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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.

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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.

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

Good

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.

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