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Today, 1:03am

Author: BruceDuncan

The Voyage of the Frigate Jolo

Off Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Thursday, 14 July 1949 The Jolo had returned through the Balabac Strait late the previous evening, and sailed northward along the east coast of Palawan. She now lay hove to off the harbor entrance, waiting for her pilot. For Arsène Couturier it had been a most enlightening two weeks; he now had a much deeper understanding of the extent, achievements, and challenges facing his hosts in developing their observation network throughout the Kalayaan archipelago. He had u...

Yesterday, 9:05pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

Ocosuyo, Amantani Island, 21 July 1949 The Ipari had arrived at its second port of call the day before, and she lay in the protection of a small, natural breakwater. The village of Ocosuyo stretched upward from the shoreline amidst terraced fields alternating with small, adobe houses. The ship’s mission here was the same – provide for immediate social and medical needs and assess what might be required in the longer term. Of course, determining whether the local population wish to be dragged fro...

Yesterday, 2:56pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Novosti News Service, Belgrade, Sunday, 17 July 1949 "Zastava" Fabrika Kamioni of Kragujevac, long known for vehicles supplied to the Armed Forces, has introduced its first vehicle intended for the civilian market, the Zastava 620B. The design is rated for a two-tonne payload and will be available in several different configurations, including a model with an extended cab seating up to six. Deliveries are expected to commence in the autumn. Aerosvet, Belgrade, Tuesday, 19 July 1949 As reported l...

Yesterday, 2:20am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Sächsische Zeitung, Wednesday, 13 July 1949 The Ardeltwerke of Eberswalde has received a contract from the Ministry of Defence for three hundred examples of its "Lowe" light tanks, which are to be supplied to the Kriegsmarine’s Marinelandungsverbande, replacing the Panzerkampfwagen IV. As the vehicle is presently in production for the Heer, deliveries are expected to commence immediately. Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Thursday, 14 July 1949 The Luftwaffe has issued a request for proposal to industry ...

Monday, November 18th 2019, 7:31pm

Author: BruceDuncan

The Voyage of the Frigate Jolo

Dangerous Ground, Tuesday, 12 July 1949 The Jolo had cruised at a measured pace on her homeward journey. The waters here were known as Dangerous Ground, for more than a century a graveyard for ships due to the many reefs, cays, and shoals that would appear suddenly from the depth of the surrounding water. While the Philippine efforts to erect navigational beacons and lighthouses throughout the archipelago had reduced the hazards associated with transiting the area, Commander Raffiñan was taking ...

Monday, November 18th 2019, 3:03am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Quoted from "BruceDuncan" Quoted from "Brockpaine" Quoted from "BruceDuncan" the vessels of the Lithuanian Naval Service – chiefly elderly destroyers ...I'm not actually sure you can call the Vytis class "elderly". It's true they're in their early teens, but they underwent a major modernization in 1947, receiving French electronics. This is the description put forth by the commander of one of the Kriegsmarine's latest vessels, equipped with state of the art German elect...

Monday, November 18th 2019, 1:40am

Author: BruceDuncan

The Voyage of the Frigate Jolo

Cuarterton Reef, Sunday, 10 July 1949 Having resupplied the Bombay Castle lighthouse the Jolo sailed north-northeast, toward the general direction of the London Reefs, which stretched across the South China Sea between 8°49′ North/ 112°12′ East and 8°56′ North/ 112°52′East. Lieutenant Commander Munda explained: “There are four principal features in this sector - East London Reef, West London Reef, Central London Reef and Cuarterton Reef, but to date only the latter has significant infrastructure...

Monday, November 18th 2019, 12:40am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Quoted from "Brockpaine" Quoted from "BruceDuncan" the vessels of the Lithuanian Naval Service – chiefly elderly destroyers ...I'm not actually sure you can call the Vytis class "elderly". It's true they're in their early teens, but they underwent a major modernization in 1947, receiving French electronics. This is the description put forth by the commander of one of the Kriegsmarine's latest vessels, equipped with state of the art German electronics. Is he biased in his assessments and opinion...

Sunday, November 17th 2019, 6:47pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

The Philippine Herald, Sunday, 10 July 1949 Reconnaissance Squadron Five of the Philippine Navy Air Service, presently stationed at Naval Air Station Cavite has completed conversion to the American-built Consolidated PB4Y patrol bomber. This long-range aircraft will significantly increase the Air Service’s search and strike capabilities over the China Seas in the face of continuing Chinese threats. As more aircraft are delivered by the manufacturer the Reconnaissance Squadron Two, which operates...

Sunday, November 17th 2019, 6:03pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Training Ship Roon, Palanga, Lithuania, Monday, 11 July 1949 Mohr saw little danger in bearding the lion in its den when the Roon first dropped anchor in the harbour – little more than an open roadstead – of Palanga. It was crowded with the vessels of the Lithuanian Naval Service – chiefly elderly destroyers and minecraft – as well as fishing trawlers. Not long after their arrival their tenacious hanger-on arrived – and Mohr chose discretion as the better part of valour by not permitting his cre...

Friday, November 15th 2019, 8:34pm

Author: BruceDuncan

The Voyage of the Frigate Jolo

Rifleman Bank, Saturday, 9 July 1949 The Jolo now lay hove to off the imposing structure at marked the northern extreme of Rifleman Bank. “Welcome to Bombay Castle Lighthouse,” Munda said proudly. “It was one of the first stations established in this sector of the network, named for the British Indiaman. I served on her for three months after the station was completed.” The solidity of the lighthouse intrigued Couturier, who accepted the opportunity to visit it. This was not spindly steel frame ...

Friday, November 15th 2019, 6:46pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Mondscheinsonate

Light Cruiser Nürnberg, The Narrows, Saturday, 9 July 1949 Kommodore Rollman reluctantly departed New York City to lead his cruisers towards their next destination. They had enjoyed the hospitality of the city, its large and vibrant German-American community, and added their own small contribution to the celebration of American independence. They had entertained a number of American naval and military officers, as well as civic dignitaries, aboard the Nürnberg and the Leipzig, and receiving from...

Friday, November 15th 2019, 3:25pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1949

The Peruvian Times (Lima), 15 July 1949 The keel of the logistics support vessel Alcamarina was laid down today in the Callao dockyard of the Servicios Industriales de la Marina, on the slip recently vacated by her sister, the Pacamayo, whose construction continues elsewhere in the shipyard. These vessels are intended to enhance the ability of the Peruvian Navy to support civil development in remote coastal areas of the country and are capable of transporting and unloading large vehicles with mi...

Thursday, November 14th 2019, 9:34pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events 1949

Novosti News Service, Belgrade, Thursday, 14 July 1949 Addressing Parliament today Minister of Industrial Development Branko Horvat announced that the Government has reached agreement with certain private partners to pursue development of the brown coal resources of the Kosovo-Metohian area in the southern portion of the country. Plans include establishment of mines and processing facilities at Bardh and Mirash, together with transportation and power generation infrastructure, marking a major de...

Thursday, November 14th 2019, 4:45pm

Author: BruceDuncan

The Voyage of the Frigate Jolo

Prince of Wales Bank, Friday, 8 July 1949 The Jolo had spent the previous day resupplying the isolated stations at the Prince Consort and Grainger Banks – Couturier was impressed by the willingness of the Philippine Navy and Constabulary personnel who undertook to man these outposts. As the Jolo approached the northern flank of Prince of Wales Bank it proved to be the site of much activity – in addition to a pair of observation platforms Couturier could see the unmistakable shape of a crane barg...

Thursday, November 14th 2019, 3:54pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events 1949

Hamburg, The Waterfront, Sunday, 10 July 1949 “Fido” had worked assiduously through the week to discover what was afoot about the two merchantmen then in the Deschimag yard undergoing conversion for the Kriegsmarine. His last meeting with his contact had left him uncompensated for the paucity of information he brought to the meeting. Today’s session he hoped to do better. The two sat in a back corner of the tavern, half-hidden in the shadows. “The timber carrier has started conversion into to a ...

Wednesday, November 13th 2019, 11:33pm

Author: BruceDuncan

The Voyage of the Frigate Jolo

Vanguard Bank, Wednesday, 6 July 1949 The Jolo had finally reached her destination – the Vanguard Bank at the western end of the Kalayaan archipelago. Commander Raffiñan laid out the situation on a chart of the area. “The sandbanks in this region barely reach the surface at low tide, and few of them have reefs or rocks upon which we can establish observation stations – but we have made the necessary investment to erect sea platforms where conditions are most favorable. We should arrive at the fi...

Wednesday, November 13th 2019, 7:07pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events 1949

Del Carmen Air Force Base, Friday, 8 July 1949 It had taken some persuasion on his part, backed up by the ambassador, but Major Collin Kelley had finally contrived an invitation to visit Del Carmen Field, home of the Philippine Air Force’s Second Fighter Wing – the first unit to be equipped with the Russian designed MiG-15 interceptor. He was impressed with the speed with which the three squadrons of the wing had converted to their new mounts; apparently an advanced contingent of PAF pilots had ...

Wednesday, November 13th 2019, 3:36pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

French cruiser Lafayette, The Baltic Sea, Saturday, 9 July 1949 The central portion of the Baltic Sea – pedantically known to hydrographers as the East Gotland Basin – was large enough to manoeuvre a body of ships as the Lehrdivision had gathered today. Besides his own cruiser Capitaine de vaisseau Delcroix looked out over the Latouche-Tréville and a veritable fleet of German warships – the aircraft carriers Westfalen and Pommern, the air defence cruisers Szina and Temesvar, and the destroyers P...

Wednesday, November 13th 2019, 5:12am

Author: BruceDuncan

The Voyage of the Frigate Jolo

The Frigate Jolo, At Sea, Tuesday, 5 July 1949 The chart on the Jolo’s bridge marked her progress – late in the previous day she had passed what could be regarded as the ‘first line’ of reefs and shoals that were a threat to her – Swallow Reef to her north and Royal Charlotte Reef to her south – and entered an expanse of open water that was relatively safe for navigation. Late that morning Couturier was invited to the bridge by Raffiñan, who made an offer the Frenchman could not refuse. “We are ...