Navy in Gulf
Steinn's posts have followed US Navy deployments with concern. Normally the ships of a battle group do not operate this close. They are in photo formation to show the world that they are inside the Gulf. Front Row: 2 Arleigh Burke-class AEGIS destroyers and a Ticonderoga-class AEGIS cruiser. Second Row Left-Right: USS John Stennis, Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, USS Nimitz. Last Row: Whidbey Island-class landing ship.
With a nod to Brian Dunbar and Blackfive: Aboard John C. Stennis, Commander Muhammad Muzzafar F. Khan has just taken command of Sea Control Squadron VS-31. The "Topcats" of VS-31 fly the Lockheed S-3B Viking. Khan, a native of Pakistan, happens to be the first Muslim-American to command an operational aviation squadron in the US Navy. His brother is also a Naval Aviator, flying the P-3 Orion.
It is good that the Cold War was won without firing a shot. Some regimes continues to oppress women and minorities. Their reward is an economy in freefall. As proud or fearful as we are of military might, victory will go to the system that provides opportunities for its people.