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  • The Rise and Fall of the Battleship (And Why They Won't Be Coming Back)

    01/06/2014 1:08:10 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 104 replies
    PopSci ^ | 1-3-2014 | Sam LaGrone
    USS Iowa firing all of its 16-inchers. A fantastic spectacle but anachronistic in 21st century warfare. (US Navy Photo) Those who cover the militarized aspects of the ocean eventually will encounter a group of people who want the U.S. Navy to get back into the battleship business. The argument goes like this: The four remaining World War II Iowa-class battleships are cheaper to operate, cheaper than building new ships, and provide powerful and much-needed weapons (giant 16-inch guns—that’s the diameter of the shell, not the length of the barrel) to the U.S. arsenal. (The 2012 summer movie spectacular Battleship...
  • Navy's largest destroyer going into water in Maine

    10/20/2013 7:09:59 PM PDT · by Chode · 81 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/20/2013 | Associated Press
    BATH, ME -- After embarrassing troubles with its latest class of surface warships, the Navy is hoping for a winner from a new destroyer that's ready to go into the water. So far, construction of the first-in-class Zumwalt, the largest U.S. Navy destroyer ever built, is on time and on budget, something that's a rarity in new defense programs, officials said. And the Navy believes the ship's big gun, stealthy silhouette and advance features will make it a formidable package.
  • Parade Mag Apologizes for Nazi Ship Image in U.S. Navy Story

    05/20/2013 12:47:40 PM PDT · by Saint X · 32 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | 5/20/13 | U.S. Naval Insitute
    Parade Magazine is apologizing for a design flub that paired a Nazi battleship with an award winning U.S. Navy chef, the magazine’s top editor told USNI News on Monday. The story featured Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Derrick Davenport, a chef for the Joint Chiefs Chairman, who won the gold medal in the March 38th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competition at Fort Lee, Va. But topping the heart warming tale of Davenport’s rise to the gold from the broom closet sized kitchen of the attack sub USS Annapolis (SSN-760) was a collection of ship silhouettes that included the most notorious Nazi...
  • Holes in the Hull: Obama's Battleship Argument Confuses Sneering for Intellectual Confidence.

    10/26/2012 5:29:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/26/2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    In the third and final debate, Barack Obama scored huge points with the media, college kids, and die-hard liberals — in other words, his base — when he mocked Mitt Romney’s concern about our historically small Navy. “But I think Governor Romney maybe hasn’t spent enough time looking at how our military works,” the president said. “You — you mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes...
  • Battleship to become L.A.'s newest museum [USS Iowa]

    06/22/2012 11:48:52 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 41 replies
    OC Register ^ | 21 June 2012 | Gary A. Warner
    The USS Iowa, one of the last battleships ever built, will open July 7 as a museum in Los Angeles Harbor. Advance tickets are on sale for tours of the ship, which served on and off from World War II to 1990. The 900-foot battleship with 16-inch guns was towed recently from Vallejo, on San Francisco Bay, to Los Angeles. It is the last of the four Iowa-class battleships to find a permanent home after years as part of "the mothball fleet." he Iowa will be operated by the nonprofit Pacific Battleship Center, which will begin offering tours July 7...
  • USS Iowa battleship arrives off San Pedro coast

    05/30/2012 12:18:00 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 74 replies
    ABC ^ | May 30, 2012 | John Gregory
    SAN PEDRO, Calif. (KABC) -- The historic USS Iowa battleship arrived off the coast of San Pedro Wednesday morning, marking an exciting event. Crews were cleaning the vessel as it pulled into San Pedro. The ship will stay on the coast for a few days before docking at its permanent home. The ship is expected to open to the public July 7.
  • Future USS IOWA Museum

    05/12/2012 9:47:50 AM PDT · by bigbob · 28 replies
    Pacific Battleship Center ^ | 4/2012 | Pacific Battleship Center
    Future USS IOWA Museum The ship will be presented as a “living” ship, which provides “at sea” experiences. Auditory and visual backgrounds, interactive exhibits, and commemorative information will help visitors to understand the history and function of the USS IOWA over 50 years of service. Key exhibits include: The History of Gunner Ships from the Year 1400 to Present History of the USS IOWA History of U.S. Battleships History of Allied and Axis Battleships Rotating exhibits of particular interest Battleship Research Library Containing the most comprehensive library of every battleship built in the world, the library will be useful for...
  • Board to death – Battleship review (Screening in Australia)

    04/11/2012 7:51:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies
    Quickflix ^ | April 11, 2012 | Simon Murado
    Blockbusters, ho! With the American summer sailing ever closer, audiences are bracing themselves for the inevitable onslaught of big-budget features that have made the period so highly anticipated (and feared). Though March releases John Carter and The Hunger Games threatened to kick off proceedings early, they failed; John Carter by not being successful, and The Hunger Games by being significantly smarter than the season’s traditional fare. So welcome aboard Peter Berg‘s Battleship, a suitably brain-dead and super silly action flick based on a classic – but notably plot-free – board game. Weather wise, things are cooling down in Australia rather...
  • Nonprofits fight for USS Iowa

    01/30/2011 7:58:20 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Recordnet.com ^ | January 30, 2011 | Kevin Parrish
    Nonprofits fight for USS Iowa By Kevin Parrish Record Staff Writer January 30, 2011 12:00 AM The USS Iowa's last battle is a war of words. Will the historic battleship find a final mooring place in Northern or Southern California? Will it retire at the Port of Los Angeles or at Mare Island in Vallejo? Two nonprofit organizations are fighting to host the decommissioned ship as a tourist attraction. The Navy is expected to make a decision early this year. Stockton is no longer a part of the debate. Four years ago, a local group dropped its bid to become...
  • USS Missouri heads to drydock

    10/13/2009 4:31:33 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 31 replies · 1,940+ views
    ky3.com ^ | 10-13-09 | unattributed
    Wednesday morning will present an unusual sight off Ford Island in Pearl Harbor: the uncoupling of the battleship Missouri from its mooring opposite the sunken Arizona in the pairing that symbolizes the beginning and end of World War 2. The 887-foot Missouri, the last battleship built by the U.S. and site of Japan's unconditional surrender ending the war, will be headed to drydock at about 7 a.m. if all goes as planned. Officials recommend that people go to the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park next to the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center for public viewing of the historic -...
  • LEGO model of the Yamato Battleship

    06/06/2009 1:14:51 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies · 1,949+ views
    theknightshift.blogspot.com ^ | Christopher Knight
    Nearly six and a half years in the making. 22 feet from bow to stern. Measuring a meter across at its widest point. 1/40th the scale of the real thing. Nearly a quarter-million individual LEGO pieces. And the whole thing weighs 330 pounds. Behold the achievement of Jumpei Mitsui, who has faithfully rendered the World War II Japanese battleship Yamato in LEGO...
  • Video: Danton wreck found in deep water

    02/19/2009 3:51:59 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 17 replies · 1,162+ views
    news.bbc.co. ^ | Thursday, 19 February 2009 | Jonathan Amos
    A French battleship sunk in 1917 by a German submarine has been discovered in remarkable condition on the floor of the Mediterranean Sea. The Danton, with many of its gun turrets still intact, is sitting upright in over 1,000m of water. It was found by the Fugro geosciences company during a survey for a gas pipeline between Algeria and Italy. The Danton, which sank with 296 sailors still onboard, lies 35km southwest of the island of Sardinia. Naval historians record that the Danton's Captain Delage stood on the bridge with his officers and made no attempt to leave the ship...
  • Ike helps uncover mystery vessel on Ala. coast (likely the Monticello, a civil war battleship)

    09/19/2008 5:49:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 453+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/19/08 | AP
    FORT MORGAN, Ala. – When the waves from Hurricane Ike receded, they left behind a mystery — a ragged shipwreck that archeologists say could be a two-masted Civil War schooner that ran aground in 1862 or another ship from some 70 years later. The wreck, about six miles from Fort Morgan, had already been partially uncovered when Hurricane Camille cleared away sand in 1969. Researchers at the time identified it as the Monticello, a battleship that partially burned when it crashed trying to get past the U.S. Navy and into Mobile Bay during the Civil War.
  • Monster crab with claws the size of a man's hand captured off the British coast

    07/03/2008 5:39:11 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 50 replies · 1,042+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 03rd July 2008 | staff reporter
    It lurked in the wreck of an old battleship 160ft below the surface – a true monster of the deep. Diver Paul Worsley could hardly believe the size of the giant crab he found in Lyme Bay, off the Dorset coast. Careful to avoid its fearsome claws, he managed to get it into a bag and raise it to the surface. For his efforts, he can congratulate himself on capturing what experts believe is the biggest edible crab ever landed. It weighed 17lb and had a shell width of 12in while each of its massive claws was as big as...
  • Campaigners bid to clear the 'witch' who leaked WWII secrets about sinking battleship[UK]

    03/02/2008 10:55:54 AM PST · by BGHater · 48 replies · 549+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 01 Mar 2008 | Andy Dolan
    When the battleship Barham was torpedoed by the Germans in November 1941, with the loss of over 800 lives, the Admiralty delayed announcing the news to maintain morale. But the secrecy was ended within a few days when medium Helen Duncan told a couple during a seance that their son, a sailor on the ship, had appeared from the spirit world to tell them it had sunk. Witch? Helen Duncan, pictured in a portrait from 1931, was jailed for nine months in 1944 under the Witchcraft Act of 1735 In one of the most bizarre acts of the Second World...
  • The man with the German Supermodel (Builds 30 ft. replica of Graf Spee battleship from WWII)

    09/25/2007 7:06:58 PM PDT · by Stoat · 62 replies · 9,661+ views
    (Metro (U.K.) ^ | September 25, 2007
    The man with the German SupermodelTuesday, September 25, 2007   This scale model of World War II German battleship Admiral Graf Spee is 9m (30ft) long and weighs 320kg (700lb). It took creator William Terra six years to build and cost £5,000. Made from wood strips and fibreglass, the Spee can reach speeds of 15mph, thanks to its 11.2Kw engine. It also plays music by German composer Richard Wagner through an in-built stereo, said former fire officer Mr Terra, 65, from Maine, US.
  • Aerial image of battleship Yamato discovered

    07/03/2006 8:42:25 AM PDT · by GATOR NAVY · 259 replies · 14,641+ views
    NHK Online ^ | 03 Jul 06 | Unkn
    A Japanese museum has obtained a rare photo of Japan's World War Two battleship the Yamato shortly before it departed for the East China Sea, where it was sunk by US warplanes. The aerial photo was taken by a US reconnaissance plane on April 6, 1945, off Tokuyama in Yamaguchi prefecture, western Japan, five hours before the Yamato made its final sortie. The Yamato Museum in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture, recently obtained a digital image of this photo, which is stored in the US National Archives in Washington. The Yamato, the world's largest-ever battleship, sank on its way to Okinawa...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Kids Study Texas History - April 11th, 2006

    04/10/2006 8:17:15 PM PDT · by bittygirl · 219 replies · 6,580+ views
    11APR06 | My Daddy, OLD SALT
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • Requiem

    04/07/2006 11:25:38 AM PDT · by B-Chan · 65 replies · 1,531+ views
    combinedfleet.com ^ | 2006.04.07 | --
    61 years ago today.
  • Battleship backers harden resolve - Strapped port likely to oppose docking mothballed Iowa

    03/27/2006 7:34:59 AM PST · by SmithL · 74 replies · 1,269+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/27/6 | Cecilia M. Vega
    The Iowa is the battleship San Francisco just can't seem to sink. The Board of Supervisors flat out rejected a proposal last year to bring the World War II-era vessel to the city by the bay and turn it into a tourist attraction, declaring there's no room for a warship in anti-war San Francisco. But Iowa backers persisted and tried to win over support by offering to use a portion of the historic ship as a museum for the military's don't-ask-don't-tell policy on gays and lesbians. They pitched holding an annual peace conference on the ship. Even in San Francisco,...
  • Battleship Film Revives Japan's Pride In Wartime Generation

    11/27/2005 4:41:55 PM PST · by blam · 87 replies · 5,096+ views
    Battleship film revives Japan's pride in wartime generation (Filed: 28/11/2005) Sixty years after the colossal battleship Yamato was sunk, the pride of Japan's wartime navy is once again an object of fascination. Almost 400,000 visitors have flocked to see a full-scale replica of the deck of the Yamato in Onomichi, western Japan. The ship was reconstructed for the shooting of a film, Men of the Yamato, which will be released next month. The £3million replica deck, made for the film Men of the Yamato, has attracted 400,000 Japanese visitors The Yamato, the largest battleship ever built, was considered indestructible by...
  • War ended with some lessons (WWII)

    09/02/2005 7:04:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 446+ views
    Sixty years ago today on the deck of the battleship USS Missouri, the Japanese surrendered, ending World War II. It was a triumphant moment. It was a humbling moment. It was a moment of relief after years of fighting, death and destruction. As Gen. Douglas MacArthur and military officials from Great Britain, Australia and Russia took the unconditional surrender, everyone knew that the world changed in a day and because of the fight that had just occurred. The end of World War II created a new world. The war brought technologies that helped build a world we know today. It...
  • San Francisco Shuns Retired USS Iowa

    08/20/2005 12:32:27 PM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 128 replies · 3,890+ views
    AP ^ | Sat. August 20th, 2005 | Brian Skoloff
    By BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press Writer Sat Aug 20,12:24 PM ET SAN FRANCISCO - The USS Iowa joined in battles from World War II to Korea to the Persian Gulf. It carried President Franklin Roosevelt home from the Teheran conference of allied leaders, and four decades later, suffered one of the nation's most deadly military accidents. Veterans groups and history buffs had hoped that tourists in San Francisco could walk the same teak decks where sailors dodged Japanese machine-gun fire and fired 16-inch guns that helped win battles across the South Pacific. Instead, it appears that the retired battleship is...
  • Building a new Navy

    06/13/2005 10:36:28 AM PDT · by AFPhys · 36 replies · 1,478+ views
    Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2005 | Charles S. Hamilton
    "... the next-generation destroyer, DD(X), with its two fully automated 155mm guns capable of firing 10 Global Positioning System-guided rounds per minute up to 83 nautical miles from an expandable 920-round magazine..." Passionate advocates of returning our Nation's two battleships to service maintain that these two ships could be brought back into service quickly, safely and economically to meet Marine Corps requirements for long-range, precise firepower ashore...we should not confuse our fondness for those ships with an assumption of their appropriateness for the task at hand. ...If reactivated, the battleships would not be able to fire munitions "as far as...
  • New Jersey students may face stereotype

    02/15/2005 7:12:13 AM PST · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 27 replies · 938+ views
    The Daily Athenaeum ^ | 2-15-2005 | Christian Alexandersen
    West Virginia University's Random Acts of Kindness Week urges students to be friendly to people of all different races, religions and backgrounds - including people from other states. Many New Jersey residents attend WVU, which may result in certain stereotypes. "West Virginia students sometimes claim that students from New Jersey are rude and patronizing," said Dr. Neil Berch, WVU political science professor and former New Jersey resident. For some, this may be the case. "I do find the majority of people from Jersey are louder and rude," said Jenny Baker, Bunker Hill, W.Va., resident. Not all students feel negatively toward...
  • Pearl Harbor Battleship honored on Dec. 7 (USS Oklahoma)

    12/06/2004 6:14:06 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 49 replies · 1,956+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/6/04 | Jaymes Song - AP
    HONOLULU (AP) - Sixty-three years after the sneak attack that plunged the United States into World War II, hundreds of men who died aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma are finally getting their own special tribute. A new exhibit of photos, artifacts and oral histories was being unveiled Monday to honor the 429 men from the Oklahoma who died in the Dec. 7, 1941 attack. That is the second-highest number of Pearl Harbor casualties behind the USS Arizona, where most of its 1,177 killed crewmen remain entombed. The anniversary also will be marked with simultaneous ceremonies Tuesday aboard the Arizona Memorial...
  • Argentine warship hits Brazil ship

    11/30/2004 4:03:02 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies · 1,035+ views
    Argentine warship hits Brazil ship From correspondents in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil December 1, 2004 AN Argentine warship inadvertently fired on a Brazilian frigate during joint naval exercises in the Atlantic Ocean, injuring five people, officials said. Four Brazilian sailors and an Argentine officer were hurt during live-fire training late on Monday night off the coast of Brazil near Cabo Frio, 125km north-east of Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian Navy said. The accident happened when an Argentine warship fired a shot from one its canons, hitting the Brazilian frigate Rademaker. The five men were taken to a naval hospital in...
  • Building Tomorrow's Space Battleships with Today's Tech

    04/25/2002 6:53:02 PM PDT · by vannrox · 9 replies · 714+ views
    Space dot COM ^ | 2FR Post 4-25-02 / 1 January 2000 | By Robert Peterson
    Building Tomorrow's Space Battleships with Today's Tech By Robert Peterson special to space.com posted: 06:02 pm ET 21 January 2000 In the movies, X-wings and TIE fighters dart and weave in dogfights out of a WWII epic. But what if we had to build a maneuverable spaceship that could potentially take evasive actions -- and we had to do it today? In fact, let's say aliens decided to invade Earth tomorrow. While their gigantic command ship camps in high orbit, their attack fighters cruise above the maximum altitude of our jets, dropping bombs on us. What do we do? Earth-shattering...