H I Sutton's latest update is on the Dry Combat Submersible (DCS). The DCS is a type of SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) which has a dry interior to allow the SEALs to arrive at their target fresher than the usual wet-sub where they have to wear their diving gear at all times.
H.I. Sutton's latest article on his Covert Shores website is a survey of submarines with nuclear attack capability in the world today. It's not just the United States and Russia anymore.
Though this is mostly an aircraft related story I still thought it worth mentioning here that America's oldest continuous service is observing a centennial anniversary of its aviation branch. This year marks 100 years of US Coast Guard aviation.
The US Navy's newest destroyer, the USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) has left its berth at Bath, Maine and begins her sea trials. She's due to enter service next year. At 600 feet in length, almost a full 100 feet longer than the Arleigh Burke class, she's the largest destroyer the US Navy has ever launched.
Covert Shores, a website dedicated to covert submarine operations throughout history to today, has a new article on possible news 'leak' on the Russian 'Status-6' nuclear torpedo. The leak occurred at meeting between defense chiefs and President Putin in Sochi on 9th November 2015.
USNS Lewis B. Puller (MLP-3/AFSB) — based on an Alaska-class commercial crude carrier — is designed to host special operations forces (SOF) and mine countermeasure (MCM) helicopters as part of the Navy, U.S. Military Sea Lift Command and the Marines push to more capability for amphibious forces and capacity for seabasing with less expensive ships.
Japan has launched the second in its new class of helicopter carrier — the largest Japanese ships since World War II — in a ceremony last Thursday in Yokohama.
Coming this November, the story of Germany's commerce raiders of World War I. These were the surface ships that were supposed to starve the British Isles of the vast cargoes of vital resources being shipped from the furthest reaches of the Empire.
Coming September 20th a book describing how the birth of the mighty Roman Navy was anchored in the Romans' extraordinary ability to absorb and perfect the technology of other states and empires. This is the story of the design, development and operation of the Republican Roman warship.
From the Mystic Seaport Maritime History news section, this story of what officials believe it is the submarine SOM, which sank after a major collision with a Swedish ship in 1916.
The Royal Navy begins the process of building its new class of frigate the Type 26. The following is an article from Jane's news site
Previously known as the Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) the ship now has a class name - Harry DeWolf class, after the Canadian Vice Admiral who was famous as the first commander of HMCS Haida during the Second World War.
HMS Artful, the third of the Royal Navy’s new Astute Class attack submarines will set sail for sea trials this summer.The Defence Secretary confirmed the news as he visited the home of the UK’s submarine manufacturing industry in Cumbria this month.
US Navy Expeditionary Combat Command was showcasing its brand new MK VI Patrol Boat (PB) during Sea-Air-Space 2015. Navy Recognition discussed with Commander Pete Berning, U.S. Navy Coastal Riverine Force, The MK VI is a next generation PB and the latest addition to the US Navy fleet.
Fincantieri’s shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia) hosted the launching ceremony for the “Romeo Romei” submarine on July 4, the last of the four U212A “Todaro” class twin units ordered by the Central Unit for Naval Armament – NAVARM for the Italian Navy.
The replica 18th-century French frigate Hermione arrived in Yorktown, VA June 5th to begin her celebratory visit to historic ports in the United States. The ship is a replica of the 1779 vessel that transported the Marquis de Lafayette to America to aide in the Revolutionary War.
From the Royal Navy News website:
Type 23 frigate HMS Lancaster sailed from her home in Portsmouth on Saturday 21 March for a routine nine-month Atlantic patrol tasking, waved off by hundreds of well-wishing friends and family.
Two museums in the United States have entered a joint venture in restoration. The Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth Massachusetts is having their centerpiece attraction, the reproduction of the Pilgrims' Mayflower, the Mayflower II, restored at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic Connecticut during the Winter and Spring seasons in preparation for the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims arrival to America.
The USS Kauffman has departed today on what is the last deployment of an Oliver Hazard Perry frigate, This story is from the US Navy site and by the USS Kauffman Public Affairs office. All Images are from the USN website.
We've seen some releases of various shore landing craft kits in the past year, from the classic WWII types in styrene to modern air-cushioned types in resin. The latest real-world contemporary in steel is the JHSV (joint high speed vessel). With 4 delivered and 6 underway, the catamaran style boat is the latest tech in the old practice of delivering soldiers and supplies to the beach head. Here's an article from the US Navy's website describing the boat.
A story about America's newest space capsule test mission recovery by the USS Anchorage, a San Antonio Class LPD. An article written by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Christopher A. Veloicaza and posted on the US Navy Website.
This French langauge publication started in 2012, dedicated to Naval Warfare of the past, present and future.
By Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The search to find a new home for the historic steel cruiser, the USS Olympia, is over. Officials say the ship will stay docked at Penn’s Landing.
A new book is now available detailing the second Bismarck-class battleship, the Tirpitz
Recognize your special Sailor, Naval Aviator, Seal, or a retired "old salt" with this great Naval recognition award. Perfect for retirement ceremonies, service recognition, remembrances or just to say, "Thank you for your service".