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  • Hampton Roads: Monitor vs. Merrimack March 9, 1862

    03/10/2017 1:28:55 AM PST · by iowamark · 20 replies
    Civilwar.org ^ | Civil War Trust
    Seeking to interdict Federal naval operations in Hampton Roads, the ironclad CSS Virginia (ex-Merrimack) left its berth at Norfolk and steamed out to attack the nearby Union ships. Under the command of Flag Officer Franklin Buchanan, the CSS Virginia headed straight for the USS Cumberland off Newport News. Around 2pm on March 8, 1862, the CSS Virginia struck the Cumberland with its 1,500lb iron ram, smashing a huge hole in its wooden hull. Despite the mortal blow delivered to the Cumberland, the CSS Virginia, which had become entangled within the shredded hull of its opponent, was also at risk of...
  • Why Does One of the World’s Smallest Navies Want One of the World’s Biggest Warships?

    12/04/2013 9:52:50 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 51 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 12/04/2013 | David Axe
    Angola’s bizarre, rumored aircraft carrier ambition David Axe in War is Boring Angola is in the process of acquiring the recently-decommissioned Spanish aircraft carrier Principe de Asturias, according to one news report. The entire Angolan navy has just 1,000 sailors. The 643-foot-long Principe de Asturias needs 830 sailors to fully function. No, this does not make a lot of sense. After all, Angola has no overseas military alliances and no major naval rivals. But if true, it is consistent with the country’s ongoing re-armament, which also includes a squadron of Russian-made heavy jet fighters formerly used by India. Necessary or...
  • How Do America and China’s Huge New Warships Stack Up? ‘Zumwalt’ versus Type 055

    11/01/2016 8:23:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 1, 2016 | David Axe
    On Oct. 15, 2016 in Baltimore on the U.S. East Coast, the U.S. Navy commissioned the guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt into service following a protracted and costly development. Six hundred feet long and displacing 14,500 tons, Zumwalt — the first of three stealthy land-attack destroyers — is America’s largest surface combatant in generations.
  • Russia Escalates: Suspends Military Cooperation With Turkey, Moves Warship Off Coast

    11/24/2015 10:48:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/24/2015
    Despite demands from France's Hollande, America's Obama, and NATO's Stoltenberg that this situation not esclate, it appears Putin is not taking the shooting down of a fighter jet lying down. The seemingly cagey confirmation by NATO and Obama of Turkey's claims that Russia invaded its airspace has been rebuked by Russia which claims the Hmeimim airbase radar shows the attacking Turkish plane violating Syrian airspace. In response, Russia is moving a Cruiser 'Moskva' off the coast to strengthen air-defenses - just as French and US carriers are on their way. Here is The Turkish version mapping of the flight paths... Russia...
  • Putin orders warships to start co-ordinating with French vessels in the Mediterranean

    11/17/2015 1:37:46 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/17/15 | Keiligh Baker and Julian Robinson and Anthony Joseph
    Russia launches cruise missile strikes over Raqqa, which is seen as Islamic State's capital city in Syria The strikes come after it was revealed French jets had pounded targets in the terrorists' Syrian stronghold Russian president Vladimir Putin has ordered his warships to work with France as 'allies' in their fight Their forces carried out 34 cruise missile strikes over Raqqa, Idlib and Aleppo just days after the Paris terror attacks Meanwhile, France's defense minister says 10 French fighter jets are carrying out new airstrikes on Islamic State Russia are also reportedly transporting paramilitary forces across Syria to fight ISIS...
  • Furious China Summons U.S. Ambassador, Slams Decision To "Threaten Peace" With Warship Challenge

    10/27/2015 8:51:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/27/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Update: CHINA SUMMONS U.S. AMBASSADOR OVER SOUTH CHINA SEA PATROL: CCTVWell, the USS Lassen sailed within 12-nautical miles of Subi Reef and surprisingly, World War III did not break out overnight. (USS Lassen)(Subi reef)Nine months of tension between Washington and Beijing over the latter’s land reclamation efforts in The South China Sea culminated on Monday with President Obama’s decision to send a guided missile destroyer to China’s man-made military outposts on a “freedom of navigation” exercise. As we put it on Monday evening: "The ball is now squarely in China's court. The question now is whether Beijing will back down...
  • Iranian, Russian Warships Hold Joint 'War Games'

    08/11/2015 10:19:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    inn ^ | 8/11/15 | Ari Yashar
    Iranian and Russian warships took part in joint "war games" training exercises on Tuesday in Iranian waters, giving clear expression to the military cooperation between the two states. Commander of Iran's fleet in the Northern Gilan province Admiral Ahmad Reza Baqeri told Fars News Agency ahead of the war games that the Iranian destroyer Damavand and missile ships Joshan and Peikan took part in the drills, manned by 200 Iranian naval forces members. From the Russian side, the warships Volgodonsk and Makhachkala which docked in Anzali Port near the Caspian Sea on Sunday took part in the drills. After the...
  • NATO Forces Launch Largest Anti-Submarine Exercises Ever Off Norway Coast

    05/05/2015 1:59:08 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 5 replies
    npr.org ^ | May 04, 2015 | Jackie Northam
    Naval Forces from 10 NATO countries and Sweden have launched a massive anti-submarine exercise in the Norwegian Sea. The two-week exercise, dubbed Dynamic Mongoose, brings together thousands of NATO troops, and dozens of vessels, including submarines, that will practice hunting, attacking and avoiding detection, according to news reports. This year's annual exercise comes amid rising concerns by NATO that Russia could employ the same tactics in the three Baltic states — Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia — that it used in Ukraine. The three small countries rely on the Nordic countries for protection.
  • Iranian Warships Arrive Near Yemen

    04/22/2015 10:09:50 AM PDT · by mulder1 · 103 replies
    THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON ^ | 04/22/15 | ADAM CREDO
    Iranian Warships Arrive Near Yemen Comes just days after U.S. announced it would send its own warships A fleet of Iranian warships arrived near the southern coast of Yemen on Wednesday in a move likely to add greater tension in a developing U.S.-Iranian standoff in the region, according Iranian military leaders. Just days after the United States announced it would send its own warships to Yemen in order to prevent Iran from smuggling weapons to terror forces fighting there, a flotilla of Iranian destroyers docked in the same area. Iran’s military moves are likely to increase tensions between the two...
  • US warship heads to Yemeni waters; could block Iran weapons

    04/20/2015 12:06:19 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    AP ^ | 4/20/15
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward the waters off Yemen to beef up security and join other American ships that are prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi rebels fighting in Yemen. Navy officials said Monday that the Roosevelt was moving through the Arabian Sea. The U.S. Navy has been beefing up its presence in the Gulf of Aden and the southern Arabian Sea amid reports that a convoy of about eight Iranian ships is heading toward Yemen and possibly carrying arms for the Houthis. Navy officials said...
  • Israel buying 4 new warships from Germany, PM confirms

    12/26/2014 4:03:13 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 44 replies
    timesofisrael.com ^ | December 25, 2014 | Ilan Ben Zion
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday confirmed that Israel had acquired four new Sa’ar-class warships from Germany, reportedly to help protect off-shore gas extraction facilities. ... A spokesperson from the Prime Minister’s Office said that for the time being the deal remained an understanding, and that Germany would be footing a “nice” part of the cost. He refused to detail the cost of the ships.
  • Russia prefers France pay refund instead of delivering warships it ordered

    12/21/2014 7:29:27 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 9 replies
    Liveleak,com ^ | December 21, 2014; 10 minutes ago | unknown
    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=132_1419174652 Mistral Deal In Doubt: France Either Delivers Warships Or Give Moscow Refund, Says Russian Official Sounds like Russia realizes buying French warships is not a good idea, but France is now stuck in EU sanctions which prohibits it from delivering the warships. Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov has told Interfax that France must decide by the end of the year if it will deliver two mistral class warships or give Moscow a refund. He also reportedly said that the second option of a refund "might even be preferable."
  • World View: USS Bataan with 1,000 marines to Join Six Other Warships in the Persian Gulf

    06/29/2014 5:34:02 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/28/14 | John J. Xenakis
    CNN is reporting that the USS Bataan is being sent to the Persian Gulf with 1,000 marines on board. There is no word of a planned invasion. That will make seven warships there -- the USS Arleigh Burke, the USS Truxton, the USS Gunston Hall, the USS George HW Bush, the USS O'Kane, the USS Philippine Sea, and the USS Mesa Verde -- along with helicopters and warplanes that can be used for an invasion or for an evacuation of US citizens. There have been US drones flying over Iraq for several days, but now it's been confirmed that the...
  • US sending 2 warships to Japan to counter N. Korea

    04/06/2014 1:30:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 6, 2014 12:10 PM EDT | Lolita C. Baldor
    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged warning to Asia Pacific nations Sunday, announcing that the U.S. will send two additional ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter the North Korean threat, and saying China must better respect its neighbors. In unusually forceful remarks about China, Hagel drew a direct line between Russia’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimea region and the ongoing territorial disputes between China, Japan and others over remote islands in the East China Sea. “I think we’re seeing some clear evidence of a lack of respect and intimidation and coercion in Europe today with what the Russians...
  • Iranian Warships Headed To US Represent Threat To Israel

    02/12/2014 10:35:35 AM PST · by IsraelBeach · 40 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | February 12, 2014 | Joel Leyden
    Iranian Warships Headed To US Represent Threat To IsraelBy Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem — February 12, 2014 ... Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the graduation ceremony for the IDF Ground Forces officer training course and made the following remarks: "Today, Iran is marking 35 years since the Islamic Revolution and this 'celebration' has been marked by repeated calls for Israel's destruction. The desire to cut the Jewish People off from its homeland did not pass from the world with the establishment of the state. What has changed is our ability to oppose those who seek our lives and...
  • Tehran sending ‘message’ as warships approach US

    02/08/2014 5:17:35 PM PST · by arthurus · 149 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/09/2014 | JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
    Iranian naval fleets were on their way across the Atlantic Ocean and headed toward the US, the Fars news agency reported on Saturday. “Iran’s military fleet is approaching the United States’ maritime borders, and this move has a message,” Adm. Afshin Rezayee Haddad of Iran’s Northern Navy Fleet was quoted as saying.
  • Iran sending warships close to US borders

    02/08/2014 9:34:42 AM PST · by dynachrome · 68 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2-8-14 | AP
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A senior Iranian naval commander says his country has sent several warships to the Atlantic Ocean, close to U.S. maritime borders for the first time. The commander of Iran's Northern Navy Fleet, Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad, is quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying Saturday that the vessels have already begun the journey to the Atlantic Ocean via waters near South Africa.
  • China Is Playing 'Chicken' With US Warships In The South China Sea

    01/30/2014 5:18:41 AM PST · by blam · 37 replies
    BI/Global Post ^ | 1-30-2014 | Benjamin Carson
    China Is Playing 'Chicken' With US Warships In The South China Sea GlobalPost Benjamin Carlson, GlobalPost Jan. 30, 2014, 7:51 AM HONG KONG — As anyone who has seen “Rebel Without a Cause” knows, playing chicken is dangerous for California teenagers in hot-rods. But playing chicken with warships, cruisers, and fighter jets — well, that’s just another level of crazy. Unfortunately, vessels from the US military and from other countries increasingly find themselves in such high-stakes confrontations on the East Asian seas, where China has adopted a strategy of making rivals flinch or risk collision. Just this week, Chinese sailors...
  • Iran reportedly sends two warships to Atlantic

    01/21/2014 8:19:32 AM PST · by SpinnerWebb · 66 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 21, 2014 | Associated Press
    Two Iranian warships set sail Tuesday for the Atlantic Ocean on their navy's first-ever mission there, state TV reported. The voyage comes amid an ongoing push by Iran to demonstrate the ability to project power across the Middle East and beyond. The report said that the destroyer Sabalan and the logistic helicopter carrier Khark will be dispatched on a three-month voyage. "The warships will have task of securing shipping routes as well as training new personnel," the semi-official Fars news agency quoted Iran's navy chief Admiral Habibollah Sayyari as saying.
  • Twilight of the Aircraft Carrier?

    12/13/2013 11:57:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 79 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | December 13, 2013 | James R. Holmes
    Past fears that carriers were vulnerable to new technologies weren’t proven right… nor were they proven wrong. Over at The National Interest this week, former Naval Diplomat shipmate — U.S. Marines say there are no former Marines, just Marines; are there former shipmates? — Bryan McGrath wades into the debate over Tom Ricks’s Washington Post column urging the U.S. military to get smaller to get better. Let me wade in as well; the water’s fine. Ricks takes aim at the U.S. Navy’s fleet of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in particular. He cites the expense of CVNs, but Bryan zeroes in mainly...