The whole thing may seem obscure but it isn’t, because as I understand it, most Ukrainian exports flow out through the Azov. And Ukrainian exports have a very long history. I was thinking this morning about how the three great breadbaskets of the Roman empire were Sicily, Egypt and Ukraine. Also how one ancient Greek war—I forget which—was won by one side closing the Bosporus to the other, and so preventing it from getting the Crimean wheat it needed to keep its people fed and fighting.
I also was surprised to read how shallow the Sea of Azov is—average depth of about 23 feet, maximum depth just twice that. That must make operating in there particularly sporty. I wonder what high wind storms are like. In my experience, the shallower the water, the odder the waver patterns, and the more difficult to deal with
A pair of U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron VF-211 Fighting Checkmates in flight over Iraq in 2003/Department of Defense
Since the sequel to the 1986 action flick (and wildly successful Navy recruitment tool) Top Gun, was announced, there's been a lot of speculation on what Top Gun: Maverick will be about when it premieres in June 2020. While the plot is still relatively unclear, we know Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Naval aviator Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, and he'll be joined by a recognizable costar: The iconic F-14 Tomcat.
It looks like the old war plane will be coming out of retirement for more than just a cameo. A number of recently surfaced photos show an F-14 Tomcat aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, alongside Cruise and members of the film's production crew, the Drive's Tyler Rogoway first reported earlier this week.
Every once in a while, we run across a photo in The Times-Picayune archives that's so striking that it begs a simple question: "What in the name of Momus Alexander Morgus is going on in this New Orleans photograph?" When we do, we've decided, we're going to share it — and to attempt to answer that question.
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
MUSCAT (Reuters) - The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria, provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State, a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday.