Exercise Hot Blade, Dutch Airborne troops training in Portugal.
Soldiers from 13 Infantry Battalion of 11 Airmobile Brigade await extraction after conducting a raid on a remote building representing an enemy outpost.
The exercise in Portugal is organized by the EDA (European Defence Agency) with the aim of aligning and integrating various helicopter procedures and tactics of the countries represented in the EDA. Soldiers from Belgium, Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Portugal are participating in the exercise.
Photo by Corporal Zadrach Salampessy.
First off, we have to give a hat tip to Wings Over Iraq for the tip-off about this. Secondly, prepare to meet a real-life UFO – maybe….
The successful launch and landing of the US Navy’s X-47B stealth drone on an aircraft carrier recently was a surprisingly, even suspiciously, well publicized and openly photographed event. And there’s clearly no effort being made to keep the plane’s existence secret – even if its capabilities are not being publicized.
Perhaps the surprising openness about the X-47B program is a deliberate move to distract attention away from a truly amazing secret – the successor to the RQ-170 “Sentinel”, once known as “The Beast of Kandahar”.
“The Beast of Kandahar” – an RQ-170 ‘Sentinel’ AUV.
You might remember the KITANICA Brush Pants that were launched a couple of months back, now they’ve introduced a lighter-weight, more versatile version in the shape of their new Backcountry Pants.
At the present time, the Backcountry Pants are only available in khaki color, but KITANICA are considering offering other color / camo options if there’s enough demand. For example, they sent me a pair in PenCott-SandStorm™ camouflage pattern NyCo. I’ve been wearing those pants for a few weeks now and I can verify that they are very comfortable, practical and versatile – they’re great for work or EDC, and smart enough to wear to dinner or a night on the town as well.
Text and photos (unless otherwise noted) by Alicia Accetta, Strike-Hold! Special Correspondent.
For the third year in a row the Liberty Jump Team performed at the National Warplane Museum’s annual airshow at Geneseo, in upstate New York – “The Greatest Show on Turf”.
The Geneseo Airshow (as its commonly known) was held July 13th and 14th and had an assortment of planes flying and on static display – two of the most notable being the C-47 from which the Liberty Jump Team jumped, and the WWII Lancaster bomber. (For our UK and European readers, imagine Duxford’s “Flying Legends” airshow with even more planes, and all happening on a period-authentic grass strip airfield! – Editor)
The Liberty Jump Team is a non-profit organization formed in 2006 as a way to honor US veterans of foreign wars. They honor the veterans by performing WWII-style parachute jumps at various events each year. The team now has over 70 members, including jumpers from the U.S., France, Canada, England, Ireland, Holland, Germany, South Africa, and Belgium, and is constantly growing. Many of the members are active duty or retired military and are veterans from Vietnam, OEF, OIF, and WWII – some of the members are over 70 years old and some are also Purple Heart recipients.