USAF Special Operations – Somalia

Philip D Chinnery reports on Spectre missions and Special Tactics Squadron heroics in Mogadishu.

ONE OF THE LAST foreign policy decisions mode by President George Bush, before his election defeat by Bill Clinton, was to send American troops to Somalia, under the auspices of the United Nations. Located in the horn of Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, Somalia is a country suffering from famine and disease. Ruled by despotic warlords, the country was in dire need of outside help. The United Nations decided to step in and Operation Provide Relief was launched.

The multi-national security and airlift operation began in

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The War at Sea

At least 32,000 Merchant Navy personnel were killed or died during the war at sea between 1939 and 1945. One of those who survived was James Hamilton-Smith who, having served in the Merchant Navy in the 1920s, re-joined in July 1940. A series of notebooks and diaries he maintained, presented here by his grandson David Mitchell, reveal a little of the rudimentary training that British seamen were given, as well as a small part of the battle to beat the German U-boats.

James Hamilton-Smith was born in Wolsingham, County Durham on 21 February 1907. He joined the Merchant Marine in

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Space kitchen ISS

The many challenges of preparing and eating food on board a space station

The environment of space, and particularly its lack of Earth-like gravity, provides its own peculiar set of challenges and hazards for any otherwise-normal terrestrial activity. Cooking and eating in space is no exception. Whether it’s catering for the effect that microgravity has on human taste buds or stopping any stray crumbs from shorting out sensitive electronics, space agencies have evolved culinary techniques and protocols over the decades, with a little help from the astronauts.

Space food has certainly come a long way since Yuri Gagarin squeezed meat

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Seeing is believing

Whereas the First World War at sea is best remembered for the actions of the larger warships, a large proportion of the everyday duties of the Royal Navy was performed by smaller motor launches. An example of this is the actions of ML 357 which attacked three German submarines in the final months of 1917. These attacks formed the contents of a letter, revealed by Rick Mayall, which was written by the commander of the motor launch in January 1918.

On 9 April 1915, the British Admiralty placed an order througn Canadian Vickers for fifty anti-submarine boats to be built

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No Technical Faults Found in Fatal Cormorant Crash

AN OFFICIAL Aircraft Occurrence Summary was made public by the Canadian Forces Directorate of Flight Safety on September 8, providing more details surrounding the fatal crash of Canadian Forces/413 Squadron CH-149 Cormorant 149914 on July 13, 2006 (see Canadian Cormorant Tragedy, Attrition, September, p72). The summary concludes that «no pertinent technical deficiencies have been discovered to date and the investigation is focussing on environmental and human factors.» The report goes on to say that several human factors need to be further examined, including proficiency, crew resource management, situational awareness, crew pairing, use of night vision goggles and organisational issues such

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Day in the Life — Sailor of Columbus


As a sailor heading towards the unknown Americas, there wouldn’t have been any shortage of tasks, and the work would have been hard and, in many cases, perilous. They were exploring uncharted waters, and doing so in cramped conditions, with makeshift sleeping areas and bland provisions. The flagship of the expedition, the Santa Maria, ultimately didn’t survive Columbus’s first transatlantic voyage, as it ran aground off Haiti in Decembe:

1492 and was abandoned, but it nevertheless remains an emblem of the explorer’s achievements and provides a

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Extreme sports in extreme weather» and

The tournament consisted of Trials competition, which need not speed, and skill of the pilot and the navigator, and the Pursuit. Knows one of the competitors:"Carousel race but a trial, as we know, although they are different disciplines, but it is one of the types of motorsport. And then there is the trophy, but the trophy brings more harm to the environment, because it is necessary to carefully think about. But it is very exciting. Occasionally more cars come to participate in the trophy since less cooked machines can participate, so more people can come to rest, and not just

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Last Su-30MK2 delivered to Uganda

«Rosoboronexport» and the company «Sukhoi» put Air Uganda last two fighters included in the contract, «- said the military-diplomatic source. He reminded Uganda purchased from the Russian Federation 6 functional fighter Su-30MK2under a contract for the supply of arms, totaling $ 740 million Su-30MK2 — plane with wide combat abilities destroy ground and sea targets with precision tool: guided missiles and guided aerial bombs. Fighter resettled modern avionics, new communication and navigation systems, control of equipment and crew actions. REP equipment provides automatic target designation entered in the armament of the aircraft anti-radar missiles Kh-31P. Thanks to the installation

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Experiment Mars-500 has been successfully completed

The unique experiment "Mars-500" to simulate a manned interplanetary "flight" on the Red Planet has been successfully completed: sealed July 3, 2010 steel "marsoleta" open, and six members of the international crew went out "at will."


Participants in the 520-day experiment for ground simulation flight to Mars was greeted with applause and cheers of their wives, children, relatives, professionals and journalists IBMP. Congratulations on your safe return of the crew arrived and the head of Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin.


After the release of "marsonavty", according to an ongoing program of medical research, will

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TPK crew Soyuz TMA-07M returned safely to Earth

May 14 at 6:00 Moscow time on 31 minutes in a given area southeast of the city of Dzhezkazgan (Kazakhstan) landed lander transport manned vehicle (WPK) "Soyuz TMA-07M." Planting took place in a normal mode.

To Earth after 146 daily mission crew returned the thirty-fifth long-duration mission to the International Space Station as part of the commander of the WPK Roscosmos cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Flight Engineers astronaut Chris Hadfield (Canadian Space Agency) and Thomas Mashburn (NASA). The crew is doing well. For a Russian cosmonaut and U.S. astronaut it was the second flight into space, and for

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