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Navy news from all over: Bribery scandal widens as antique carrier is christened

As predicted right here back in early October. From what I can tell, we are seeing a way of life in the Pacific Fleet being investigated. As they said on The Wire (best TV show ever), "That's how they do." Or did.

Meanwhile, the Navy christened its last-generation aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Ford. It isn't clear to me (and to people much more knowledgeable than me) what the role is in the 21st century, with the advent of satellite surveillance and long-range precision weaponry, of fat-target boats carrying short-legged aircraft. Maybe they'll display it alongside the USS Constitution?


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Farewell to the Doolittle Raiders

Three of the four Doolittle's men who are still alive held their final reunion over the weekend. "May they rest in peace," said retired Lt. Col. Richard Cole, aged 98. He was Doolittle's co-pilot in the daring unescorted bomber raid on Tokyo just four months after the Pearl Harbor attack.

Here is something to read for Veterans' Day.

Meanwhile, Rommel's son died.