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September 18, 2019

Naming Navy ships

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:49 pm
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The Navy has made a report to Congress on plans for naming upcoming ships.  You can read it here. This is a pet peeve of mine. I hate the developing trend of politicians naming everything after themselves and their buddies.  The absolute pinnacle of this abomination is the late Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia who basically named everything in the state after himself.

I firmly believe that no ships should EVER be named after a living person.  With certain rare exceptions I don’t think that ships should ever be named after politicians ( I make rare exception for long dead persons of historical significance such as Lincoln and Washington)  Carriers should be named after battles, or historic previous ship names. Boomers should be named after States, Attack subs should be named after  major cities. APDs and the like should be named for smaller US cities and counties.  CGNs, DDs and FFGs should be named after naval heroes.  None of them ever should be named for living people, especially living or recently deceased politicians. <end rant>



July 22, 2019

Royal Navy

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 4:43 am
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Glad to see the Royal Navy upgrading and expanding their fleet.  One of the few NATO partners who is pulling their weight.

July 9, 2019


Filed under: General,Legal — dknights @ 2:03 pm
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Someone needs to be caught and hung from a yardarm.

July 2, 2019

Uh oh

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:40 pm
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The Russians have experienced some sort of submarine fire.  Also, in completely unrelated news, the Vice President dropped out of a scheduled event to rush back to the White House, Putin also altered his scheduled appearances for the day, and the EU security council has gone into emergency session.

July 1, 2019

Well, this isn’t good

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:50 am
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China testing a new SLBM. 

June 4, 2019

Oh, good

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:40 am
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Looks like the Chinese are doing some missile testing.  Possibly a sub launched missile.  Possibly hypersonic?  The US defense establishment needs to make sure that it doesn’t relax in its own technological development.

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 7, 2019


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:02 am
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OK,, internet, do your stuff.   I am interested in building a model of the U-64 (WWII version).  I’ve found one photo of the sub, and it doesn’t help much.  Can anyone out there point me to more photos or info on camouflage and markings.


March 29, 2019

Virginia class SSNs

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:40 pm
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Looks like the Block V versions of the Virginia class SSNs will be getting additional weapons capabilities.  More and more, subs are being seen as cruise missile delivery platforms.  This latest upgrade seems to confirm this.  My prediction is that UUVs will become one of the things that these SSNs ultimately end up carrying and launching. (h/t to Jeff “Inch High” Groves).

March 8, 2019

Fateh SS

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:44 am
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I recently joked about the new Fateh class of Iranian submarine. I speculated there was a 50/50 chance it was a mock up built on an under water barge.  Here is some more information on it. (again, h/t to Jeff Groves for the pointer to this site.)

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