The Patria NEMO 'Mortar Boat' Is Small And Fast With A Huge Ass Gun

Littoral warfare is all the rage these days, being able to snuggle in around shoals and the muddy water of contested territory and vanquish your enemy with speed and overwhelming force. That exact mission is what Finland's Patria NEMO 120mm mortar boat is all about. It is a small and fast shallow draft vessel with one… » 12/05/14 2:33pm 12/05/14 2:33pm

Steel Beach- When US Navy Ships Throw Giant Beach Picnic Parties

As almost half the country watches their thermometers drop well below freezing this week, we can all take a look at how the Navy gets some warm rays without having any land in sight. 'Steel Beach,' as these events are called, evolved from your great grandfather's swim-calls. Since then they have come a long way and… » 11/16/14 2:13pm 11/16/14 2:13pm

How The U.S. Navy Turned An Oil Tanker Into A Helicopter Sea Base

The Navy and Marines' sea basing dreams are quickly becoming a tangible reality, with two of their giant Mobile Landing Platforms already in the water. Now, the next variation of the sea basing concept has been floated, the Afloat Forward Staging Base USNS Lewis B. Puller, which has more in common with the world's… » 11/14/14 10:03am 11/14/14 10:03am

A Look at How Royal Caribbean's New Virtual Balconies Work

It almost sounded too crazy to be true, when Royal Caribbean announced that it would begin installing virtual balconies in windowless rooms on its latest cruise ships. Giant screens that simulate breathtaking ocean views in real time sound crazy! The travel company was not lying, though, and now they've got video to… » 11/05/14 4:24pm 11/05/14 4:24pm

USS America: The Navy's Newest Flattop Can't Decide What The Hell It Is

Yesterday, as part of San Francisco's Fleet Week festivities, the US Navy had a high-profile commissioning ceremony for the USS America LHA-6, the fourth US Navy ship to bear the name and the first in a new class of amphibious assault ships that are really more like aircraft carriers, yet somehow, compromised as both. » 10/12/14 2:05pm 10/12/14 2:05pm

Dear US Navy: The Futuristic X3K Is What Littoral Combat Ships Should Be

The last decade has seen some pretty awesome looking warships hit waters around the globe. On the "blue water" side of things the Star Wars looking Zumwalt Class and the minimalist art-like Lafayette Class were clearly designed with stealth in mind. Yet the "brown water" is where the most exotic vessels roam, and this… » 10/10/14 3:34pm 10/10/14 3:34pm

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's Long Overdue Smart & Deadly Patrol Boat Has Arrived

From FoxtrotAlpha: The Navy has been slow to adapt from a Cold War era 'blue water' Navy, focused on fighting set-piece prelude to WWIII engagements on the open ocean, to one where interdiction, territorial security, and special operations are also of a high priority. With this in mind, the Mark VI Patrol Boat is… » 9/07/14 2:06pm 9/07/14 2:06pm

Is This Giant Soviet Era Hovercraft China's New Access Weapon Of Choice?

Whether it be the massive Typhoon Class ballistic submarines, or the menacing Kirov Class Battle Cruisers, the USSR of the 1980s tended to prefer their military hardware massive. When it comes to hovercraft, the Zubr Class landing craft air cushion (LCAC) is no different, and it is now being reborn as China's ultimate… » 7/27/14 4:36pm 7/27/14 4:36pm

Cruise Ship Plays the Loudest Seven Nation Army You've Ever Heard

The 964-foot-long MSC Magnifica isn't just a luxurious, $550 million cruise ship. It's the world's first 4,500 passenger musical instrument, and it rocked a slow, loooouuud rendition of The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" at this weekend's 825th Hamburg Port Anniversary in Germany. Talk about rocking the boat. » 5/11/14 3:33pm 5/11/14 3:33pm

The Littoral Combat Ship Will Use Hellfire Missiles To Repel Enemies

The Littoral Combat Ship is the bane of many surface warfare experts who see the thin-skinned vessel as a $650M speedboat without a clear mission, or teeth for that matter. After years of denial, the Navy has begun listening to the LCS's detractors and has come to terms with the fact that their plug-and-play wannabe… » 4/11/14 2:56pm 4/11/14 2:56pm

The Amazing History and Figures of the First Nuclear-Powered Aircraft…

The USS Enterprise, the first nuclear aircraft carrier in the world, has been officially retired today at a ceremony in Norfolk, Virginia—special appearance by Captain Kirk included. Since her comissioning in November 1961, she has served under ten Commanders-in-Chief, including John F. Kennedy during the Cuban… » 12/02/12 9:25am 12/02/12 9:25am