Thursday, March 31, 2016

Basic Flight Training at NAS Miramar

LCDR. H. Duncan (USS Kitty Hawk) is conducting a Basic Flight Training class at NAS Miramar this Saturday, April 2, at 12 hundred hours Pacific Time (SLT). The class is open to all Naval Aviators and Cadets. All personnel from Miramar involved in flight operations is encouraged to attend. Attendance is not mandatory but will be reflected on your career record should you choose to participate.

Basic Flight Training - Part 1
Date: 2016 APR 02
Time: 12:00 slt
Location: NAS Miramar Briefing Room - Building B

Class components:
- A short history of Naval Aviation
- The role of the United States Navy
- Flying in Second Life
   - Physics
   - Lag
   - Aircraft controls
   - Throtle
   - Views
   - Basic Flight Instruments
   - Flight Conditions

(*) Class components may change without prior notice.

CDR. Asra Kron

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Grumman F-14 A Tomcat

Grumman F-14 A Tomcat of VF-84, in “U.S.S. Nimitz Ten” livery, celebrating the 10 years of Jolly Rogers deployments with CSG-11, from 1977 to 1987. Shown here is VF-84 202 BuNo 16023, former 203, assigned to LTJG. Skarah “Hit Girl” Zane when she took over the squadron’s XO position. CDR. Asra “Cougar” Kron was her assigned RIO at the time.
AMOK’s F-14 A’s of VF-84 and F-14 D’s of VF-101 are still the reference in U.S. Navy SL service, although the Navy is procuring an up to NFWS standards F-14 Super Tomcat with several Second Life manufacturers. Flag of the Third Fleet air component and star of the Navy Fighter Weapons School at Miramar, the Tomcat is expected to remain in service well into the next decade in all her variants.

Real life notes: 

The F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, variable sweep wing, two-place strike fighter manufactured by Grumman Aircraft Corporation. The multiple tasks of navigation, target acquisition, electronic counter measures (ECM), and weapons employment are divided between the pilot and the radar intercept officer (RIO). Primary missions include precision strike against ground targets, air superiority, and fleet air defense. As a Strike Fighter, the Tomcat is capable of deploying an assortment of air-to-ground ordnance in various configurations, while simultaneously carrying AIM-7, AIM-9 and AIM-54’s.
It may carry the Tactical Air Reconnaissance Pod System (TARPS) providing in-theater tactical reconnaissance. The maiden flight took place on December 21st 1970 and the type was retired from service on September 22nd 2006.

In the words of CAPT Scott Swift, deputy commander CVW-41, 2003:
"Even with the arrival of the F/A-18E Super Hornet in the force, the F-14 remains 'the platform of choice for precision targeting'. It has longer range than the Super Hornet, and the LANTIRN targeting pod is superior to the Nite Hawk the F/A-18Es carry."

U.S. Navy statement, 2000:
"The F-14 Tomcat continues to be a premier long-range strike-fighter as evidenced by its superb performance in Operation Allied Force and the strikes in Operation Southern Watch. 
While the Navy provided only eight percent of the total dedicated aircraft in Operation Allied Force, the Navy was credited with 30 percent of the validated kills against fielded forces in Kosovo as a result of the superb performance of the Tomcat in the Forward Air Controller (Airborne) (FAC(A)) role. Another revolutionary feature of the Tomcat is the recent Low-Altitude Navigation and Targeting InfraRed at Night (LANTIRN) system software update that enables the Tomcat to acquire mensurated target coordinates that are accurate enough for GPS weapons, which is unique to the Tomcat. The Tomcat's "Roadmap for the Future"—a plan to incorporate significant performance improvements during the next four years, including through-the-weather precision strike capability—makes it the platform of choice for all-weather, day or night, deep strike."

CDR. Asra "Cougar" Kron
NASMCO, VF-84 201, VF-101 106

Suggested references:

Navy Fighter Weapons School "TOPGUN" in the first person - John R. Chesire CDR USNR (ret.)
Home of M.A.T.S. - The Grumman F-14 Tomcat Reference Work

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Complaints of wrongs

Following the loss of a few service members at NAS Miramar it seems one or more said members expressed their grievance in a manner that both reflects their character and demonstrates their true motives.

Suggested reading for both said members and the JAG office member(s) they allegedly expressed their grievances to - in any case, a good point to get across to all NAS Miramar personnel for future reference in similar cases.




To establish procedures for preparing, submitting, and processing complaints
of wrongs against a complainant's commanding officer under Article 138,
Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), and complaints of wrongs against a
military superior, who is not the complainant's commanding officer, under
Article 1150, U.S. Navy Regulations.


a. Article 138, UCMJ states: "Any member of the armed forces who
believes himself wronged by his commanding officer, and who, upon due
application to that commanding officer, is refused redress, may complain to
any superior commissioned officer, who shall forward the complaint to the
officer exercising general court-martial jurisdiction over the officer against
whom it is made. The officer exercising general court-martial jurisdiction
shall examine into the complaint and take proper measures for redressing the
wrong complained of; and he shall, as soon as possible, send to the Secretary
concerned a true statement of that complaint, with the proceedings had

b. Article 1150, U.S. Navy Regulations, states in part: "If any person
in the naval service considers him or herself wronged by an act, omission,
decision or order of a person who is superior in rank or command, that person
shall not fail in maintaining a respectful bearing toward such superior, but
may report the wrong to the proper authority for redress in the manner
provided in this article." For purposes of this chapter:

(1) An Article 1150 complaint of wrongs, which can only be filed
against a superior who is not the complainant's commanding officer, shall be
processed as follows:

(a) Where the respondent and complainant do not have the same
commanding officer, an Article 1150 complaint shall follow the same procedures
enumerated in this chapter for an Article 138 complaint, except that there is
no requirement that the complainant seek redress in writing prior to
submitting an 1150 complaint.

(b) Where the respondent and complainant have the same commanding
officer, that commanding officer shall take final action on the Article 1150
complaint. It is neither desired nor required that the report be forwarded to
the Secretary of the Navy or the Office of the Judge Advocate General (OJAG)
Administrative Law Division (Code 13) in such a case. If the complainant is
not satisfied with the resolution made by the commanding officer, the
complainant may file an Article 138 complaint against that commanding officer.

(2) An Article 1150 complaint of wrongs shall be in the format
specified in Appendix A-3-a of this Manual.

Related articles and procedure may be found here (click to follow link)

CDR. Asra Kron

Friday, March 11, 2016

SCM013/16 - Discharges & Code of Conduct

NASM Code and Conduct

Discharges & Code of Conduct


It is with regret I have realized two of our officers left NAS Miramar.
CDR. Gale Hewitt and Cadet Becky Sax are no longer naval officers. They chose to leave the group without a word, thus putting an end to their careers.

The fact that NAS Miramar command and in particular their fellow officers are not worth a single word saddens me. They are thus dishonorably discharged and purged of all rank and privileges.
That will be the last page on an otherwise unblemished record.

LTJG. Jericho Napoli, even if not leaving NAS Miramar, has no record of any activity for too long. He has shown no interest in any Navy related missions or training and is thus considered AWOL for an extremely long period. He has made no attempt to contact NAS Miramar command nor, to my knowledge, any other US Navy SL stations. LTJG. Napoli has shown no respect for the institution he was a part of and is thus dishonorably discharged, purged of rank and privileges.

I am terribly disappointed in these losses and take full responsibility for them as commanding officer. NAS Miramar is now available for any investigation into these matters deemed necessary by central command, and every officer will extend his or hers full cooperation in case they are called upon to answer any related inquiries. Myself at the top. I will keep you all posted on this.

The Navy puts incredible amounts of time, money and resources training each and every one of her officers. We take great pride in our status and mission and our standards are higher than most similar organizations. So are our expectations.

I suggest going back to basics and reading NAS Miramar CODE AND CONDUCT so you remember what we are about. No one is forced to be in the Navy, we are all volunteers. Make sure you know what you volunteered for.

CDR. Asra Kron

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia "Thor"

Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia “Thor”, BuNo 16034ED, of  Patron 4, Skinny Dragons. The EMB-120 came into Fleet service as a  medium/long range patrol aircraft, following the transfer of Tuarua Fiji Estates from Baroness Rain Inoue to Surreal Chung, March 01, 2016. Together with HSC-13, the
fixed wing VP-4 responds to the Navy need for a reliable aircraft to cover the Tuarua Fiji regions in the monitoring role. The type also serves as Miramar’s preferred VIP transport and when the 3rd Fleet commander is onboard the bird’s call sign and Modex become FLEETONE.
EMB-120’s receive a 9 prefix in the aircraft number to set apart from VF and VFA squadron “4’s”. The 901 depicted is the first to enter service at Miramar and is flown by Commander Asra “Cougar” Kron, NASMCO.

Real life notes:

Embraer began development of the EMB-120 Araguaia in 1974 as the successor the the EMB-110; this aircraft became the first transport category airliner for the manufacturer, but the manufacturer changed the name to Brasilia and completed a full re-design before the official launch in 1979. The EMB-120 took to the skies for the first time in July 1983 with the first one being introduced into
service two years later in October 1985.
Several EMB-120 variants were developed over the years to help carry cargo and fly farther and faster, but production ended in 2001. Although, Embraer has been known to build a few one-offs as several government militaries operate the EMB-120. Though one the largest civilian operators,
the U.S. are not a military operator of this model in real life.

CDR. Asra Kron

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

SCM11/16 - AFCO class on the Kitty Hawk

The 7th fleet theater of operations - SE Asia, 1965-1973

AFCO class on the Kitty Hawk

All Stations,

This just in from the Kitty Hawk.
Good chance to practice and get a feel for how the 7th fleet conducts its training sessions.

---- From CAPT Sidney Pobieski - USS Kitty Hawk CO ----

The Advanced Flight Carrier Operations class will be held on Saturday, 05-Mar-16, at 15:00SLT. Advanced Flight Classes are normally restricted to qualified Naval Aviators. However this class, being of broad interest, is open to all - to include Marines and Air Force pilots, aircrew and controllers, Officers and Enlisted.

Class will meet in the Pilot Briefing Room aboard the USS Kitty Hawk.

---- end quote ---

If you can, join this class.
The Kitty Hawk is anchored on the Gulf of Tonkin and their timeline is early 1970's. Bring period aircraft to class if you come.

This is not a mandatory class. Go if you wish to.
However, participation will be reflected in your career record.

Golf of Tonkin SLURL here.

CDR Asra Kron,