Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Chapati, Sodomy and the Lash...
The original Vikramaditya, earlier today.
Lurking around the net earlier today, I made a regular stop at Samizdata where Michael Jennings was kind enough to share some of his photos with us insular types. One of which was a photo taken in a Chinese port, featuring an aircraft carrier with decidedly Russian naval architecture.
That stirred my curiosity, so I searched for further information. I didn't get quite what I expected though. One of the images spat out was for the INS Vikramaditya.
A bit more digging gave me this:
A big, naughty boat, earlier today.
This was formerly the Admiral Gorshkov, which began it's life as the Aviation Carrier Baku, withdrawn from Russian Navy service circa 1993.
She's now to the best of my understanding with the Indian Naval Service renamed Vikramaditya.
Now don't misunderstand me, if India wants a deep-water navy that's fine by me. If India wants Soviet built hardware, that's fine likewise; I have a soft spot for Russian ship design, they have a knack for elegant multi-purpose solutions after all.
No, what bugs me is that our cretinous PM recently announced this.
Why are we funding a military spending splurge in the Indian Ocean. Why are we effectively buying India force-projection hardware that the RN can only dream about, while all our armed forces are scraping around for basic kit?
Why are we cursed with a government of such stupefying idiocy and wastefulness?
It fucked my New Year up, just thought I'd share the love.
All the best for 2009, but I'm not exactly bursting with optimism.