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March 9, 2019

Super Blues

Filed under: General — dknights @ 11:49 am
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Looks like the Blue Angels will be transitioning to F/A-18E/Fs between 2020 and 2021.  This should put an end to speculation that they would move to the F-35.

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March 4, 2019

An interesting idea

Filed under: General — dknights @ 12:00 pm
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A charity wants to acquire the retired USS Nassau (LHA-4), a retired Tarawa class assault landing ship and convert it into a mobile disaster relief ship.  This seems like a good idea to me and one the government and the USN should support.  In addition to all the good work it could do, the ability to call the ship back into service on short notice would be a benefit to the navy.

March 1, 2019

F-35C is operational

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:24 pm
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So says the USN.

February 28, 2019

BMQ-177A

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:52 pm
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The navy gets a new target drone.

February 27, 2019

USMC F-35s in combat

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:51 pm
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Looks like the USMC’s F-35s have been used in combat off of one of the LHA “baby carriers”. This is a good demonstration of the value of the B version of the F-35s, allowing lower intensity missions using the small carriers instead of a CVBG.

February 25, 2019

Is this for real?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:20 am
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If it is, it will lead to a amazing advancements.

February 14, 2019

USS Hornet CV-8

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:29 pm
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The wreckage of the Hornet has been located.  This is good news.  Some of the photos released so far are very interesting.

 

February 11, 2019

More Freedom of the Seas

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 3:12 pm
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The US conducted another Freedom of the Seas exercise in the South China Sea.  The USN has really been doing this a lot lately.

February 7, 2019

Speechless

Filed under: General — dknights @ 10:38 am
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This is an amazing piece of investigative journalismI’ve blogged about this previously, but this article on the USS Fitzgerald’s collision is shocking.

January 31, 2019

More F-35 good news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:23 pm
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Looks like per unit costs are falling again, to below $80M per unit starting next year.

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