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Small warships don’t just carry out missions, notes retired Navy Capt. Wayne Hughes, author of the standard book on fleet tactics. They also give younger officers a chance to command a warship, long before trying to do so with cruisers and carriers. Likewise, they give the Navy a chance to evaluate skippers, and screen out the officers who just aren’t cut out for the job.
In an interview in the February issue of “Proceedings,” Hughes says:
I had command of a minesweeper as a junior lieutenant, and after that I had no fears about safe ship handling. There is a lot to be said for early command of a small warship. By giving small ship commands to junior officers the Navy got a chance to sort out who was a good seaman and leader and who was not, well before they commanded a destroyer or other valuable warship. We need more small combatants to train to fight in confined waters where the collisions occur.
I have a small twinge of recognition here. It is a stretch, but when I am out sailing my little sloop on the salt water, albeit always within sight of some land, I am conscious that I am responsible for the lives of those on board. I’ve learned, through time, to keep that fact in mind while unconsciously integrating four different continuous thought processes: Where is the boat, and especially, what is below it? Where is it heading? How are the sails doing? And what weather is coming at me? The equation changes constantly.
Running a warship, of course, you’ve got one more very big set of questions: Who is trying to kill or stop or observe me, and who I am trying to kill or stop or observe, and what am I doing about that?
The U.S. Military Academy identified a cadet who has been missing since Friday evening as 20-year-old Kade Kurita.
A search began for Kurita after he failed to report for a scheduled military skills competition around 5:30pm on Friday. West Point officials said in the Tuesday press release that he is believed to still be nearby.
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Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Radio Free Europe/Radio Free Liberty
Russian President Vladimir Putin says he and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have made "momentous" decisions regarding Ankara's military offensive in northeast Syria, with both sides saying they had agreed to conduct joint military patrols in the tense region.
Russian and Turkish officials said a five-day U.S.-brokered truce had been extended for 150 hours, starting on midday on October 23, and that Kurdish militias would be required to clear out of a 30-kilometer buffer zone along the Turkish border.
A Navy lieutenant and his wife were arrested in a joint FBI and NCIS raid Thursday in the San Jose area.
The raid occurred at the home of Navy Lt. Fan Yang and his wife, Yang Yang.
Documents obtained by First Coast News say Fan Yang currently holds a top-secret U.S. security clearance and is actively serving in the Navy in a sensitive anti-submarine warfare unit. He was assigned to the Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance Weapons School at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.