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    KIM’S BRIT RANT Raging Kim Jong-un accuses Britain of an ‘act of war’ after the Royal Navy deploys THREE warships to North Korea’s doorstep

    The armed vessels will help police sea trade as Pyongyang looks on the brink of giving up its nukes in much-heralded talks with the US

    By Jon Lockett
    16th April 2018, 10:55 pm



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    WORRIED Kim Jong-un has accused Britain of an “act of war” by sending Royal Navy warships to patrol the waters in the Korean Peninsula.
    The three armed vessels will help police sea trade as under-pressure Pyongyang looks on the brink of giving up its nuclear stockpileduring talks with the US.

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    HMS Sutherland seen escorting two Russian warships as they passed through the Channel

    However, North Korea sees the small fleet’s deployment very differently and has called the move “nothing short of an act of war.”
    UK officials were blasted for “
    poking into affairs that are none of their business” by sending HMS Sutherland, HMS Albion and HMS Argyll into action.
    North Korea’s state news agency branded the warships “nothing short of an act of a naval blockade and an act of war that undermines peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula”.
    It added: “The UK would be well advised to deal with its domestic issues properly, instead of ingratiating itself with others and poking into affairs that are none of their business.

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    HMS Duncan was the British Navy’s sixth Type 45 Destroyer

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    HMS Albion which will be the third navy warship deployed to the Asia-Pacific
    “This is clearly an act that harms the positive trend for the improvement of north-south relations and easing of tension on the Korean Peninsula, which is welcomed by the entire world, and also an act of infringement upon the sovereignty of the DPRK.”
    Last week we reported how
    Marine commandos were sailing to North Korea to help police strict UN sanctions aimed at putting the squeeze on the rogue state.
    HMS Albion will monitor prohibited trading that is funding despotic Kim’s nuclear programme.
    UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed the mission would be the third warship sent to the Asia-Pacific this year.

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    North Korea Leader Kim Jong-un is set to see his country’s sea trade policed by Navy Marines
    He said: “It shows our commitment to our international responsibilities and to maintaining peace, security and prosperity in the region.
    “Until North Korea matches words with actions, we’ll continue to work closely with allies to enforce sanctions.”
    HMS Albion and HMS Sutherland will also train with the US, Republic of Korea and Japan.

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    Marines launching a simulated assault from HMS Albion during a 2010 demonstration of her capabilities


    HMS Albion was briefly the Royal Navy’s flagship after carrier HMS Ark Royal was decommissioned
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    Huge Strategic Exercise Is Underway With Half The B-2 Fleet Airborne Over The U.S. (Updated)

    A series of strategic aircraft movements, including the congregation of a dozen KC-10s tankers, signaled a major operation was underway.

    April 20, 2018

    It started around 4pm PST when no less than a dozen KC-10 tankers began to pop up over the central United States. Around the same time, spotters in Minneapolis-St. Paul looked up to see a quartet of B-2 bombers barreling their way towards the southwest, their contrails streaking across the sky. It seems that yet another group of two sets of two B-2s followed shortly after. That is half the B-2 fleet in the air together at one time—something was clearly going on.

    It started around 4pm PST when no less than a dozen KC-10 tankers began to pop up over the central United States. Around the same time, spotters in Minneapolis-St. Paul looked up to see a quartet of B-2 bombers barreling their way towards the southwest, their contrails streaking across the sky. It seems that yet another group of two sets of two B-2s followed shortly after. That is half the B-2 fleet in the air together at one time—something was clearly going on.








    B-52 flying over Manhattan before heading out across the Atlantic.

    Meanwhile, The War Zone was pointed to the fact that large concentrations of KC-135 tankers have been amassed at Moses Lake in Washington State, as well as in Phoenix. Some of the aircraft came from units based far from American shores.



    Now an E-4B airborne command post has launched out of Andrews AFB. These aircraft function as a flying Pentagon during a crisis and the National Command Authorities can wage war from them and initiate the release of nuclear weapons from anywhere on the planet.

    It's quite possible that all these movements are not directly related, but at least the B-2 and KC-10 part of it looks very similar to the last iteration of an exercise nicknamed Neptune Falcon. During Neptune Falcon 2016, the U.S. Air Force's 509th Bomb Wing and the Missouri Air National Guard's 131st Bomb Wing, both based at Whiteman Air Force Base, launched 10 B-2s in rapid succession, according to an issue of The Warrior, Whiteman's official news magazine.

    Additional information on Neptune Falcon is relatively sparse, but various editions of The Warrior describe it is an "annual combatant command exercise" that validates "readiness to execute a key Operations Plan." It seems almost certain the combatant command in question is U.S. Strategic Command. The operations plan it mentioned maybe OPLAN 8010, which defines how the U.S. military would go about launching a nuclear strike.

    Ten B-2s is basically nearly the whole nuclear combat-ready inventory, and even then it takes a lot of hard work to get all those jets in the same air at the same time.





    We will keep you updated as to how this exercise unfolds and we have reached out to Strategic Command for more information on what is clearly a huge test of readiness and a major show of force.

    Update: 5:11am PST—
    It's official, according to NOTAMs the exercise is indeed Neptune Falcon or a variation of that exercise. The B-2s, going by callsign 'Reaper,' are still up along with the tankers. An elongated rectangle block of airspace over the northern U.S., running roughly from Great Falls, Montana to just past Minot AFB in North Dakota, has been set aside. Another block of airspace reserved for the exercise sits northwest of the Nevada Test and Training Range. All told, this is likely the simulation of a long-range nuclear strike or global air power mission without leaving the United States.




    After plugging in the coordinates from the NOTAM here's what we get.


    Update: 10:00am PST—
    U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC), which oversees the service's strategic bomber, intercontinental ballistic missile, and supporting units, has given Air Force Magazine a short, official statement confirming that this massive aerial display was a training exercise, but little else.




    U.S. Strategic Command has passed our separate queries to AFGSC, as well, and we will be sure to add an additional update if and when we hear back.

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    Russia, China Would Destroy U.S. Command Aircraft on 'Day 1' of War, Air Force Warns

    David Brennan

    May 21, 2018



    Russian and Chinese air defense superiority means that even the most cutting-edge command and control aircraft in the American fleet would be shot down immediately in the event of a war, leaving U.S. forces blind on the battlefield.

    Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on defense that even with planned upgrades to the planes, Russian and Chinese technology means they would be too easy a target for effective use, the Air Force Times reported.
    Wilson was discussing the Northrop Grumman E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft, designed as a flying command and control center able to conduct surveillance and distribute information to troops on the battlefield below.



    A U.S. Air Force E-8C JSTARS aircraft in an undisclosed location in support of Operation
    Inherent Resolve, on August 2, 2017. Michael Battles/U.S. Air Force

    The Air Force is at loggerheads with lawmakers who want to replace the aging JSTARS fleet with 17 new aircraft, even though the service doesn’t want them.

    The Air Force wants to push its Advanced
    Battle Management System plan instead. This program would combine manned, unmanned and space-based platforms to achieve the same level of surveillance, officials said. But the House subcommittee has vowed to limit funding for that plan at 50 percent if the JSTARS program is shelved.

    Wilson told the subcommittee on Thursday that even the upgraded JSTARS aircraft would be ineffective against Russian and Chinese defenses in the event of war. “Russian and Chinese surface-to-air missiles have more range,” she explained, “and the plane would be shot down in the first day of conflict.”

    The secretary has been consistent on her opposition to continued JSTARS investment, and in February warned, “Buying a new version of something that was revolutionary 30 years ago doesn’t take us to a more competitive future.”

    Read more: U.S. war with Russia would leave American forces with no air support in Europe for weeks, expert warns

    Wilson said there was a middle ground between what the Air Force and lawmakers wanted, but warned it that would be costly. “Yes, we could do both, and it costs about $7 billion more than what we propose in our budget,” she said. Such an approach would keep the JSTARS platform in operation through to the mid-2020s.

    The U.S. military is well aware of the potent air defenses available to Russians, and, thanks to a recent deal, to China, too. The S-400 is considered the world’s finest anti-aircraft missile system and gives users the ability to hit enemy aircraft or missiles at a distance of 250 miles and an altitude of over 98,000 feet.

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    Made up of four missiles of varying ranges and speeds, the most powerful can travel at Mach 15, or 11,509 miles per hour. Only America’s most recent fifth-generation aircraft, such as the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lighting II jets, are thought to be competitive against such an accomplished weapon.



    Russian S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missile systems ride through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2017. The system is considered the most potent of its kind in the world. KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images

    Last month, China took its first delivery of the S-400 system, doubling the number of potential American rivals fielding the advanced technology. The S-400 makes U.S. military leaders nervous, and they are looking to close the gap.

    With Russia already working on the S-500 upgrade, the U.S. and its NATO allies will need to work quickly. The weapon will reportedly increase Russia’s anti-air range to around 373 miles and over 656,000 feet—high enough to hit objects in orbit.

    Russian technology is even causing rifts within NATO, with Greece considering upgrading its existing S-300 system and Turkey having already agreed a deal to purchase its own S-400s.

    This article was first written by Newsweek
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