20 August 2009

What a picture shows

RE2009-0034-0011 Most people will see a nice campaign-style picture featuring the current Prime Minister.

What anyone seriously interested in defence of the north will see is something else:

1.  This exercise took place in August when four little old ladies with severe arthritis could operate fairly easily in the Arctic. 

Try working there in January, especially with a diesel electric submarine that needs air to breathe and the sea is clogging with thick ice.

2.   The aircraft are so far away from any fuel supplies they could only form up for this picture if each was carrying three additional fuel tanks.  As a result they are carrying shag-all in the way of ordnance.