Monday, November 28, 2016

MONSTER FISH VIDEO

GOLIATH GROUPER and some other nice fish, but you gotta see this giant Grouper  

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpi9epVHYlc



IMAGE: PHOTO CAPTURE FROM LINKED VIDEO (Youtube) 

 Watch this is will redefine your ideas of "serious fishing"

GOLIATH GROUPERS VS NFL LINE BACKER


Friday, November 18, 2016

NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN OCEAN MAPPING AND DATA DISPLAY / ANALYSIS

Mapping The Ocean With Three Dimensions Of Data

Article published in GCN by 
Image NASA

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"This month, 50 years of data collected from oceans around the world -- salinity, temperature, oxygen levels and nutrients, mapped by location and depth -- was released to the public along with tools to help researchers make better use of the data."

"Working number of government agencies, including the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, geospatial data company Esri mapped 37 physically and chemically distinct volumetric regions or ecological marine units (EMUs) that provide a 3-D perspective of the ocean's complexity. READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE @ GCN

SEE ALSO OUR

NAVIGATION: and CARTOGRAPHY PAGE 

https://gcn.com/articles/2016/11/15/ocean-mapping-emu.aspx

SEAFLOOR RISES LIKE A WALL ON A NEW ZEALAND BEACH, SO FAST SEAWEED AND LOBSTER WERE STILL CLINGING TO THE TOP

INSTANT SEAFLOOR RISE:

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 Recently earth quakes rocked New Zealand, one result was a dramatic nearly instantenous rise in the sea floor near a particular beach resulting in what almost looks like a man made wall. The formation is actually a piece of the seafloor that rose so suddenly that when photographers arrived within a day or so of its appearance there was green seaweed rooted on the top which once was bouyant and moved erect with the waves and was now hanging down on the wall like formation like wet hair. even more strange some crab and lobster like creatures remained alive among the still wet seaweed. The sudden appearance of these wall like formations are not unheard of in active earth quake zones. Many can be observed on dry land though their wall like appearance is often softened by erosion over the years and vegetation. These features are called ESCAEPMENTS . Click on the word to learn more about them. 
 What's truly unusual about this most recently appearing escarpment is its origin on the seafloor and the recency of its appearance with its oceanic biota still clinging. We often speak of geologic time as if geologic events always unfolded at a snail's pace. Most people can make the exception for the occasional volcanic eruption, but vulcanism isn't the only instant geological change. Check the link below to read more about the recent New Zealand event and see images from the beach. 


http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/earthquake-in-new-zealand-lifts-bizarre-sea-wall-up-to-land/ar-AAkt6qj?li=BBnbcA1&ocid=wispr

Monday, November 14, 2016

COULD THIS BE A FEMA ASSET OR WILL IT CRUISE AGAIN OR HEAD FOR THE SCRAP HEAP

Exploring Decaying SS United States Ocean Liner https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxIgkgBbpQg

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SS UNITED STATES FROM A POST CARD SOLD ABOARD (Public Domain, Date Unknown) 

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 I've long had a lage model of the SS UNITED STATES that I used in teaching marine nomenclature to admiralty law studdents. The ship was a classic, but now is in a state of delapadation in Phildelphia. It is presently owned by a preservation society but Crystal Cruises has an option on it and if after a nine month feasibility study just announced Crystal may return the ship in a renovated and updated version to passenger service as a cruise ship. The necessity to hire foreign flagged cruise ships to serve as barracks for police, firefighters, some Coast Guard employees and other first responders in the wake of Katrina in New Orleans drives the thoughts of those who think the massive former pasenger liner perhaps should be preserved as some sort of FEMA asset for comparable recovery needs on the East and Gulf Coasts. Even if it were no longer self propelled it may be that the shell could signifigantly reduce the the over all cost of a massive barracks barge and save the US the uncertainiity of available cruise ships on the international market in the eevent of another Katrina like emergency. Additionally, if the ship could be economically converted into a barracks ship or barge the US would not be paying US emergency management funds to foreign ship owners in our times of need. In a major virtual city killing incident on our coasts, barracks for first responders and early rebuilders and services restoration personnel is critical, nothing is faster and more ready to use than ready built cruise ship or barracks barge. Follow the the link below to tour the hulk of the great ship as she exists today in November of 2016. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxIgkgBbpQg

Then follow this link to read about her potential as a refurbished cruise ship. In either event, if she can be kept under the American Flag, or even American ownership the UNITED STATES could be a vital national asset again. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

THE GREAT NAMAZU PRESENTS IMPORTANT RECENT ARTICLES ON MARITIME ENGAGEMENT IN ASIA

HOW FAR WILL THE DRAGON SWIM ?

NAMAZU, FORMER JAPANESE DEMIGOD AND MARITIME CORRESPONDENT 

 Greetings Bipeds!
 In the weeks running up to Donald Trump's recent election as the 45th President of the United States Pacific region national leaders made some presumptions based on the assumed continuation of Obama policies to be carried out by his presumed surrogate Hillary Clinton, well it didn't happen. But the following links to recent posts on other sites combine to give you a picture of how the "Pivot to the Pacific" is working out today thanks to Obama and all the propaganda that convinced the world that Hillary Clinton was a shoe in for PROTUS. Japan assuming that US weakness and unreliability would continue appears to now be trying to make nice with its avowed rival China. The Dragon and Bear have committed to jointly trying to push the U.S. Navy back to Pearl Harbor. The Philippines has opted to dump its alliance with the US and seek open alliances with Russia and China. A resurgent U.S. Navy  under Donald Trump is going to cause some buyers remorse in Japan and the Philippines. Those national executives should have waited on the election results. The Bear and the Dragon will eat them.

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JAPAN NAVY CHIEF URGES RESUMPTION OF CHINA PORT VISITS

The Sino-Russian Axis

Joint naval exercises show a common strategic purpose: Push the U.S. out.

Philippines' Duterte wants to 'open alliances' with Russia, China


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

FROM OUR E MAIL: TRUMP PROPOSES NAVAL SHIP BUILDING PROGRAM

HERE IS A COPY OF SOMETHING WE RECEIVED IN OUR E MAIL WHICH WE VIEW HIGHLY FAVORABLY. MAYBE NON MARITIME AMERICA NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THIS AS WELL AS THOSE OF US IN NAVAL RELATED PROFESSIONS.

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Donald J Trump
- OCTOBER 21 2016 -
MEMO: AS NAVY UNVEILS NEW ADVANCED DESTROYER, TRUMP ANNOUNCES NATIONWIDE SHIP-BUILDING PLAN TO CREATE 350 SHIP NAVY
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FROM: Alexander Gray, Senior Military Advisor
TO: Interested Parties  

“The Navy has just commissioned the USS Zumwalt, showcasing the Navy's role as the most effective instrument of American power projection. Under a Trump administration we will build the 350 ship Fleet we need and harness American workers, American know how, and American materials to create the Navy of the 21st century." - Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower & Projection Forces SubcommitteeDonald Trump has promised to rebuild America with American hands and American steel. On Day One of his administration, he will immediately begin to fulfill that promise with a Manhattan Project urgency to rebuild our navy, which has shrunk under the Obama-Clinton years to its lowest level since World War I.

Fewer ships and growing threats from the Middle East to the Asia-Pacific has meant increasing and inordinate strains on our shrinking navy and over-taxed crews. Budget defense sequestration has cut training hours for personnel across the U.S. military, including our Naval Aviators, and contributed to the most serious military readiness gap in decades.

In the tradition of Ronald Reagan’s doctrine of “peace through strength” and a Reagan focus on naval power, Donald Trump has proposed a significant increase in the size of our Navy. The 350-ship goal conforms to that blueprint outlined by the bipartisan National Defense Panel.

Facilities like the Philadelphia Navy Yard can help lead the way – and the defense of America. This yard was shut down in the 1990s but still retains a variety of Navy Department facilities. It has substantial latent capacity to grow in support of the expanding Fleet, it is home to a Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility and retains several specialized engineering activities.

A Trump administration would fully utilize those parts of the Philadelphia Yard that remain in Navy hands and rapidly expand its activities to meet the Fleet's growing science and technology needs – creating thousands of new jobs in the process. Leveraging the under-utilized capacity of the Philadelphia yard will alleviate pressure on other over-stretched facilities and provide an ideal location for tasks the Navy desperately needs accomplished.

Mr. Trump's plan would grow the Navy's surface and undersea assets, modernize a significant number of the Navy's Ticonderoga-class cruisers, and invest in Flight III of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer as the backbone of a serious ballistic missile defense strategy.

As the most comprehensive naval buildup since President Reagan's in the 1980s, Mr. Trump's plan will require a significant partnership with a defense industrial base that has been strained by years of significant cuts to shipbuilding and ship repair. The nationwide infrastructure of yards, depots, and support facilities that created and sustained the World War II and Cold War-era Navy has been largely dismantled, with shipbuilding and repair functions now consolidated in only a handful of locations with limited capacity for enlargement to meet the Fleet's expanded needs.

As Mr. Trump works with Congress to rebuild and modernize our Fleet, he will instruct his Secretary of the Navy to undertake a major review of our shipbuilding and repair infrastructure to ensure a robust network of yards and maintenance facilities to support his rebuilding program. A particular emphasis will be placed on facilities with a previous history of service to the Navy, proximity to diverse and vibrant private employers in the relevant industries, and a capacity for expansion to meet the needs of our soon-to-be revitalized Navy.

The Trump plan recognizes that the Navy must further invest in the continued professional growth of its highly skilled tradesmen in shipbuilding and repair fields like pipefitting, welding, and metalworking. Much as military officers attend war colleges as they progress to the pinnacle of their career, tradesmen in government-owned shipyards require continued professional development as they attain a "master" designation in their chosen field.

"Centers of excellence" for the highly-skilled tradesmen who support our shipbuilding and repair industries established in places like Philadelphia, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Hampton Roads in Virginia would develop our Navy's civilian human capital, strengthen the defense industrial base by institutionalizing the critical knowledge these specialists need to maintain our Fleet in the decades ahead, and meet an important need that our over-stretched and space-constrained shipyards struggle to meet. Philadelphia's historic ties to highly skilled industries relevant to the shipbuilding and repair fields makes it a particularly advantageous location to consider for this important task.

Donald Trump's pledge to rebuild the U.S. Navy is a national undertaking, and it requires a national effort across our industrial base. The national security case for an expanded Navy is clear and shared across the political spectrum. As President, Mr. Trump will use the deep reservoirs of industrial talent and skill found in locations across this country to rebuild our shrunken Navy, strengthen our depleted military, enhance employment opportunities in critical industries, and truly Make America Great Again.






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