Two US Aircraft Carriers?

RIA Novosti
RIA Novosti

If you are going to write on naval affairs, and you title an article: US Navy pulls two aircraft carriers from Syria shores, you had better make sure it is correct.

As you may have guessed the two aircraft carriers are not both carriers. The facts: the USS Eisenhower aircraft carrier and the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group. . .What would you expect from the Russian International News Agency, RIA Novosti? In 2005, RIA Novosti established RT (originally Russia Today.) And they could use an editor or two.

Marine Sea Shells

Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, replace their targets after conducting a multiple target, live-fire range on the flight deck of USS Iwo Jima, Aug. 19, 2012. The Marines conduct various live fire ranges while underway to keep their skills sharp during deployment. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve force for U.S. Central Command and is providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

A Tale of Two Desserters: One Air Force, One Navy

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. But most of all, it was the age of two desserters. Well a deserter and a desserter. First, the deserter:

David Hemler, an American deserter living in Sweden for 28 years

In October 1984, a 21-year-old American Airman deserted and hitch-hiked from an Air Force base in Augsburg, Germany to Stockholm. He built himself a life in Sweden – never sharing his secret with anyone, while becoming one of the U.S. Air Force’s eight most wanted fugitives. Today, David A. Hemler, 49, comes forward in an exclusive interview with Dagens Nyheter (DN), Stockholm.

It’s been 28 years since David Hemler left the 6913th Electronic Security Squadron in Augsburg and found his way to Stockholm via Copenhagen.

And now the desserter. From the USS Iwo Jima during Fleet Week New York 2010:

Chef Robert Irvine, left, from the Food Network TV series Dinner Impossible, and Machinist’s Mate Fireman Lina Rojas, prepare a pear and peach crumble dessert aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) during Fleet Week 2010.

What a weasel that deserter is! Could he not squirm some more? (Watch the video.) And the faux Euro thing, it’ll go over real big in Leavenworth. . .