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Operation Bold Avenger

While sniffing around my bookmarks I found that a NATO air exercise in Norway next month is to be called Bold Avenger.

Pretty feeble namewise, I reckon, and fortunately at least one of those rather amusing operation codename generators is still live.

The creator is clearly a decent sort, as he notes, "I'm sure there will be more operations, and the US military will have to spend lots of precious hours to come up with sound codenames for those. I thought I could take a bit of load off the hard working men and women at the Pentagon by creating this codename generator".

What is more, one can specify a country/ region and the type of operation.

So, with the best match for an air exercise in Norway being 'Air Strike', 'Central & Western Europe', it offered up the following:

Operation Vigilant Bat
Operation Silver Response
Operation Proud Sword

And not that I think it would be a particularly good idea, it offers up Operation Noble Thunder for a nuclear strike on Iran.

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Blogger Vindico said... 4:31 pm

I thought you might be interested in this http://vindicovindico.blogspot.com/2007/08/britain-on-brink-conference.html

Non partisan event with some good speakers. I am trying to publicise.  



Anonymous verity said... 7:55 pm

How can a bat be vigilant if it can't even see, poor little thing?  



Blogger Daily Referendum said... 8:09 pm

"Operation Proud Sword" sounds like a particularly difficult trip to the chemist for Viagra.  



Blogger Guthrum said... 8:11 pm

God Help us ! How about operation Gung ho prat for dropping a load of bombs on limeys again  



Blogger hatfield girl said... 8:37 pm

Entering 'Iraq' and 'air strike' gave 'essential tree'.

Essential tree? Not Shock and Awe? Truly the apocalypse......  



Anonymous nomad said... 3:08 am

I always thought the Silver Response was : "Aaaarrr Jim Lad..."  



Blogger Croydonian said... 8:34 am

V - I don't think bats are blind, per se.

DR - Yup, I see your reasoning...

G - Alas and alack...

HG - Sounds like something from the Body Shop, doesn't it?

N - I doff my hat sir.  



Anonymous verity said... 8:05 pm

Croydonian, I believe they are blind as a bat, which is why they fly by sonic radar. I think they are very clever little things.

Nomad - V good!  



Blogger Croydonian said... 9:23 am

I did a bit of digging, and although bats do indeed have awesome sonar abilities, they are not blind as such.

Many, many years ago my parents' house in Essex was the summer home of a variety of bats normally only found in the North - Leisler's bat - and we would have bat enthusiasts turning up to admire them, measure them, tag them and the like. The attitude of my folk was that they were doing neither us nor the house any harm and were interesting beasties, which the bat spotters found to be a sadly rare attitude.

The chief bat spotter would turn up with his faintly embarrassed son and introduce himself thus: 'Hello, I'm a batman and this is Robin'... and every year would send a Christmas card to the 'family and your bats', which was nice.  



Anonymous verity said... 2:43 pm

C - What do you mean "they are not blind as such". They are either blind or they are not blind. If they are not blind, why do they need their sonar abilities?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 5:04 pm

Here goes:

"Common fruit bats see quite well -- countering the popular myth that bats are blind, a new study from Germany found.

The retinas of most mammals contain two types of photoreceptor cells: cones for daylight and color vision and sensitive rods for night vision.

Nocturnal bats were believed to possess only rods but scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt have discovered nocturnal fruit bats, also called flying foxes, possess cones and rods.

The scientists, working with the Field Museum for Natural History in Chicago, said cone photoreceptors might be useful for spotting predators and for social interactions while roosting during the day.

Flying foxes, found throughout the world, often use exposed treetops as daytime roosts, where they assemble in large colonies, said the study, reported in the latest issue of Brain, Behavior and Evolution. Source

As to other bats, I can't say that I know.  



Blogger flashgordonnz said... 12:49 am

For Nuclear strikes on Australia:

Silver Nighthawk (so-so)
Green Clover (eh?)
Determined Haven (wtf?!)

I guess the generator assumes it will be Americans carrying out the strike, rather than New Zealanders, else it should be:

Black Death
Roo Stew
Matilda Mash
Spot ya, Sport  



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