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October 10, 2019


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:36 am
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I had never heard of this program before now.  Interesting technology, though sometimes I think that the defense industry does some things just to prove it can rather than being a real increase in capability.


October 3, 2019

New sub for the Navy

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:45 am
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The USN gets another Virginia class attack boat.  The USS Oregon.

September 28, 2019

USN submarine plans

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:58 am
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The US Navy is apparently planing on a rate increase in submarine production.  This sounds good. Let us hope they can pull it off.  My faith in the USN procurement system has been shaken of late.

September 22, 2019

More on those Navy UFO videos

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:49 am
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Apparently the USN has confirmed they are real and that the Navy still has no explanation for them.  The Navy also claims they were not authorized to be released.  I have to ask myself is there something deeper going on here.  It is almost like the USN is trying to draw attention to these videos.  Why?

September 21, 2019

There is so much going on here.

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:18 pm
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I could stare to this photo for hours.

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>


September 16, 2019

Amazing photo

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:14 pm
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Photo here.  Photo of the USS Savannah in the immediate aftermath of getting hit by a German Fritz X bomb.  An amazingly-well timed photo.

August 14, 2019

Carrier news

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 1:23 pm
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South Korea getting into the game.


Meanwhile, China and the US having trouble with their latest.

August 13, 2019

Drones and naval warfare

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:13 am
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This story of China using a drone to keep tabs on US Navy ships passing through the Taiwan straight raises an interesting question of how drones (UAVs) will affect naval warfare in the future.  I am not sure anyone knows.

August 3, 2019

US Navy UFOs

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:06 am
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More here. What the heck is going on?

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