is there perhaps a gentlemen's agreement at the highest level not to make a fuss about criminal failures by allies that have killed our own?
Yep....major threats and drama's when other personnel from other nations don't get the meaning of their different coloured (or colored) bits of string/ropes and cross them.I can't see how the UK can be accused of criminal failure for the attack on Bastion, are the mighty USA trying to kid on that they left the security of their equipment and personnel to another nation.
Anyone who has worked with the yanks knows that simply doesn't happen, they get very nervous if you even so much as look at their kit.
Regardless of who posted it and whatever wrongs the US have done in the past, the letter is either valid or not. That is where the debate should be centred.
Do we as a nation/armed forces have any culpability for the loss of close to half a billion dollars of kit and lives or not, I don't have a clue as well after my time?
If wikipedia can be trusted then it is possible that we failed (criminally?) spectacularly:Do we as a nation/armed forces have any culpability for the loss of close to half a billion dollars of kit and lives or not, I don't have a clue as well after my time?
A September 2013 article in GQ stated that soldiers from the Tongan contingent in Afghanistan had been responsible for the section of the perimeter which was breached, and that US Marines had sometimes found members of the contingent asleep while on guard duty. In October that year the acting commander of the Tongan Armed Forces stated that the Tongan force at Camp Bastion had not been required to fully man the section of Camp Bastion's perimeter through which the attackers passed.The British High Commissioner to Tonga also stated that it was British, and not Tongan, personnel who were responsible for the penetrated section of the perimeter and that allegations which arose from a US Military enquiry claiming that Tongan troops had been caught sleeping while on guard duty were not correct.
September 2012 Camp Bastion raid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tonga's military size is approximately 450 troops, half of which were sent to fight in the War in Afghanistan.Serving in Camp Bastion and Camp Leatherneck.
During the September 2012 Camp Bastion raid Tonga troops were in perimeter guard towers without any night vision devices.
His Majesty's Armed Forces (Tonga) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The attackers had been informed Tower 17 would be unmanned, but the detainee reported Tower 17 trained a light towards the attackers once they were inside theperimeter. However, the attackers were able to move into a small wadi, and Tower17 didnot react further (Ex 81). An aerial view of the tower arrangement and photos of the breach point are depicted below.
http://www.hqmc.marines.mil/Portals/142/USCENTCOM Bastion Attack Investigation Redacted 15-6 Report.pdf
He also provided photographic evidence of his being a grotty sex tourist, pictured next to some short-legged teen whore on a beach somewhere.
Is there such a thing or are you talking about two different items of kit. Are the Tongans not responsible for providing their own kit, or renting it off others.thermal NVG.
I don't know the correct terms, but there is a thermal type of NVG and a light enhancing type. Examples below - each is powered and provides some magnification.Is there such a thing or are you talking about two different items of kit.
I take it you have not had hands on experience of either then.I don't know the correct terms, but there is a thermal type of NVG and a light enhancing type. Examples below - each is powered and provides some magnification.
The thermal example here shows a compound wall at 200-metres, and a 2nd in the distance at c.800m.
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The light enhancing image shows a compound at about 500-metres in the middle distance and another at c.900 beyond that.
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Insert 15 sweating Taliban in to either image taking in to account the open ground, double concertina razor wire, large raised earth work, 30 ft fence, open ground and perimeter road to cross.