Saturday, June 7, 2008
First Look - 07 June 2008
French Ship "Tourville (F 610) to Visit Severomorsk
The French Navy Ship "Tourville" will begin a port visit to the main Northern Fleet base on 11 June. It is planned that the ship will moor at 1100. The port call will continue through 16 June.
Note: I know from personal experience that Severomorsk/Murmansk is not exactly Pattaya Beach. Its quite possible that the French sailors on liberty will run out of things to do by 1110 and then all you will be left with is a bunch of guys in striped t-shirts with little puff balls on their flat hats wandering aimlessly around Severomorsk. The best part of a port call in Severomorsk: the trip down the spectacular Kola Fjord out. The trip in is not as good, 'cause when you're standing there at parade rest manning the rails and snot is dripping down your nose and freezing to your upper lip in July, you know you're pretty miserable.
Bold Monarch-2008 Wraps Up
The participants of Bold Monarch-2008 pull into Arendal, Norway for the final ceremony. The Georgiy Titov pulls into a fjord almost as big as she is, the Danish Police dress up like it's Charles Dickens' Day, there is the dreaded "gift exchange" (any START inspectors in the audience know what I'm talking about), American officers think that TV Zvezda streaming on the Internet on the Dutch Ship "Rotterdam" is the greatest thing since sliced bread and the Norwegians and the Russians plan on a bi-lateral submarine exercise in the Barents for next year.
Should have thought about that last thing ten years ago.