But do they have fricken laser beams

The Russians have nicked the Ukraine’s secret combat dolphins.

Foreign Policy reports:

The Ukrainian military is promising to one day reclaim its¬†former¬†bases in Crimea, but one unit has been lost forever: Ukraine’s combat dolphins, who are now swimming for Russia.

The dolphins, stationed in a Ukrainian navy oceanarium in Sevastopol, will now attack enemy scuba divers, attach buoys to sea-floor mines, and patrol open waters at the behest of Moscow,¬†according¬†to Russian news service RIA Novosti. The program had been set to shut down, but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has apparently given Sevastopol’s combat dolphins another crack at navy life. “Our experts have developed new devices, which convert the detection of objects by the dolphins’ underwater sonar to a signal on an operator’s monitor,” an oceanarium employee told the news service in an overt attempt to curry favor with his new bosses. “But the Ukrainian navy lacked the funds for such know-how, and some projects had to be shuttered.”¬† Read more »

New evidence on perils of Agent Orange

Autumn leaves? More likely the product of a well-known defoliant. 161 Battery's tent lines among the trees. Photo courtesy Captain Mike Dakin

Autumn leaves? More likely the product of a well-known defoliant. 161 Battery’s tent lines among the trees.
Photo courtesy Captain Mike Dakin

For years the government denied our troops had been exposed to Agent Orange, despite an abundance of evidence.

Take a look at early photos of the base at Nui Dat and then later photos…there is no living foliage. My Father in Law was drenched to his socks in the field with Agent Orange, they lived, slept, ate, drank and fought in the residue of this poison and still the government denied its existence.

New evidence suggests exposure is wider than previously thought.

A new study published in the journal Environmental Research reveals that Air Force reservists were exposed to higher levels of the toxic chemical than previously known (or admitted). Many of the same aircraft that dispersed Agent Orange during the war were later used as transport vehicles during (relative) peacetime, primarily between the years 1971 and 1982. And tests taken many years after those transports show the planes still contained dangerous levels of the chemical. Initial testing of the planes after the war and before peacetime service was nonexistent.

The US Air Force and Department of Veterans Affairs have previously denied benefits to those exposed to the chemical from these planes, claiming it wasn‚Äôt a harmful level of exposure. Researchers have now proven this to be false. The study used the US Army’s own algorithms and¬†samples taken from the aircraft to estimate how much the post-war level of exposure would have affected the body, with the results demonstrating that the levels in those aircraft were unacceptable under USAF and VA policies.

“These findings are important because they describe a previously unrecognized source of exposure to dioxin that has health significance to those who engaged in the transport work using these aircraft,” said lead investigator Peter A. Lurker. ‚ÄúOur models show that the level of exposure is likely to have exceeded several available exposure guidelines,‚ÄĚ Jeanne Stellman, an Agent Orange expert at Columbia University, added. Veterans are automatically eligible for health benefits and disability if they were exposed to dangerous amounts of Agent Orange under the¬†Agent Orange Act of 1991.¬† Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photographer Marc Riboud

Photographer Marc Riboud

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China amping pressure in South China Sea

China is continuing to flex its muscles in the South China Sea, a situation which could escalate if they carry on.

China imposes fishing curbs: New regulations imposed Jan. 1 limit all foreign vessels from fishing in a zone covering two-thirds of the South China Sea.

China imposes fishing curbs: New regulations imposed Jan. 1 limit all foreign vessels from fishing in a zone covering two-thirds of the South China Sea.

China has ordered foreign fishing vessels to obtain approval from regional authorities before fishing or surveying in two thirds of the South China Sea, setting up the potential for new confrontations between Beijing and its neighbors over maritime sovereignty claims to disputed islands.¬† Read more »

Australian union action during the Vietnam War…

A Vietnam veteran reader emails about the post on dodgy union ratbags and their wartime antics aiding and abetting the enemy.

Hi Cam,

Your article reviewing the book ‚ÄėAustralia‚Äôs Secret War‚Äô reminds me of the action of Australian unions during the Vietnam war; see the link for background:

I arrived in Nui Dat [W3 Coy] in November 1969 when the Australian postal unions were refusing to forward mail for the troops and beer and other festive items were being stopped on the wharves. ¬† Read more »


General Vo Nguyen Giap has died, aged 102

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V√Ķ Nguy√™n Gi√°p (25 August 1911 – 4 October 2013)[

North Vietnam’s legendary General Vo Nguyen¬†Giap has died, aged 102.¬†We must honour soldiers, even if they are the enemy.

He was the mastermind behind the defeat of the French at Dien Bien Phu and he created the Ho Chi Minh trail.

Vo Nguyen Giap, the brilliant and ruthless self-taught general who drove the French out of Vietnam to free it from colonial rule and later forced the Americans to abandon their grueling effort to save the country from communism, has died. At age 102, he was the last of Vietnam’s old-guard revolutionaries.

Giap died Friday evening in a military hospital in the capital of Hanoi where he had spent close to four years growing weaker and suffering from long illnesses, a government official and a person close to Giap said. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because his death had not been formally announced.

The was no word of the death in state-controlled media late Friday, but the news had spread widely in Facebook and other social media. ¬† Read more »

US soldier returns arm to Vietnamese soldier fifty years after he took it as a souvenir

It’s just one of these stories you can’t pass up

An American army doctor who served in the Vietnam War has returned an arm he amputated to its owner, a Vietnamese soldier, 47 years after taking it.

Dr Sam Axelrad, who flew to Vietnam to meet the amputee, took the arm bones home to Houston from Vietnam in 1966 after his colleagues boiled the flesh and reconstructed the bones to give him as a souvenir.

The owner of the arm, Mr Hung, 73, said American troops shot him in the arm in October 1966 during an ambush near An Khe, the town where he now lives.

via The Telegraph

via The Telegraph

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Massive Herald Bomb – I wonder how they will get out of this one

The NZ Herald has run a story by-lined by John Hall about a supposed Vietnam Veteran found after 44 years of being missing in action presumed dead.

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A United States Army veteran has been found living in a remote Vietnamese village 44 years after his plane was shot down and he was presumed dead.

Unclaimed, a documentary by Canadian filmmaker Michael Jorgenson, claims that a frail, elderly man, found in a remote south Vietnam village unable to remember the English language, his date of birth or even the names of his wife and two children, may be Sergeant John Hartley Robertson – a former Green Beret shot down in 1968.

Robertson was working on a special operation over Laos when his helicopter was downed.

Despite his body never being found, he was presumed dead for nearly half a century.

Vietnam veteran Tom Faunce says he was on a humanitarian mission in Southeast Asia in 2008 when he was told of the existence of an “army brother” who had been shot down 40 years earlier, listed as “deceased in action” and forgotten about by the US Government.

Faunce teamed up with Jorgenson to track the mystery man down and find definitive evidence that either proved he was Robertson, or out him as a hoaxer.

The Herald story gives the reader the idea that this is indeed the missing man.¬† Read more »

NZ Herald official Labour party newspaper now?

The NZ Herald has confirmed all suspicions that they are just a conduit for the Labour party by publishing this article by Rebecca Quilliam today.

I’ll be that plenty of other political parties issued press releases paying tribute to the service of the armed forces. Prime Minister John Key paid a personal tribute in Wellington while attending the dawn parade, while David Shearer was hiding behind the shirt tails of Helen Clark in New York.

It disgusts me that they run a partisan and one-sided, almost word for word Labour’s press release on behalf of the Labour party on Anzac day. it is only one paragraph different, the first one. I can’t believe Rebecca Quilliam put her by-line on it since three quarters of the words aren’t even her own.

How shameful, how embarrassing.

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A Poem for a Soldier

Further to my earlier post about Harry Honnor, I have received a few emails. Included was the photo below of Harry Honnor at Nui Dat, two days before The Battle of Long Tan.

Harry Honnor at Nui Dat, Vietnam - Supplied

Harry Honnor at Nui Dat, Vietnam – Supplied

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