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First RN blog

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The CO of the HMS Somerset, a Type 23 Frigate, has been permitted to blog, a first for the Royal Navy. 

via Fark

Navy slang

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 Warning: disgusting definition follows

Rimjob (Submarine Service): When a petty officer is so pissed-off at a particular (half-assed) junior officer he strikes a “rimjob deal” with the Wardroom messcranks so that they provide him with the offending officer’s coffee cup or water glass. The enlisted crewman may then coat the rim of this cup/glass from the sweaty part of the back of his scrotum; the messcrank will then set the Wardroom table appropriately. This is how most submarine messmen earned their “fish” without ever having to know how the engineroom works (they always had to know the DC stuff, though; that sig was never given away.)

This and many, many other colorful US Navy slang expressions are defined for you at Wikipedia.  So click on over and get the gouge.

Underwater aircraft carrier

underwater-aircraft-carrier.gifA WHITE ensign was today being laid over the wreck of Portland submarine M2 to mark the 75th anniversary of the disaster.

Ministry of Defence personnel and recreational divers were visiting the vessel, which sank during exercises off Lyme Bay, for the commemoration today.

The diving operation is the highlight of a series of events planned by the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) this autumn.

The entire crew of 60 sailors and airmen died when the unique aeroplane-launching submarine sank in 1932.

It is believed the disaster happened because the vessel’s hangar doors were opened before it properly surfaced.  

(D’oh!)

USNS Mercy (T-AH-19)

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USNS Mercy (T-AH-19)

Laid down: June 12, 1974 (As SS Worth MA-299)
Launched: July 1, 1975
In Service: November 8, 1986 (to US Navy)

General Characteristics

Displacement: 69,360 tons
Length: 894 feet
Beam: 105 feet, 7 inches
Propulsion: two boilers, two GE turbines, one shaft, 24,500hp (18.3MW)
Speed: 17.5 knots
Complement: 12 civilian and 58 military during Reduced Operating Status
61 civilian and 1,214 military during Full Operating Status
Time to Activate: 5 days

The USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) is the lead ship of her class of hospital ships in the United States Navy. She was named for the virtue of compassion. In accordance to the Geneva Conventions, USNS Mercy and her crew do not carry any ordnance. Firing on the Mercy is considered a war crime.

Mercy was built as an oil tanker, SS Worth, by National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, California, in 1976. Starting in July 1984, she was renamed and converted to a hospital ship by the same company. Launched on 20 July 1985, USNS Mercy was commissioned on 8 November 1986. She has a raised forecastle, a transom stem, a bulbous bow, an extended deckhouse with a forward bridge, and a helicopter-landing deck with a flight control facility.

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Happy VJ Day

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Eisenstaedt’s famous photo

Happy VJ Day to all of you, from Never Sea Land

Destroyer HMS Daring begins sea trials

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The first of the Royal Navy’s new Type 45 destroyers, HMS Daring, made its maiden voyage 18 July 2007 to begin sea trials.

HMS Daring, billed as the world’s most advanced warship, slipped its moorings on the Clyde to begin tests off the west coast of Scotland.

The £1 billion destroyer features the latest propulsion, anti-aircraft weapon and stealth technology – and is the first warship to have a designated gym. Its radar equipment can track a cricket ball moving at up to three times the speed of sound, and it has a range of hundreds of miles.

The 500ft vessel can also make itself appear as small as a fishing boat to enemy radar, and is armed with missiles 20 times more manoeuvrable than a Formula One car.

The ship was cheered by hundreds of spectators and staff from BAE Systems at Scotstoun on the Clyde.

HMS Daring is one of six Type 45s being built for the navy, at a total cost of £6 billion and will enter full service in 2009.

Commander David Shutts, the most senior officer aboard the new ship, said: “Both I and the rest of the Royal Naval ship’s company have been looking forward to this event. It’s not every day you take a first-of-class warship to sea.” 

[more photos at  Shipspotting.com]

Royal Navy to get new carriers

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HMS Queen Elizabeth will be the first of the Royal Navy’s two new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers and is scheduled to enter service in 2014.

Queen Elizabeth and her sister ship (Prince of Wales) will be the largest warships ever built in the United Kingdom. They are multi-purpose carriers that can adapt to complete multiple roles. It will be capable of carrying 40 aircraft (the F-35B Lightning II) or 25 Chinook helicopters, a major capability upgrade from the current Invincible class carriers.

The design continues to evolve but CVF is expected to displace 55,000t to 65,000t, a size between the USA’s 100,000t Nimitz class and the French 43,000t Charles de Gaulle class aircraft carriers, and three times larger than the 20,000t UK Invincible class carriers.

The carrier will have a maximum speed of 25kt. At 15kt the range is 10,000nm and the ship carries food, fuel and stores for an endurance of seven days between replenishments. Each ship will have a complement of typically 1,200, including 600 aircrew.

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Hamas sets up navy without a boat (thank God)

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If you can swim, you may be qualified to die for Allah.

 It may not have any ships, sailors or seafaring equipment, but those logistical details have not prevented Hamas, the Islamist movement that rules the Gaza Strip, from launching a naval defence force.

“The requirements to join are that you have to be a good soldier, be fit, and know how to swim,” said the coastal patrol’s only confirmed member and commander, Jamil al-Dahashan, a veteran of the armed wing of Hamas.

The new force is expected to take to the waves — or at least the beaches — in a couple of weeks, where it will battle against prostitution and drug abuse. Eventually, when it has a boat, the navy will venture out to sea, where one of its main tasks will be to intercept Gazan fishermen who moonlight as informants for the Israelis [and kill them] .

Full story at TimesOnline [via Fark]

Fun at the beach

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Army Corps Dumps Old Bombs, Charges Town

Aug 5, 10:01 PM (ET)  SURF CITY, N.J. (AP) – The Army Corps of Engineers, which accidentally dumped sand filled with old military ordnance on Surf City’s beach, now wants the town to help pay to remove it.

Local officials are angered by the suggestion that they should help foot the bill for a federal goof that already has cost the town an unknown amount of tourism business.

“If they’re talking about getting any money out of Surf City to pay for their mistakes, they can forget about it,” Mayor Leonard T. Connors told The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Army Corps spokesman Khaalid Walls said local governments are routinely asked to help pay for projects.

“That’s protocol. All our projects are cost-shared,” Walls said.

The town had to close its beach in March after World War I-era ordnance, including fuses and other military hardware, started surfacing in sand pumped ashore during a $71 million beach replenishment project.

According to Walls, the Army Corps unwittingly took sand from an offshore site where the military had dumped explosives decades ago.

More than 1,100 explosives, each about 4 inches in diameter and 8 inches long, were removed from Surf City’s beach.

Surf City reopened its beach over Memorial Day weekend with new rules: Don’t use metal detectors, don’t dig more than a foot into the sand, and report anything suspicious to lifeguards.

Even so, visitors since then have found about a dozen more munitions, the Army Corps says. The Army has an ordnance specialist at the beach full time to take charge of discovered explosives.

It’s unlikely that one of the explosives would ever detonate, but it would be extremely dangerous if it did, said Keith Watson, the Army Corps’ project manager.

The Army Corps, along with state and local officials, are considering a possible closure of the beach during the winter to clear out more ordnance.

The Army Corps might sieve the entire beach with machinery, or it might bring back the ground-penetrating metal-detection equipment used in the spring.

WWII navy recruiting poster

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Black Tot Day

rumtub.gifHats off all, and a moment of silence to commemorate a black, black day in nautical history.  For on this day in 1970 the Royal Navy stopped the 300-year-old practice of issuing noon spirts to crews around the world.   After “Black Tot Day” things just haven’t been the same.

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Black Tot Day – July 31st, 1970, when the last “tot was drawn in the fleet around the globe; a rather touchy subject with the old and bold!”

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 Half gill (2 oz) rum tot cup (replica)

USS Enterprise CVN-65

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The supercarrier, USS Enterprise (CVN-65), formerly CVA(N)-65, is the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the eighth U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name. Like her predecessor of World War II fame, she is nicknamed the “Big E”. At 1,123 feet (342.3 m), she is the longest naval vessel in the world, though her 93,500 tons displacement places her as the second heaviest naval vessel, surpassed only by the Nimitz-class. She is also the only aircraft carrier to house more than two nuclear reactors. Enterprise’s eight-reactor propulsion design was rather conservative, with each A2W reactor taking the place of one boiler. Unlike other carriers, the Enterprise was designed from a cruiser hull and she is the only carrier to be fitted with four rudders compared to the standard two. These unique design features are rumored to have made her slightly faster than other carriers in the fleet.

Enterprise was intended to be the first of a class of six, but construction costs ballooned and the remaining vessels were never laid down resulting in her being the only ship of her class. USS America (CV-66) was ordered as a conventional Kitty Hawk-class. CVN-67, with a new reactor design, was reordered during construction as the conventionally-powered USS John F. Kennedy. Series production of nuclear carriers finally commenced with USS Nimitz [CVN-68], the first of 10 Nimitz-class supercarriers. Because of her expense, Enterprise was launched without weapon systems (she was originally intended to receive two twin Terrier missile launchers); a later retrofit added three Phalanx mounts and two NATO Sea Sparrow missile launchers. In the 2000s her armament was refitted again, gaining two RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile launchers while dispensing with the forward-most Phalanx mount.

Enterprise is currently homeported at Norfolk, Virginia. As one of the oldest carriers in the fleet, she is scheduled for decommissioning in 2013-2015. Her intended replacement is the USS Gerald R. Ford [CVN-78].

General Characteristics

Displacement: approx. 93,500 tons full load
Length: 1,123 ft (342.3 m)
Beam: 132.8 ft (40.5 m)
Draft: 39 ft (11.9 m)
Propulsion: 8 x A2W reactor, 4 x steam turbine, 4 shafts, 280,000 shp (210 MW)
Speed: 30+ knots (56+ km/h, 34+ mph)
Range: Essentially unlimited
Complement: Ship’s company: 3,000 (2,700 Sailors, 150 Chiefs, 150 Officers)
Air wing: 1,800 (250 Pilots, and 1,550 Support personnel)
Armament: 2 Sea Sparrow launchers,
2 × 20 mm Phalanx CIWS mounts,
2 RAM launchers
Armor: 8 inch (20 cm) aluminum belt (equivalent to 4 inch rolled homogeneous steel armour)
Aircraft carried: approx. 66:
Forty three F/A-18 Hornets;
Four EA-6B Prowlers;
Four E-2C Hawkeyes;
Six S-3 Vikings;
Five SH-60 Seahawks)
Though can hold up to 90 aircraft

Fun with Guns on Boats

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Different kind of mermaid

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Beriev Be-42 / A-40 Albatros / MERMAID

The largest amphibian plane in the world, the A-40 Albatros military maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft, first flew in 1986 and entered service in limited numbers in 1990. Designed to replace old the Beriev Be-12 and Ilyushin Il-38 in Russian Navy aviation anti-submarine service, the A-40 was developed to provide access to remote areas in the east of the Soviet Union, transporting replacement maritime crews, anti-submarine operations, and SAR work. This product of the G.M.Beriev Taganrog Aviation Scientific-Engineering Complex, was detected by US intelligence in 1988 and designated MERMAID by NATO. The A-40 aircraft was publicly revealed at the Tushino airshow in August 1989. The Be-42 is a unique aircraft, with its high-aspect ratio, slightly swept wings, slender fuselage, and booster engines faired in beneath the main engines. The unmistakable shape features a high wing with two large motors placed over the wing, a “T” tail and a probe for the in-flight refueling. Despite a lack of production orders the Beriev A-40 Albatros has accumulated a number of world-wide performance records from its first flight in 1986.  [LINK]

Swedish underground naval base

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The Swedes have an underground naval base.  Who knew?  Apparently there is a similar facility in Norway.  Follow the link for many, many more cool pics at Militaryphotos.net.  If you read Swedish, you can check out to official site here.