Smug Alert

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Spencer Ackerman posted a pretty smug blog entry on about how China refurbing the Varyag isn’t that big of deal. Some of the whoppers: “It’s more like the aircraft carrier equivalent of buying a used car.” “but it’s conspicuous that the first Chinese aircraft carrier can’t defend itself[lacking SSMs] from seaborne threats.” “There’s only […]

Categories: Carriers, Plotholes, Ships


Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Anyone read the latest turd to float up from Wired’s “Danger Room” blog? In it Ackerman complains that the USN is turning their vessels(both comissioned and in service) into “floating Gitmos”. What a horrible turn of events! Except, hmm, that isn’t how it works. In both the instances mentioned the POIs in question were taken […]

Categories: Carriers, Plotholes, Ships

Blamin’ Barry

Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 7:48 pm

So, one of the podcasts I listen to while I hike is “Mid Rats”, which is surely the only maritime security podcast worthy of the description. Tomorrow they are having on two scallywags by the names of Mackenzie Eaglen and Bryan McGrath to talk about the a paper(here) they put up on The Heritage Foundations […]

Categories: Carriers, Plotholes, Ships, Strategy

The Little Crappy Ship I

Monday, September 13, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Recently Galrahn over at Information Dissemination has been on a tear trashing the LCS for the last week or so. The latest one is HERE That post failed on several levels. He focused on rather ludicrous problems with the LCS; such as the glassed in bridge being vunerable to enemy fire, or the fact that […]

Categories: Oops, Ships

Fixing U.S. Naval Warship Names

Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 2:05 am

This Friday, I was in the U.S. Navy’s Photographic Archives in the Washington D.C. Navy Yard; and I ended up discussing U.S. Naval Warship names with Chuck Haberlein who works the desk there, after I had found a binder full of SECNAV name promulgations on a shelf. What it was doing in the PHOTOGRAPH ARCHIVES…I […]

Categories: Ships

The fine art of soft power.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Though I’m done with the navy, I was pleased to see that my old ship is on it’s way to Haiti. This puts me in mind of the Asian Tsunami relief and the time we spent off the coast of Sumatra. I expect the BKH will be spending a lot of time helping with air […]

Categories: Oops, Ships, Strategy

What’s Old is New Again I

Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 11:35 am

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the Navy quietly conducted studies of their own Sea Based ABM system (as in $3 million spent on studies; vs $4 billion on Nike-X); and proposed a purpose built, nuclear powered warship, of which an artist’s concept is below. The SABMIS concept would have mounted the missile detection/tracking radars, […]

Categories: ABM, Ships