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February 27, 2009

Two navies ‘thwart pirate raids’.

Canadian Navy quandary: One supply ship, two coasts.

Senators target littoral combat ship costs.

Royal Navy blows up pirate boat.

South African Navy set to take on pirates.

Aussie sub crews prepare to abandon ship.

UAV Brings USS Mahan to Forefront of 21st Century Readiness.

090220-N-1082Z-094The Danish ship HDMS Absalon (L 16), USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) and USS Mahan (DDG 72) transit the Gulf of Aden.

Stealth Ship prototype seeking a good home.

Calls for a Carrier-Based F-22 Raptor.

The Russian Navy Crawls Out Of The Cellar.

Iran navy moves to international waters.

Stiletto Boat: The Water’s ‘Batmobile’.

Trident subs honored but with an eye on the end.

Retried Admirals says a More Giant Destroyers Will Save the Shipyards.

Australia Gears Up for New Submarines.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Kasper permalink
    February 2, 2010 3:10 am

    HDMS (Her Danish Majesty’s Ship) Absalon is a Danish ship and not a Dutch.

  2. February 27, 2009 6:25 pm

    Mike. yr jumping too far with that, IMHO. What I’m saying is that ‘things’ like Stilletto appear out of thin air with nothing more than thin air behind them in a technical sense. That is whole different ball game than what comes out of spending 100s of millions just on the design of some large comnbatant..regardless or whether it comes out right or flawed.

    I understand how Stilletto came to apparently do not. I know how much fluff and PR it is and substance it is not. ‘Cool looking chit there’ does not make a warship viable in any event..DDG-1000 or Stilletto..and many others.

    I WANT the Navy to investigate, design and build small advanced warships. Heck..its what I do for a living. And the Navy actually managed to accomplish that kind of thing ..once upon a time a long time ago. But I’ll never be volunteering to take my turn with the rag when the ‘NA challenged’ investment and PR flacks offer me a can of turd polish.

  3. Mike Burleson permalink
    February 27, 2009 4:27 pm

    I just can’t get over the fact that the $6 million Stiletto is derided but the $6 billion Zumwalts are defended so prolifically. It will be something when the missiles start flying in the next real war at sea that small ships like this will be worth the cost. You won’t be mass producing any 14,000 ton battleships!

  4. February 27, 2009 11:36 am

    It looks ‘cool’…’it’s ‘different’’s ‘all alone’ and M-Ships PR machine is prolific. Its not the first ‘breakthrough’ design that really isn’t anything of the sort..and it surely won’t be the last. Me?..I’m ‘cursed’ by the knowledge that what is under her skirts, when lifted and examined carefully with benefit of knowledge of sdvanced ship concepts..a wide array of them dating back more thn quarter century. The ride quality, range, payload and powering efficiency of some of those ‘dusty memrories’ make Stilletto look terrible by compariosn. But history is not something that ever enters the picture when it comes to thes kinds of projects. Thus, simply that they came in to existence is enough to justify their existence. Great approach.

    Vessels like Stilleto are created in a vacuum (spend some time on and you will see many wild (but definitely ‘cool’ looking) concepts that claim to defy both the laws of Newton and the formulas of Froude.) ..and evaluated in a vacuum. Woodson sold the same hull for pleasure craft use in the early 60s and Wellcraft had one too. Funny thing about that..both were noted for very harsh ride. Hmmm…

  5. Mike Burleson permalink
    February 27, 2009 9:38 am

    Guess I’m the only one what loves the Bat-mobile at sea!

  6. February 27, 2009 9:06 am

  7. February 27, 2009 8:49 am

    That fluff piece on the Stilleto made me ill. Seems I’m not the only one either: ” It is so rough at high speeds that some crew members have gotten hurt. Watercraft operator John Treichel says it’s also common for the crew to get sea sick.

    Having built craft that achieve the same speed as Stilleto with far less power and DON’T beat the passengers and crew to death….I’ll have to pass on the Stilleto. Good thing PR, unsubstantited claims and gross ignorance of the alternatives (and past history thereof) all serve as a valid basis for evaluating a vessel these days.

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