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Dir. of U.S. Navy Intelligence sacked for warning about China’s aggressive designs in East China Sea

Dr. Eowyn:

Obama’s purge of military officers continues. The latest: the director of the U.S. Navy Intelligence — because he actually told the truth about China.

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Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

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In February of this year, at the U.S. Naval Institute’s WEST 2014 conference, Capt. James Fanell, 52, the director of intelligence and information operations at U.S. Pacific Fleet, said that the Chinese Navy was practicing for a “short sharp war” against Japan.

According to Fanell, the PLA Navy had been carrying out amphibious assault drills to practice taking territory in the East China Sea, specifically the Senkaku or Diaoyu islands that are claimed by both Japan and China. Once the uninhabited islands come under Chinese control, the PLA could then attack Okinawa to remove the facilities of the US Air Force and Marine Corps from the island. (See my post “U.S. Navy intelligence chief: China training for a quick war against Japan”)

Fanell also stated that China is at the center of virtually every maritime territorial dispute in the Asia-Pacific and that the Chinese were engaging in…

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U.S. Navy uniforms extremely flammable, but nothing is done about it

Morons are running the U.S. Navy.

The working uniforms worn by our men and women in the Navy are extremely flammable and will quickly melt in a fire.

Navy NYCO Uniforms

Cristina Silva reports for the Stars and Stripes, December 15, 2012:

The nylon-and-cotton (referred to as NYCO) uniforms worn by sailors on ships and at bases “will burn robustly,” and turn into a “sticky molten material,” according to a test conducted in October by the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility.

“It will melt and burn to consumption,” Rear Adm. John Kirby, chief of information, said in a statement.

There have been no uniform requirement changes made after the finding. Navy officials said they are committed to sailor safety. “Where there is a need, fire retardant/flame resistant clothing is provided,” Kirby said.

Under the textile flame resistance test, the uniform cloth was subjected to a flame for 12 seconds. Marine and Army uniforms made of rayon, para-aramid and nylon fibers were also tested, but only the Navy uniforms melted and were consumed by the flame, according to a report on the tests.

“If this sticky molten material came in contact with skin it would contribute to increased burn injury due to conductive energy transfer,” the report concluded. “The use of the NYCO material in an environment where there is potential for a flame or thermal threat is not recommended.”

Sailors on ships are regularly exposed to the threat of fire, especially those working with or near planes or engines.

The Navy removed its requirement that all uniforms be flame-resistant in 1996.