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  • The Dynamite Cruiser Was Nearly as Dangerous to Her Crew as the Enemy

    03/15/2018 5:58:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 15, 2018 | Robert Beckhusen
    On June 13, 1898, the cruiser USS Vesuvius crept within one-mile of the Cuban coastline and began launching explosives from her monstrous compressed-air cannons — quietly, as far as the Spanish soldiers ashore in their fort knew until the shells landed. The nighttime shore bombardment targeting Santiago was Vesuvius’ first combat mission. She still remains one of the strangest warships of the modern era. A custom-built “dynamite gun cruiser,” Vesuvius had a unique arrangement of three 15-inch pneumatic cannons capable of launching 550 or 200-pound shells with a jolt of compressed air. Fascinating from an engineering perspective, Vesuvius’ cannons penetrated...
  • Radical Atheist Who Trashed Billy Graham after His Death Is Set to Become a Navy “Chaplain”

    03/14/2018 7:37:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 74 replies
    GP ^ | March 14, 2018 | Jim Hoft
    Radical atheist Jason Heap is hoping to become a Navy chaplain. The US Navy is seriously considering the approval of this anti-Christian activist for a spot in its Chaplain Corps. In February Heap retweeted a post by radical secularist group trashing Rev. Billy Graham after his death. ... Within a week of re-assigning (and possibly firing) one chaplain for expressing traditionalist Christian beliefs, the Navy is seriously considering the approval of an avowed “non-theistic humanist” for a spot in its Chaplain Corps. Conservative U.S. House and Senate members are formally urging the Navy not to approve the atheist for the...
  • The Case for a 21st-Century Battleship

    03/09/2018 11:07:28 AM PST · by Simon Green · 52 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 03/08/18 | Salvatore Babones
    In World War II, the Japanese super-battleships Yamato and Musahi each mounted nine 18.1-inch guns, the largest naval guns ever deployed, but they never sank a single American ship. In a conflict decided by naval aviation, Yamato and Musahi were used mainly as flagships and troop transports. Despite their huge armaments, they were steel dinosaurs from an earlier strategic age. But how do you sink a steel dinosaur? The answer is: "with difficulty." It took eleven torpedoes and six bombs to sink the Yamato. The Musahi took nineteen torpedoes and seventeen bombs. And at the time they were sunk, both...
  • Trump pardons former Navy sailor imprisoned for taking photos on nuclear submarine, White House says

    03/09/2018 11:53:06 AM PST · by xzins · 127 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9 Mar 18 | Fox News
    Kristian Saucier, in prison for taking photos of classified areas inside a nuclear submarine, has been pardoned, Sarah Sanders said Friday.
  • Trump pardons Kristian Saucier, former sailor jailed for submarine pictures

    03/09/2018 11:52:12 AM PST · by animal172 · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/09/2018 | Steven Nelson
    President Trump issued the second pardon of his presidency Friday to former Navy sailor Kristian Saucier. Saucier was sentenced to a year in prison during the 2016 campaign for taking pictures inside a nuclear submarine. Trump invoked his case repeatedly on the campaign trail, saying he was “ruined” for doing “nothing” compared to Hillary Clinton. Saucier was 22 years old when he took the cellphone photos in 2009.
  • USS Lexington discovered by billionaire Paul Allen's crew 76 years after WWII sinking

    03/06/2018 6:07:03 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 6, 2018 | Frank Miles
    Billionaire Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder and Seattle Seahawks owner, has made another huge nautical find: the USS Lexington, which was lost at the Battle of Coral Sea 76 years ago. The fleet aircraft carrier, the first to be sunk by opposing carrier aircraft in World War II, was found near Australia below Coral Sea in a remarkably well-preserved condition, reported.
  • Aircraft Carrier USS Lexington, Sunk During WWII, Found In Coral Sea

    03/06/2018 8:28:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Internatonal Business Times ^ | March 6, 2018 | Suman Varandani
    The wreckage of a United States aircraft carrier, named USS Lexington that was sunk by the Japanese during World War II, was found on the floor of the Coral Sea more than 500 miles off the eastern coast of Australia. The carrier was discovered by a team of explorers led by billionaire Paul Allen, the U.S. Navy confirmed Monday. The ship, which was part of the Battle of the Coral Sea from May 4-8, 1942, was found in a remarkably well-preserved condition. Microsoft co-founder Allen released a statement Monday along with photos and a video of the carrier. ​
  • Navy's newest ship, the future USNS Burlington, christened at Mobile shipyard

    02/26/2018 9:40:53 PM PST · by BBell · 28 replies ^ | 2/24/18 | Erin Edgemon
    The U.S. Navy's newest vessel was christened at Austal's state-of-the-art shipbuilding facility in Mobile on Saturday morning. The future USNS Burlington is the 10th of the 12 Expeditionary Fast Transport vessels that Austal has under contract with the Navy. They have a combined value of more than $1.9 billion. "Austal is excited to get Burlington one step closer to joining the fleet" said Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle. "The efficiency at which this complex ship has come together is truly remarkable and a testament to the incredible talent of our shipbuilding professionals here at Austal USA."Nine Spearhead-class EPFs have been...
  • Marine Corps again lowers requirements for Infantry Officer Course

    02/22/2018 4:06:49 PM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 22, 2018 | Douglas Ernst
    The Marine Corps is on the defensive for a second time this month over changes to its famous Infantry Officer Course (IOC). Military communities were abuzz in early February when officials confirmed that successfully completing the Combat Endurance Test (CET) — the rigorous first stage of IOC — would no longer be a requirement for passing the 13-week course. The Corps answered criticism on Feb. 7, but found itself in the same position this week as new standards for IOC’s training hikes were revealed. The course previously required a Marine to complete nine hikes, of which six would be evaluated...
  • Can the German Navy Be Saved?

    02/19/2018 5:32:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | February 19, 2018 | John Beckner & Helmoed Heitman
    In a country where good news stories about the military are few and far between, recent years have been kind to the German Navy (Deutsche Marine). Its vessels had been participating with its allies in counter-piracy operations like Operation ATALANTA off East Africa, and its ships have been involved in refugee rescue in the Mediterranean Sea as well as weapons interdiction off the coast of Lebanon. Pictures of German Navy vessels assisting in the rescue of bedraggled refugees portrays the public face of the Bundeswehr in a way no Eurofighter or Leopard 2 tank ever can.
  • Admiral warns US must prepare for possibility of war with China

    02/18/2018 12:30:22 AM PST · by blueplum · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 16 Feb 2018 | Ben Doherty
    The navy admiral nominated to be the next US ambassador to Australia has told Congress America must prepare for the possibility of war with China, and said it would rely on Australia to help uphold the international rules-based system in the Asia-Pacific. In an excoriating assessment of China’s increasingly muscular posture in the region, Harry Harris said Beijing’s “intent is crystal clear” to dominate the South China Sea and that its military might could soon rival American power “across almost every domain”. Harris, soon to retire as the head of US Pacific Command in Hawaii, told the House armed services...
  • Achieving a 355-Ship Navy ‘Before This Decade Is Out’

    02/16/2018 3:01:42 AM PST · by lowbuck · 34 replies
    NRO ^ | 16 February 2018 | Jerry Hendrix
    The Navy’s 30-year shipbuilding plan falls short of the strategic imperative. In 1961 President John F. Kennedy challenged the nation with a great goal: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth.” “Before this decade is out.” This nation used to be able to do great things in a short period of time, when it thought it was important. This past week the U.S. Navy, with its 30-year shipbuilding plan, fell short of the standard of national greatness....
  • China’s Fishing Fleets Are Fighting a Shadowy War to Expand the Country

    02/06/2018 8:57:34 AM PST · by Thistooshallpass9 · 4 replies
    “When our country needs us, we will go without a second thought to defend China’s rights,” said Chen Yuguo in a recent interview with the Washington Post. If Chen were a sailor in China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy, or perhaps an officer of the Chinese Coast Guard, his pledge to use force for his country would not be particularly noteworthy. But Mr. Chen is a fisherman. As captain of a trawler based in the port of Tanmen, Chen is one of China’s 6 million plus fishermen. He pilots one of the country’s 2,600 distant-water fishing ships. And much of this...
  • Has China developed a hypersonic railgun? Leaked photos appear to show the superweapon [tr]

    02/06/2018 5:12:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 5, 2018 | Cheyenne McDonald
    China may be testing a ship-mounted electromagnetic railgun. Leaked photos posted on Twitter last week have revealed what appears to be the massive, hypersonic weapon atop a People’s Liberation Army Navy tank landing ship. While the US has spent millions of dollars and the better part of a decade working to develop a railgun, recent reports suggest the efforts may have been scrapped. If China truly is testing a ship-mounted railgun, the move would make it the first to develop a superweapon of this kind.
  • Trump Effect: Islamic Republic Ceases Naval Provocations in Arabian Gulf

    02/02/2018 8:12:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 02/02/2018 | Ari Lieberman
    Yesterday’s State of the Union address issued by Donald Trump represented a refreshing break from the eight years of pusillanimous foreign policies pursued by past administration. Nowhere was this more evident than in the manner in which Trump described Iran’s repressive regime and attempts by the Iranian people to overthrow it through peaceful protest. When it comes to Iran’s governing authorities, the Trump administration is under no illusions about the nefarious nature of this fascist theocracy. “We are restoring clarity about our adversaries,” Trump stated in a not too subtle jibe at his predecessor who seemed to be in a...
  • Leaks, feasts and sex parties: How ‘Fat Leonard’ infiltrated the Navy’s floating headquarters

    02/02/2018 7:47:06 AM PST · by AndyJackson · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/31/2018 | Craig Whitlock
    ... Francis [Fat Leonard] systematically infiltrated the Blue Ridge ...Francis doled out illicit gifts, hosted epicurean feasts and sponsored sex parties for Blue Ridge personnel...Officers from the Blue Ridge consumed or pocketed about $1 million in gourmet meals, liquor, cash, vacations, airline tickets, tailored suits, Cuban cigars, luxury watches, cases of beef, designer handbags, antique furniture and concert tickets — and reveled in the attention of an armada of prostitutes ... he then prodded his moles on the Blue Ridge to reroute aircraft carriers and other vessels to ports controlled by his firm so he could more easily overcharge the...
  • US backs Aust joining regional naval drill

    01/26/2018 4:22:34 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies ^ | 27th January 2018 | Lisa Martin
    The US Air Force secretary has backed calls for Australia to participate in the Malabar naval exercises along with India, the United States and Japan. It has been reported in Indian media that Australia will be invited to this year's war games. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declined to confirm the report. In 2007, Australia participated in Exercise Malabar but the Rudd Labor government withdrew after concerns were expressed by China. However, talks with India to return to the exercises have been ongoing since 2015. US Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson weighed in on the saga, during her visit to...
  • Why have Iranian naval craft stopped harassing US Navy ships?

    01/26/2018 6:51:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/26/2018 | Rick Moran
    For the last few years, Iranian patrol boats manned by Revolutionary Guard sailors have been harassing US naval vessels in the Persian Gulf. The boats would rush toward US ships, sometimes barely avoiding collisions. It's as if the Iranians were daring the US Navy to defend themselves. But since August, the routine harassment of US ships from Iranian boats has ceased. And the Navy can't figure out why. From Fox News: The Iranian military has halted the routine harassment by its armed “fast boats” of U.S. naval vessels in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. military said, a turnabout that officials...
  • 140 years since the first successful torpedo attack today.

    140 years ago, Imperial Navy was the first in the world to use torpedoes in combat. The attack was carried out within the framework of the Russo-Turkish War and proved the effectiveness of torpedoes for conducting combat operations. More details about the development of torpedoes and their first application are told by In 1877 another Russian-Turkish war began. It was ignited, in particular, by the rise of the national liberation movement in the Balkans and the aggravation of international contradictions in this connection. Russia supported the fraternal Slavic peoples in the Balkans. Attempts to resolve the conflict diplomatically did...
  • U.S. Navy’s Newest Littoral Combat Ship Stuck in Ice for Winter

    01/24/2018 11:32:54 AM PST · by fishtank · 18 replies
    gCaptain ^ | January 24, 2018 | gCaptain
    U.S. Navy’s Newest Littoral Combat Ship Stuck in Ice for Winter January 24, 2018 by gCaptain The U.S. Navy’s newest Littoral Combat Ship, USS Little Rock, will have to spend its winter up north instead of Florida’s warmer waters after the ship became stuck in ice in Montreal. The USS Little Rock, which was commissioned in Buffalo, New York on December 16, should be well on its new homeport in Mayport, Florida by now, but a delayed departure and colder-than-normal temps across the region means the ship is now stuck in Montreal indefinitely.