Lots of times when Navy officials travel, they don’t actually pay for the trips. Instead, it’s business, associations and foreign governments that pick up the tab. Check out this site here that shows all the trips taken by Navy officials and who paid for them. Just plug in “Navy” or “Naval” in the “Base or Office” search box. (…$5,299 to fly to London and attend the Historic Naval Ships Association Conference in 2006? That’s good work if you can get it.)
Browsing: Foreign navies
If you think this year’s budget battle is a political showdown, check out this story here about turf war raging inside Britian’s defense world. The head of the Royal Air Force wants to take over all combat aviation, essentially taking over the Royal Navy’s fixed-wing fleet. Now try to imagine if someone made a suggestion like that at tomorrow’s Senate hearing on tactical aviation.