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  1. gryphonv

    The navy is broke,' says former sailor over maintenance budget

    Personally I'm following this one closely. Ironically I'm now sitting at the hospital for a lung xray because I have a lot of issues with breathing. Yes I worked in the navy and on more than one occasion I know I was exposed to mold directly. For years while I served I had a smoker's cough...
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    Helicopter working with HMCS Fredericton missing?

    Lots of variables we don't have really. From a quick google search sea temps over there are 13-17 degrees, which is 1-2 hours until exhaustion or unconsciousness. They should have had survival suits on. They may have deployed a raft. There are still lots of reasons to remain optimistic.
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    Helicopter working with HMCS Fredericton missing?

    I hope it isn't. I jumped the gun and id'd it wrong. Still hoping for some good news, I most likely know the SAC on duty during this. Strikes very close to home for me.
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    Helicopter working with HMCS Fredericton missing?

    Unfortunately Italian Navy , 1 deceased found, 5 souls missing. https://mobile.twitter.com/ItaMilRadar/status/1255595409956880384?s=20 Edit seems to be a civilian account that tracks air travel of Italian military.
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    HMCS Calgary CO & XO relieved of duty

    I curious how this went down. I experienced a ship having it's Cox'n replaced during workups, but never a CO or XO, or in this case both. I know with the Cox'n it was a huge deal with the Commodore showing up along with Fleet Cox'n while in port. It had potential to spoil our crew also because...
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    VAC wait times

    Just an update. Got my lump sum today. So just under 4 weeks from date I submitted it online
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    Harry and Meghan to step down as senior royals

    Yeah like it or not, we are a commonwealth country. No matter how we feel about it, it is our Duty to ensure members of the Royal Family are protected while on our soil. Even if they are here in an unofficial capacity. One of my biggest issues with our politics is we nickle and dime...
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    8 Jan 2020: UKR Airliner shot down in Tehran

    I was thinking this as well, or at the very least to take the narrative it was some rogue operator and make a very public trial on punishing them.
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    8 Jan 2020: UKR Airliner shot down in Tehran

    It seems there is no way Iran will ever admit this now. All their actions up to now has been looking like a cover up. Delay and deny. They dont even have plausible deniability at this point. This actually may be enough to stir enough resentment to the regime within the Iranian people. They are...
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    VAC wait times

    I requested the forms dec 17th, both electronic and paper copies. I had the electronic on the 20th, the paper form showed up first week of Jan.  Considering the holidays I felt that was reasonable.
  11. gryphonv

    Favourite War Movies

    My favorite war movie has always been The Bridge on the River Kwai. I think the story is amazing, and how the events culminate in the end really gives a unique perspective. Not to mention the core of the actors in it did an amazing job as well.
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    8 Jan 2020: UKR Airliner shot down in Tehran

    Maybe I over blown it by saying 'Many' I seem to recall only the one now, and it irked me so I was seeing red after that, overall I was disappointed by the questions thrown at the PM, it was like they were having a contest in seeing how many ways they could ask the same question phrased...
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    8 Jan 2020: UKR Airliner shot down in Tehran

    I hope for the sake of all nations involved, Iran included, that this wasn't intentional. One thing that makes me wonder though, is why the Iranians didn't close their air space and stopped allowing civilian flights to operate, when they were obviously in a defensive posture.
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    8 Jan 2020: UKR Airliner shot down in Tehran

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/09/video/iran-plane-missile.html Video Shows Ukrainian Plane Being Hit Over Iran
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    8 Jan 2020: UKR Airliner shot down in Tehran

    That works in an open society where the news will probably leak sooner than later. Doesn't work so well in a dictator state that want's to maintain the image of being infallible. Works even less when that nation is already suffering with uprisings at home.
  16. gryphonv

    8 Jan 2020: UKR Airliner shot down in Tehran

    I am far from a fan of Trudeau, but I feel he is handling this as good as anyone should expect. Some of the questions posed to him are moronic and definitely didn't pass any sort of QC checks, about 90% of them anyone with half a brain would know he couldn't answer. And most of them seem...
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    8 Jan 2020: UKR Airliner shot down in Tehran

    The connection I haven't seen made yet, but wasn't Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shot down by a very similar system that is being suggested shot down the UKR plane? Nothing has been confirmed about the plane being shot down, and there probably never will be a unified record of events. The two...
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    VAC wait times

    I just got off the Phone with VAC making sure they got my documents, and was told turn around time for Lump Sum payments is up to 8 weeks. Everything I heard before was 6 weeks. So maybe this is another change to slow things down.
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    Iraq Unravels

    Love or hate the guy, he never misses a chance to lay blame on the Obama administration.
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    8 Jan 2020: UKR Airliner shot down in Tehran

    Maybe both are right, on the Iranian side dual citizens are only Iranian. I imagine a lot of the Canadians who sadly lost their lives were dual citizens.
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