Thursday, June 22, 2017

Shipping Traffic

Traffic at sea? You bet. Here's an image grabbed from MaritimeTraffic of actual ships using their AIS (Automatic Identification System) at sea world-wide:

And one of the area around Japan, with Tokyo in the red oval:

Traffic? You bet.

Potential for confusion? You bet.

Just keep it in mind.

Leadership Lesson of the Day: "Sometimes a fan room is not just a fan room"

A U.S. Navy Petty Officer, Korrie McKinney, relates a story of leadership that ought to be required reading for managers/bosses everywhere in the USNI Blog's ‘Show Me’ Leadership:
Eleven years later, I still use what I call the “Show Me” leadership style. Not only do I use it train my junior sailors; I use it to learn from them as well. This type of leadership builds teamwork, respect, and trust which is the foundation on which to lead a division or an organization.

My leadership training advanced over the years by walking around ships or bases where I have been stationed and asking sailors “What are you doing? What does it do? What is the purpose?” At first the sailors are confused because they have only had supervisors hovering over them to make sure tasks are done correctly. As they begin to explain their task, you can see the moment when they realize that the job assigned to them is important.
BZ, PO McKinney!

Deck plate management at its best.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Degrees of Seriousness

ABC News coverage of shoot down of Syrian fighter/bomber by U.S. Navy F-18:

ABC Breaking News

Good analysis about potential messages and effects begins about 1:24. Did the U.S. draw that "red line" about what behavior it will tolerate? How will Russian leadership (read "Putin") respond? Will this lead to a "tit for tat" response attempt by Syrians (w Russian backing) or will the Russians respond directly?

"Self-defense" of coalition partners would seem to be a pretty reasonable rationale for the action the U.S. took.

But really, this is one of those middle of the meter reading on the "Degrees of Seriousness" meter.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

In Case You Forgot: It's 90 Years After Lindbergh Flew the Atlantic

I missed it by a few weeks.

On May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh flew solo across the Atlantic, New York to Paris. Now over 90 years ago. See here:
On May 21, 1927, the aviator Charles A. Lindbergh landed his Spirit of St. Louis near Paris, completing the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

Lindbergh was just 25 years old when he completed the trip. He learned to fly while serving in the Army and was serving as a United States Mail pilot when the New York hotelier Raymond Orteig announced a $25,000 prize for the first pilot to fly nonstop from New York to Paris, or Paris to New York. Lindbergh received financial support from a group of St. Louis businessmen to build a single-engine plane to make the journey. He tested the plane, called the Spirit of St. Louis, with a record-setting flight from San Diego to New York.
$25, 000 in 1927 is now worth a little over $350, 000.

Today we think nothing of flying across country or across oceans non-stop.

Someone successfully pushed the envelope.

It didn't have to be Lindbergh, but it was.

And the world changed.

Eight year before Lindbergh or 98 years ago, it took a Navy team 3 weeks to fly the Atlantic. See The Forgotten Fliers of 1919:
The flight of NC-4, its lessons and its blazing of the Atlantic airways, are largely
unknown today. Many Americans think Lindbergh made the first crossing; Englishmen applaud Alcock and Brown. At the time, some thought it not "sporting" that the Navy placed ships along the route to aid navigation, and that the flight took so long to accomplish. Still the NC-4 was, and ever shall remain... First Across the Atlantic!

But Lindbergh caught the imagination of the people and the rest is . . . progress.

It still takes brave men and women to accomplish such things. Brave and prepared men and women.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Saturday Is Old Radio Day: Archie Andrews "Don't Wake Father" (1949)

The show is not about Father's Day, but the advice works.

From the pages of the comic book, Archie Andrews, Veronica, Betty (a topic of much debate - Betty or Veronica - who was - um- better and why?)