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  • Is the Church a Cruise Ship or a Battleship?

    05/18/2018 7:48:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-18-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is the Church a Cruise Ship or a Battleship? Msgr. Charles Pope • May 17, 2018 • Some years ago, Fr. Patrick Smith, a friend of mine and a priest of this archdiocese, preached a sermon in which he asked if the Church was a clubhouse or a lighthouse.It seems that many people want the Church just to be a friendly place where people can gather. Many of these same people get angry when the Church shines the light of truth on something. They declare that the Church should just be open and inviting. They object when She is...
  • The Case for a 21st-Century Battleship

    03/09/2018 11:07:28 AM PST · by Simon Green · 52 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 03/08/18 | Salvatore Babones
    In World War II, the Japanese super-battleships Yamato and Musahi each mounted nine 18.1-inch guns, the largest naval guns ever deployed, but they never sank a single American ship. In a conflict decided by naval aviation, Yamato and Musahi were used mainly as flagships and troop transports. Despite their huge armaments, they were steel dinosaurs from an earlier strategic age. But how do you sink a steel dinosaur? The answer is: "with difficulty." It took eleven torpedoes and six bombs to sink the Yamato. The Musahi took nineteen torpedoes and seventeen bombs. And at the time they were sunk, both...
  • On this date in 1939

    12/13/2017 6:15:43 PM PST · by Bull Snipe · 6 replies
    Commodore Henry Harwood's Force G, consisting of the heavy cruiser HMS Exeter, and the light cruisers HMS Ajax and HMNZS Achilles engage the German panzerschiff Admiral Graf Spee off the coast of Uruguay. In the two hour running gun fight, Exeter is heavily damaged, Ajax and Achilles are also damaged. Graf Spee's fuel oil purification plant and evaporators are knocked out, as is the crews galley facility. Spee heads for the harbor in neutral Montevideo. Repairs will take two weeks, but by rules of the Hague convention she can remain in port for 72 hours before being interned by the...
  • It's HMS You, Ma'am! The Queen declares Britain's biggest warship ready for duty

    12/07/2017 7:46:38 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    THE DAILY MAIL ^ | 7 December 2017 | LARISA BROWN
    It was more than 70 years ago, in the closing months of the war in Europe, that Princess Elizabeth launched her first warship at the age of 18. Then it was the mighty battleship Vanguard, the last of its kind to serve in the Royal Navy. And yesterday, aged 91, the Queen commissioned Britains biggest ever warship, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, into the Royal Navy. In a moving speech to the crew while stood in the hangar of the 65,000 ton aircraft carrier at Portsmouth naval base, she said it embodied the best of British. The Queen said: The most...
  • The U.S. Navy's Stealthy Zumwalt Class Destoyer: Americas New 'Pocket' Battleships?

    07/30/2017 3:56:21 PM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 60 replies
    National Interest ^ | 7/30/17 | Kyle Mizokami
    The three new Zumwalt-class destroyers are in trouble. Originally envisioned as a fleet of more nearly three dozen destroyers, and the weapons that justified them, the Zumwalts have faced delays, cuts and staggering cost increases. As the ships teeter on the verge of white elephant status, could they become relevant again by taking on a new role, that of a stealthy ship killer? The Zumwalt-class destroyers were originally envisioned as a fleet of thirty-two destroyers designed to attack targets far inland with precision-guided howitzer shells. Designed in part to support amphibious landings by the U.S. Marine Corps, the Zumwalts were...
  • President Trump Visits With Survivors From The USS Arizona

    07/23/2017 9:34:49 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    The White House via Youtube ^ | 7/23/17 | Donald J. Trump
    This is good to see President Trump honoring these men.
  • China is developing a warship of naval theorists' dreams

    06/02/2017 5:58:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Popular Science ^ | June 1, 2017 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    The Chinese navy is taking arsenal ships in a new directionas giant submersibles. Post-Cold War naval theorists have long dreamed of recreating the old battleships' power through massive "arsenal ships," or warships carrying hundreds of guided missiles that could fire at land and sea targets. Now it looks like China wants to make that dream a reality.
  • What A 21st Century Battleship Could Look Like

    06/01/2017 5:34:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | May 31, 2017 | Dr. Robert Farley
    Photo Illustration by Elena Scotti/Jalopnik/GMG President Donald Trump seems to like big, bold ideas. Throw nukes around? Sure. Rip up the deck of an aircraft carrier to install the goddamned steam? Okay, fine. But what if we brought back one of the biggest military statements America has ever hadwhat if we brought back the battleship? Its not that the current American capital ship, the aircraft carrier, is obsolete. But the the Gerald R. Ford-class of aircraft carriers are remarkably, enormously expensive, and potentially vulnerable to many kinds of attack. Many of the Navys other surface ships exist essentially in order...
  • On this date in 1916

    05/31/2017 5:26:55 PM PDT · by Bull Snipe · 17 replies
    The British Royal Navy's Grand Fleet, under the command of Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, met the Imperial German Navy's High Seas Fleet, under the command of Vice Admiral Reinhart Scheer, in combat at the Battle of Jutland. This was the largest naval battle of the first world war.
  • USS Arizona survivor laid to rest inside sunken battleship

    04/16/2017 4:23:59 AM PDT · by tje · 22 replies
    KITV Island News ^ | Apr 16, 2017 | Mackenzie Stasko
    A USS Arizona sailor who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor was laid to rest inside the ship he escaped. The remains of Retired Master Chief Petty Officer Raymond Haerry, 94, were interred inside the hull of the USS Arizona Saturday afternoon. More than 100 people gathered at the USS Arizona Memorial for the interment ceremony -- a symbolic military funeral only offered to shipmates who survived the attack.
  • Putin tells the world 'Attacking Syria again? You'll need to get through me':Russian battleship

    04/07/2017 8:56:48 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 120 replies
    daily mail ^ | 4/6/2017 | Hannah Parry and Francesca Chambers and David Martokso For and Julian Robinson and Mar
    Putin tells the world - 'Attacking Syria again? You'll need to get through me': Russian battleship is positioned between US warships and runway hit by Trump's air strike as Vladimir makes his move The US military fired more than 50 tomahawk missiles at al-Shayrat military airfield at 8.45pm EDT Thursday Moves comes just hours after Trump said 'something should happen' following Tuesday's gas-attack atrocity Trump took action after more than 80 were killed and many more were injured in the Sarin poison gas attack 'Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack,' he said after launching the...
  • Japan's Monster World War II Battleships Were the Biggest Ever

    03/12/2017 11:45:09 AM PDT · by DFG · 124 replies
    National Interest ^ | 03/11/2017 | Robert Farley
    Japan withdrew from the London Naval Treaty in 1936. The chief Japanese negotiator, Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto, feared that concessions on the part of his negotiating team would lead directly to his assassination upon return to Japan. Japanese nationalists believed that the Washington Naval Treaty system was holding Japan back and preventing it from becoming a first-rate power. Freed from the constraints of international treaties, they believed that Japan could build a world-beating fleet that would push the Western powers out of Asia and help usher in a new era of Japanese dominance.
  • Nazi Germany Had Plans to Build a Massive Super Battleship Fleet

    01/06/2017 6:50:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 6, 2017 | Robert Farley
    In the mid-1930s, the Nazi government began to plan in detail for the reconstruction of German naval power. The destruction of the German High Seas Fleet at Scapa Flow remained central to the mythology of German betrayal and defeat in World War I. Rebuilding the fleet would be a grand achievement worthy of the Nazis, but also in accord with long-term German foreign policy goals.
  • A Night on the Battleship [USS Iowa] Overnight Tour $125

    10/05/2016 11:19:15 AM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 58 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | 10/05/16 | Atlas Obscura
    The USS Iowa may have been the first of the Iowa-class battleships to be commissioned, but she was the last battleship to retire permanently. Once called the "Battleship of Presidents" (having hosted FDR, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush), the USS Iowa had the biggest guns on any U.S. Navy ship, used primarily for anti-aircraft missions: nine 16-inch guns mounted on three stacked turrets on the flight deck (capable of carrying 2000 tons of firepower). She was the lead ship of the last class of battleships in the Navy, having served in three significant commissions: World War II, the Korean War,...
  • Replica of U.S.S. Arizona to join in Pearl Harbor event

    09/22/2016 12:01:27 PM PDT · by Bubba Gump Shrimp · 19 replies
    Yuma Sun ^ | Sep 13, 2016 | James Gilbert
    Thanks to the generosity of many residents and businesses in Yuma, the 36-foot-long replica of the U.S.S. Arizona has been restored in time to be shipped to Hawaii for the National Park Service's commemoration ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. As a way of showing its appreciation, the Navy League of the United States (NLUS), took the recently refurbished model of the iconic battleship on a photo tour around Yuma Tuesday morning so residents could take pictures of it, making 15-minute stops at Yuma City Hall, the Yuma Quartermaster Depot, the Yuma Chamber of Commerce...
  • Japan's 114-year-old battleship Mikasa: A relic of another time

    08/05/2016 6:43:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    CNET ^ | August 5, 2016 | Geoffrey Morrison
    An hour south of Tokyo, on the edge of the bay is a piece of history unique in the world. Embedded in concrete just a few feet from the water is the 114-year-old battleship Mikasa. It's the only surviving pre-dreadnought battleship, not to mention one of the only Imperial navy vessels still intact from that era. After 21 years in service, the Mikasawas decommissioned, but not scrapped. Instead she was preserved at the request of the Japanese government, with her engines and armament removed, and her hull encased in concrete.
  • The Wreck of the HMVS Cerberus [Victorian Era Ironclad]

    06/03/2016 9:44:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Slate ^ | June 3, 2016 | Staff
    The HMVS Cerberus is a breakwater shipwreck that served as part of the Victorian Naval Forces when Australia was still a British colony and also as part of the Royal Australian Navy until 1924. It now rests just off the coast as a rusting scrap. Named for Cerberus, the ferocious three-headed dog that guards the entrance to Hades, this 225-foot-long warship was built for the colony of Victoria in 1870. It was the first "breastwork monitor," an innovation of designer Edward James Reed. As such, the ship included a central, armored structure that contained rotating gun turrets, the bridge, funnels,...
  • Bell of battlecruiser sunk 75 years ago in Royal Navy's biggest ever disaster retrieved from [tr]

    05/25/2016 5:47:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 24, 2016 | Sam Tonkin
    The bell from HMS Hood has been unveiled by the Princess Royal to mark the 75th anniversary of the Royal Navy's largest loss of life from a single vessel. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen - who funded the expedition to retrieve the bell from the seabed of the Denmark Strait between Iceland and Greenland - attended the event at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard where the bell has gone on display. Anne struck eight bells at midday during the ceremony, held with HMS Victory as a backdrop, watched by descendants of some of the 1,415 sailors who died when the battleship was hit...
  • USS Iowa to Fire Guns For Hawkeye Pep Rally

    12/24/2015 6:47:59 PM PST · by iowamark · 58 replies
    WHO tv ^ | December 23, 2015 | Roger Riley
    SAN PEDRO, California- The Battleship USS Iowa will welcome the University of Iowa Hawkeye fans to the Rose Bowl, by firing it's 5 inch guns in celebration. These are the small guns on the side of the ship. A pep rally will be held on the dock in front of the USS Iowa on Thursday December 31, from 12 to 5 p.m.. The guns may be fired around 4 p.m.. All Iowa fans are invited to the free rally. Food and drink will be available through local vendors. Because of the State of Iowa providing $3 million toward the restoration...
  • U.S. Navy's Lethal New Stealth Destroyer Is No 'Battleship'

    12/11/2015 11:09:59 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    National Interest ^ | December 12, 2015 | James Holmes
    8 Over the years it’s become commonplace for writers to sex up their descriptions of guided-missile destroyer (DDG) Zumwalt, the U.S. Navy’s newest surface combatant. Commentators of such leanings depict the ultra-high-tech DDG-1000 [4] as a battleship. Better yet, it’s a “stealth [5] battleship [6]”—a fit subject [7] for sci-fi [8]! Not so. And getting the nomenclature right matters: calling a man-of-war a battleship conjures up images in the popular mind of thickly armored dreadnoughts bristling with big guns blazing away at one another on the high seas, pummeling shore targets in Normandy or Kuwait, or belching smoke and flame...