Gulf of Tonkin Incident Reunion

Fist of the Fleet Association was proud to sponsor the reunion of three former VA-144 naval aviators who last flew together on August 4 & 5, 1964 from USS Constellation, CV-64 in the Gulf of Tonkin. The event took place at NAS Lemoore, CA on September 16 & 17, 2019 and was hosted by the Commanding Officer, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific and NAS Lemoore. The reunion was very memorable for all who attended and especially for the three honorees Capt John “Nick” Nicholson, CDR Everett Alvarez, Jr. and CDR Ron Boch.

LT Ron Boch, LTJG Everett Alvarez, Jr. and LCDR John “Nick” Nicholson 8/4/1964

Everett, “Nick” and Ron 9/16/2019 NASL

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Latest Edition: Summer 2022

There have been quite a few Doom and Gloomers out there since the start of the Ukrainian “special military operation”. A retired Army colonel, who shall remain nameless, has predicted the end of armored warfare based on losses to Soviet-Russian forces. What this person refused to understand is that they violated every accepted tactical doctrine regarding the use of armor. I don’t think I need to elucidate? Another “wag” indicated the death of the attack helicopter, again refusing to see the misapplication of those forces. Third, a so called “expert” is claiming the end of US Navy surface combatants after the loss of the Moskva. Let’s be clear on this one. We accept and train against the threats that exist to all ships and vessels, whether at sea or in port. The problem with his statement is that the writer ignores the fact that Moskva was not at General Quarters, or Battle Stations, Action Stations, Defense Posture One or whatever the hell else you want to call it. The Captain of the Moskva sailed his ship into an active combat theater with his naked butt hanging out a porthole and the words “Spank Me” painted on his checks. So much for their Black Seas fleet flagship. And in a more bombastic tone, Soviet-Russian television recently claimed it could use a submarine-launched 100-megaton warhead that would “sink” Britain with a 1600ft tall radioactive tsunami. The problem here is that, upon detonation close ashore, the downward shockwave is immediately reflected upwards disrupting the dynamics required to form the base surge and ascending debris column. Whatever water is pushed ashore would immediately be subjected to friction from the ground and the effects of gravity. The 50-megaton Tsar Bomba, detonated in Oct ‘61 with a fireball radius of 5 miles, was theoretically a 100-megaton device but was tested without it’s third-stage booster, giving it half-strength. Thankfully they have dialed back their nuclear rhetoric of late. For more on boosted nukes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Teller%E2%80%93Ulam_design

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