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I am pleased to announce that starting today, the BattlePro app is available for Android users. You can install via Google Play, or directly with this link:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.army.wavemobile.battlepro
This is the very first version, so it is rough around the edges and there are likely some bug hiding within, but the core functionality is there. Please feel free to post any feedback or bug reports here. The Android version of BattlePro is very similar to the iOS version, with a few minor changes here and there. For example the Grid Finder is not available in Android, though we are looking at including it in a future release.
The app is free, but has some $0.99 in app purchases to help support the site and future development efforts. I've tried hard to make the core content accessible at no cost and restrict the in-apps to a few "extras".
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This, reproduced under the Fair Dealing provisions of the Copyright Act from The Telegraph
, is a dreadful thing:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/11556924/Wreck-of-HMS-Repulse-rigged-with-scrap-metal-merchants-explosives.html
Wreck of HMS Repulse 'rigged with scrap metal merchants' explosives'
Divers cut fuses attached to home-made bombs in an effort to protect war grave off Malaysia
By Julian Ryall, Tokyo
8:00AM BST 23 Apr 2015
The wreck of HMS Repulse, sunk in 1941 off Malaysia and classified as a war grave, has been "rigged up with home-made bombs and fuses waiting for detonation", according to a diver who visited the site on Sunday.
HMS Repulse Photo: GETTY
David Yiu, director of Singapore-based Friendly Waters Seasports Pte., dived on the battlecruiser to place a memorial flag in honour of the 508 men killed when the ship was sunk on December 10, 1941, by bombs and torpedoes dropped by Japanese aircraft.
Despite being a war grave, scrap metal merchants have been illegally plundering the wreck, as well as that of HMS Prince of Wales, which went down just 9 nautical miles away.
"New fuses and cables had been laid all across the hull and tin cans containing explosives were in place", Mr Yiu told The Telegraph. "And they had only been there a short time because there was no marine growth on them."
Mr Yiu and his colleagues cut as many cables as they could find, as well as the scrap metal merchants' mooring ropes.
"It was going on nearby when we were at the site because we heard a loud 'boom' when we were diving", Mr Yiu said. "It was so loud that I thought it had come from the Repulse.
"When we got on the deck, we looked through binoculars towards where the Prince of Wales is, but there were no ships there", he said. "They must have been after some of the other wrecks that are in the area, such as the two Dutch submarines."
Divers inspect wreckage of HMS Repulse
Mr Yiu says the damage being done to the British warships is "hugely disrespectful" to the men who died when they sank, while another concern is the environmental damage the vessels could cause should they leak large amounts of fuel.
"They have already stolen the propellers from the Repulse, they have pretty much blasted all the back section away and when I was last on the Prince of Wales there were huge sheets of metal that had been blown off the hull and were ready for lifting.
"And the wrecks were not leaking oil before because their hulls were intact, but the blasting has damaged the plates and knocked the rivets out, so the oil has started to seep out", he said.
In November, the Malaysian navy impounded a Vietnamese-flagged fishing vessel that was caught with divers in the water on one of the wrecks.
I hope these guys are caught and tried and convicted in Singapore ... where flogging is still a normal punishment for many offences.Edit: punctuation (I've been drummed out of the CIC ~ Committee for an Independent Comma)
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This article from NextBigFutre goes on about the relative advantages of AIP subs, which are much cheaper than nuclear SSN's. What is missing from the analysis is the drawbacks (besides having some pretty complex machinery packed in the hull), most particularly the sustained high speed ability of a nuclear submarine. Special infrastructure for loading submarines with liquid oxygen is also needed for some designs of AIP submarines. If I were designing an AIP sub, I would be looking carefully at an option not explored here; Solif Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) which can turn hydrocarbon fuels directly into electrical energy, eliminating the need for multiple types of machinery and limiting the need for liquid oxygen for submenged operations (since SOFC and fuel cells in general are far more efficient in converting chemical energy from fuel into electrical energy than diesel engines).
For a nation like Canada, with a long coastline and a need to deploy up to halfway around the world, this is an important factor for planners to consider as well:http://nextbigfuture.com/2015/04/new-air-independent-propulsion-subs.html
New Air independent propulsion subs at less than half the cost eliminate the reasons for nuclear submarines
Nuclear submarines had certain advantages over diesel submarines. Nuclear submarines had greater submerged endurance of 90-100 days versus 3 days for conventional submarines. This was limited by the amount of food that could be carried. Nuclear submarines also had higher speed.
Air independent propulsion (AIP) submarines use fuel cells, stirling engines, batteries or liquid oxygen storage for closed cycle diesel engines or close cycle steam.
AIP submarines are quieter
While nuclear submarines have measures to reduce sound and magnetic signatures, nature of nuclear propulsion (steam turbine) makes them far more noisy than AIP submarine of same size. They also tend to be larger on a whole, making them even more detectable through either acoustic, infrared or magnetic sensors. Further weakness of nuclear submarine is that it has to cool down nuclear reactor, with hot water being dumped into ocean, leaving long trail behind the submarine; as such, it is even more detectable by IR sensors than just size difference suggests.
Nuclear submarines have cruise speeds of 20 – 25 knots, compared to 10 – 15 knots for AIP subs. Combining slower cruise speed with bursts of high speed can allow AIP subs to cover relatively large area. They can deny access to enemy nuclear submarines. HDM and MESMA systems used in AIP subs (submarines using them typically cost 250 million USD) are far quieter than nuclear plant.
Using traditional diesel engines, a fuel cell, large lithium-ion battery pack, and liquid oxygen to replace the air normally used in combustion engines, the SMX-Ocean sub concept could stay off-shore in deepwater operations for 90 days at a time. The AIP system also allows the sub to remain submerged for up to 21 days at a time, and gives it a range of about 18,000 miles at an average speed of about 10 knots.
Here is details of AIP technology and capabilities.
Submarine snorkling for oxygen can be detected with new radar
Batteries continue to improve
The Lithium ion batteries for the Soryu and SMX-ocean are getting higher energy densities and lower costs because of the success of electric cars like the Telsa Model S. These will further increase the advantages of the AIP submarines.
AIP submarines cost $100 million to 900 million. The AIP models with the greatest market success are the Japanese Soryu ($600 million), Russian Kilo ($350 million), Swedish Gotland ($365 million), Spanish Scorpene ($500-800 million). They can be submerged for about 14-21 days.
The Gotland and the other AIP are very capable submarines.
The nuclear submarines are $1.3 billion to 3 billion. The equivalent AIP submarines are half to four times cheaper.
Nuclear submarines may see a revival in cost effectiveness in 15-20 years when a new generation of molten salt reactors become available. However, for now there is little reason economically or militarily for nuclear submarines.
Nuclear submarines have 20 megawatts of power compared to 3 megawatts for diesel submarines. There is no need for high power for any new laser or other weapon systems.
The US is looking to add unmanned submarines for about $40 million each. Capable unmanned submarines seem to be 5-10 years away. The unmanned systems could track other submarines or operate as part of pack working with a primary manned mothership submarine.
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Any current or former naval electrical technicians who may be interested in working off-shore Canada in oil and gas in the immediate future, send me a PM.
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A heart felt Bravo Zulu to the Captain and Crew of HMCS Calgary, and everyone else involved in making this wish come true for someone who has had what could only be described as a tough road to haul.
Thoughts are with Liam and his family, and hope that they can find a treatment which will work and give him a longer life expectancy, and maybe set things back into remission.http://www.navy-marine.forces.gc.ca/en/news-operations/news-view.page?doc=liam-elder-sailor-extraordinaire%2Fi7g9cnd1
Navy News / March 20, 2015
By Sub-Lieutenant Ellie Aminaie
From the moment 10-year-old Liam Elder set foot in HMCS Calgary on March 6, 2015, he made quite an impression. He was wearing naval combat dress with the rank of an Ordinary Seaman; however, his naval knowledge was so impressive that he was immediately promoted to Leading Seaman and presented with his Bosun’s Call (whistle).
Liam was able to tour parts of the ship along with his parents and nine-year-old brother Benjamin, watch a demonstration of the 57mm gun, and view a naval boarding party display. He was also made an honorary member of the ship’s dive team. Since he displayed such great skills as a sailor, the crew promoted him through the ranks so quickly that he was promoted to the rank of Commander and appointed as the Honorary Captain(Navy) of HMCS Calgary.
Liam is an amazing kid who has had a very difficult childhood. He was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in March 2011 at the age of six. He underwent harsh chemotherapies every three to four weeks, and in between was admitted to hospital many times for bacterial, viral and fungal infections, pneumonia and anaphylaxis, due to his compromised immune system. He completed his protocol in late October 2013 and was completely medication free for nine months.
Liam relapsed in July 2014 with the same type of cancer and chemotherapy began immediately. The plan was to bring him to Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto for a bone marrow transplant once the cancer was in remission. However, a rare, life-threatening fungal infection was discovered in his nose and palate, leading to having two-thirds of his palate removed, as well as the septum in his nose. Further surgeries removed a tear duct and the sinus cavity between his eyes.
In December 2014, the infection spread to Liam’s spine and resulted in another surgery that fused and cemented parts of his spine. Throughout all of this, Liam remained in high spirits and continued his cancer protocol with the intent of moving towards bone marrow transplant this spring.
Unfortunately, it was discovered two weeks ago that the infection has spread to Liam’s brain. Doctors at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Toronto Sick Kids Hospital, and other world-renowned hospitals are trying to come up with options to save his life, but without treatment, Liam has about a month to live.
It has always been Liam’s dream to see the ocean and to board a Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) ship and see the shipyard as his mother, Christine Harkin, used to serve with the RCN. During their brief visit to Victoria, B.C., Liam’s dream was fulfilled. While on their tour of HMCS Calgary, Christine had the chance to reflect on her time on board a frigate and showcase the life of a sailor to Liam. He especially enjoyed the rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) ride around Esquimalt Harbour and was keen to catch a fish for dinner.
Many members of CFB Esquimalt, such as the Military Police and firefighters, also had the privilege of meeting this extraordinary young man, who undoubtedly left a lasting impression on everyone. His strength and perseverance is an inspiration to us all.
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With the Harry DeWolf Class being armed with the BAE RC 25MM, perhaps its time that the Kingston Class rids itself of its 40MM and have something similar or even the same mount and gun installed. With the Kingston Class being deployed south on drug interdiction missions more and more, perhaps the argument could be made to have a more capable weapon system. HMCS Summerside orginally trialled a RCHMG .50 cal, and proved to be a pretty capable mount. It was a gyro stabilized system with a IR camera , that mounted a heavy barrelled .50 cal. The introduction of a 25MM mount would be a great capability.
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The most effective indirect approach is one that lures or startles the opponent into a false move -- so that, as in ju-jitsu, his own effort is turned into the lever of his overthrow.
- Sir Basil H. Liddel-Hart
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The March of the Lone Baptist. The RCR, Halifax
German reparations for WW I fixed at 200 million gold marks (about $40 billion US)
OLDENBURG, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 5 May 45)
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