Tobruk's arrival at Ormoc

As HMAS Tobruk steamed into Ormoc on the morning of November 26, a light mist hid much of the city’s devastation. 

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The SM-6 tactical missile has reached initial operation capability, the US Navy announced…

The SM-6 tactical missile has reached initial operation capability, the US Navy announced on Wednesday, with SM-6s successfully loaded onboard USS Kidd (DDG 100) in San Diego, Calif.

 
The SM-6 is designed to provide naval vessels with extended range protection against cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles and fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

 “We’re very pleased to achieve [initial operational capability] on schedule,” said Capt. Mike Ladner, the major program manager of Surface Ship Weapons, whose portfolio includes SM-6. “The SM-6, with its ability to extend the battle space, truly improves shipboard air defense capability. I’m very proud of the entire Standard Missile team on this historic achievement.”

SM-6 has entered full rate production and the program has already delivered 50 missiles ahead of schedule and under budget. Follow-on test and evaluation will continue in 2013 and 2014 to validate the integrated fire control capability in an operationally realistic environment.
http://navaltoday.com/2013/11/29/usa-sm-6-attains-initial-operation-capability/

Press Release, November 29, 2013; Image: Wikimedia

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FIRST TEST WAS 1952
By Derby Telegraph  |  Posted: November 28, 2013

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THE UK tested its first hydrogen bombs during Operation Grapple near Christmas Island in the South Pacific during the 1950s.

At the end of May 1956, about 1,200 civilians and servicemen were sent to Christmas Island during 1956.

These tests continued until 1958. Nine nuclear explosions were carried out.

In 2005, a study in New Zealand concluded that sailors from the Royal New Zealand Navy, Royal Navy and Fijian Navy who observed the tests from nearby ships later suffered adverse health effects from exposure to radiation fallout, including cancer and genetic abnormalities in the veterans” children.

The Ministry of Defence maintains that few people were exposed to any radiation or contamination at all.

In 2006, 1,000 veterans attempted to sue the MoD using new research which they claimed proved they suffered from serious illnesses or death after being exposed to radiation.

Nine of these veterans took their case to the Supreme Court last year but lost their bid for damages as the court ruled their case was brought forward too late.

The Ministry of Defence argued that too much time has passed since the tests for the case to be allowed to go to court.

Last night, an MOD spokesperson said: “The Ministry of Defence recognises the debt of gratitude we have to the servicemen who took part in the nuclear tests.

“The Supreme Court ruled in March 2012 in favour of the MOD that the claims brought by Nuclear Test Veterans were time-barred and declined to allow the claims to proceed.”

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Operation Grapple near Christmas Island in the South Pacific during the 1950s

HMNZS Pukaki
FIRST TEST WAS 1952
By Derby Telegraph  |  Posted: November 28, 2013

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THE UK tested its first hydrogen bombs during Operation Grapple near Christmas Island in the South Pacific during the 1950s.

At the end of May 1956, about 1,200 civilians and servicemen were sent to Christmas Island during 1956.

These tests continued until 1958. Nine nuclear explosions were carried out.

In 2005, a study in New Zealand concluded that sailors from the Royal New Zealand Navy, Royal Navy and Fijian Navy who observed the tests from nearby ships later suffered adverse health effects from exposure to radiation fallout, including cancer and genetic abnormalities in the veterans' children.

The Ministry of Defence maintains that few people were exposed to any radiation or contamination at all.

In 2006, 1,000 veterans attempted to sue the MoD using new research which they claimed proved they suffered from serious illnesses or death after being exposed to radiation.

Nine of these veterans took their case to the Supreme Court last year but lost their bid for damages as the court ruled their case was brought forward too late.

The Ministry of Defence argued that too much time has passed since the tests for the case to be allowed to go to court.

Last night, an MOD spokesperson said: "The Ministry of Defence recognises the debt of gratitude we have to the servicemen who took part in the nuclear tests.

"The Supreme Court ruled in March 2012 in favour of the MOD that the claims brought by Nuclear Test Veterans were time-barred and declined to allow the claims to proceed."

Read more: http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/TEST-1952/story-20233716-detail/story.html#ixzz2lwhgp7ho

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Operation Grapple near Christmas Island in the South Pacific during the 1950s Operation Grapple near Christmas Island in the South Pacific during the 1950s Read more posts and click here

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HMNZS Pukaki
FIRST TEST WAS 1952
By Derby Telegraph  |  Posted: November 28, 2013

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THE UK tested its first hydrogen bombs during Operation Grapple near Christmas Island in the South Pacific during the 1950s.

At the end of May 1956, about 1,200 civilians and servicemen were sent to Christmas Island during 1956.

These tests continued until 1958. Nine nuclear explosions were carried out.

In 2005, a study in New Zealand concluded that sailors from the Royal New Zealand Navy, Royal Navy and Fijian Navy who observed the tests from nearby ships later suffered adverse health effects from exposure to radiation fallout, including cancer and genetic abnormalities in the veterans” children.

The Ministry of Defence maintains that few people were exposed to any radiation or contamination at all.

In 2006, 1,000 veterans attempted to sue the MoD using new research which they claimed proved they suffered from serious illnesses or death after being exposed to radiation.

Nine of these veterans took their case to the Supreme Court last year but lost their bid for damages as the court ruled their case was brought forward too late.

The Ministry of Defence argued that too much time has passed since the tests for the case to be allowed to go to court.

Last night, an MOD spokesperson said: “The Ministry of Defence recognises the debt of gratitude we have to the servicemen who took part in the nuclear tests.

“The Supreme Court ruled in March 2012 in favour of the MOD that the claims brought by Nuclear Test Veterans were time-barred and declined to allow the claims to proceed.”

Read more: http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/TEST-1952/story-20233716-detail/story.html#ixzz2lwhgp7ho

Operation Grapple near Christmas Island in the South Pacific during the 1950s

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