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"No, no. I'll be alright," sighed Wanda the cat, as she collapsed on her back. "I can go on a little longer without more Friskies - cough, cough - if I have to. Is it getting dark in here? I...everything seems to be getting fuzzy..." :) #wandathecat #HalifaxAuthor #purinacat #Purina #nsspca #spca #rescuecat #cats #cat #adoptacat #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle #divacats #catsofinstagram #halifaxcats


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K-77, a project 635 'Juliett' class cruise missile submarine heavily modified to look like K-19, alongside at Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2001. The submarine starred in K-19 : The Widowmaker, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and starring Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson. The film, based on real life events depicted in a book by Peter Huchthausen, is a Paramount Pictures production that was released on July 19 2002. K-19 was one of the first submarines of the Project 658 class (NATO Hotel), the first Soviet nuclear powered submarines equipped with the R-13 submarine launched ballistic missile. Before the boat was launched, 10 civilian workers and a sailor died aboard the boat due to accidents and fires, and after commissioning, K-19 suffered from multiple breakdowns and accidents. On his maiden voyage, July 4 1961, the submarine suffered a loss of coolant accident to its reactor and because a backup system included in the design was not installed, the crew was forced to complete temporary repairs in order to avoid a meltdown. Knowingly sacrificing their own lives, the crew jury-rigged a backup system that prevented the reactor from suffering a meltdown. Over twenty of the boats crew died as a result of the reactor failure, and after other accidents, K-19 deservedly received the nickname 'Hiroshima'. K-19 : The Widowmaker was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and starred Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson. It was based on real life events depicted in a book by Peter Huchthausen, and was released by Paramount Pictures on July 19 2002. #HalifaxAuthor #sovietnavy #russiannavy #651class #juliettclass #submarine #coldwar #paramount #paramountpictures #k19thewidowmaker #ssk #harrisonford #cruisemissile
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The USS Mount Whitney, LCC-20, a Blue Ridge class command ship of the United States Navy alongside at Halifax, Nova Scotia a few decades ago. She is the flagship of the United States Navy's Sixth Fleet, and is the command and control ship for the Commander Joint Command Lisbon, and the Commander Striking Force NATO. Mount Whitney is equiped with the most comprehensive C4I, (Command, Control, Communications, Computer, and Intelligence) ever, allowing the ranking officer aboard to effectively manage the units under their command. Mount Whitney was built by Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Company and was launched on January 8 1970, and commissioned January 16 1971. She is 629' long and can reach speeds over 20 knots. Her crew is made up of a combination of navy and civilian sailors, and the ship is armed with 2 Phalanx 20mm guns, 2 25 mm Bushmaster cannons, and 4 × .50 calibre heavy machine guns, as well as Mark 36 SRBOC chaff rockets. #HalifaxAuthor #usn #usnavy #unitedstatesnavy #ussmountwhitney #6thfleet #cfbhalifax #novascotia #nato #4ci #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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The jeep on display at the Canadian War Museum exhibits the little truck as it often appeared during the Second World War; dented, faded paint, and buried under tarps, guns, radios, and a myriad of supplies. The Willys MB and the Ford GPW, both formally called the U.S. Army Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4, Command Reconnaissance vehicle, but universally called the jeep, was the world's first mass-produced four wheel drive car.
Over 640,000 jeeps were produced making it the iconic vehicle of the Second World War. General George Marshall called the jeep “America’s greatest contribution to modern warfare.” He was right. The rugged little truck was improved in the decades after the war, and once surplus unit hit the market, it did not take long for manufacturers to realize that a huge civilian market existed for a tough off-road vehicle. This is just one of the countless exhibits at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, and I highly recommend that you drop by and check them out. #HalifaxAuthor #jeep #canadianwarmuseum #canadianarmy #army #military #secondworldwar #worldwarii #coldwar #willys #ford #fourwheeldrive #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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An Ohio class ballistic missile submarine under construction at General Dynamics Electric Boat, a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corporation, at Groton, Connecticut. I took this photo over 20 years ago, and I believe the submarine is the USS Pennsylvania, SSBN-735, based on other photos. Electric Boat has been the main builder of submarines for the United States Navy for over 100 years. The company's yard at Groton, Connecticut, is supported by a hull section fabrication facility at Quonset Point, Rhode Island, as well as a design and engineering facility in New London, Connecticut. The company was founded in 1899 by Isaac Rice as the Electric Boat Company to build John Philip Holland's submersible designs. Holland VI was the first submarine that this shipyard built, later renamed USS Holland. On 11 April 1900, it became the first modern submarine to be purchased and commissioned into the United States Navy. I've always loved stopping here to see what's being worked on. #HalifaxAuthor #usnavy #usn #unitedstatesnavy #submarine #submariners #groton #newlondon #quonsetpoint #connecticut #rhodeisland #ssn #ssbn #fastattack #SSBN-735 #usspennsylvania


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The Bren Gun Carrier on display at the Canadian War Museum was built by Ford Canada from the Vickers-Armstrongs design. The Universal Carrier entered service just before the Second World War and was constantly improved during its lifetime. Although the name would suggest differently, it was used more as a troop transport by British Commonwealth forces, primarily during the Second World War, and in limited use through the 60's. Over 113,000 were built in the United Kingdom and abroad, making it the most produced armoured fighting vehicle in history. The production run of Carriers began in 1934 and ended in 1960. Ford Motor Company of Canada manufactured about 29,000 vehicles known as the Ford C01UC Universal Carrier which included the one on display at the museum. The Canadian War Museum is a world class location, and if you find yourself in the Ottawa area, be sure to drop by. #HalifaxAuthor #canadianwarmuseum #canadianarmy #rcn #secondworldwar #army #military #rcaf #worldwarii #woraldwari #firstworldwar #royalcanadianairforce #coldwar #royalcanadiannavy #navy #airforce #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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The after 16" gun turret of the battleship USS North Carolina, BB-55, is an imposing sight to say the least. Of the many warship museums I've visited over the years, this one would appear to have the most dedicated group of employees and volunteers taking care of the ship as she looked brand new when I was last aboard. North Carolina was the first new American battleship to enter service during the Second World War and took part in every major offensive in the Pacific theatre, earning 15 battle stars, making her the most decorated American battleship of the Second World War. The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, CV-6, may have owed her survival to the battleship, when the massive anti-aircraft barrage from North Carolina's guns continually drove off Japanese aircraft from attacking the carrier during the Battle for the Eastern Solomons in 1942. Fast battleships were closely attached to the aircraft carriers from that point on, a fact that dismayed sailors aboard the new battleships who seldom had the opportunity to fire the 16" guns. The USS North Carolina was built at the New York Naval Shipyard, and launched on June 13 1940. She was commissioned April 9 1941, and after a short but very eventful career, she was decommissioned on June 27 1947. She was armed with 9 16"/45 caliber Mark 6 guns, 20 5"/38 caliber dual-purpose guns, 16 1.1"/75 caliber anti-aircraft guns that were later replaced by 15 Bofors 40 mm guns in quad mounts, and 48 single Oerlikon 20 mm guns. #HalifaxAuthor #usn #bb55 #usnavy #unitedstatesnavy #battleship #wilmington #ussnorthcarolina #nc #northcarolina
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The USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., DD-850, at Battleship Cove in Fall River, Massachusetts. I've been to the naval museum quite a few times over the decades and on every visit, I have discovered something new. Besides the destroyer, the Second World War submarine USS Lionfish, two P.T. Boats, and of course, the South Dakota class battleship USS Massachusetts, BB-59, are available to explore. Kennedy Jr. is a Gearing class destroyer, named after Lieutenant Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., a naval aviator and son of the former Ambassador to Britain, Joseph P. Kennedy. He was also the older brother of future President John F. Kennedy. The USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. took part in the blockade of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis and was part of the recovery team for both Gemini 6 and 7. She was built at the Fore River Shipyard and launched on July 26 1945. Kennedy commissioned on December 15 1945, and after exemplary service, was decommissioned July 2 1973. The ship is armed with a 5"/38 caliber twin gun mount, 2 triple tubes for 12.75" Mk 32 torpedoes, an antisubmarine rocket launcher (ASROC) with 4 double celled boxes housing 8 missiles, including nuclear depth charges. #HalifaxAuthor #usn #usnavy #fallriver #unitedstatesnavy #battleshipcove #dd850 #ussjosephpkennedyjr #ussmassachusetts
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APA No 1 heads out to the entrance of Halifax Harbour to meet an arriving ship. Without the harbour pilots who sail out in all kinds of weather, ship traffic in the Big Harbour would crawl to a stop except for the warships of the Royal Canadian Navy. To get to the ships, the pilots sail on small, speedy boats that are not surprisingly called 'pilot boats'. Now retired, APA No 1 has been replaced by new bright yellow painted boats. #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #halifaxharbour #pilotboat #harbourpilot #harborpilot #halifaxtraffic #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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The business end of the General Electric M61A2 20mm rotary cannon under the nose of a McDonnell F-4F Phantom II of JG-74 Mölders. Capable of firing 6,600 rounds per minute, it is a deadly weapon. The West German Air Force fighter was visiting Canadian Forces Base Greenwood, Nova Scotia quite a few years ago for the base open house. The Luftwaffe purchased the F-4F (a lighter, simplified version of the F-4E) in 1974 and they served until replaced by 110 aircraft upgraded through the Improved Combat Efficiency (ICE) program in 1992. The German Air Force retired its last F-4Fs on June 29 2013 after 279,000 flight hours since entering service. The Phantom II first flew on May 27 1958, and entered service with the United States Air Force on December 30 1960. Over 5000 F4 Phantoms were built over its lifetime. #HalifaxAuthor #usaf #unitedstatesairforce #usn #unitedstatesnavy #mcdonnell #f4phantomii #luftwaffe #germanairforce #fighterbomber #rcaf #cfbgreenwood #royalcanadianairforce #canadianforces #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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A Lockheed U-2 on final for Canadian Forces Base Shearwater, Nova Scotia for the International Air Show a few decades ago. It and the F-117 showed up for what was one of the best aviation events in eastern Canada. Nicknamed the Dragon Lady, the U-2 is an ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force after previously being flown by the Central Intelligence Agency. Lockheed first proposed the unique single engine aircraft in 1953, and the first flight took place in 1955. The U-2 flew over all Communist territories during the Cold War until Gary Powers was shot down in a CIA U-2A over the Soviet Union by a surface-to-air missile in 1960, ending flights over the Soviet Union. Another U-2 was lost in 1962 when Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr., was shot down during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The U-2 is one of the few aircraft to have served in the USAF for over 50 years, with current aircraft still being upgraded. Over 60' long with a wingspan of over 100', the Dragon Lady's General Electric F118-101 turbofan gives the spy plane a maximum speed of 434 knots and a service ceiling of over 70,000'. #HalifaxAuthor #rcaf #royalcanadianairforce #coldwar #Lockheed #usaf #unitedstatesairforce #u2 #dragonlady #spyplane
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A Grumman F-14 Tomcat of VF-84 arrives at Canadian Forces Base Shearwater, Nova Scotia a few decades ago. The Tomcat was born of the Naval Fighter Experimental program after the collapse of the F-111B project. The F-14 was the first US fighter designed to take advantage of combat experience against MiG fighters during the Vietnam War. The aircraft first flew on December 21 1970, and entered service on September 22 1974. The big fightet first deploymed in 1974 aboard the USS Enterprise CVN-65, replacing the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II as the navy's prime interceptor. The Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) pod system was added in the 90s allowing the Tomcat, nicknamed the Bombcat, to perform precision ground-attack missions. The Tomcat was retired from the U.S. Navy's active fleet on September 22 2006, being replaced by the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Powered by a pair of General Electric F110-GE-400 afterburning turbofans, the 'cat had a maximum speed of Mach 2.34 (1,544 mph) at high altitude. She was armed with a M61A1 Vulcan Gatling cannon, carrying 675 rounds. The Tomcat had numerous hard points and carried the AIM-54 Phoenix, AIM-7 Sparrow, AIM-9 Sidewinder, and MIM-23 Hawk missiles. #HalifaxAuthor #usn #unitedstatesnavy #usnavy #grumman
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The dash of my 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI, or as my friends called it, the EW VW. The radio equipment mounted in the car made it capable of listening to just about anything; most importantly, both civilian and military air traffic control frequencies. That was crucial for those days before an air show when I'd park on a runway approach to take pictures. The car itself was incredible. My GTI survived 16 years of auto-slalom, off-road exploration (usually for those aircraft photos), and generally hard driving. I miss it. #HalifaxAuthor #Volkswagen #rabbitgti #gti #vw #rcaf #hillcrestvolkswagen #scanner #royalaustralianairforce #cb #cbradio #airshow #aviationphotography #radioshack #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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That's me on the right of my Pontiac Grand Prix and the North American Aviation AGM-28 Hound Dog missile on display at Veterans Park in Presque Isle, Maine. The air to ground nuclear cruise missile was carried below the wings of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber. The Hound Dog, which entered service in 1960, was originally planned as a stopgap until the GAM-87 Skybolt air-launched ballistic missile was placed in service, but that never happened and the AGM-28 served for over a decade. Armed with the W28 nuclear warhead, it was powered by a Pratt & Whitney J52-P-3 turbojet and had a range of nearly 800 miles. #HalifaxAuthor #usaf #unitedstatesairforce #loringafb #agm28hounddog #agm28 #nuclearweapons
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A Bell CH-136 Kiowa on display at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, pretty close to the altitude it often operated at. I took this photo a bit over 10 years ago while visiting the huge campus. 74 Kiowas were delivered to the Canadian Armed Forces between 1971 and 1972 as a Light Observation Helicopter, tasked with reconnaissance, command & liaison, and artillery direction. Although similar in appearance to CH-139 Jet Ranger helicopter trainer, there are many differences between the two. The Kiowas were replaced by the CH-146 Griffon in the early part of the century. #HalifaxAuthor #rcaf #royalcanadianairforce #canadianarmy #army #bell #ch136kiowa #kiowa #helicopter #ch136 #royalmilitarycollege #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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The original Cat Ferry departing Yarmouth, Nova Scotia back in the 90's. She's almost adjacent to the lighthouse at this point and is starting to build up speed. In the foreground, you'll notice a happy seagull sunning on a rock. In the bottom photo you can see the Tsunami effect of the lower water level against the rock just as the wake hits, sending the bird flying away. #HalifaxAuthor #yarmouthspca #yarmouth #thecat #bayferries #novascotis #ferry #maine #portland #catamaran #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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Your favourite author with a Spanish built version of the Heinkel HE-111 medium bomber used by the German Luftwaffe before and during the Second World War. This was taken at the wonderful Combat Air Museum in Topeka, Kansas back in the 90's. The Heinkel He 111 was a German aircraft designed by Siegfried and Walter Günter at Heinkel Flugzeugwerke in 1934, but due to limitations of the Versailles Treaty, the bomber first appeared as a civilian airliner. When Hitler dropped all pretensions of following the agreement, the HE-111's true identity was unveiled. Its first flight was on February 24 1935, and retired by the Luftwaffe in 1945, and the Spanish Air Force in 1958. The Heinkel He 111 was by far the most active Luftwaffe bomber during the Second World War, and it flew in all the main theatres of the war in Europe. Spain upgraded the aircraft with Rolls Royce Meelin wngines as seen on 'my' 111, and that variant stayed in service until 1973. #HalifaxAuthor #luftwaffe
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The Knox class frigate USS Capodanno FF-1093 along with two of her sisters alongside at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island back in the 80's. The 42nd Knox class frigate built for the United States Navy, she was named after Fr. Vincent Capodanno, recipient of the Medal of Honor. Capodanno was constructed by the Avondale Shipyard, Westwego, Louisiana, where she was launched on October 21 1972, and commissioned: November 17 1973. Decommissioned on July 30 1993, the frigate was then sold to Turkey, where she served until 2012. Knox class frigates displaced 3,201 tons, were 438 ft long, and could reach over 27 knots. Their usual complement consisted of 18 officers and 267 enlisted crew. The prolific class were each equipped with one Mk-16 8 cell missile launcher for ASROC and Harpoon missiles, a Mk-42 5 inch/54 caliber gun, Mark 46 torpedoes fired from four single launchers, and a 20mm Phalanx CIWS. They usually carried an SH-2 Seasprite (LAMPS I) helicopter for anti-submarine work. #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #HMCS #royalcanadiannavy #rcn #usn #unitedstatesnavy #usnavy #knoxclass #frigate #USSCapodanno #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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The Amazing Race Canada - Heroes Edition is going to be tough to watch this year. It's really hard to find a team to hate :). My favourite to win, of course, is the Royal Canadian Navy team of Zainab Ansari, and Monica Demian, both from the Toronto area (I can forgive that). They are great examples for women in general and the Royal Canadian Navy in particular. Bravo Zulu sailors! #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #rcn #royalcanadiannavy #hmcs #amazingracecanada #heroesedition #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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When you REALLY care about your kitty. Wanda the cat enjoys a nice air conditioned meal on an oppressivily hot Halifax, Nova Scotia day. I left the doorway open long enough for her to cool off and then we watched a movie together. Well, I did anyway, while she napped. Take care of your pets. They're family. #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #nsspca #spca #rescuecat #cats #cat #adoptacat #writer #amwriting #author #Purina #daniellloydlittle #wandathecat #catsofhalifax #catsofinstagram


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The Northrop CF-5 Freedom Fighter mounted to a pylon at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario makes a nice perch for a real bird. The Canadair CF-5 (CF-116) Freedom Fighter of the Royal Canadian Air Force was a Canadair licensed-built version of the Northrop F-5. The lightweight fighter bomber entered service in 1968 and was constantly upgraded throughout its career before finally being retired in 1995. The Freedom Fighter was about the only RCAF front line aircraft that was not nuclear weapons capable. The single seat version was armed with 2 20 mm Pontiac M39A2 cannon in the nose, carrying 280 rounds per/gun, and 5 hardpoints below the wings and fuselage with a capacity of bombs, rocket pods, or drop tanks up to 7,000 lbs. There was also a provision for a Raytheon AIM-9 Sidewinder heat-seeking missile on each wingtip. Canadair manufactured 89 single-seat and 46 dual-seat aircraft, along with 75 single-seat and 30 dual-seat aircraft for the Royal Netherlands Air Force. The CF-5 was a small aircraft at 47 ft 2 in long with a wingspan of 25 ft 10 in. The 2 Orenda GE J85-15 turbojet engines gave the aircraft a maximum speed of almost 1000 mph, a rate of climb over 34000 ft/min, and a service ceiling over 40000 ft. #HalifaxAuthor #rcaf #royalcanadianairforce #coldwar #canadair #cf5 #cf5freedomfighter #freedomfighter #norad #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle #Northrop #northropf5


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The Amazing Race Canada, where the first task was saving Canada's national animal, a beaver (stuffed of course - we love our beavers). Jon Montgomery is back as the host. Funniest Race episode ever! I won't say more in case anyone hasn't watched it yet. #HalifaxAuthor #canada #canadianbeaver #jonmontgomery #amazingracecanada #ctv #chevrolet #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle #thebeaverton


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Wanda the cat stares at a little ladybug on one of the living room lamps. There was a standoff for some time, neither cat or bug backing down. I swear the theme song from The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly floated in the air. Then Wanda's paw brushed the bag of Friskies sitting next to her on the table and the bug was forgotten. I found the ladybug on the balcony screen door the next morning and let it go outside. For a few moments, it was showdown at the OK Corral :). #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #wandathecat #nsspca #spca #rescuecat #cats #cat #bugs #adoptacat #ladybugs #loveallnature #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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This is one of the pre-production versions of the Bell CH-146 Griffon Utility Helicopter on display at the Canadian Forces Base Shearwater International Air Show in the early 90's. It first flew in 1992 and Bell brought it to the Nova Scotia base to show off the newest member of its incredibly popular Huey family. The Griffon went into service in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1995, where it is used in a wide variety of roles, including aerial attack, reconnaissance, search & rescue, and of course airmobility. It has a crew of three, can carry up to ten troops and has a cruising speed of over 120 knots. The Griffon can be armed with a combination of 7.62 mm C6 general purpose machine guns mounted in one or both doors, the 7.62 mm Dillon Aero M134D "Minigun" optionally mounted in one or both doors, and the .50 Cal GAU-21 heavy machine gun. #HalifaxAuthor #rcaf #army #royalcanadianairforce #helicopter #canadianarmy #airmobility #huey
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Talk about dedication - I was up VERY early to get some shots of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, CVN-71's arrival at Halifax, Nova Scotia back in 1996. She was built by the Newport News Shipbuilding Company and launched:on October 27 1984. Roosevelt was commissioned:October 25 1986 and is the fourth of the Nimitz class aircraft carriers. The massive ship displaces 104,600 tons, id 1,092 feet long, and her 2 Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors give the carrier a top speed of over 30 knots. Theodore Roosevelt has two sets of crews; the actual ship's company of about 3,200, and the air wing, that includes everyone from pilots to aircraft repair specialists, of over 2,400. Although the ship's air wing packs the heavy punch, she is armed with 2 Sea Sparrow launchers, 2 RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile launchers, and 2 Phalanx CIWS gatling guns for close in defence. #HalifaxAuthor #usnavy #usn #cvn71 #cvn #aircraftcarrier #carrier #unitedstatesnavy #usstheodoreroosevelt
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Wanda the cat in her favourite spot - anywhere the sun is shining :). Your own furry little companion is as close as your nearest SPCA shelter. Why not drop in, just to have a look. I of course would recommend a cat, or two, or three. Or maybe you'd prefer a dog. Dogs are...ah... Did I mention that cats are cool! Unless they're laying in the sun of course :). #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #wandathecat #nsspca #spca #rescuecat #cats #cat #adoptacat #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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The CFAV Firebird, YTR-561, alongside at Halifax, Nova Scotia a few years ago. Firebird was a Fire class fireboat based at CFB Halifax, while her sistership CFAV Firebrand was based on the west coast at CFB Esquimalt. She was built by Vancouver Shipyards and commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy in1978, paying off in December of 2014. She displaced 140 tons and was just over 75' long. Firebird was equipped with 3 manually operated water cannon with 2 diesel driven fire pumps capable of pumping 2,500 gpm of water or foam at 150 psi each. #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #HMCS #royalcanadiannavy #rcn #cfbhalifax #firebird #novascotia #firefighter #ytr561 #fireboat #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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HMCS Moncton (my hometown), MM-708, departing from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia on a beautiful day, July 26th, 2004. She was built at Halifax Shipyards Ltd., Halifax, Nova Scotia, launched on December 5, 1997 and commissioned July 12, 1998. The Kingston class coastal defence vessel displaces 970 tons and is 181' long. Her 4 Jeumont ANR-53-50 alternators, 4 600VAC Wärtsilä UD 23V12 diesel engines, and 2 Jeumont CI 560L motors, give Moncton a top speed of 15 knots and a maximum range of over 5000 nautical miles. Moncton has a crew of approximately 37, and carries 2 M2 heavy machine guns, and a Bofors 40 mm Mk 5C gun. #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #HMCS #moncton #royalcanadiannavy #rcn #cfbhalifax #novascotia #hmcsmoncton #mm708 #kingstonclass #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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Happy Canada Day! Before the incredible job of converting the CFAV Sackville 113, back to her K-181 configuration during the Second World War, she was being used by the Royal Canadian Navy for numerous projects. This is how the ship appeared back in the early 80's, and thank goodness they kept her around. Note the pair of Iroquois class destroyers in the background. If you find yourself anywhere near Halifax, Nova Scotia, be sure to come down to the waterfront and tour this gallant little warship. The following is from the HMCS Sackville website at: https://hmcssackville.ca/
HMCS Sackville is Canada’s oldest warship. This Naval Memorial and National Historic Site was a combat veteran of the Second World War. She is the last of Canada’s 123 corvettes, one of many convoy escort vessels built in Canada and the United Kingdom during the war. She played a pivotal role in winning the Battle of the Atlantic and holds a special place in Canadian naval history and heritage.
Sackville has been restored to her war configuration and is home to exhibits and artefacts dedicated to the legacy of those who served at sea during the Battle of the Atlantic. Step on board to experience the daily routine and challenge of young sailors from across the country who braved the stormy and unforgiving North Atlantic and the perilous Battle of the Atlantic. #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #HMCS #corvette #royalcanadiannavy #rcn #cfbhalifax #novascotia #hmcssackville #k181 #secondworldwar #worldwarii #coldwar #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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Wanda the cat wants to know why you doggie owners out there have not ordered your own Doggy Drool Catcher (scarf) from East Coast Lifestyle? Don't you know that the proceeds from this high quality product goes to the SPCA? What are you waiting for? Human, hold me down! Don't make me show them what a cat with claws can do! Go to their website and order yours today - https://eastcoastlifestyle.com/ #HalifaxAuthor #nsspca #spca #rescuecat #cats #cat #adoptacat #wandathecat #eastcoastlifestyle⚓️


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HMCS Assiniboine DDH 234 Departing Halifax, NS a few decades ago. The St. Laurent class helicopter destroyer served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1956 to 1988 and she was the second ship to bear the name. Assiniboine underwent a conversion to a destroyer helicopter escort (DDH) in 1962, and she was reclassed as DDH 234 on June 28 1963. The destroyer was built at Marine Industries, Sorel, Quebec and launched on February 12 1955, commissioned August 16 1956, and decommissioned on December 14 1988. She displaced over 2,200 tons and was 366' long. Assiniboine's complement just over 230, and after her conversion she wss armed with 2 3 in Mk.33 FMC guns,
A Mk NC 10 Limbo ASW mortar and 2 triple Mk.32 12.75 inch launchers firing Mk.44 or Mk.46 Mod 5 torpedoes. Assiniboine capsized and sank while being towed away for scrapping, perhaps a more fitting end for this proud lady. #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #HMCS #royalcanadiannavy #rcn #cfbhalifax #novascotia #hmcsasdiniboine #ddh234 #destroyer #antisubmarine #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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"Alas," gasps Wanda the cat. "I regret that I have but one life to give to my country... Huh? What do you mean I have eight more? But, this was my defining diva moment! Oh well. I'll be even more dramatic next time :)." #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #nsspca #spca #rescuecat #cats #cat #adoptacat #wandathecat #catsandbooks #catsofhalifax #divacats #catsofinstagram #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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The harbour ferry Halifax II departing the Dartmouth ferry terminal on its way to downtown Halifax. The Halifax Transit ferries cross the harbour all day and are both a great way to get around the Halifax Regional Municipality, and a cool way for tourists to get a cheap view of what goes on in the Big Harbour. On this October day back in 1981, one of the Protecteur class replenishment ships (AOR) and HMCS Cormorant, ASL 20, the fleets diving support vessel were tied up at CFB Halifax. At the time, Cormorant was equipped with a pair of SDL-1 submersibles, and she was also the first warship in the Royal Canadian Navy to have women assigned to her crew. A St. Laurent class destroyer flying the Canadian Ensign is visible on the right. These DDH's and their crews were the ultimate submarine hunters in their day. All of these ships are now gone, except for Cormorant, which is reduced to a hulk alongside in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #HMCS #royalcanadiannavy #rcn #cfbhalifax #novascotia #halifaxtransit #warships #halifaxtransitferry #hmcscormorant #aor
#destroyer #coldwar #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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Royal Canadian Navy warships alongside at Halifax, Nova Scotia back a couple of decades ago. From left to right, HMCS Protecteur, AOR 509, an unidentifiable O-Boat, HMCS Fraser, DDH-233 high and dry on the Synchrolift, and Protecteur's sister, HMCS Preserver, AOR-510. These ship classes, along with the four Iroquois destroyers were the backbone of Canada's navy during the later half of the Cold War. All of these ships are gone now, along with the Iroquois class ships. Two of the submarines have become museums, but sadly, Fraser slipped through the fingers of history and was the last of the St. Laurent class destroyers to be scrapped. #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #HMCS #royalcanadiannavy #rcn #cfbhalifax #coldwar #oberonclassssk #ddh #ssk #novascotia #hmcsfraser #aor #hmcsprotecteur #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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The Royal Canadian Navy hydrofoil HMCS Bras d'Or, FHE 400, stored ashore at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia in the early 80's. Note the two St. Laurent class destroyers to the left. Bras d'Or served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1968 to 1971 as a test of anti-submarine warfare technology on an ocean-going hydrofoil. During sea trials in 1969, the warship exceeded 60 knots, making her the fastest warship in the world at that time. The speedy little ship was built by Marine Industries Limited, Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, launched July 12, 1968, and commissioned July 23, 1968. She displaced 240 tons, was 163' long, and when foilborne was powered by a Pratt & Whitney FT4A-2 turbine, and a Davey Paxman Ventura 16YJCM diesel engine when hullborne. Appropriately, she is named after Bras d'Or Lake on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. Alexander Graham Bell performed hydrofoil experiments there near his estate and laboratory at Beinn Bhreagh, where he set a world watercraft speed record - he was obviously about more than telephones - and the Bell Museum threre is an incredible place to visit. As if that wasn't enough, the first aircraft flight in Canada and the British Commonwealth by the Silver Dart, built by the Aerial Experiment Association under Dr. Bell's tutelage took place at that location. HMCS Bras d'Or was decommissioned on November 2, 1972, and is now on display at the Musée maritime du Québec, and like the Bell Museum, it is a great place to visit. #HalifaxAuthor #rcn #royalcanadiannavy #hmcs #Halifax #coldwar #antisubmarine #fhe400 #hmcsbrasdorfhe400 #alexandergrahambell #bellmuseum #hydrofoil #marlant #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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Wanda the cat likes to lay around in the strangest places, and just when you're sitting on the couch watching TV she'll pull herself around a corner looking for treats. "I just don't want to bother getting up if there are no treats," says Wanda. "If I do that, my human will expect me to play with him and stuff. I mean, hey, I'm not a kitten anymore!" And yet, shake her Purina Friskies bag and she runs and leaps right over. Hmm... :) #HalifaxAuthor #wandathecat #lazycats #Purina #friskies #cat #cats #catsofinstagram #tuxedocats #tuxedocatsofinstagram #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle #nsspca #spca #rescuecat #adoptacat


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A lone Royal Canadian Air Force Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King flies over the United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea, CV-43, as she sails into Halifax Harbour early in the morning of July 3, 1988. Behind the ship, a water salute from the CFAV Firebird, YTR-561, is visible as she welcomes the carrier and crew to Nova Scotia's capital city. The Midway class carrier's crew were conducting advanced training along the east coast at the time. #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #HMCS #usnavy #usn #royalcanadiannavy #rcn #cfbhalifax #novascotia #unitedstatesnavy #ussmidway #usscoralsea #cv-43 #aircraftcarrier #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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It's official! Your favourite author is the best cat dad EVER! (There wasn't enough room on the mug for the 'Ever' part - that's my story and I'm sticking to it) This was a surprise from a wonderfully sweet friend. When I showed Wanda the cat, she said, "That's nice. Treats?" :) #HalifaxAuthor #wandathecat #cats #cat #adoptacat #rescuecat #spca #nsspca #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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HMS Vanguard, the last battleship constructed in the world, was the largest and fastest of the Royal Navy's battleships. Her building by John Brown & Company of Clydebank, Scotland, spanned most of the war, beginning in October of 1941 and after numerous delays, she was finally commissioned in May of 1946. Vanguard had a very short life for a capital ship, being scrapped after only 14 years of service, in 1960. Seeing how the US Navy ended up reactivating all four Iowa class battleships, perhaps the British should not have been so hasty. HMS Vanguard displaced over 44,000 tons and was 814' long. She could reach 30 knots and the ship had a compliment of just under 2,000. Her armament consisted of 8 15", 16 5.25", 60 1", and 11 40 mm Bofers AA guns. A bit of trivia regarding Vanguard's main armament; the 15" Mk1 was the longest-lived of any nation, with the first ship-board firing taking place in 1915 and the last in 1954. There were upgrades to the basic design, but overall the same gun armed nearly all Royal Navy ships of the line over both world wars. Her's were originally intended for the battlecruisers Courageous and Glorious before it was decided to convert both ships to aircraft carriers. Least you feel Vanguard was shortchanged, the longest range battleship hit ever was by HMS Warspite in July of 1940 when she hit the Italian battleship Guilio Cesare at nearly 26,000 yds, with the same model. #HalifaxAuthor #royalnavy #rn #hmsvanguard #hms #vanguard #secondworldwar #worldwarii #coldwar #battleship #hmswarspite #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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My man cave (or what I call my war room), showing my diecast aircraft showcase, Second World War radios, the 1914 issue of Jane's Fighting Ships, Second World War military & civilian gas masks sitting on an 81mm storage container, and something black and furry back there in the dark... It's Wanda the cat, sleeping away in her latest hiding place. #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #wandathecat #nsspca #spca #rescuecat #cats #cat #adoptacat #mancave #warroom #militaryhistory #catsofinstagram #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle #diecast


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Shark! Well, not quite, but this diecast model of the Royal Canadian Air Force Canadair CT-33 Silver Star 133504, painted in the markings of VU 32 Squadron at CFB Shearwater, NS, does display a pretty ferocious snarl. Behind the model in the showcase is the metal plate that would be stuck inside the vehicles based at Shearwater. It shows the runways, taxiways, and control tower signals the driver would have to know. Canadian Navy Silver Stars were transferred from the RCAF starting in 1954. VT 40 received its first Silver Star in January 1955 to begin training pilots for the McDonnell F2H-3 Banshees of VF 870 that would be based aboard HMCS Bonaventure CVL-22. VT 40 was merged with the training functions provided by VU 32, a utility squadron, also based at Shearwater. After the Bashee was retired, VU 32 wss retasked as an aggressor unit to provide anti-air training for the ships of the Royal Canadian Navy before being integrated into 434 Bluenose Squadron. A neat little trivia - Cuban Air Force T-33's made several kills during the CIA sponsored Bay of Pigs attack. #HalifaxAuthor #rcaf #royalcanadianairforce #coldwar #rcn #royalcanadiannavy #cfbshearwater #vu32 #vt40 #434bluenosesquadron #ct33 #canadairct33shootingstar #lockheedt33 #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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Radio Shack! Ah, those were the days. Besides being a fun three decades of my life, the company kept my head covered in cool hats :). #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #radioshack #tandy #radioshackmanagement #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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USS California, BB-44, at anchor. The Tennessee class battleship, completed shortly after the First World War, was the last American battleship built on the West Coast, and she spent her entire career in the Pacific where she served as flagship of the Pacific Fleet. California was sunk during the Pearl Harbor attack, and along with others, emerged, with a very different look and massively improved anti-aircraft armament after her repairs and refit. The 624' ship was built at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, launched on November 20, 1919, and was commissioned August 10, 1921. After her refit, the 21 knot ship displaced nearly 41,000 tons, and was armed with 12 14in/50 cal, and 16 5 in/38 cal Mark 12 guns, along with 56 40 mm AA guns. The USS California earned 7 battle stars during the Pacific Campaign, and she was decommissioned and sold for scrap in 1959. #HalifaxAuthor #usnavy #usn #battleship #bb44 #unitedstatesnavy #usscalifornia #pearlharbor
#worldwarii #secondworldwar #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle #california


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Armoured Ale, from the Brock Street Brewery, the perfect nectar for those World of Tanks marathons! By now you've probably figured out that I have more than a passing interest in the online game. World of Tanks is challenging, educational - it's fun to watch players who otherwise wouldn't know a Tiger from a T-80, arguing over the penetration aspects of various armour piercing rounds. WoT clearly researches the various tanks before adding them to the game as they mimic the features of the real thing in the game. No, I don't work for WoT; I just want to entice more new people to play so I'll have some easy kills :). #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #canadianarmy #coldwar #secondworldwar #army #military #brockstreetbrewery #wot #worldoftanks #armytanks #armytank #ww2 #worldwarii #worldwar1 #koreanwar #vietnamwar #britisharmy #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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Craig the crow checking out the thermal water heaters on the building next door. Craig says that he appreciates when humans do their part to save energy, instead of complaining about his beautiful early morning singing. Hey, says Craig. Every bird can't be Barry Manilow! #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #saveenergy #craigthecrow #crows #greenenergy #energyconservation #barrymanilow #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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"Look," said Wanda. "I'm trying to sleep here. Don't make me boop you with this paw!" #HalifaxAuthor #wandathecat #tuxedocats #nsspca #spca #rescuecat #cats #cat #adoptacat #rescuecat #letsleepingcatslie #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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Smokey and the Bandit premiered on May 27, 1977, during the gas shortage and CB radio craze. One of my favourite movies from the past, it starred Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Pat McCormick, Paul Williams, and Mike Henry. The film was the directorial debut of Hal Needham and distributed by Universal back before a movie had to have either explicit sex, vulgar language, or space ships to be successful. #HalifaxAuthor #cbradio #smokeyandthebandit #burtreynolds #jackiegleason #sallyfield #jerryreed #smokey #smokeybear #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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How to look cool at an air show. First, you don your cool aviator sunglasses, and climb atop your Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler. Then you adopt a confident pose and smile down upon the lesser beings :). These guys from Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2 (VMAQ-2) have it down to a science at the Canadian Forces Base Greenwood, Nova Scotia open house a few years back. #HalifaxAuthor #rcaf #royalcanadianairforce #coldwar #grumman #ea6prowler #prowler #airshow #usmc #unitedstatesmarinecorps #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle #openhouse #cfbgreenwood


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Benny the bee hard at work at a rosebush on a beautiful sunny day in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I was just waiting for my bus when I heard this tiny voice amongst the flowers. I turned, and Benny asked me to tell everyone to be careful what you spray on your plants; kill him and his buddies, and you won't have plants to spray. #HalifaxAuthor #bees #bumblebee #halifax #bennythebee #halifaxtransit #busstop #busstopfun #protectheenvironment #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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A Royal Canadian Navy photo of the submarine HMCS Windsor, SSK-877, arriving home in Halifax, Nova Scotia this morning after a successful 133 day deployment. Bravo Zulu to her crew for a job very well done! #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #rcn #cfbhalifax #royalcanadiannavy #hmcswindsor #ssk877 #submarine #victoriaclass #longdeployment #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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What kind of machiavellian torture device is this!? Next you'll tell me that they're going to shove things on my eyes :). But, it's all worth it as the nurses and doctors at the QE II Victoria General Hospital Eye Clinic look to see what's happening inside my eyes. They're the best! Although, I'm reminded of a Bugs Bunny cartoon where someone looks into a character's eyes and there's a train coming at them. In my case, that would explain a lot :). #HalifaxAuthor #qeiivictoriageneralhospital #victoriageneralhospital #eyeclinic #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow 204, sporting the colourful trim predicting future Arctic testing, that sadly, never happened. The Arrow was an incredible aircraft in its time, and today, it enjoys a fairly large cult following. Some believe that it could compete with aircraft today, while others hold onto the fantasy that a complete aircraft escaped the cutter's torches, and is hidden out there somewhere. The true story is pretty sad. A warplane without a weapons system, a tail that in all likelihood would have separated from Arrow 206 had it flown to its full potential, but most damning of all, a company whose management ensured the aircraft would never succeed. #HalifaxAuthor #rcaf #royalcanadianairforce #coldwar #avroe #avro #avrocanada #cf105arrow #avroarrow #rl201 #crawfordgordon #johndiefenbaker #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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Royal Canadian Air Force CF104 Starfighters in a tight formation somewhere over Europe. License built by Canadair, the Lockheed interceptor was primarily used by the Canadian Air Forces Europe as a tactical nuclear strike fighter. When the average Canadian would have bet the bank that all our forces did was peacekeeping, they were in fact important participants in the Cold War. The Starfighter was over 54' long, had a wingspan of almost 22', and weighed 14,000 lbs empty. Her Orenda J79-OEL-7 afterburning turbojet gave the fighter a maximum speed of 1,146 mph and a service ceiling: 50,000'. The fighter first flew on May 26, 1961, and was placed in service in March of 1962. During its service life the CF-104 carried the B28, B43 and B57 nuclear weapons, and after the Royal Canadian Air Force dropped out of the tactical nuclear strike role, the Starfighters were rearmed with the M-61A1 Vulcan 20 mm rotary cannon, U.S. Snakeye conventional bombs, British BL755 cluster bombs, and Canadian-designed CRV-7 rocket pods. Although Canadian pilots trained in its use, the 104s never carried the Raytheon AIM-9 Sidewinder missile. The CF-104 was replaced by the McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet in 1982. #HalifaxAuthor #rcaf #royalcanadianairforce #coldwar #Lockheed #cf104starfighter #starfighter #writer #amwriting #author #nuclearweapons #nuclear #daniellloydlittle


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A shocked John Oliver learns from his lawyer that his cat Fluffy, now has power of attorney over him :). #HalifaxAuthor #johnoliver #powerofattorney #cats #cat #catsandbooks #catsofhalifax #catsofinstagram #hbo #lastweektonightwithjohnoliver #lastweektonight #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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On the news this morning, there is concern that an idiot light on the Prime Minister's plane came on - there wasn't actually a problem. Just a light. Now, they want to replace the aircraft because it was built back in the 80's. An aircraft that is not subject to anything other than a little turbulence now and then. They compare it to Air Force One, that of course has everything. If that is what we're going to do, let's compare the aircraft our military flies with what the US Air Force has! The picture below says it best. God bless and protect our military! I feel so badly for the men and women who defend our great nation - with what they have to work with. #halifaxauthor #rcaf #royalcanadianairforce #canadianarmy #rcn #royalcanadiannavy #supportvets #supportoutveterans #supportthetroops #veteransaffairs #canadianforces #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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On a beautiful sunny morning in the South Pacific, the Japanese battleship Nagato is towed to meet her nuclear fate. It's amazing that the old dreadnought survived the Second World War, and I'm surprised that General Douglas MacArthur didn't suggest that she be preserved as a memorial to...naw, he had to draw the line somewhere, after giving the Japanese everything else they wanted. Sorry Germany! That's what you get for not brutally beating, starving, and killing Allied POWs like the Japanese did. But I digress. Nagato was the flagship of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto during the attack on Pearl Harbor, and although she covered the withdrawal of the attacking ships, she did not participate in the attack itself. Nagato was laid down at the Kure Naval Arsenal on August 28, 1917, and commissioned November 25, 1920. She displaced over 32K tons and was 708' long. The super dreadnought was armed with 8 16" guns in four turrets, the most powerful battleship armament at the time, and her secondary armament consisted of 20 5.5" and 4 3" guns, along with 8 21" torpedo tubes. Nagato wss struck on September 15, 1945, and she wss sunk as a target in Operation Crossroads in July 1946. #HalifaxAuthor #rcn #royalcanadiannavy #rcaf #royalcanadianairforce #canadianarmy #japan #secondworldwar #worldwarii #ijnnagato #battleship #nagato
#writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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A Tuxedo trio! My cat Wanda wants to make sure that everyone realizes Tuxedo cats are the smartest, cutest, and all-around best cats out there. Now those of you who follow my ramblings of course realize that Wanda is a Tuxedo cat herself, and therefore may be slightly biased :). I have to admit, she's pretty cool. All this of course is to point out that if anyone out there is thinking of acquiring a cat, Wanda says, Adopt! Don't shop! Visit your local SPCA or other legitimate animal shelter and find your new forever friend. If you're really lucky, maybe a Tuxedo cat will adopt you. #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #nsspca #spca #rescuecat #cats #cat #adoptacat #tuxedocats #wandathecat #tuxedocatsarethebest #tuxedocatsofinstagram #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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The only thing better than coffee with a friend, is knowing that you're helping send a kid to camp! It's always time for Timmies! #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #timhortons #timhortonscampday #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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A Republic F-105G Thunderchief Wild Weasel, 63-8265, of the 128TFS Georgia Air National Guard at the Canadian Forces Base Shearwater International Air Show on Sept 25, 1982. On her right is a McDonnell RF-4C Phantom II of the Mississippi Air National Guard. This was a classic Shearwater air show with the ramp jam packed with pretty much anything that could fly. In those days, air forces had huge promotional budgets and would send their aircraft all over the world. #HalifaxAuthor #rcaf #royalcanadianairforce #coldwar #republicf105 #wildweasel #f4phantom #cfbshearwater #novascotia #shearwateraviationmuseum #sias #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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Hogan's Heroes was one of the funniest shows on TV back in the days when a show was just about being funny instead of trying to share some deep-rooted political or social message. Two great actors - very different in their personal lives, but able to make my dad and I laugh so hard, we'd have tears in our eyes. On this Father's Day, I thank you Bob Crane and John Banner for the memories and hope you both rest in peace. #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #hogansheroes #bobcrane #johnbanner #cbs #colonelhogan #sergeantshultz #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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Happy Fathers Day to all the cat dads out there! #HalifaxAuthor #simonscat #fathersday


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The battleship USS Nevada, BB-36, after her post-Pearl Harbor refit. She emerged a powerful, if slow, warship bristling with guns and a good many enemy troops would feel their wrath. Nevada was built by the Fore River Shipbuilding Company and launched on July 11, 1914, being commissioned on March 11, 1916. She was a leap forward in dreadnought technology with her triple gun turrets, oil fired boilers, and 'all or nothing' armour in her 583'. After her rebuild, the battleship was armed with 10 14" 45 cal guns, 16 5" 38 cal guns, 32 40 mm Bofors AA guns and 40 20 mm Oerlikon guns. The USS Nevada wss the only capital ship to get underway during the attack on Pearl Harbor, but had to be beached when it became clear that the attack was overwhelming. Her sister, the USS Oklahoma, BB-37, fared much worse; capsizing at her berth with the loss of many of her crew. Nevada earned seven battle stars and after a long and honourable service by her and her crews, she was decommissioned on August 29, 1946. Following the battering she took at Pearl Harbor, and surviving Kamikaze attacks during the war, it was decided to dispose of her in the atomic bomb tests. After surviving both air burst and subsea nuclear explosions, the plucky ship was designated as a target for the Iowa class battleships whose 16" 50 cal guns were expected to make quick work of sinking the old dreadnought. After a long bombardment, Nevada still floated, a tribute to those workmen at the Fore River Shipyard. The USS Nevada, now deemed the most attacked ship in history, was finally sunk by air-launched torpedoes on July 31, 1948. #HalifaxAuthor #usnavy #usn #unitedstatesnavy #battleship #ussnevada #bb36
#ussoklahoma #bb37 #dreadnought #pearlharbor #kamakazi #ww2 #worldwarii #secondworldwar #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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The USS Enterprise, CV-6, was arguably one of, if not the most, famous warships during the Second World War. Having just missed the attack on Pearl Harbor, she and her crew were involved in nearly every major battle in the Pacific theatre. The Yorktown class carrier was the seventh U.S. Navy vessel to bear the name. She was laid down at Newport News Shipbuilding on July 16, 1934, launched on October 3, 1936, and commissioned May 12, 1938. Enterprise earned 20 battle stars, the most of any U.S. warship in the Second World War, and she was also the most decorated U.S. ship during the war. Enterprise and her crew also introduced the world to aircraft carrier night operations. On three different occasions during the war, she wss declared sunk by the Japanese leading to her nickname 'The Grey Ghost'. By end of 1945, Enterprise was declared surplus and she entered the New York Naval Shipyard on January 18, 1946 for deactivation, and was subsequently decommissioned on February 17, 1947. Various desperate attempts to save the famous warship failed, and unbelievably, the "Big E" was sold on July 1, 1958 to the Lipsett Corporation of New York City for scrapping. #HalifaxAuthor #usnavy #usn #unitedstatesnavy cv6 #cv #aircraftcarrier #navy #uss #carrier #ussenterprise #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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Trans-Canada Airlines was the precursor to Air Canada, our national airline. I've flown with them many times and each trip was a pleasure. #HalifaxAuthor #aircanada #tca #airline #transcanadaairlines #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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This is a friend I made at the Victoria General Hospital Eye Clinic Monday morning. He wasn't very talkative, and my eyes were seriously dilated so I couldn't really see him that well. I asked if I could take a selfie with him and he didn't say anything so I did. I just realized. Maybe he didn't speak English. I hope I didn't offend the poor guy. #HalifaxAuthor #eyeclinic #victoriageneralhospital #vg #selfies #hospital vgnursesanddocsrock #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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On a beautiful sunny morning in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Wanda the cat enjoyed relaxing in her tree. She really seems to enjoy it as a perch to keep an eye on the neighbourhood. I think she's just really nosey - sorry - curious :). #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #cat #cats #tuxedocats #nsspca #spca #rescuecat #adoptacat #wandathecat #catsandbooks #tuxedocatsofinstagram #catsofhalifax #catsofinstagram #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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The Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds having a little fun the day before the 1992 New Brunswick International Air Show. Mig-29s from the Ukrainian Air Force put on an incredible display and the weather cooperated perfectly. #HalifaxAuthor #rcaf #royalcanadianairforce #coldwar #snowbirds #cfbchatham #miramichi #chatham #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle #airshow #atlanticairshow #airshowatlantic


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A Canadair Sabre Mk5 of 434 Bluenose Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force flies over Europe during the Cold War. One of my two favourites (It's tied with the BUFF), I've loved the Sabre since my dad brought me to see the Golden Hawks when I was a kid. The Sabre seems to be a nice morph from the piston fighters of the Second World War, to the jet fighters of today. Of course the Canadair Sabres were the best. Their Orenda jet engines guaranteed that. After the Canadian government chose the Sabre in 1948, it was built under licence by Canadair as the CL-13, with North American Aviation plans from 1950 to 1958, and used primarily by the Royal Canadian Air Force until replaced with the Canadair CF-104 Starfighter in 1962. Like its American counterparts, the Canadair Sabres were armed with six M3 .50 calibre machine guns, and could carry an assortment of bombs and rockets. They were capable of firing the Raytheon Aim-9 Sidewinder heat-seeking missile, but were not equipped with it. #HalifaxAuthor #rcaf #royalcanadianairforce #coldwar #northamerican #canadairsabre #canadair #f86sabre #jetfighter #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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The Victoria General Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia is a rather older building. You can tell by the tiny windows and the kazillian bricks used, and that the water is not safe to drink, although, they have service mice for the patients! How cool is that? SHAME ON YOU NS governments of all parties who have done NOTHING about this, and you each had your chance! Dilapidated building aside, the nurses and doctors inside those walls are the BEST in the world! #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #vghospital #victoriageneralhospital #nursesarethebest #veryoldbuilding #mice #servicemice #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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Eye see you! Talk about major dilation! Everything is so BRIGHT! I had the fun of an eye exam this week by the wonderful people at Halifax's Victoria General Hospital. They really are the best. #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #eyeclinic #victoriageneralhospital #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle redeyeclinic


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A United States Air Force Lockheed U-2 at Canadian Forces Base Shearwater for the International Air Show about 20 years ago. Back then, air force's had large air show budgets, and the ramp would be packed with military aircraft from around the world. The Lockheed U-2, the 'U' stands for Utility - it's obviously not a serious military aircraft :). The ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force (and in the past, the CIA), can reach altitudes of over 70,000'. The 'Dragon Lady' first flew on August 1, 1955, and 104 were built. In 1960, the spy aircraft garnered world attention when Gary Powers was shot down in a CIA U-2A over the Soviet Union by a surface-to-air missile. The U-2 has flown for the USAF for over 50 years, along with Boeing's B-52 Stratofortress, and the newest models, theTR-1, U-2R, and U-2S entered service back in the 80s and received various technical upgrade in 2012. #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #rcaf #royalcanadianairforce #usaf #unitedstatesairforce #sias #u2 #cfbshearwater #airshow #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle #Lockheed #skunkworks


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This is the view out the back window of the #18 yesterday morning heading to the hospital/university district of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Halifax Transit is great! Since hanging up my car keys, I've happily become a bus person. Besides, for $78/month, you get endless transportation. That wouldn't pay for gas :). #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #halifaxtransit #halifaxferry #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle


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