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June 20, 2018

Navy woes

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 1:59 pm
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Is there more behind the recent USN woes than we’ve been lead to believe?  Sounds like there is a more interesting story than has been widely reported.

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June 18, 2018

More Asian carrier development

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:07 am
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The F-35B has really changed the game when it comes to smaller navies having carrier capability.  Korea and Japan will both have such capability as soon as they put in orders for the F-35B.  (I have no doubt that they both will)

June 17, 2018

Ballistic Missile Defense

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:55 pm
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It seems the US Navy would like to get out of the business of BMD.  It seems like they should.  However Hypersonic weapons may make the whole thing moot.

June 13, 2018

China’s naval aviation

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 1:42 pm
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It appears that a Chinese naval aviator has made the first night trap on board China’s only operational carrier.  This is significant as the USN is the only navy that regularly conducts night carrier ops.

June 11, 2018

Russian activity in the English Channel

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 7:55 pm
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Looks like the Russians sent another spy ship through the channel.  The Royal Navy provided an escort. I’ve said before that I think the Russian military, especially the Russian Navy is a paper tiger.  However, it is still best for western navies to keep on their toes.

June 6, 2018

Japanese Carriers

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:03 am
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Not the WWII kind.  Looks like the Japanese are ready to admit what everyone knew.  Their new Helicopter carriers are going to become full-fledged STOVL carriers. I see some F-35B sales in Japan’s future.

May 28, 2018

More South China Sea news

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 8:39 am
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This is now a regular occurrence. Not sure the Chinese really care since the islands are already a reality.

May 23, 2018

Secret Navy Ship

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 11:01 pm
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I hadn’t heard this story before.  I wonder how many others there are?

May 4, 2018

USS Louisville (SSN-724) and USS Kentucky (SSBN-737)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:22 pm
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Louisville and Kentucky currently both have naval vessels in active service named after them.  The USS Louisville is an attack submarine (SSN) and the USS Kentucky is a boomer (Nuclear missile carrying submarine or SSBN)  My long term building plans include adding a model of each to the collection.

The Aegean

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:32 am
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This is a tense spot in the world that is overshadowed by the Middle East and the Far East.  With turmoil in both Turkey and Greece, I wouldn’t be surprised to see more flair ups like this one.  Stay tuned.

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