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September 24, 2018

Submarine day

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:28 am
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Here is video and an article on the UK’s SSBN force.


An interesting article arguing for the USN to acquire a diesel submarine force.


July 25, 2018

The Germans are not serious

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:08 am
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The Germans are not serious about defending themselves and we shouldn’t be doing it for them.

July 2, 2018

Russian subs

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:27 pm
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Looks like Russian subs are becoming a little more active of late and the USN is moving assets to deal with that.  I still believe that the Russian threat is a pretty empty one, but better safe than sorry.

May 13, 2018

Invisible subs

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:53 pm
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Thanks for friend and blog reader Jeff Groves for pointing out this article on a technology that might make subs invisible to active sonar in the future.  This would be a huge shift in anti-submarine warfare.

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.

April 14, 2018

Russia’s weapons woes

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:37 am
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A nice article from Strategypage on why much of the Russian military is a paper tiger.  I suspect the truth is even worse than these reports.

March 7, 2018

Nuclear war

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:04 am
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Well, after reading this, I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep.


March 1, 2018

Putin’s new weapons

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 11:02 pm
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Vlad has bragged about a bunch of new weapons.  See here.  Frankly, I think Russia is a broke paper tiger, and the fact that Putin is bragging about these just makes me think I am right.

January 22, 2018

Doomsday torpedo

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:35 pm
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Rumor the Russians have put a nuclear warhead the size of the Tsar Bomba on a remote control underwater UAV.  Great news!

January 7, 2018

Indian SSBNs

Filed under: Modeling,Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:30 pm
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I was unaware that India possessed any SSBNs.  Apparently they have one undergoing sea trials and a second has just been launched.  India appears to be getting assistance from Russia in building the subs, thought the design appears to be a uniquely India design.  Story here.  So far I don’t think anyone has made a kit of this sub.  Thanks to friend of the blog Jeff Groves for passing along the info.

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