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May 23, 2019

CSS Stonewall

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:56 am
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I have an interest in ships of the civil war.  The Stonewall was one of the more interesting looking in my opinion.  Some of the details on the interesting story of the ship are here.


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 15, 2019

Keeping the pressure on North Korea

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:26 am
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I suspect we will see more of this as the US ramps up the pressure on North Korea. The question is ultimately can they be starved into submission? I don’t think we have any choice but to try.  North Korea can’t be allowed to maintain nukes.

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 1, 2019

Fundraiser to help preserve the USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.

Filed under: General — dknights @ 1:42 pm
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Story here.  Give a little.

April 17, 2019

Interesting USN proposals

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:17 am
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More unmanned ships for the USN.

Revival of the VPB using B-1s

Stories like this give me some hope that the USN is thinking out of the box and won’t get caught equipping itself to fight the last war.

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 4, 2019


Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 1:07 pm
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The continuing disaster that is the LCS.  The idea that after all this investment we end up with fancy minesweepers is just sad.  There just has to be a way to fix the broken procurement system and Pentagon budgeting in general.

March 31, 2019


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:33 am
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This program continues to be an embarrassment.  There ought to be an investigation and some heads ought to roll.  I know there won’t be, but there should be.

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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