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May 24, 2019

Is the aircraft carrier obsolete?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:35 am
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That is the question addressed in this article.  The author’s conclusion is an emphatic no.


May 22, 2019

The Chinese Navy

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:39 am
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A nice top level analysis of the current Chinese Navy and where they are heading.

May 8, 2019

Well, this isn’t good news

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 6:55 am
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Looks like China has laid down steel for their third aircraft carrier.  Right now we don’t know much other than it is supposed to be their first “full sized” carrier.  Stay tuned.

May 3, 2019


Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:25 pm
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It was a dumb idea.

April 10, 2019

It would take a heart of stone……

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:11 pm
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not to laugh at this story.  First the Russians sink the only dry dock capable of servicing their only carrier, and at the same time it is extensively damaged.  Now, they may just scrap the thing.  While I have some worries about the current state of the USN (the LCS, the DDG-1000, the Fitzgerald incident, etc) I am sure we are worlds better off than the Russian military.  Frankly, that is why we need to spend more of our time and resources addressing the Chinese threat.

April 3, 2019

The return of the light carrier

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:56 pm
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Looks like the Marines while exercising in the Philippines have loaded up the USS Wasp (LHD-1)with an unusually large contingent of F-35Bs.  This isn’t really surprising.  I suspect that the USN will test out multiple configurations on the LHA/LHD and even LPDs.  Where a US presence is required with an air presence, but not enough to warrant a CVN, these “light carriers” with F-35Bs will be a real force multiplier.  When the Loyal Wingman drones come online down the road, there will be even more of a force multiplier effect.

March 25, 2019

Chinese icebreaker

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:22 pm
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It appears the Chinese are going to build a nuclear powered icebreaker.  Given the remoteness of China from the Arctic, that wouldn’t seem to make much sense, though as the article points out, it makes perfect sense as the test-bed for the propulsion of a future nuclear powered aircraft carrier.

December 20, 2018

Japan’s carrier future

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 6:53 am
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I’ve previously posted on Japan’s plans to acquire the F-35B to equip their new “light carriers“.  This article discusses where Japan goes from here, pointing out that there is nothing but politics standing in the way of Japan building true carriers.  I suspect they will.


December 12, 2018

I saw this coming

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:54 am
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Of course, who didn’t. Japan is going to buy 100 additional F-35s, including F-35Bs which can operate from the country’s two helicopter carriers.  Makes perfect sense.  Also, Japan is ramping up its defense spending.  The South China Sea is going to become a more interesting place that it already is.

December 5, 2018

China’s carrier woes

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 4:56 pm
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Looks like China might be having trouble coming up with the money to pay for its next carrier.  Frankly I think the current US administration is using trade pressure as one way to deprive the Chinese of money to invest in their defense.  I think this is a wise move, even if it means more expensive goods here.

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