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March 23, 2017

Project 885M

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:02 am
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That is the model number of the latest Russian sub project.  Story here. So far the only 700th scale kit of the sub is this one. I am hoping that eventually we will get one in plastic.

March 20, 2017

The LCS

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:14 am
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The US Navy needs more ships, including more coastal ships.  However, the Navy’s solution, the LCS is very controversial.  It has suffered cost overruns and their are questions about whether or not it can defend itself. Here is a summary of some of the issues. 

March 9, 2017

Russian strength or Russian weakness?

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:15 am
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Russia is upgrading the missiles on two of their Oscar II SSGNs.  Originally they had planned to upgrade the missiles on all 8 boats, but now are upgrading only two.  I suspect this is an indication of economic weakness and budget problems.

February 27, 2017

The decline of the carrier

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:48 pm
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Carriers are expensive and in this day and age, there is some question as to their survivability.  I wonder if that isn’t in part why Brazil is going carrierless, at least for a while.

February 18, 2017

This could be very bad

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 11:20 pm
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This could be very bad.  If true, it almost has to be bad and the only question is how bad.

February 16, 2017

Indian Navy

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:02 am
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One of the players in the South China Sea may be having a bit of problems with their navy.

February 8, 2017

You learn something new every day

Filed under: General — dknights @ 8:48 am
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Mike Rowe does a great podcast called, “The Way I Heard It.”  If you haven’t listened, you should.

His recent podcast told the story of Adm. George Stephen Morrison who was the admiral in charge during the Gulf of Tonkin incident and who was also the father of Jim Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors.  I never knew that.

December 27, 2016

South China Sea news

Filed under: Modeling,Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:03 am
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The latest news from the biggest hotspot in the world.  Frankly, I am not sure the US should be overly concerned.  The Chinese did’t even build this carrier themselves.  Not sure how long it will take them to develop the technology and tactics.

December 16, 2016

Even more South China Sea news

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:53 pm
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Recently I highlighted news of China putting weapons on its man-made islands.

Now we have this.

I believe the ball is now in the US court.  I will be interested to see what the Navy does.

More South China Sea news

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 6:47 am
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Things continue to escalate.  I don’t see how this ends well.

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