Saab Gripen and Dassault Rafale Vs. F-35 JSF

Canada is considering other options to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The Saab Gripen is one of their options. And this economic fact caught my attention: At well under $100 million apiece and the lowest operating cost of any fighter in the world at $4,700 an hour the Gripen is cost-effective and competent. 

Saab Gripen

Be sure to check out the French Dassault Rafale jet taking off from CVN-69 and CVN-74

The Last Camel

If you take a man by surprise, and behave with sufficient arrogance, he will generally do what you ask. Elizabeth Peters, The Last Camel Died at Noon

U.S. Sailors stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) enjoy a camel ride while in port in Jebel Ali, Dubai, Dec. 25, 2012. John C. Stennis was deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.
U.S. Sailors stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) enjoy a camel ride while in port in Jebel Ali, Dubai, Dec. 25, 2012. John C. Stennis was deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.

Chinese Women, Carrier Style

Um, look closely at the Chinese girls, below, at a bar. Do you see what they are doing?

Chinese Women Carrier Style (航母style)

Yes, the bar girls are inspired by the take-off and landings of J-15s on China’s new Liaoning aircraft carrier. Here is the USS Stennis’ LSO launching a plane:

Flight deck launching officer, Lt. Cmdr. Pete Salvaggio, from Smithtown, N.Y., gives the final launch signal as an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 takes off from the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

You got to get lower, ladies, like the LCDR. For more Chinese news, please read about tough, good guy Shen Jianzhong. . .

As Luxurious As It Can Be

Every state of society is as luxurious as it can be.
Men always take the best they can get.
–Samuel Johnson

Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) board a boat for liberty durng a port visit to Thailand. John C. Stennis is returning to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility four months ahead of schedule in order to maintain combatant commander requirements in the region. The U.S. Navy has a 237-year heritage of defending freedom and projecting and protecting U.S. interests around the globe. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting.

Neat

Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat.
–John Lehman (1942 – ), Secretary of the Navy, 1981-1987