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April 23, 2010

USN and Japanese Navy destroyers are underway in formation during a passing exercise.

US Navy

USS Freedom to Arrive in San Diego Friday.

Carrier Enterprise Back After Nearly Two Years.

Concerns About Future Submarine Production Rates.

Navy chief: US helps salvage ship after explosion.

Navy tests “Green” Hornet.

 Navy Nears Tipping Point as New Threats Rise.

US Navy developing autonomous underwater hull-cleaning robot.

US Navy SEALs: By Sea, Land and Air.

Marinette Marine Wins New Ship.


Warships of the World

NATO countries begin ‘Brilliant Mariner’ naval exercise.

South Korean Officials Say External Blast Sunk Navy Ship.

South Korea’s military says North Korea torpedoed corvette.

South Korea was warned of submarine attack.

Australia Begins Work On Air Warfare Destroyers.

Russian Carrier Killer Subs Delayed.

Indian Navy concerned over delays in ship-building.

India launches Project 28 anti-submarine warfare ship.

India Navy to get 16 stealth frigates in 10 years.

Pakistan to upgrade and strengthen its naval fleet.

British Government Enlists Royal Navy to Alleviate Air Closure. More. Even More.

Israel builds up deep-sea navy.

China is about to buy Russian air cushion ships.


New Wars at Sea

US Admiral: Commercial Ships Need Armed Guards to Fight Pirates.

Pirates attack French Military Replenishment Ship SOMME.

Somalia pirates undaunted by navy patrols.

Destroyer Farragut stops another pirate attack.

Sweden takes Command of EU NAVFOR Task Force off Somalia.

Warships fill up with pirates after Kenya balks.


From the Navy Vaults

68th anniversary of Doolittle Raid remembered. (Cannon Connections)

John Paul Jones. (Broadside Blog)

George Bridges Rodney. (War and Game)

Force Z’s Demise. (War and Game)

The Dunkirk Evacuation. (War and Game)

A Rediscovered Venetian Mariner’s Notebook. (Cog and Galley)

Pacific Privateer. (Pauline’s Pirates & Privateers)

Minoan Shipwreck. (Pauline’s Pirates & Privateers)

Battleship Documentary. (Naval History Blog)

The Navy Runs the Guns at Vicksburg: April 16-17, 1863. (Naval History Blog)

Pepys’s Navy: Ships, Men, and Warfare, 1649-1689, by J. D. Davies. (Strategypage)

Canadian warship may be U.S. historic site. (UPI)


19 Comments leave one →
  1. D. E. Reddick permalink
    April 25, 2010 11:50 am

    And here’s a very interesting smuggler’s 50 knot Armored Stealth Boat (ASB) captured by Chinese authorities. Consider this little monster armed with a couple of AShMs. There are four pictures, with three of them showing the vessel having been cut in half. This is from the China Defense Blog:

    A fine example of China’s naval engineering

  2. D. E. Reddick permalink
    April 24, 2010 3:22 pm

    Switching back to the issue of Somali piracy, the Horn of Africa, and naval patrols in the Indian Ocean – Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151) command has changed hands again. Yesterday RADM Bernard Miranda of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) handed over command to RADM Lee Beom-Rim from the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN). The first of the two following reports has the most information about this change of command. The second report contains a photo with VADM William E. Gortney (USN) witnessing the ceremony.

    Singapore Completes Command of Multinational Counter-Piracy Task Force

    S’pore completes command of anti-piracy task force in Gulf of Aden

  3. Mike Burleson permalink*
    April 24, 2010 2:55 pm

    D.E. the pics at the military photos site were totally awesome! I encourage all the check them out ASAP!

  4. D. E. Reddick permalink
    April 24, 2010 2:45 pm


    Thanks for retrieving that post from spam filter limbo. I’ve noticed that simple posts without included links always succeed. And posts with short links from websites like Wikipedia seem to work fine. It seems that any post including one of those extremely long thread URLs is what’s going to get caught up by the spam filter.

    Anyhow, I hope that everyone here finds all that pictorial & video information about the IRGC naval exercise to be something interesting and thought-provoking. Perhaps some of it was even real!

  5. D. E. Reddick permalink
    April 24, 2010 12:02 pm


    The spam filter just threw away another of my postings.

  6. D. E. Reddick permalink
    April 24, 2010 12:01 pm

    Here’s an entire thread over at dedicated to those recent Iranian naval exercises. Lots of pictures and videos of swarming small boat attack action are included. Some of the larger missile boats are also shown along with the various Boghammers and other types of speedboats.

    Iran begins major military drill in PG ( New weapon systems in the maneuvers)

  7. Mike Burleson permalink*
    April 23, 2010 7:59 pm

    Iran seems in a hurry to avoid another Operation Praying Mantis. Not sure of they can stand up to Western navies as of yet, but we shouldn’t be complacent.

  8. D. E. Reddick permalink
    April 23, 2010 6:55 pm

    Here’s part of an Iranian ‘news report’ about their recent naval exercises featuring over 300 small craft (swarming small boats). Tehran: 20:46, 2010/04/23

    Qatar: Iran’s maneuvers not worrisome to neighbors
    TEHRAN, April 23 (MNA) – A military delegation from Qatari Navy has arrived in Iran to observe “Great Prophet 5” war games conducted by the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps.

    The IRGC is currently conducting a three-day maneuver in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, which began on Thursday.

    Radar-evading, high-speed ‘Ya Mahdi’ vessel tested

    Moreover, the IRGC successfully tested a new speed boat capable of destroying enemy ships as well as its “smart and unique” Ya Mahdi vessel, stated an IRGC commander, Ali Reza Tangsiri, on Thursday.

    The radar-evading, high-speed Ya Mahdi vessel is able to track and target the enemy’s surface vessels and destroy them.

    Tangsiri added that Ya Mahdi is a remote-controlled vessel whose missiles could blow 7-meter holes in any enemy ship.

    Tangsiri also noted that all weapons and military equipment, being used in the maneuvers, were manufactured by the engineering body of the IRGC.

  9. D. E. Reddick permalink
    April 23, 2010 4:24 pm

    Switching to captured Somali pirates, eleven of them have appeared in a Norfolk, VA (USA) courtroom to face indictment on charges of piracy. These are composed of two bunches of pirates who attacked and fired upon USS Nicholas and USS Ashland. Their appearance in court and the problems encountered in prosecuting Somali pirates are being discussed on National Public Radio (NPR) this afternoon (it’s a fairly good, informative report). Also, an NPR webpage describing their courtroom appearance is provided via the following:

  10. Hudson permalink
    April 23, 2010 4:21 pm


    Planeman does an excellent job. I don’t trust the numbers, though, particularly ’10’, which appears too frequently to be believed.

    Particularly interesting from a design viewpoint, are the China Cat and Peykaap FACs–nasty combos of ASh missiles, torps, heavy MGs, mines. Very annoying that China supplies these middleweight ASh missiles–between a Harpoon and Hellfire–to Iran.

    Remember the incident about a year and a half ago when Iranian speedboats came within 200 yards of some Burkes in the Gulf and dropped what looked like boxes in their wake? The China Cats have what looks like a single small mine in a basket attached to the stern of the boat. I’ll bet those white boxes were stand-ins for mines.

    Nasty business.

  11. D. E. Reddick permalink
    April 23, 2010 2:55 pm


    Anonymous seems to be contagious, today…

    Planeman has an excellent “Bluffer’s Guide to Iranian Naval Power” which includes class characteristics for various small torpedo and missile boats along with the smaller Boghammers. And yes, there are those twelve-tube 107 mm MRLS systems mounted on the Boghammers. Amongst all of these types are various stealth attack craft that were acquired from North Korea. Some of these are high-speed attack craft which are also semi-submersible torpedo boats. And the latter may link into what happened to the South Korean corvette ROKS Cheonan. Anyhow, you have to scroll down through the entire page to find the small craft amongst the various Iranian FACs and corvettes / frigates.

  12. Hudson permalink
    April 23, 2010 2:18 pm

    Ooops! I got logged out and did not notice that before posting re: rocket launching boats below. I am not Anonymous!

  13. Anonymous permalink
    April 23, 2010 2:15 pm


    I looked at those multiple rocket fire images, and while Iran has been accused of manipulating images to show a capability they do not possess, I do not think that is the case in these photos.

    The boats in question are firing multiple 107mm rockets from “organ” mounts that date back to WWII. Sherman tanks, for example, mounted similar rockets on the turret. I’m fairly certain that Iran possess numbers of these boats and is skilled enough to launch massed fire at larger targets at close range.

  14. D. E. Reddick permalink
    April 23, 2010 1:01 pm


    Thanks for getting the post about the Iranian boat swarm pictures brought out of limbo! Some of the pictures include imagery of multiple rockets in flight, simultaneously. One might suspect a bit of Photoshopping was performed to produce some of that imagery.

  15. Mike Burleson permalink*
    April 23, 2010 12:33 pm

    I’ll check the Spam folder for any missing posts. And it was doing so well lately!

  16. D. E. Reddick permalink
    April 23, 2010 12:30 pm

    Is WordPress having some problems? First, two attempts at posting fail to appear. Then, when I mentioned those failures my name was replaced with ‘Anonymous’.

    D. E. Reddick

  17. CBD permalink
    April 23, 2010 11:49 am

    Ukraine has extended the Russian lease to their naval base on the Black Sea. Update. Some domestic opposition exists.

  18. Anonymous permalink
    April 23, 2010 10:49 am


    You may need to check the spam folder for some missing posts. My last two attempts at posting have disappeared.

  19. Anonymous permalink
    April 23, 2010 10:45 am

    Since there was a discussion here regarding swarming small boat attacks earlier this week, then some pictures from an Iranian naval exercise seem appropriate. There are eight pictures of a speed boat swarm attack in posting # 11 of the following thread.!-Friday-April-23rd-2010

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