Friday, February 10, 2012

Military helicopters

Under a new military contract dated 6 February, made-in-Woodstock spare parts will end up in more of the US military's McDonnell-Douglas helicopters, doubtless belonging to their MD-500 series, pictured here.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Woodstock helps to fan the flames in the Straits of Hormuz

Update on USS Pinckney, for which we reported recently that Woodstock rushed a fan under an "URGENT AND COMPELLING EMERGENCY REQUIREMENT". The Pinckney, we now learn, is part of the Navy's John C. Stennis Strike Group led by the aircraft carrier USS Stennis -- and therefore part of the US's cat-and-mouse game with Iran in the Straits of Hormuz which has been making headlines lately and which may be part of a build-up to war. The Stennis recently took part in the maneuvers to pass through the Straits. The "URGENT AND COMPELLING EMERGENCY REQUIREMENT" was apparently a requirement to join in the war-mongering.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cruiser, destroyer, nuclear submarine

USS Greeneville
Woodstock weapons contracts for the first few days of 2012 include rush orders for parts for three Navy warships: USS Greeneville, a nuclear-powered submarine; USS Pinckney, a guided-missile destroyer recently active in the Gulf of Aden region; and USS Vicksburg, a guided-missile cruiser.

In 2001 the Greeneville collided with a Japanese fishing vessel, killing 9 Japanese civilians including 4 children; the following year it collided with another naval vessel, the USS Ogden, resulting in the spilling of thousands of gallons of oil.