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.