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Re: Russia

Post by Giz » Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:41 pm

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:46 am

Grammatron wrote:
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Re: Russia

Post by Anaxagoras » Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:44 am

Rob Lister wrote:
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abdul wrote:Therefore, it is a form of force projection useful only against unindustrialized opponents. And even at that, the USA hasn't won one in the lifetime of most people alive today.
One could argue they are the reason such conflicts don't happen in the first place. Once the first nuke flies, it doesn't fucking matter. But until they do, carrier battle groups reign supreme.
Also for controlling the seas.

China seems to want in on the game lately. I guess they don't think they're irrelevant.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_a ... _programme
The Chinese aircraft carrier programme, operated by the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of China, currently has a single combat-ready aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, with a second and third reportedly under construction.[1] China may possess 5 or 6 aircraft carriers by the 2030s.[2]
The first two to be built are smaller types with a ramp, but supposedly work has already started on two larger designs that might look like American carriers.
The third aircraft carrier, known as Type 002, is to be an entirely different design than Types 001 (Liaoning) and Type 001A (Shandong). It will have a displacement of around 85,000 tonnes.[32]

In 2015, media reports stated that both an EMALS and a steam-powered catapult were constructed at the Huangdicun naval base for testing; this is thought to indicate that the Type 002 class as well as future PLAN carriers could possibly be CATOBAR carriers.[35]

The construction of the first Type 002 class aircraft carrier started in February 2017.[36]
Think something like a Forrestal class. 85,000 ton displacement suggests a similar size.
We were building ships like this in the 1950s and they were in use until recently. I served on one.
The Type 003 is planned to be larger than the Type 002, and also feature nuclear propulsion,[37] which could power weapons like lasers and railguns.[38] It is believed that there are two ships of the class are being built in Dalian Shipyard and Jiangnan Shipyard simultaneously,[37] and that construction started in December 2017.[39]
If it has nuclear propulsion that would be like Nimitz class.
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Re: Russia

Post by Rob Lister » Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:56 am

Anaxagoras wrote:
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I served on one.
CV41! I think you slept in my old bunk, Shipmate. I'm sure the sheets were sticky.

I guess they're discovering why we're the only ones that have multiple carriers; they're fucking hard. Expensive to build, expensive to maintain, and a real fucking sumbitch to actually implement. The upside: nobody can argue with them.

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Re: Russia

Post by Anaxagoras » Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:04 pm

CV-62 actually, the Independence. But a lot of the older guys in the squadron served on the Midway. Heard a lot of stories about the good old days when Subic was still open.
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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:18 am

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:33 am

Fast-growing chain of discount liquor stores creates Russia’s newest billionaire

The latest update of Bloomberg Billionaire Index revealed the Russia’s newest billionaire – Sergei Studennikov. Don’t be surprised if you hear the name for the first time. Even in his home city of Chelyabinsk with over 1 million people, he still remains not very famous beyond the business circles, and prefers not to draw much media attention.

Quite the opposite is the name of his discount liquor stores which can meanwhile be found around many corners. Krasnoe & Beloe (Red & White) is not only well-known, it has the reputation of “best price”. Probably there are only few people, at least in the chain’s home region, who would have never shopped here.

The first store was opened in a small town of Kopeysk on the outskirts of Chelyabinsk in 2006. Today, only 12 years later, the retailer counts 6,700 outlets in 57 of 85 regions across the country, and 100,000-plus employees. A sales jump of about 50 percent to 215 billion rubles ($3.3 billion) in 2017 and another 40 percent this year has turned the company into the fastest-growing major retailer in Russia, a rollout that intensified in the last years, noteworthy in a period most industry players consider as a difficult economic environment. Six new stores are opened on average every day, and there is no intention to slow down. Krasnoe & Beloe is on the on pace to overtake Metro, Dixy, Auchan and Lenta for the third place among Russian chains by 2021, according to Infoline, a research group based in St. Petersburg.

A typical Krasnoe & Beloe store is located in a residual area and has a selling space of just 80 square meters, so the shelf is allocated to a strict selection of items and suppliers. The portfolio changes to some extent regularly, but the number of products is held at about 1,300, including groceries and general goods.
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Studennikov also says he eliminated corruption in his company, whereas other major retailers in Russia would have to price in a very high corruption cost.

The today’s retail guru made his first profits with illegal selling of vodka amid an anti-alcohol campaign in the late 1980s. As many business people in 1990s, he tried several ventures, but at the end, in his words, he was back to retail of alcohol.
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Re: Russia

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Re: Russia

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:20 am

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Re: Russia

Post by sparks » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:44 am

Toughens 'em up for seminary school.
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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:51 pm

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:09 am

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Putin’s ID found in Germany’s intelligence service archives

As Bild reports Putin was the Stasi’s employee during the existence of the German Democratic Republic. The identification document has been found in the archives department of the directorate of the intelligence service in Dresden. It was given to him on December 31, 1985, and renewed once every three months until late 1989. Putin’s signature is present in the document.

Head of the Stasi’s archives department Konrad Felder says the identification document allowed Putin to enter the Dresden-based KGB directorate without restriction. He could not disclose the fact he had been an employee of the Soviet intelligence services.

Press Secretary for the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov has stated the identification document could really have been given to Putin, due to the fact that the USSR KGB and the Stasi cooperated, reports Interfax. “We can’t exclude this kind of document’s exchange,” he said.

Vladimir Putin had been an employee of the secret service of the investigation branch of KGB in Leningrad since 1977. Between 1985 and 1990, he worked in the German Democratic Republic for the KGB foreign intelligence service in Dresden under the claim he was a director of the GDR-USSR House of Friendship.
https://en.crimerussia.com/gover/putin- ... -archives/

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Re: Russia

Post by Witness » Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:17 am

‘Thanks for independence’: Ukraine’s schismatic Patriarch bestows highest award on ex-CIA ops chief

The head of the schismatic Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kiev Patriarchate expressed his gratitude to the ex-CIA associate director, acknowledging his support for the church’s break with Moscow.

Patriarch Filaret presented former CIA Associate Director Jack Devine with the Order of St. Andrew, the church’s highest decoration, local media reported on Thursday. The cleric thanked Devine for the US’ support for Ukraine’s independence and “the creation of the unified autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church.”

Since the split from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate in the early 1990s, Filaret has pursued autocephaly (religious autonomy) for his church. Religious officials in Moscow do not recognize his authority and view his church as schismatic.
https://www.rt.com/news/446437-filaret- ... ck-devine/

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