Spying on the U.S. Submarine That Spies For the NSA and CIA


Everyone saw the USS Annapolis come home last year. It returned, poignantly, on Sept. 11, and there was a seriousness amid the usual dockside fanfare—sailors meeting newborn children for the first time, a school band playing "Anchors Aweigh." But there was no mention of the boat's secret missions. » 4/12/15 1:47pm 4/12/15 1:47pm

A Beginner's Guide to Navy-Strength Rum

The Royal Navy's successful invasion of Jamaica in 1655 had a lot of terribly negative outcomes. The commanders ended up in the Tower of London. Many of the English sailors fell sick or starved. A lot of Spanish settlers died. But there was one undeniably positive outcome: rum. » 3/27/15 4:55pm 3/27/15 4:55pm

Oh, and if you want to get really…

Watch The Deckhouse Of The Most Futuristic Ship Drop Into Place

No matter which way you slice it, the new Zumwalt-class destroyer is one of the most futuristic ships in the world. That sort of futurism isn't limited to its operations on water. It starts even while it's being built, as they basically snap the whole thing into place like Lego bricks. » 1/13/15 5:54pm 1/13/15 5:54pm

This Beloved Carrier Captain Has A Great Shtick 

We've all had terrible bosses. The worst part about them is watching their bad attitude flow down to lower ranks. It's like putting a leaky can of bleach above a bread rack, over time it all gets tainted. Capt. Thomas Parker was not one of those bosses. He clearly loved what he did, taking his forward deployed carrier… » 12/03/14 3:31pm 12/03/14 3:31pm

The Navy's Future War Plan Includes Swarms Of Heavily Armed Sea Robots

There are three things that an aircraft carrier fears. One of them is a massive swarm of tiny boats, each of them carrying outsized armaments. Sure you might get one, five, even ten of them. But you can't stop 200. So to get in on the game, the US Navy's building a swarm of their own. But the Navy's has a computerized… » 10/06/14 6:14pm 10/06/14 6:14pm

This US Navy Battleship Sported Two Swimming Pools

The USS New Jersey, one of the great Iowa Class Battleships, was reactivated in the late 1960s to serve during the height of the Vietnam War. Her forward 40mm guns were removed during a very light and expedited refit before deploying. These now empty "gun tubs" were then sealed and piped, painted blue and made into… » 9/21/14 3:31pm 9/21/14 3:31pm

The Navy Wants to Mount an Anti-UAV Laser on a Hummer--A Hummer!

The Office of Naval Research has just announced another breakthrough in its efforts to bring laser-based weapons to future battlefields. What once could only be accommodated by a tractor trailer now fits neatly in the back seat of a Humvee. It's only a matter of time until our armed forces march off to war with GI… » 6/17/14 2:26pm 6/17/14 2:26pm

Exclusive Photo: USNS Montford Point, The Navy's New Sea Base

A good friend and fellow aviation photographer Paul Carter captured the Navy's new floating sea base right as it left Vigor Marine in Portland Oregon. The ship was receiving the retrofits needed for it to become a giant floating logistical node that will support a large amphibious force under austere basing conditions. » 4/25/14 10:32pm 4/25/14 10:32pm

The Navy's Seawater-To-Fuel System: Can I Use It In My Car?

Last week, the US Navy flew a model airplane with a small 2-stroke engine. That's not normally news, except for one big detail: the fuel the plane burned was made from seawater via a process the Navy has been working on for years. Let's look a little into what this sorcery is, and if it'll ever power our cars. » 4/15/14 4:00pm 4/15/14 4:00pm

Watch Giant Waves Crash Over The Bow Of A U.S. Super Carrier

I have seen videos of waves crashing over a Nimitz Class super carrier's bows before, but this is pretty ridiculous. Keep in mind that the sea state shown here is pitching a 1100 foot long ship that displaces 100,000 tons like a tugboat. That poor MH-60 Seahawk tied down on the bow, what a terrible place for a… » 4/09/14 10:14pm 4/09/14 10:14pm

Meet DASH, A Navy Sub-Hunting Drone From The '60s

In the dawning era of unmanned air combat so many "new ideas" are actually far from fresh. It is stunning to examine unmanned technologies from decades ago, and realize just how far ahead of their time they truly were. One such weapon system that was less than famous but highly innovative was vertical takeoff and… » 3/21/14 3:20pm 3/21/14 3:20pm

I Wore the Navy's Oculus Rift, and It Showed Me the Future of Warfare

When we think of the future of the military, we think of bigger and better weapons. Laser canons and the like. But what about the people operating those lasers? How can a behemoth like the Navy ready its future sailors for the high-tech combat of tomorrow? Believe it or not, with an Oculus Rift. » 3/13/14 11:26am 3/13/14 11:26am

This Is What The USS George Washington Is Doing In The Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan absolutely decimated the Philippine city of Tacloban. Right now the death toll estimates are wavering in the thousands, but the number of survivors is exponentially more. They lack food, water, and medicine. And luckily, the US Navy has a massive ship that can get it there. » 11/16/13 1:22pm 11/16/13 1:22pm