Monday, December 7 marks the 79th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the “date that will live in infamy.” More than 2,400 American servicemen and civilians were killed in the Japanese raid on the island of Oahu – the majority of them Navy Sailors and Marines.
This year, the annual remembrance ceremony at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Hawaii was held virtually: many of the surviving veterans of the raid are nearing the age of 100, and they face a heightened risk from COVID-19. Normally, dozens of WWII veterans would travel to the memorial to participate in the commemoration; instead, for 2020, the National Parks Service and the U.S. Navy held a virtual event.
“First and foremost I would like to offer my sincere regrets . . . . to the Pearl Harbor survivors and World War II veterans who could not join us here today,” said Rear Adm. Robert Chadwick II, commander of Navy Region Hawaii, in a virtual address. “While you are not here physically, I can assure you that you are here in our hearts and our gratitude. Your lives and your examples of honor, courage and commitment will never be forgotten and will never cease to inspire us.”
On December 7, 1941, 350 carrier-launched Japanese aircraft carried out a surprise raid on the naval base at Pearl Harbor. The attack sank or damaged eight battleships, three destroyers and three cruisers and destroyed nearly 190 American aircraft. Over 2,400 Americans lost their lives, including nearly 1,200 sailors and Marines who were aboard the ill-fated battleship USS Arizona.
No declaration of war or warning preceded the raid, prompting outrage and an immediate military response. The Japanese attack fell far short of impeding U.S. reach in the Pacific: Pearl Harbor’s base infrastructure was left mostly intact, and the warships that sank were in shallow water, facilitating salvage and repairs to put them back in the fight. Crucially, none of Pacific Fleet’s three aircraft carriers were in the harbor at the time of the strike, and American naval air power turned the tide of the war in the Pacific just six months later, destroying four Japanese fleet carriers at the Battle of Midway. However, the process of rolling back Japanese positions in the Pacific and securing victory would take another three years of hard fighting.
“Imperial Japanese forces thought they could break our will to fight and our capability to do so,” said Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite in a video address. “But they were wrong. Our Sailors and Marines rose up to fight back, from the flaming decks of USS Arizona to the victory aboard USS Missouri. They never stopped fighting . . . Never forget Pearl Harbor. Always remember those who went before us and let that drive your service, today and every day for you make all Americans proud and it is my honor to serve at your side.”
Go to Source
A massive fire broke out at the Port of Beirut on Thursday, incinerating a warehouse full of tires and oil within the port’s free zone. The same area was heavily damaged in the ammonium nitrate explosion that leveled the central port area and the adjacent waterfront on August 4. According to Lebanon’s civil defense agency, […]
Over the course of the past five days, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority arranged a medical intervention for an injured aboard a freighter in the Indian Ocean. On Saturday evening, the Spliethoff tweendecker Dolfijngracht called for assistance while under way about 1,000 nauical miles off the coast of Western Australia. A crewmember had sustained serious […]
The naval forces of the US and Bahrain recently staged a joint force training exercise which showcased the interoperability between coalition warships operating I the Arabian Gulf. Coalition Task Force Sentinel executed combined exercise Sentinel Shield supporting Sentry and Sentinel patrols in the coalition’s area of operations. The guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones and […]
With close to 100 daily cargo flights operated to a destination network spanning more than 65 cities across six continents, Emirates SkyCargo is delivering essential supplies and commodities to people around the world. The air cargo carrier is currently operating 11 Boeing 777 freighter aircraft, each with a capacity to transport about 100 tonnes of […]
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a Marine Accident Brief about an accident that occurred on April 15, 2019, involving the towing vessel DeJeanne Maria which struck the end of a submerged dredge pipeline while pushing two spud barges to the Gulf of Mexico. The incident occurred on the Mississippi River in Pass […]
The UK government’s new post-Brexit tariff regime will result in both winners and losers. The new regime is set to replace the European Union’s Common External Tariff from the end of the Brexit Transition Period on December 31, 2020. The UK’s commitment to the ongoing Brexit process and ending the UK’s transition from EU membership […]
DSV Belgium has solid experience in the transport of pharmaceutical products for different customers. With a pharma hub based at Brussels Airport a lot of experience and know-how has been built up over the years. Last weekend, the forwarder handled one hundred million mouth masks, an important milestone for its Belgian organisation that has put […]
Best known as a leading passenger airport serving Germany’s most populated federal state North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf has become transformed into a vital distribution point, during the COVID 19 pandemic, for medical equipment and other life-saving goods, mostly from China. Gerton Hulsman, managing director of cargo operations, reports that the handling teams are working hard to […]
Emirates SkyCargo has expanded its weekly scheduled cargo flight operations to cover 75 destinations across six continents. Through its wider reach, Emirates SkyCargo is able to transport essential commodities and other urgently needed cargo more rapidly across the world, allowing exporters and importers across markets to benefit from direct access to widebody cargo capacity. Some […]
Global commercial aviation charter company Albion Aviation Group is reporting that it is seeing a considerable uptake in its professional cargo broker training courses from the current global pandemic crisis and surge in charter demand. “We have completed a number webinar courses for a whole of host of companies, looking to manage their own cargo […]
Astral Aviation has increased its intra-African network with cargo freighters during the pandemic. While there has been a reduction in capacity to, from, and within Africa, which has been caused by a stoppage of passenger flights and limited frequencies on freighter aircraft, Astral Aviation continues to operate cargo freighters from its Nairobi hub to 13 destinations […]
Operators can continue to use pilots and other crew members who have unable to comply with certain training, recent experience, testing, and checking requirements due to the COVID-19 outbreak in support of essential operations. Additionally, this Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) provides regulatory relief to certain persons and pilot schools unable to meet duration and […]
The U-Freight Group (UFL), with its considerable involvement in eCommerce logistics, says that the latest statistics showing that global e-commerce sales hit $25.6 trillion in 2018 are a further vindication of its decision to enter this sector of the international freight market several years ago. The latest available estimates, up 8% from 2017, were recently […]
Callan Marine is serving as the prime contractor to the Texas Department of Transportation for a maintenance dredging project located at the Bolivar Ferry Terminal, in Galveston, Texas. Work began in May and is estimated to be complete in late July 2020. The project consists of the removal of 600,000 cubic yards of material and […]
Network Airline Management and TAAG Angola Airlines are pleased to announce the renewal of their long-term freighter aircraft contract by an additional 12 months, sealing an ongoing partnership for the foreseeable future. Operating a regular weekly scheduled service from Liege, Belgium, to the capital of Angola, Luanda, Network Airline Management provides a Boeing 747-400F aircraft […]
Qatar Airways Cargo transported 56 SkyCell containers with vaccines from one of the largest vaccine manufacturers worldwide on its scheduled freighter and belly-hold cargo flights for its customer, CEVA Logistics. The 54-tonne shipment consisting of pneumococcal and varicella vaccines were flown from Brussels to Mumbai via the carrier’s hub in Doha on two separate flights. […]