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November 27, 2019

Polish defense upgrades

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:27 am
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It appears that Poland will upgrade its submarine force by purchasing second hand Swedish subs.  You don’t think much about Poland having a naval presence, but it has a significant Baltic coastline.

November 18, 2019

Embarrassing doesn’t begin to cover it

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:25 pm
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The story of the DDG-1000 just keeps getting worse.  Of course, no one will ever end up taking responsibility for this mess.  Every USN officer above the grade of Captain ought to have a portion of their pay docked just to remind them not to behave in ways that enable this type of disaster.

November 12, 2019

I’ll believe it when I see it

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:36 am
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The Russians talk a good game when talking about upcoming weapons systems and new technologies.  The latest is this.  But given that their Floating Drydocks are sinking and their only carrier has a hole punched in its flight deck and may never be repaired, I am a little skeptical.

November 11, 2019

F-35Bs for South Korea?

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:22 pm
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Maybe.  It only makes sense, and with the South China Sea becoming such a flashpoint, it is unsurprising that Japan and South Korea would feel the need to strengthen their capabilities at sea.

Veteran’s day

Filed under: General,Technology — dknights @ 12:00 pm
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No more fitting a story for this Veteran’s day.  What a great project.

and related, another important WWII USN ship is found.  The improvements in underwater technology clearly will lead to us at least knowing the final resting places of many WWI and WWII sailors.

Undersea spying

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:16 am
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Are the Russians tapping into undersea cables?  Is this ship involved?  I’d bet the answer to both questions is yes.

November 2, 2019

Cool story

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:08 pm
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As I have said before, the history of WWII contains so many little stories that are unknown to the general public, that it is endlessly fascinating. Here is just one. (h/t to Jeff “Inch High” Groves)

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!

October 24, 2019

This seems logical

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:09 pm
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Story here.  Given that the USCG ships operate far from home waters in some very dangerous places, it isn’t a bad idea to give them an ability to defend themselves if the balloon goes up and they are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

October 3, 2019

New sub for the Navy

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:45 am
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The USN gets another Virginia class attack boat.  The USS Oregon.

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