The Navy has developed its own stripped down eReader for use on ships and submarines called NeRD (Navy eReader Device)
. It will have no ports, no removable storage and no wireless connectivity to assist with security concerns. While it will only hold a static collection of 300 books, it will take up much less space than the current minimalist library on board submarines today. [more inside]
"Armed with Science,"
is a new science-focused TV show developed by two of the Department of Defense's in-house research laboratories and the Pentagon. They have always developed some crazy tech work, like perception tests on their robots
. If Skynet is going to be real, I think these are the agencies that will put the terminators online.
The Royal Thai Navy
demonstrates how waves propagate along a line of men.
At 3 pm EST, the BLACK KNIGHTS
of WEST POINT
will meet the MIDSHIPMEN
of the NAVAL ACADEMY
. It is the 114th time
since the two teams first met, in 1890
. Navy leads the series, 57-49
, and after an 11 year winning streak
, spirits are running high... [more inside]
Discover what patrolling pirate infested waters off the coast of the Horn of Africa is like with the Danish Navy. (6lyt)
For anyone interested in various fundamentals of electrical engineering without too much detail on the gritty math (and more focus on the concepts), check out the US Navy Electricity and Electronics Training Series (NEETS)
I really don't have anything to add to this.
They piped him ashore. CMDCM Grgetich leaned in and quietly told me how significant that honor was and who it’s usually reserved for as we headed towards the gangplank. Hearing “Electrician’s Mate Second Class William Bud Cloud, Pearl Harbor Survivor, departing” announced over the 1MC was surreal.
PTSD and Gene Kelly's lost wartime star turn: For the last six decades or so, a copy [of "Combat Fatigue Irritability"] has been filed away, along with thousands of other films, at the National Library of Medicine. The only people it has been lost to are the public and Gene Kelly’s devoted and still numerous fans. But now the National Library of Medicine is featuring Combat Fatigue Irritability in Medical Movies on the Web, and the film will be given a well-deserved, though very belated, New York premiere, on October 5, 2013, at the New York Academy of Medicine. [more inside]
Streaming video of local DC news as
an active shooter situation is ongoing. There are 10 victims mentioned so far at least two police officers are involved. DCist
broke the story before any local news stations did. [more inside]
Samuel Leech, R.N., fought in the battle between the 38 gun HMS Macedonian, commanded by Captain John Surman Carden, and the 44 gun USS United States, Commodore Stephen Decatur on October 25th 1812.
A strange noise, such as I had never heard before, next arrested my attention; it sounded like the tearing of sails, just over our heads. This I soon ascertained to be the wind of the enemy's shot. The firing, after a few minutes' cessation, recommenced. The roaring of cannon could now be heard from all parts of our trembling ship, and, mingling as it did with that of our foes, it made a most hideous noise. By-and-by I heard the shot strike the sides of our ship; the whole scene grew indescribably confused and horrible; it was like some awfully tremendous thunder-storm, whose deafening roar is attended by incessant streaks of lightning, carrying death in every flash and strewing the ground with the victims of its wrath: only, in our case, the scene was rendered more horrible than that, by the presence of torrents of blood which dyed our decks.
Navy saves $1,399,000 versus short range missle.
For the patient I particularly appreciate the appearance of R2D2, with modifications, at about 2:50 minutes.
Your Favorite Army General Actually Sucks
. Tom Rick
's new book The Generals
focuses on professional shortcomings of high-ranking Army officers, and offers a new (old) solution: fire them.
"But as far as I can tell, no general has been fired for incompetence in combat since Maj. Gen. James Baldwin was fired as commander of the Americal Division in 1971." [more inside]
Today, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will announce
that the Pentagon has lifted its 19 year old ban on women serving in combat roles in the military. [more inside]
The U.S. Senate has declined
to promote Captain Timothy W. Dorsey
to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Dorsey, currently serving as Navy Reserve inspector general, was involved in one of the more bizarre friendly fire incidents in U.S. Military History, intentionally shooting down a U.S. Air Force jet during military exercises some 25 years ago. [more inside]
What's life like aboard a nuclear submarine? For starters, here's over eight hours
2, as they took their cameras aboard the USS Wyoming SSBN
back in 2000, co-hosted by Rear Admiral Malcolm Fages and writer Robert Holzer. [more inside]
The permanent collection of the (US) National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago contains more than 2,500 pieces of art by 250 artists, all of which can be seen at NVAM Collection Online
. The site includes biographical material on the artists who created the work. Featured Artwork
. A small selection
. (Via. Images at links in this post may be nsfw, and/or disturbing to some viewers.)
Aircraft Carriers in Space
: Naval analyst Chris Weuve talks to Foreign Policy
about what Battlestar Galactica gets right about space warfare.
"One evening, I wander into the control room at about midnight. The watch officer and sonar operators are discussing an important philosophical question: would it be more painful to be struck by a whole tuna or a tin of tuna? This is never resolved. These epistemological issues can be sustained over weeks."
Guardian journalist Stephen Moss spends a week aboard HMS Triumph
, a nuclear-powered Royal Navy fast-attack submarine
, and picks up some slang
while he's there. Photographer Gary Calton was also there to document life aboard the boat
At 522 feet, the USS Vandenberg
is the largest artificial reef in the Florida Keys. [more inside]
Unusual marketing technique: an inventor offered a demonstration of his custom-built speedboat design by speeding past security and crashing the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations
. [more inside]
Wesley Brown, the first black man to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy
, has died
. He was 85 years old. [more inside]
India's DEFEXPO 2012
, is 'not a carnival in the truest sense'
, but rather ' the seventh in the series of biennial Land, Naval and Internal Security Systems Exhibition . . . clearly steering the path of steady growth . . . receiving overwhelming and unprecedented international response.'
As for arms dealers? 'On arms dealers, the minister [India’s Defence Minister AK Antony] insisted, “There are none I am aware of.”
' [more inside]
The Navy's first kiss tradition enters the post Don't Ask, Don't Tell era
If you're like me you may never have heard of the Navy's first kiss tradition. But it's not unusual for a ship returning from deployment to run a contest or raffle which gives the winner the first kiss with their sweetie on the dock; you can find wikipedia media showing past events
. After tonight's news broadcasts pretty much everyone in the country will have heard of it because you can be sure, whether it's portrayed as a step forward or a sign of the end times, every broadcast is going to lead with the first same-sex Navy first kiss between disembarking Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta and her girlfriend, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell of Los Angeles.
The U.S.S. Carl Vinson, which has provided
relief in Haiti after an earthquake, launched
air strikes in the Middle East after 9/11 and, most recently, dumped
Osama bin Laden’s body out at sea hosted an uncharacteristically maritime event this evening: a basketball game
on the flight deck. [more inside]
Not content to keep funding expeditions of Westerners to learn about Tanna, in 2007 the National Geographic funded an expedition of five men from Tanna's Prince Philip movement
cargo cult to visit England, stay with families, and eventually meet Prince Philip himself whom they revere as the son of their God. Jimmy, who was a member of the expedition and the narrator for the film has posted the video on his youtube account
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In 2009 the Travel Channel aired Meet the Natives: USA, which brought five men from another group from Tanna to the United States
. Their tribe within Tanna reveres Tom Navy, an American World War II sailor who generations ago had taught the inhabitants to live in peace. The Tanna ambassadors were taken across, visiting five states, and eventually meeting former United States Secretary of State Colin Powell and verifying with him that the spirit of peace taught by Tom Navy lives on in the current U.S. President, Barack Obama. While visiting with a family on Fort Stewart, a US Army Major-General conferred a World War II Victory Medal and an Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal upon the chief in representation of the contribution the people of Tanna in World War II. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Be sure to look for Jimmy's responses to questions in the mercifully uncharacteristic youtube comments [more inside]
There are an increasing number of homeless military vets living in Los Angeles. The VA in Los Angeles has a 400 acre parcel of land meant to house vets. Slight problem: the VA has decided to lease the property to various area businesses instead of using the land for its intended purpose.
"Tanks Are Mighty Fine Things!" And Other Tales Of Truthiness...
At the end of World War II, Chrysler sent small hardbound books to shareholders chronicling ways the company had contributed to the war effort. Two have now been placed online at the Chrysler Imperial Club
's website: "Tanks are Mighty Fine Things"
and "A War Job 'Thought Impossible' (The story of the Chrysler-Sperry Gyro-Compass)" (Via) [more inside]
Smithsonian Magazine's new blog Past Imperfect
has already told some interesting stories in its first weeks, but none more compelling than that of Lt. Commander Minter Dial's Annapolis class ring
It's not surprising that a college like St. John's College isn't big on intramural sports (Where I learned To Read
, Where Plato is Your ProfessorTutor
). What may be surprising is that the small college has bested the Naval Academy in 24 of the last 29 championships
for the sport it does participate in. [more inside]
"Sailors and cats have a special relationship that dates back thousands of years.
" The U.S. Naval Institute posts pictures of sailors and their cats
, with photos from the 1880:s through the 1950:s.
For the second year in a row
, the U.S. Military has lost more troops to suicide than it has to combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Previous
posts regarding PTSD
) [more inside]
that was used to carry the body of John F. Kennedy from Andrews Air Force Base to Bethesda Naval Hospital was sold at auction last night for $120,000. Or was it? [more inside]
In 1975, desperate to escape Vietnam following the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War, twenty thousand refugees boarded the few remaining ships of the South Vietnamese army and fishing boats. They were escorted by the USS Kirk
, a Knox-class destroyer escort, which led them to the Philippines. This mission, Operation New Life
lives on as one of the largest humanitarian missions in the history of the United States military, but has been largely forgotten by history. [more inside]
Liquid antenna turns sea water into signal. "The US Navy has created a device which turns a jet of sea water into an impromptu liquid antenna, creating a powerful, high frequency broadcast tower for ships, emergency situations and easy transportation." [more inside]
In 2015, if all goes well, the USS Gerald R. Ford
, the most powerful warship
, will begin service
in the U.S. Navy - retiring the venerable Enterprise
(CVN-65). Though displacing the same 100,000 tons as her Nimitz-class counterparts, increased automation will let her operate with hundreds fewer crewmembers. Capable
of launching 90 planes, including the F-35C Lightning II
, on 220 sorties a day, she will defend herself
against anti-ship missiles with the Raytheon RIM-162 ESSM
. [more inside]
Operation Ivy Bells
was a joint US Navy/NSA effort to tap into a Soviet communications cable deep under water and bring back recordings of military communications traffic. [more inside]
Less than a year after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the United States detonated the fourth and fifth nuclear weapons
under the name Operation Crossroads
in July 1946. Beyond testing the capabilities of nuclear bombs, the Navy said it wanted the Bikini tests treated like "the story of the year, maybe of the decade, and possibly of a lifetime."
Only two of the three bombs were detonated, and the project was shut down over the next months. To celebrate the efforts of Operation Crossroads, a cake in the shape of a mushroom cloud was featured
at a publicized event on November 5, 1946. In response to this display, Reverend Arthur Powell Davies, the minister of the Unitarian All Souls Church in Washington, D.C., gave a sermon on the "utterly loathsome picture"
and the message it sent to other nations. That sermon set off a flurry of replies and reactions
, that extended around the world, including a connection formed between Reverend Davies' All Souls Unitarian Church and school children in Hiroshima
. [more inside]
On the morning of June 4th, 1942, US Navy Reserve Commander John Ford
awoke to the sounds of a Japanese air raid. [more inside]
From 1945 to 1946, Leonard Rudoff served as Apprentice Seaman, 3rd Class on the troop transport USS Gen. H.F Hodge
as it made its way to India, Egypt, NYC, and San Francisco. And he took photos along the way.
.[via mefi projects
] [more inside]
Choice of Broadsides
is a choose-your-own-adventure game set in an alternate 19th Century world that is much like our own, where Albion and Gaul fight for naval supremacy. You can choose to be a gentleman in a standard patriarchal society, or a gentlewoman in a matriarchal one. Later on in the game you can choose your sexual orientation. Originally there were no options for a same-sex relationship, but after demands from players, it was added in
. Spoilers below the cut. [more inside]
u.s navy vintage fire control computers
: An intriguing look at the mechanical workings of the computers of World War 2.
A Mind in the Water: The dolphin as our beast of burden.
"The shocking double life of the dolphin, featuring neuropsychologists, hippies, spies, and extraterrestrials."