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February 19, 2020

Well this is good news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:41 am
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Looks like the USS Ford (CVN-78) has now been cleared for operating all current USN aircraft types.  This gets it one step closer to completely operational. As things get more dangerous in the world it would be nice to have this weapon in the toolkit.

February 16, 2020

US Navy upping their game

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 6:35 am
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The new Ford class aircraft carrier has been designed with extra electrical capacity for laser weapons.

In addition the USN SSBNs are now fielding small yield nukes on some of their missiles.

Go Navy

January 19, 2020

Proper

Filed under: General — dknights @ 6:41 am
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Glad to see this, rather than naming it for some politician

December 12, 2019

You’d have to have a heart of stone not to laugh

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 4:22 pm
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Russia’s only aircraft carrier, which was previously damages when a crane punched through its deck while in drydock (and the drydock sank) is now on fire.  This may be the most cursed ship since the Ellen Austin.

October 25, 2019

What the heck is happening to the USN?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:32 am
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Frankly, more and more it seems as if the Navy is beset by institutional rot.  Latest example here.  After the LCS  and DDG-1000 debacles, at some point you have to believe that the problem is more than just programmatic.  These problems take years to set in, and they’ll take years to fix.  We best be getting on fixing them now!

September 20, 2019

Sharp Sword

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:59 am
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Looks like the Chinese are testing a drone to operate off their first indigenously produced aircraft carrier.  We need to stop dumping our money into China which only ends up in the state coffers for weapons development.

September 18, 2019

Naming Navy ships

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:49 pm
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The Navy has made a report to Congress on plans for naming upcoming ships.  You can read it here. This is a pet peeve of mine. I hate the developing trend of politicians naming everything after themselves and their buddies.  The absolute pinnacle of this abomination is the late Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia who basically named everything in the state after himself.

I firmly believe that no ships should EVER be named after a living person.  With certain rare exceptions I don’t think that ships should ever be named after politicians ( I make rare exception for long dead persons of historical significance such as Lincoln and Washington)  Carriers should be named after battles, or historic previous ship names. Boomers should be named after States, Attack subs should be named after  major cities. APDs and the like should be named for smaller US cities and counties.  CGNs, DDs and FFGs should be named after naval heroes.  None of them ever should be named for living people, especially living or recently deceased politicians. <end rant>

 

August 27, 2019

A little bit of good news

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:37 am
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It seems like nothing but bad news comes out of Asia these days with tensions ratcheting ever higher.  Well, this seems to be a positive development.  The JMSDF has asked the US Marines to deploy the F-35B on two large Japanese Helicopter carriers.  The Japanese are buying their own F-35Bs and this appears to be some advance work to make sure that the JMSDF ships are ready for the new equipment.

August 14, 2019

Carrier news

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 1:23 pm
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South Korea getting into the game.

 

Meanwhile, China and the US having trouble with their latest.

July 17, 2019

The bear continues to scribble on napkins

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:40 am
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Russia, which readers know I think is a impotent force as far as its military goes, has unveiled a new aircraft carrier design.  As the article points out, the design will most likely never be built and Russia’s one and only carrier is out of commission and probably headed for scrapping.  Russia’s 2017 GDP was $1.58 trillion dollars, which is less than Canada’s $1.6 trillion and paltry compared to the USA’s $22 trillion.  Russia simply can’t keep a world class military going, and what they have is simply wasting away.

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