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October 2, 2009
An older photo of an RQ-8A Fire Scout UAV preparing to land aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13). Nashville is being decommissioned after more than 39 years in the U.S. Navy.

An older photo of the RQ-8A Fire Scout UAV preparing to land aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13). Nashville is being decommissioned after more than 39 years in the U.S. Navy.

US Navy


Coast Guard hoists crewman from U.S. Navy submarine – video.

New missile defense plan bets on Navy interceptors. More.

Navy to decommission USS Nashville at Norfolk base.

US NAVY: T-AKE 12 Construction Commences.

US Navy receives new special warfare boats.


Warships of the World


Israel gets two more German submarines. Or maybe not?

Report from an Israeli Submarine: Aboard the ‘INS Dolphin’.

Historic British Shipbuilders Sold.

Ark Royal fire after £12m refit.

Conference Will Provide Hard-Hitting Analysis of Anti-Submarine Warfare.

Uruguayan navy to expand to protect oil.

Canada Considers Crew Swap for Arctic Patrol Ships.

Africa underspends on navies.

Russian navy to rehearse landing, coast defense operations.

Submarines flourish in the Pacific.

Commander describes expansion of Iran navy.


Tackling Pirates


HMS Iron Duke makes largest drug haul in Royal Navy history.

Turkish military captures 7 pirates.

Pirate attacks on rise off Somalia coast. Then again…

Piracy decline ‘a fact’.

Behind the Piracy Decline.

The Pirates Are Down, But Still Victorious.

Russia says Arctic Sea ship to be released, no secret cargo found.


From the Navy Vaults


Ship gun fire-control systems. (Air, Land and Sea)

Theodore Roosevelt’s Naval Diplomacy: The U.S. Navy and the Birth of the American Century by CDR. Henry J. Hendrix, USN. (US Naval Institute blog)

Museum installs big guns:USS Pennsylvania cannons in position (Centre Daily Times)

Bell rings in Canada navy’s next 100 years-video.(

HMS Belfast, London Duck Tours and the SEA LIFE London Aquarium. (Telegraph)

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Byron permalink
    October 3, 2009 7:20 am

    Lessea, Firescout was managed for the most part by the team that came with the UAV. I know this because my company did almost all the structural modifications to support FS (lot’s of antenas and control stations, won’t say how many or where at). So the Navy isn’t really losing any experience. Any Navy personnel who did have experience will of course move onto other duty stations in the fleet.

  2. Mike Burleson permalink*
    October 2, 2009 2:02 pm

    Makes sense to me Heretic!

  3. Heretic permalink
    October 2, 2009 12:53 pm

    That Striker ship looks like one of the best BMD options for stockpiling SM-3 (insert variant of choice) in a particular theater at sea. Especially since the AEGIS+BMD mission is designed to function on a spotter+shooter system, where the AEGIS ship doing the detection is not intended to fire the shot.

  4. Mike Burleson permalink*
    October 2, 2009 12:34 pm

    Lee, neither are they interested in littoral warfare, as we see with the LCS really geared for Blue Water sailing, though with the attributes of a patrol boat. The only reason they build small ships is to keep numbers up, to satisfy Congress and the public. But they just love their shrinking force of battleships.

  5. leesea permalink
    October 2, 2009 11:25 am

    A bit of JAX local news. The USS McInerney (FFG-8) which has been test platform for Fire Scout optests and is longest serving GT ship is going to be retired and sold to Pakistan. Mmm I wonder where all that hands-on UAV experience with go? The Navy is NOT serious about UAV, its all political hype IMHO.

    2nd thought why are we helping Pakistan, haven’t they been harboring OBL?

  6. Mike Burleson permalink*
    October 2, 2009 7:04 am

    Looks interesting! Admiral Metcalf inspired me years ago too! See Scott, I’m not totally obsessed with just small ships.

  7. Scott B. permalink
    October 2, 2009 6:57 am

    One link Mike B. is going to LOVE :

    STRIKER, the bargain network-centric missile ship

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