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  1. Elias_K_Grodin

    Premium Ship Review - Yukon

    Dear @Chobittsu, @LittleWhiteMouse, and the entire World of Warships Fleet I am sincerely and deeply sorry for the events that have occurred leading to and after the release of the Canadian Battleship HMCS Yukon. I let you and the entire Fleet down with how I handled this project. I feel awful and extremely regretful for how this transpired. As project manager for the proposal that eventually became the HMCS Yukon, I reached out to you and involved you heavily at the earliest design stages, which resulted in the birth of a modified Monarch concept. As is common in game development, or any project for that matter, content proposals need to follow established processes, relevant to what the content is, where it comes from and other aspects. However, when launching this concept internally last year I did not make the team aware of the full extent of your involvement. To my team I positioned you as advisors providing suggestions to the visual and cosmetic side of the ship, rather than the drivers of the whole concept. This meant the rest of the NA publishing team and the development team were not aware of the extent of effort that you had been putting in. This situation did not change when I transitioned out of the NA Ships team. I passed the project on to colleagues, but briefed them only on the production aspects, since by that time most of the design work on the ship had been finished and plans committed. As a result of this they were confused and nonchalant when confronted with the draft of the review. With you I used a very different language. This made you feel in creative control of the Yukon and set your expectations high from the start. I didn’t see the growing difference between those expectations and the way the team was working on this project. Please accept this apology as I truly am regretful for hurting both of you and my fellow captains in the fleet. Also know that I accept full responsibility for this and would like to express that my actions are in no way reflective of the reputation of Wargaming or the World of Warships team. They have been more than supportive in working on the HMCS Yukon project and very much wanted to see a Canadian warship in the game. Should either one of you or any fellow captains continue to have misgivings or grievances going forward, they should be directed at myself individually and not at World of Warships or Wargaming. Lastly, I will be severing my ties with the Fleet as I feel I have lost the trust and confidence of the World of Warships community. I want to be able to learn from my failures and to do that I must move forward and look back at the past. I have had 5 wonderful years playing and engaging with the World of Warships community and will cherish the many battles, discussions, and relationships I’ve built along the way. Very Respectfully and Deeply Sorry, Gneisenau013
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    Fair Winds and Following seas.

    Attention on Deck! To all who shall see these presents, greeting: Know Ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the fidelity and abilities of this Community Manager, I hereby appoint @Hapa_Fodder an Honorary Fleet Commander in the World of Warships community to rank as such from the Twenty-Sixth day of June Two Thousand Twenty-One. I have known @Hapa_Fodder to be one of the most dedicated, honorable, and earnest individuals to have served in the office of Community Manager and am proud to have served with and alongside him both on shore duty and deployed in the field. @Hapa_Fodder on behalf of the World of Tanks team, Marine Corps Detachment, I salute you and wish you a well deserved and blissful future of rest, recreation, and research bureau. Enjoy life but always remember, shipmates like you will always have a place with the Fleet, and I may need you to on Alert Status 30 from time to time during Naval Battles! Semper Fidelis, Always faithful my shipmate. "We are all members of the same great family ... On social occasions the formality of strictly military occasions should be relaxed, and a spirit of friendliness and goodwill should prevail." - John A. LeJeune, United States Marine Corps #keepcalmandtankon
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    Prepare thy booty

    Looks like I'm being pressed into anti-piracy patrols. I'll see you on the high-seas next weekend after I get all of the sand out of my boots! "The best defense is a well-directed fire from your own guns." - David Farragut, United States Navy #keepcalmandtankon
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    Letters from Twentynine Palms - A Sitrep

    I saved the best for last....but when will "last" arrive?
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    Letters from Twentynine Palms - A Sitrep

    Most of my trainings and duty stations were in the hot sandy deserts of the lower 48. I did have a nice TAD at NAS North Island but that didn't last long. MCAS Yuma was my last post back in 1997.
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    Letters from Twentynine Palms - A Sitrep

    Yup, I went there for Field Radio Operator school and spent many combined arms exercises (CAX) there as a reservist before I got my commission. And then, the Corps saw fit my last duty station was....MCAS Yuma. I guess the brass figured I like it hot!
  7. * Marines from 1st Tank Battalion qualify with the BGM-71 Tube-launched Optically-tracked Wire-guided (TOW) missile at MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, CA on 28 March 2018 Ahoy Fleet! Training has been as expected returning to dry land with the Tank Battalion! My current Table of Order consists of the following to qualify on: M4A1 Sherman PzKpfw (Panzer) IV T-34 Cavalier M4 Stuart My first week was a tad rough and rusty as refamiliarizing on the battlefield has been....trying. However, after a few dozen battles, I managed to hit my stride and was able to get some good shots on target: I was also able to answer the call from my shipmates when they needed fire support. So I pulled my trusty Missouri out of port: All in all, things are going well but I still have a ways to go and the training is never done! In the meantime, I'm counting on you to take the Fleet into battle and get some good shots and torpedo strikes down range! "I'm going to fight my way out, I'm going to take all my equipment and all my wounded and as many dead as I can. If we can't get out this way, this Division will never fight as a unit again." - Oliver P. Smith, United States Marine Corps #semperfidelis #keepcalmandtankon
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    Permission to Go Ashore

    Aye aye! And good luck to your new recruits! If you need me for anything just holler and I'll send over some artillery support!
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    Permission to Go Ashore

    I'll drop in on your streams to say hi and see you sink em all!
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    Hapa Fodder new look >.>

    Looks good...approved! #rollout
  11. Elias_K_Grodin

    Permission to Go Ashore

    @Navalpride33 appreciate it! It has been a wild ride so far from CA to TX! Now I just need to get used to the bipolar weather here! #rollout
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    Permission to Go Ashore

    Looking forward to it! #rollout
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    Permission to Go Ashore

    Thank you Chief! I stand relieved!
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    Permission to Go Ashore

    Yes, June of 2020 was when the final M1A1 departed MCAGCC 29-Palms. CA eastward towards the US Army depot in Alabama. https://www.stripes.com/news/marine-corps/a-farewell-to-armor-marine-corps-shuts-down-tank-units-hauls-away-m1a1s-1.639355