, I too would be well and truly pissed off.  That Hitler was to accuse all those spineless civilians back home of being Jews, communists, pacifists etc which led to his formation of the Nazi Party ostensibly to take revenge and to purge German society, before he attempted to take revenge on those countries engaged as combatant adversaries, was of course his Armageddon, and I suggest that after reading the reasons why German soldiers gathered as street gangs in German cities after the enforced surrender, you close the book on the writings of a sicko megalomaniac !

Everybody is au fait with Jellicoe’s fall from grace in December 1917 when the “Gedes Axe” fell,  and most of us are ashamed that a man or his valour and total commitment to his Service and his country, should have been treated in that manner. It was a truly infamous Christmas period, and I’ll wager that even the honours that followed that very public sacking [Earldom, Admiral of the Fleet and other honours]  would never have compensated for the loss of the appointment of First Sea Lord.

Anyway, and small beer after the end of 1917, are you aware that his year started well and that on Friday evening the 12th January 1917, he appeared for the very first time in public as the First Sea Lord?  He was invited to be the chief guest [and speaker] of the Fishmongers Company in their resplendent London building. He was compared with Admiral St Vincent of 100 years previously, and gave a good speech which I have firmly in my archives, simply because he goes on record in the mentioning of wireless telegraphy as being a new ‘tool’ of war, but equally, because “warts and all” [and we all have them – some visible and some not] he is a man I consider as a hero, and with but only a few, an undisputed protagonist in the winning of WW1. The article covering the January 1917 happy and proud event is in the form of following two files.

 

                                                                                                                                                     

 

Whilst writing, the not so happy event of 1919 when your Lord Jellicoe  was doing his cruise to the antipodes inter alia, showing the flag [followed in 1920 by The Prince of Wales later King Edward VIII doing the same things to the Asian continent chiefly to Indian, East and West Pakistan].  Originally, the PoW would cruise to Asian ports simultaneously with Jellicoe doing the dominions south of the Equator. However the PoW was delayed and it was agreed between the Palace and Admiralty that they would be two separate cruises.  Both cruises were designed to explain Jutland, the subsequent surrender of the Germans and the disposal of the German High Seas Fleet, the status of the Dominions and the formation of a new naval force viz the Royal New Zealand Squadron, later Navy, and each in its turn, was highly successful pulling large crowds.

HMS New Zealand, a very large battlecruiser,  was paid for by the New Zealand government and was gifted to the Royal Navy.  Virtually brand new in 1914, she saw much action during WW1 being at all the main naval battles of the war. At Jutland she helped destroy two German cruisers and was herself hit, but sustained no casualties. Imagine the pride Jellicoe must have felt when his new flag ship HMS New Zealand,  which was with him at Jutland sailed out of Portsmouth harbour on the 21st February 1919 heading East ultimately to New Zealand itself.  It was whilst cruising in the Pacific heading south and bound for Sydney Australia, with a planned stop over at Suva [Fiji] almost due north of New Zealand and on the same latitude as Darwin Australia, that the best laid plans of mice and men came unstuck for the highly embarrassed newly promoted  Admiral of the Fleet Lord Jellicoe. On arrival Suva, his replenishment order of a couple of thousand tons of coal was unfulfilled by gross incompetence and lack of attention to detail.  This meant that a huge chunk of the cruise had to be abandoned and a speed restriction imposed. She arrived in Sydney as planned mid July, coaled, did some exercising with the RAN off the NSW coast and docked-down for a bottom scrape and repaint. She left Sydney for Wellington North Island [NI] on the 16th August. It was intended to visit ports/areas in New Zealand centred in a huge circle on the division between NI and South Island SI [Cook Strait] and then to visit the most northerly part of NI and the most southerly part of SI, which were respectively Auckland and Bluff the last town on the mainland opposite Stewart Island.  Bluff and everything south of Christchurch was abandoned to great disappointment by all, leaving only two small ports visited namely Lyttelton [Christchurch] and Picton opposite Wellington across the Cook Strait, virtually ignoring SI altogether. On the NI, off Napier there was a sail-past giving people on shore a view of the ship before going on to Auckland for her final visit. Whilst in Wellington Lord Jellicoe was centre stage in the inauguration and commissioning of the Royal New Zealand Naval Squadron, RNZNS, later changed to RNZN. HMS New Zealand then started her long journey back home once more via the Suez Canal, again calling at Fiji into Suva, this time with coal ready and waiting. She arrived back home in Portsmouth on the 4th February 1920, just a few days short of it being away for a full year.  Shortly afterwards, the Washington Convention decreed the limits on the sizes of each countries warships, and because the New Zealand was oversized as a battlecruiser, she went for scrapping, when not even ten years old.

3.

None of us wants to hear that we are "terrorists sympathisers" but if the cap fits........ In my book, this certainly would apply in the 2015 elected MP's to at least half a dozen people in the official opposition party under Corbyn's leadership but no more I would think. What with their vote against extending attacks on Daesh from Iraq into Syria;  their direct association with the IRA at their height of UK mainland atrocities, and that pathetic little turd Livingstone who dared to discredit our armed forces in their Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns in favour of Al- Qaeda and other Jihadists. It certainly wouldn't apply to members of the other opposition parties, Greens, Lib Dems, DUP, UKIP but I have my doubts about a corporate cap being worn by the SNP members. Politically, it certainly was a whole of Scotland vote, given that there are but two Scots in Parliament returned from Scottish constituencies who are not members of the SNP in Westminster!

I wonder if they see things like this which are regularly pumped out of the government. If they did, they would know what splendid airmen we have in the Royal Air Force. Now since this page in called Royal Navy and..........I have to justify the naval input, and I can only do that by telling the truth. WHY AREN'T WE [THE NAVY] THERE with a carriers and some fleet air arm fixed-wing assets? How bloody embarrassing is that, when our boys are there in force STRUGGLING to fly great distances to and from from Cyprus to areas of the Levant, when the Russians have a terra firma airbase actually in Syria and the French/USA both have carriers just a big jump-jet-ramp away from the Daesh targets in both Syria and Iraq? And worse still, we are scheduled to be ready in 2022/2023 with the Queen Elizabeth, but pray God, all these things will be done and dusted by that time.  If not, perhaps the "stop the war rebels" might have been right?

Anyway this is a report regularly issued by the MOD and it is of some interest [even with the accompanying naval embarrassment] to us all.

News story

Update: air strikes in Iraq and Syria

From:

Ministry of Defence

First published:

19 May 2015

Last updated:

5 December 2015

Part of:

Daesh: UK government response , Iraq and Syria

British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh

Tornado GR4. Crown Copyright.

Latest update

Daesh terrorists have again been struck by Royal Air Force aircraft, with Typhoon fighters flying their first missions over Syria and Iraq.

During the evening of Friday 4 December, Tornado GR4s and Typhoon FGR4s, based at RAF Akrotiri, conducted a further series of strikes on targets in the very large Daesh-controlled oilfield at Omar in eastern Syria. As with the attacks on 3 December which immediately followed the Parliamentary decision to extend offensive air operations to Syrian airspace, the Tornados and Typhoons used Paveway IV guided bombs to hit wellheads, thus cutting off the terrorists’ oil revenue at the very source. Eight attacks were carried out, and early reports suggest that they were successful. Our aircraft then remained on patrol to collect intelligence on possible terrorist positions and be ready to strike any further targets that might be identified in eastern Syria or western Iraq.

The Typhoons and the Tornados received vital support from an RAF Voyager air refuelling tanker during their missions. At the same time, an RAF Reaper provided close air support to Kurdish security forces in north-west Iraq as they continue to drive back Daesh after defeating the terrorists at Sinjar. A Daesh truck-bomb was identified south of Sinjar, and the Reaper’s crew were able to destroy it by means of a direct hit from a Hellfire missile.

Whilst the Tornados, Typhoons and Reapers are able to conduct invaluable tactical reconnaissance, a large percentage of the coalition’s strategic surveillance capability is provided by the RAF’s Sentinel and Air Seeker aircraft. Hercules transports also play a key role in ensuring the logistic support of the UK forces deployed on Operation Shader, especially the military training teams in Iraq, who are working with other coalition partners to train and equip the Iraqi security forces as they continue to build their strength to defeat Daesh on the ground.

Previous air strikes

 1 November: An RAF Reaper used a Hellfire missile to destroy a group of terrorists in close combat with Iraqi troops, while a second Reaper, operating over Anbar province, worked in close cooperation with coalition fast jets to assist Iraqi operations to isolate the ISIL terrorists in and around Ramadi. The Reaper provided surveillance support to six coalition air strikes on terrorists manoeuvring in the area, and conducted four highly accurate strikes of its own using Hellfire missiles on groups of extremists as they attempted to reposition themselves against the advancing Iraqi forces. In north-west Iraq, Tornado GR4s were meanwhile supporting Kurdish peshmerga near Sinjar: three Paveway attacks destroyed an armed pick-up truck, a weapons cache, and a sniper position.

 2 November: A Reaper conducted three successful strikes with two Hellfire missiles and a GBU-12 guided bomb against ISIL terrorist positions in western Iraq, including an anti-aircraft gun which the Reaper had located.

 3 November: A GR4 patrol again provided support to the Kurdish forces near Sinjar. A Brimstone missile destroyed a terrorist weapons cache, and a Paveway destroyed a mortar position on the top of a building.

 5 November: ISIL terrorists are under heavy pressure in both northern Iraq, where the Kurdish peshmerga continue to push them back, and in Anbar province, where Iraqi troops have isolated the ISIL forces inside Ramadi. RAF Tornado GR4 and Reaper aircraft have flown daily armed reconnaissance missions over both areas, as part of the coalition’s intensive air campaign, and have conducted precision attacks in close coordination with the Iraqi ground forces. A particular focus has been around Sinjar city, in preparation for a large Kurdish offensive to drive ISIL from their remaining positions in the southern part of the town. ISIL positions in and around Sinjar have been methodically targeted by coalition aircraft ahead of the ground assault by the Kurdish security forces. As part of these preparations for the Kurdish attack Tornado GR4s from RAF Akrotiri were able, despite bad weather, to use Paveway IV guided bombs against a pair of ISIL fortified positions near Sinjar; the Kurdish unit whom the GR4s were supporting confirmed that both terrorist positions had been destroyed.

 8 November: The GR4s were again in action over northern Iraq, destroying a further two ISIL positions near Tal Afar, which had been firing at Kurdish forces, including a rocket launch site concealed in a building

 9 November: The GR4s provided close air support to a Kurdish unit on the outskirts of Sinjar, which was in close combat with terrorists, armed with rocket-propelled grenades, who were defending a fortified compound. Despite the proximity of the Kurdish troops, our aircrew were able to conduct a carefully planned attack with two Paveway IV guided bombs that destroyed the compound.

 11 November: A Reaper used a GBU-12 guided bomb to destroy a terrorist-held building near Sinjar, then successfully attacked with a Hellfire missile a group of ISIL fighters as they attempted to move to a new position. Meanwhile, over Ramadi, a Tornado patrol destroyed a terrorist truck bomb with a Brimstone missile.

 12 November: As Kurdish forces launch a major offensive against ISIL terrorists in northern Iraq, the Royal Air Force has been playing a full part in coalition reconnaissance and strike missions to provide effective air support to them and other Iraqi ground forces. Royal Air Force aircraft provided continued close air support to the successful Kurdish offensive around Sinjar city as well as to Iraqi operations in Ramadi. An RAF Reaper worked closely with other coalition aircraft to ensure that the Kurdish soldiers fighting to retake Sinjar received constant and immediate support from the air. The advanced surveillance sensors on the Reaper allowed it to search ahead of the advancing peshmerga and identify ISIL terrorist activity. In addition to this invaluable intelligence support, the Reaper’s controllers were also able to conduct two successful strikes with Hellfire missiles on groups of terrorists as they attempted to react to the Kurdish advance. Although Sinjar was the focus for much coalition air activity, patrols were maintained over other areas of Iraq where the fight against ISIL continues, and RAF Tornado GR4s provided close air support to the Iraqi units closing in on the terrorist positions in Ramadi. Just north of the city, a terrorist supply truck was identified at the mouth of an underpass, and destroyed by a direct hit from a Brimstone missile.

 13 November: Tornado GR4s from RAF Akrotiri, supported by a Voyager air tanker, provided close air support to Iraqi troops fighting in the area around Ramadi. Our aircraft conducted four successful attacks on a set of Daesh terrorist positions, using a combination of Paveway IV guided bombs and Brimstone missiles. A second Tornado patrol continued to support the Iraqi forces during the night, and destroyed a terrorist armoured personnel carrier with a direct hits from a Brimstone missile. Meanwhile, further north an RAF Reaper assisted an Iraqi unit which reported that, following a firefight, a group of Daesh terrorists had taken shelter in a derelict industrial site, hiding under an oil tank. Despite the close proximity of the Iraqi soldiers, the Reaper’s crew were able to direct a GBU-12 guided bomb onto the terrorist position and destroy it, without risk to the friendly forces.

 15 November: As Kurdish troops continued their successful offensive in northern Iraq, an RAF Reaper flew overwatch, destroying a terrorist vehicle with a Hellfire missile. The Reaper then crossed into Syrian airspace where it conducted routine intelligence collection against ISIL and provided surveillance support to the major French air strike on a large terrorist facility near Raqqa.

 16 November, two successive Tornado patrols extended the support to the Kurdish offensive. The first flight used a Paveway bomb to destroy a mortar position which had opened fire on the Kurds. The following mission destroyed a heavy machine-gun near Mosul with a Paveway IV, then proceeded west towards Sinjar. There was heavy cloud, which may have encouraged the terrorists to assume that they were safe from air attack, but working very closely with the Kurdish forces, the GR4s were able to guide a Paveway onto a large group of over 30 Daesh terrorists who were massing for a counter-attack; the Kurdish unit subsequently reported that the air strike had been highly effective. The Tornado patrol then destroyed another ISIL mortar position south-west of Sinjar.

 17 November: Tornado GR4s from RAF Akrotiri provided close air support to Iraqi ground forces closing in on Ramadi. Our aircraft conducted three successful attacks with Paveway IV guided bombs, destroying an improvised artillery piece – a so-called “Hell Cannon” – and two heavy machine-gun positions. Support was also given to the Kurdish forces as they exploited their recent victory at Sinjar, and on Thursday, Tornados used a Paveway to destroy a Daesh sniper position which had opened fire on Kurdish troops, then scored a direct hit with a Brimstone missile on a terrorist vehicle near Sinjar. The same day saw a Reaper flying overwatch for Iraqi troops further south, and it successfully struck a group of terrorists with a Hellfire missile.

 20 November: Reapers conducted three strikes, two Hellfires destroyed an armed pick-up truck and a terrorist check-point, whilst a GBU-12 guided bomb eliminated a large group of terrorists gathered at a weapons cache. Two more ISIL check-points were struck by a Reaper over northern Iraq on Saturday.

 22 November, Tornado GR4s attacked a Daesh vehicle armed with an anti-aircraft gun and a stockpile of home-made explosives, destroying both with Paveways.

 25 November: A particular focus for RAF air operations was over northern Iraq, assisting the Kurdish peshmerga who recently inflicted a significant defeat on the Daesh extremists at Sinjar. During the morning, two Tornado GR4s from RAF Akrotiri patrolled near Mosul, and conducted three precision attacks with Paveway IV guided bombs on groups of terrorist fighters. In addition, a terrorist vehicle was destroyed by a direct hit from a Brimstone missile. The Tornados then flew west to the area south-east of Sinjar, where a fourth Paveway strike destroyed a Daesh heavy machine-gun position. A second Tornado patrol continued to support the Kurdish ground operations into the night, and it used a Paveway to destroy a heavy machine-gun position to the south-west of Sinjar. The GR4s were supported, as normal, by a Voyager air tanker. Meanwhile, an RAF Reaper remotely piloted aircraft was also providing overwatch for the Kurdish troops, using its advanced surveillance sensors, and its crew conducted a successful attack with a GBU-12 guided bomb on a building in a terrorist-held compound near Mosul. Other RAF aircraft making a vital contribution to the air campaign include the Sentinel and Air Seeker surveillance aircraft. These make up a large percentage of the coalition’s overall ability to collect strategic intelligence on terrorist activity in Iraq and Syria, and complement well the sophisticated tactical reconnaissance capabilities of the Tornado and Reaper.

 26 November: RAF Tornado GR4 and Reaper aircraft have continued to fly daily armed reconnaissance missions over Iraq, gathering intelligence and striking terrorist targets as they are identified. A Reaper remotely piloted aircraft operated with coalition fast jets providing close air support to Iraqi units conducting offensive operations against Daesh in Ramadi. The Reaper’s crew provided surveillance assistance to a successful coalition strike that eliminated an Daesh sniper team and then employed its own GBU-12 guided bomb to destroy a terrorist-held building.

Meanwhile, Tornado GR4s from RAF Akrotiri were flying close air support for Kurdish forces who were exploiting their recent victory over the terrorists at Sinjar. An Daesh heavy machine-gun opened fire on the Kurds near Kisik, but an accurate Paveway attack by the GR4s through heavy cloud successfully dealt with the threat.

 27 November: A Reaper was again active over Ramadi, where it assisted a coalition air strike on a terrorist-held building. The Reaper then observed a fuel tanker which had been adapted to be a large booby-trap; this was positioned in an area from which the civilian population had fled, and which lay in the path of the Iraqi advance. A precision attack with a Hellfire missile safely destroyed the tanker. A second Reaper supported the Kurds south of Sinjar, and conducted two successful attacks with its Hellfires, destroying two terrorist vehicles, one of which was a car-bomb.

 29 November: A Tornado patrol over western Iraq conducted four strikes around Ramadi and Haditha: our aircraft used Paveway IVs to neutralise yet another large car-bomb, and destroy two Daesh-held buildings. The fourth strike was with a Brimstone missile, which eliminated a pair of terrorists, mounted on a motorcycle, who were attempting to plant an improvised explosive device. Also in western Iraq, a Reaper fired a Hellfire missile to attack an Daesh vehicle check-point, used by the terrorists to extort tolls from passing traffic and thereby restrict free movement by the civilian population.

 30 November: UK GR4s were once again in action, supporting the Kurdish peshmerga south of Sinjar. Three heavy machine-gun positions were identified, and each struck accurately by a Paveway IV. As is normal, a Voyager tanker provided air to air refuelling for the RAF Tornados, as well as being available to refuel other coalition jets. Other RAF assets making a significant contribution to the coalition air campaign include Sentinel and Air Seeker strategic surveillance aircraft, which play a key role in gathering intelligence on terrorist activity in Syria and Iraq. In addition, Hercules transport aircraft provide essential logistic support to the British forces deployed on the operation, particularly the UK military training teams inside Iraq, who are working with other coalition partners to develop the Iraqi ground forces’ capability and effectiveness

 2 December: Following the vote in the House of Commons last night, Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 aircraft flew their first offensive operation against Daesh terrorist targets inside Syria. The mainstay of Daesh’s financial income is derived from exploitation of a number of oilfields that they hold. These are overwhelmingly located in Daesh’s heartlands in eastern Syria. Several of these oilfields have already been effectively targeted by other coalition partners; RAF aircraft and precision weaponry are well suited to attacking, with low collateral risk, this type of target. Overnight, RAF Tornado GR4s, supported by a Voyager air refuelling tanker and a Reaper, and operating in conjunction with other coalition aircraft, employed Paveway IV guided bombs to conduct strikes against six targets within the extensive oilfield at Omar, 35 miles inside Syria’s eastern border with Iraq. The Omar oilfield is one of the largest and most important to Daesh’s financial operations, and represents over 10% of their potential income from oil. Carefully selected elements of the oilfield infrastructure were targeted, ensuring the strikes will have a significant impact on Daesh’s ability to extract the oil to fund their terrorism.

Coalition air operations have already degraded Daesh’s front-line military capabilities and have assisted the Iraqi ground forces in liberating some 30% of the territory that the terrorists initially seized in that country during the summer of 2014. By extending RAF offensive operations into Syria, our aircraft are now able to help dismantle the means by which Daesh plan, direct and sustain their campaign of terror.

Before our aircrew conducted their attacks, as is normal they used the aircraft’s advanced sensors to confirm that no civilians were in the proximity of the targets, who might be placed at risk. Our initial analysis of the operation indicates that the strikes were successful.

 Overnight on 3/4 December, Tornado GR4s from RAF Akrotiri conducted missions over Syria and Iraq. Two GR4s flew an armed reconnaissance patrol over eastern Syria, gathering intelligence on terrorist activity. A second pair of GR4s patrolled over western Iraq, where they provided close air support to Iraqi forces engaged in combat with Daesh in and around Ramadi. A terrorist sniper team opened fire from a compound on Iraqi troops, but was silenced by a direct hit from a Paveway IV guided bomb.

 The RAF Tornado and Reaper aircraft that have been conducting air strikes against Daesh have now been reinforced by a detachment of Typhoon fighters, which carry the same Paveway IV precision guided bombs as the Tornados. The deployment of the Typhoons plus an extra two Tornados offers a significant increase in strike capacity to both the RAF component and the wider coalition air campaign.

4. - JULY 2015

Unbelievable for every reason, this FOREIGN or OVERSEAS AID. The title below of

Tory policy

relates to the Prime Minister and The Chancellor of the Exchequer agreeing that the UK should spend annually 0.7% of the country's GDP on looking after the poor third world?

We should ALL lobby the government to either stop this contentious aid or reduce it drastically, certainly by half.  The ill-spent funds abroad  should be spent within the UK or used to help clear the national debt.  Read on.

Scandal as £500m in aid is handed over at last minute

A foreign aid scandal has been uncovered by The Times investigations editor Dominic Kennedy. Some £500m has been rushed into an aid project in a breach of the country's rules on donation.

Kennedy reveals that Whitehall chiefs told auditors that they signed a huge cheque to the Swiss-based Global Fund with only days left to meet David Cameron's 0.7 per cent international aid target, because they thought that Britain's generosity would encourage other countries to donate more.

Instead Britain was left to provide more than a fifth of the organisation's entire budget, a stake representing twice the agreed level of giving.

Our investigation reveals that the Global Fund, which was set up to fight Aids, tuberculosis and malaria: • Gives its 600-plus staff, all in Switzerland, an average annual remuneration package of more than $200,000. • Has commissioned a showpiece lakeside headquarters in Geneva. • Distributes malaria nets that are misused in some African nations for fishing, protecting livestock and to make wedding dresses.

Britain's contribution to the Global Fund now exceeds the budget for coastguard services, the monarchy and even the Bank of England.

The Times 

Cameron has little to boast about when it comes to foreign aid, says The Times in its leader today. "The government's wasteful donation to an international development fund demonstrates the futility of the aid spending target." The point of foreign aid "is not to spend enough money to feel proud of ourselves", the paper goes on to say, but to "alleviate poverty and eradicate disease", objectives that are better served by cautious pragmatism than arbitrary targets.......My comment..... and also to pay fat foreign European bureaucrats:  according to this, at the very least  600x$200,000=$120,000,000 pa converted into Sterling @ USD to GBP rate of exchange 09.12.15= £79,005,062. I don't know about you, but I often hear that a £2.00 per month contribution will feed a third world family for a week.  That's one hell of a lot of people at 10 people per family,  being robbed by Switzerland, but then neutral Switzerland is good at robbing people - ask the Jews in WW2?

Now take a look at this chart for more disgusting reading

 

Remember that nuclear technology doesn't come cheap either for use domestically in power stations, or in weapon arsenals. Look whose on the list - Pakistan and India both nuclear powers! Sick,  eh?

 But that is far from the full picture. Have a look at more shocking revelations.

 
Whilst no right minded decent person begrudges helping those massively less well off than us, some of those recipients would stab us in the back the moment they have banked the cheque. They MUST see US as suckers, and yes, wet, thoroughly wet!

Why is this under under naval and British snippets?  - because  I am British [proper British] and naval of course and what's more I pay tax into the British coffers from which comes these payments.  Talking about tax, the HMRC has now taken to giving out a representation of how much of your tax goes towards paying public spending accounts. I have just got mine for the tax year 2014-2015. Like many people of my age  [well past, by more than two years, the age of 75], we, my wife and I, have separate tax bills and of course an income which is under the Capital Gains tax allowance level on which no tax is paid - mainly dividends. This shows only my tax, so we pay more into the public purse than is shown. The following image is self evident.

Between us we pay £100 towards the foreign aid fund and given those two lists above, I think at best, we should be paying half of that!

5.

How topical and how controversial!   Muslims being decadent with venereal disease all around?
Story line from the broadsheet THE TIMES come from November 1919 a year after WW1 in which Turkey had been involved as an enemy. It was a time when the war years were being put to one side with the kindly and humanitarian Turkish President Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, a former officer in the Turkish army, the founder of modern Turkey, started the ball rolling by making sure that all who fell at Gallipoli and other places in Turkey on the side of the Allies [ANZAC's and British] received a ceremonial and dignified Christian burial in his Islamic country.  However see further down the page. Ataturk's blend of Islam, although devout and alien to our own religion and culture, was humane unlike many Islamic countries practice today. Whilst the things mentioned in the country of Turkey in The Times article below were going on, many areas of the world were coping with huge death tolls from the ravages of 'Spanish flu'. After The Times story we briefly tough on that subject.

The 'Spanish Flu' killed as many people in the period 1919-1921 as WW1 killed, maimed, and seriously injured, but over a great geographical area than was covered by WW1. Much has been written, included by me from the military point of view, but I found this picture and accompanying text snippet of the suffering in the USA,  whose returning soldiers were smaller than the warring factions of other forces serving in Europe and Asia Minor/Levant areas, and as such spread the disease over a smaller area. That said, a staggering half a million US citizen died of the disease.


Washington DC, circa 1919. “Walter Reed Hospital flu ward.” One of the very few images in Washington-area photo archives documenting the influenza contagion of 1918-1920, which killed over  500,000 Americans and tens of millions around the globe.   Most victims succumbed to bacterial pneumonia following influenza virus infection.
My wife is a trained State Registered Nurse [SRN] and she remembers many deaths from pneumonia, even then treated with antibiotics and penicillin. She said that many had the symptoms of drowning in one's own liquid producing a ferocious fight from the dying patient as breath was being denied. The ailment is still known as the "old man's disease" developed when being treated for a separate disease,  the patient is prostrate lying on his back for lengthy periods when the lungs fill with a thick gooey collection of phlegm etc. Flu therefore in this period and on top of the suffering of war, was a dreadful ending for young or old.

I mentioned above the attitude of Muslims and their leaders in the post WW1 years. Compare that with the scenes across the Arab world post Arab Spring 2009 onwards. Taken in Libya in a British military cemetery having Jewish and British graves.

sub human depraved Jihadists.wmv

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Moving on to a topical story [Dec 11th 2015] concerning the view points of probably the two most newsworthy right wingers in the world, namely from the USA Donald Trump and from France Marine Le Penn. Donald Trump wants all Muslins visitors to the USA banned until the President Obama has sorted 'things' out - and pigs might fly Donald - which rather graciously does not affected those Muslims who live in the USA who can can continue to come and go as they please, unless of course the CIA, FBI and other agencies think that they have a one way ticket to Syria.  Madame Le Penn states that she hasn't said anything like that, but doesn't go on to tell us whether or not she agrees, as the Muslims of Paris and in France as a whole, batten down for a backlash for the Paris massacre. Hands up all who think that this overt racism sets a precedent or whether it has been heard before, and I am not thinking about America's long running feud with its coloured population, but with a group of people from a foreign land with very different cultures, religion and beliefs: most of the coloured population of the USA are Christians.

Well way back in 1914 as WW1 for us was starting - the USA joined us w.e.f., 1917 - Hindus were thought by the inhabitants of North America [Canada and the USA] to be evil, and most of them wanted Hindu's to be declared persona non grata and banned from the Continent.  The rumblings had been going on for some time [and lasted a goodly period] but in 1906, on the 22nd September, this newspaper article appeared on the streets of British Colombia Canada.

22.9.1906 undesirable hindus.pdf

Although there were many demands, this newspaper story followed on,  dated 18th September 1908.

18.9.1908 USA wants no hindus.pdf

Do you remember what Ellis Island was all about? It was a chunk of land sitting in the massive expanse of New York's harbour, whose sole job was to process immigrants. Can you also remember these lines taken from the last verse of a poem called "The New Colossus" written in 1883 by a lady called Emma Lazarus, to be sold and the money raised  to go towards the building of the plinth on which sits the Statue of Liberty. The poem, engraved on a bronze plaque,  is wall-mounted in the plinth's entry point for the Statue of Liberty. It said:-

  "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

There is no mention about Hindu's or Muslim's come to that being ostracised!

See you all over in Part 5 of the Snippets.