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April 2, 2010

Note the containerized missile launchers at about the 1:50 point.


Special Report:South Korean Ship Cheonan Sinking

South Korean ship sinking: Was North Korea involved?

Confusion reigns after sinking of Korean naval ship.

S. Korea hunts for missing after warship blast.

NORK Mine May Have Sunk South Korean Ship.

Analysis:The Sinking of the Cheonan.

Korean Navy criticized for slow response to ship sinking.

Military leadership adding to Cheonan chaos with contradictory state.


US Navy

Shipyard Crunch May Close Avondale.

Canal Transit Brings Freedom To Panama City.

Navy’s USS Independence begins Maiden Voyage.

The coming fight for new Navy ships.

Navy commissions submarine New Mexico.

A Different World at Sea.

Is a 230 ship navy inevitable?

U.S. Navy Seeks ISR, Strike UAVs.

JSF Not Too Hot For Carriers.


Warships of the World

More Turkish incursions off Greece.

Turkish Navy to buy large landing ship for overseas missions.

Russia will only buy fully-equipped Mistral from France.

13 warships drop anchor in Qatar.

China Testing Ballistic Missile ‘Carrier-Killer’.

Chinese carrier brings more questions than answers.

Taiwan plans to rule the waves.

Exclusive look at Indian Navy’s new warship.

India Will Expand Government Shipyard.

Royal Navy carrier section bows out at Appledore yard.

Go ahead given for two new Astute subs.

Warship orders – just window dressing for the election?


New Wars at Sea

Rescued sea captain writes book on hostage drama.

Dutch warship Tromp disrupts more Pirate Action Groups.

Indian Navy warns vessels away from pirate-waters.

US Navy nabs pirate suspects after firefight near Seychelles. More. More.


From the Navy Vaults

 USS New Mexico (BB-40): First Turboelectric Drive Capital Ship. (Naval History Blog)

A Brief History of Naval Anti-Air Warfare. (

Lockheed’s Neptune — the P2V. (Seattle PI)

Bicentennial Regatta largest display of naval tall ships in Punta Arenas. (Merco Press)

British Amphibious Descents. (War and Game)

Notes on Writing Naval (Not Navy) English by Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison, USN. (Naval History Blog)

Ships:Four Masts and High Castles. (Pauline’s Pirates & Privateers)

The Use of Glass Fishing Floats to Catch Submarines. (The Sea Hermit)


9 Comments leave one →
  1. Chuck Hill permalink
    April 3, 2010 5:24 pm

    Look at the Chinese warships. A great deal of their equipment are copies of French systems.

  2. CBD permalink
    April 3, 2010 2:08 pm

    ScoopDeck’s latest on the LCS-2: link

  3. CBD permalink
    April 3, 2010 11:44 am

    The most interesting headline I see is Russia’s desire to buy “only buy fully-equipped Mistral” from France.

    “Russia’s leadership and Defense Ministry have a clear position on the issue. Should a final decision be made on Mistral, we will purchase this ship only if it is fully equipped – with all control and navigation means and armaments,” Army General Nikolai Makarov told the Rossiiskaya Gazeta Nedelya government weekly.”

    “The only exception is helicopters. They will be domestically made. Everything else is to be made to their standards completely,” he said.

    Sounds like the issue with trying to buy Israeli UAVs and then publicly stating that they were just buying them to steal the technology. No other reason for Russia to seek out all of those non-Russian radars, missiles and mission control electronics.

    France is insistent otherwise, but if Russia is looking to get a generation’s advancement in construction technology and systems (as they did via Lend-Lease) then France might start to waver on this deal…or they’ll risk having Mistralskis sold around the world within a decade.

  4. April 2, 2010 4:53 pm

    More Astutes? Another week, another attempt to buy Labour votes with government money.

    Though without being party political I am happy for the people of Barrow (which apart from the people is God awful place.)

  5. Chad permalink
    April 2, 2010 3:21 pm

    D. E. Reddick: Au contraire. The movie showed C5 (Galaxy) aircraft not the C17 (Globemaster).

    FYI, the F/A-18 shown was either an A or C model (you can tell from the air intakes and cockpit).

  6. D. E. Reddick permalink
    April 2, 2010 2:01 pm


    The Club-K system was covered here in Sea Links or Breaking News about two or three months ago. Although, they certainly have made their video much more interesting! And the intended target couldn’t be more clearly stated. I believe that only one nation currently employs the exact combination of assets as represented by F/A-18 fighter bombers, M1 MBTs, C-17 cargo lifters, and Whidbey Island class LSDs.

  7. Mike Burleson permalink*
    April 2, 2010 12:59 pm

    Think I recall Lee Wahler mentioning something about those type missiles here years ago. It is an ominous trend for low tech foes in the Gulf navies.

  8. Chuck Hill permalink
    April 2, 2010 12:45 pm

    Containerized missiles like the “Club” combined with satellite cuing and small UAVs for targeting could make clandestine armed merchant cruisers (a la Atlantis) more dangerous than ever.

  9. D. E. Reddick permalink
    April 2, 2010 10:15 am

    USS Farragut has destroyed a pirate mothership and then released eleven captured pirates in two skiffs.

    Combined Maritime Forces Flagship Intercepts Somali Pirates
    U.S. Naval Forces, 5th Fleet Public Affairs
    Date: 04.02.2010
    Posted: 04.02.2010 05:53

    MANAMA, Bahrain – The Flagship of Combined Task Force 151, USS Farragut, intercepted suspected pirates in the Somali Basin yesterday.

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