Laskarina Bouboulina (1771-1825) was a Greek naval commander and a heroine of the 1821 War of Independence. Married to a wealthy shipowner, she took control of her husband’s fortune and company after he was killed by pirates. She also had more ships built for her, including the warship Agamemnon.
She was a great force in the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire, leading naval blockades, battles, and sieges. It is said that she rescued most of the sultan’s harem during the defeat of the Ottoman garrison at Tripolis. She was posthumously awarded the rank of Admiral for her military skill.
July 19, 1917 - Black Sea Fleet Commander Admiral Kolchak Resigns after Sailor Mutiny
Pictured - Polar explorer, young admiral, next Supreme Ruler of Russia?
At forty-three years old, Alexander Kolchak was a young man to be the commander of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. An experienced polar explorer before the war, Kolchak distinguished himself fighting in the Baltic against the German navy after hostilities began. By 1917, Kolchak had been promoted to vice admiral and given command of the ships in the Black Sea, a prime naval command. Unfortunately for the admiral, the Russian Revolution interrupted his meteoric rise.
Kolchak was known as a chivalrous military man, with the military man’s dislike of politics. The abdication of the Tsar, however, brought him into the light when he was one of the few highly-ranked officers to argue against abdication (or moreover, as @today-in-wwinotes, one of the few who argued this to survive). Kolchak’s support for the monarchy made him central to growing network of conservative officers who opposed the democratization of the army and peace with Germany.
Yet again events forced Kolchak’s hand. The Black Sea Fleet, like a growing number of Russian cities, provinces, and military units, had a soviet, a revolutionary political body. In June, the soviet of the Black Sea Fleet mutinied and called for the dismantlement of officers. Kolchak was disgusted and threw his sword into the sea rather than hand it over, effectively ending his military career.
The Kerensky government recalled the admiral to Petrograd, before de-facto sending him into exile, making him head of a military mission to the United States to teach about naval mines. Kolchak left in August. The next time he returned to his homeland, in November 1918, he would have a chance to reverse the revolution that he hated.
Correction - An unfortunate typo in the original post said Kolchak returned to Russia in 1919, instead of the correct year 1918.
The 5"/25 (127 mm) battery aboard the U.S. Navy battleship USS New Mexico (BB-40) prepares to fire during the bombardment of Saipan, 15 June 1944.
Note the time-fuze setters on the left side of each gun mount, each holding three “fixed” rounds of ammunition; the barrels of 20 mm machine guns at the extreme right; and triple the 14"/50 (34.5 cm) guns in the background.
(Source: Official U.S. Navy photo 80-G-K-14162 from the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command)
6x04 ‘Behind the Lines’ - Nog has managed to produce BRANDY from somewhere, because “I may be a cadet, but I’m still a Ferengi.” Nog is that dude in The Great Escape who can always get you stuff, isn’t he. - THE DEFIANT CREW HAS A CEREMONY FOR WHEN THEY USE UP A POWER CELL. Chief O’Brien PRESENTS IT to Captain Sisko, who then GIVES A ROUSING SPEECH with CALL-AND-RESPONSE ELEMENTS. do you know how much I love call-and-response??? it’s a whole personal story, having to do with Moby-Dick and my high school English teacher, and, in retrospect, the fact that he was the one who used to be a Captain in the Marine Corps…. anyway, can attest that call-and-response is a guaranteed way to create strong group bonding AND startle awful vice principals your enemies. y’know looking back, that my English teacher was seen by the administration as a defiant Romantic revolutionary with a young literati army is also making a lot of sense…. - me last time: “what strange new rhythms will you all have fallen into out here” Ben to his Admiral right now: “It’s just a little ritual we fell into” weLL THANKS!
mmmm Kira providing this diegetic VO of what’s going through this Cardassian’s head at the bar while she and Rom look down on him from the second level, GOOD STUFF
- Kira: “How did you get ahold of Damar’s pad anyway?” Rom: “I’m good with my hands.” high oh. - I think that Jem’Hadar just broke a Cardassian’s back over his knee? what kinda fight choreography can you guys afford these days! - Weyoun, through a grin: “Our men need to see that we’re still allies. Smile.” Dukat:
I thought that I should be making one of these since I really enjoyed the 00Q pairing.
Note: the ratings used in this list are based on the ones from Ao3. Summaries are also from the author on Ao3. Also all of them are COMPLETE because I understand how annoying it is when you fall in love with a fic and it is just abandoned.
The first time Bond flirted with Q, it was purely out of self-defense. The second time Bond flirted with Q was largely manipulation. The third time Bond flirted with Q, he just wanted to feel something. The fourth time Bond flirted with Q was out of sheer boredom.
Somehow, flirting with Q became something of a habit for Bond.
But this? There was no excusing this as anything other than what it was. Pathetic longing, and a need to be close to Bond to comfort himself. Q couldn’t even pretend that he was visiting Bond to keep the man company. No, this was about Q and the fact that the majority of his nightmares lately had featured an empty hospital bed and another trip to the local cemetery.
“You need to wake up, you sodding prick,” he said to Bond, not bothering to lower his voice. The only other sound in the room was the beep of the heart monitor. “I can destroy these people very easily, but I don’t want to hear you whining about having missed out on the action later on.”
Yes, this version of 007 was a terrifyingly smart agent, and M wondered long and often whether it had been a good idea to promote him to the position. Usually, the title was the dangerous part - being 007 meant deadliness - but this time, M feared that a certain man with ice-blue eyes and scruffy blonde hair had dragged in more danger to the title than it had previously possessed
Enter MI6’s new Quartermaster: an unassuming, bespectacled genius with no mind for subterfuge but plenty of genius behind a dry smile. Curious 00-agents and young boffins don’t always mix in predictable ways…
In which Bond is a retired naval commander with too much house, Q is a mechanical engineer with too many sisters, and they have lengthy conversations about decorum, bonnet-ribbons and philosophy in Regency England.
“I just thought you might go pay a visit,“ his mother suggested.
“Me?” Q asked, aghast. “Pay a visit?”
“He must be starved for proper gentleman company, now that he’s settled in so far from London–”
“I am far from proper gentleman company.”
“–and perhaps if you befriended him he could introduce you to some nice heiresses.”
“Heiresses?” Q repeated, baffled and horrified. “What in the world would I do with heiresses?”
What followed was the most bizarre courtship Q had ever—well, heard of, certainly. He didn’t have much to compare it to, but Moneypenny confirmed that normal people didn’t flirt like this. Not that he was normal. Not that any of them were.
Or: Q has a past, a cat, and a dangerous new boyfriend. Two of these things keep him up nights, the other pees in a box.
More than anything, Mike Taylor wanted to be ordinary. Being a genius, he learned early in life, meant people expected too much. A career at the MI6 Help Desk seemed the perfect way to guarantee a lifetime of obscurity, until he got a very unusual tech support call.
“Knowing your history, and adding to it the fact that I am not entirely unaffected by sharing a bed with you, I think it would be pointless to pretend that we are going to able to share this house for the next two weeks without fucking over every available surface.” Q smiles at the look of shock on James’ face. Clearly he hadn’t been expecting such a direct approach and Q presses on before he has a chance to recover. “However, when it happens it will happen on my terms.”
There was definitely a significant gap between the time Bond was breaking down over M’s death in the chapel to the time a confident Bond walked into Mallory’s office to accept his newest assignment. What, or more importantly, who, put him back together again? Basically, lots of porn with plot.
During the initial planning for the War in Afghanistan, Mattis led Task Force 58 in operations in the southern part of the country, becoming the first Marine Corps officer to ever command a Naval Task Force in combat
Razzle Dazzle “Easter Egg” Navy Ships - all week here at NHF in honor of #easter:
#5: Mackay “Disruptive Coloration” or “Low Visibility-Dazzle” System
It was intended to cause confusion in determining a ship’s heading, reduce its visibility at a distance and in varying light conditions and soften its outlines to make optical rangefinding more difficult.
(Photo: Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph # NH 54662)
Shepard/Vakarian, post-war but pre-relationship. Also on AO3.
What ate up most of their dead flight time was not paperwork but reading. Aboard the Normandy, Shepard had been consumed with the dozens of operational tasks required of a ship’s skipper, and that meant filing reports, reading reports, writing reports based on other reports, and filling out enough forms to level all but the hardiest executive officers. Even Garrus, who had first been a contractor for the Alliance, then a mercenary hired by Cerberus, and finally a Hierarchy specialist assigned to Shepard’s command, had been forced to face off with the red tape he despised.
Now that they were a crew of two with the Council as their only official superiors, the paperwork had lessened but by no means disappeared. It was, however, for maybe the first time in Shepard’s adult life, possible to stay ahead of it. She had leisure time now — not just time to exercise or tinker with her guns, but whole hours and sometimes whole days to pursue her own interests. Occasionally she filled that time with novels or vids, but mostly she, like Garrus, busied herself with reading more relevant to her position.
Shepard was going through the latest catalog from Rosenkov. One of the perks of working for ST&R was the access to top-of-the-line equipment, much of it early prototypes; her Rosenkov catalog in no way resembled the Rosenkov catalog available to less prestigious customers. Garrus was pouring over a ballistics article complex enough to make even Shepard’s vision blur while one of his procedural telenovels played in the background. She’d had plenty of technical education, both in the course of her electronic warfare training and because nobody knew how to do what Shepard could do with a rifle without a decent understanding of mathematics, but Garrus had a knack for physics and programming that would’ve served him well in an academic career. He’d probably gotten that from his mother — she’d left the Department of Intelligence at age thirty with a doctorate in linguistics and a gift for software composition.
“You know what bothers me most?” Garrus said. He didn’t really like police procedurals; he just liked to pick them apart. “Any officer who discharged his weapon three times in the span of a week would be assigned to deskwork, not to a date with his supervisor.”
“Speaking from experience?”
“Shepard, please. I’ve never asked my supervisor out.”
Naval Special Warfare Development Group The Navy’s Tier 1 Special Missions Unit
The United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG), or DEVGRU, is a U.S. Navy component of Joint Special Operations Command, or JSOC. The primary mission of the Joint Special Operations Command is ostensibly to identify and eliminate terror cells worldwide. JSOC is a component command of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and is charged to study special operations requirements and techniques to ensure interoperability and equipment standardization, plan and conduct special operations exercises and training, develop joint special operations tactics and execute special operations missions worldwide).
It is often referred to as SEAL Team Six, the name of its predecessor which was officially disbanded in 1987. DEVGRU is administratively supported by Naval Special Warfare Command and operationally commanded by the Joint Special Operations Command. Most information concerning DEVGRU is classified and details of its activities are not usually commented on by either the White House or the Department of Defense. Despite the official name changes, “SEAL Team Six” remains the unit’s widely recognized moniker. It is sometimes referred to in the U.S. media as a Special Missions Unit.
DEVGRU and its Army counterpart, Delta Force, are the United States military’s primary counter-terrorism units. Although DEVGRU was created as a maritime counter-terrorism unit, it has become a multi-functional special operations unit with several roles that include high-risk personnel/hostage extractions and other specialized missions.
The Central Intelligence Agency’s highly secretive Special Activities Division (SAD) and more specifically its elite Special Operations Group (SOG) often works with—and recruits—operators from DEVGRU. The combination of these units led to the most significant special operations success in the Global War On Terror.