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as punishment for the Turks buying arms from the Russians, have not delivered F-35 stealth jets despite receiving a payment of $1.4bn.

... well that should certainly encourage other nations to pay in advance for US weapons that may not be delivered over a somewhat unrelated snit?

The Russians produce some very good SAM systems. Operator skills in how to use them seems to be a bit lacking at times if one considers the times they shoot down commercial airplanes!

Hey can happen to anyone.

Not so amusing story, a Soviet large destroyer doing high speed ops blew up in the Black Sea with no survivors long ago. No word as to cause in the intel we got so they probably had no idea why.

A few years later another one of the same class caught fired in the North Atlantic. The majority of the 300 man crew abandoned ship leaving only the fire fighters on board. We (Argus Crew south of Iceland heading for Norway) were warned on the emergency freq. to stay well clear. Later report the fires were put out and the cause was the exhaust pipes from the turbine engines were routed through the torpedo storage room. High speed of course cranked up the exhaust heat.

Tim <my favorite excuse "It seemed like a good idea at the time">

The Severomorsk Disaster was a deadly series of munitions fires that resulted in the detonation and destruction of large amounts of munitions that lasted from May 13 to 17, 1984, within the Okolnaya naval munitions depot, near the Severomorsk Naval Base (headquarters of the Northern Fleet of the Soviet Navy). The detonation occurred in the Northern Russian "closed" town of Severomorsk (Russian: ????????´???), over 900 miles (1,448.4 kilometers) from the Russian capital Moscow.[6][7]

Munitions had reportedly detonated after a fire started on May 13, which thus caused a massive chain of explosions on May 17, and resulted in the deaths of at least 200–300 people, and the destruction of at least 900 of the Northern Fleet's missiles and torpedoes.[4]

Most of the dead were allegedly ordnance technicians "sent into the fire in a desperate but unsuccessful effort to defuse or disassemble munitions before they exploded", according to the New York Times.[8][9]
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