HMS Dreadnought – the case for propaganda over engineering

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It’s just over 110 years since HMS Dreadnought sailed on her first shake-down cruise under Captain Reginald Bacon. She was a remarkable battleship in many ways, one whose name became synonymous with all battleships during the First World War period, and whose design concepts set the pattern for every battleship that followed in many ways.…

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The US Navy’s Frigate Problem

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The USN has a problem. That problem is a gap in capability as a result of a lack of frigates. Currently the USN has only one commissioned frigate, and it is out of date by approximately 200 years, and is currently in dry dock. Some jobs don’t justify using a destroyer, or cruiser when that…

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Life aboard the USS The Sullivans DD-537

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How was life aboard a US Navy Destroyer? A little less comfortable compared to Uncle Sam’s larger warships it seems. Today I present this small collection of stories that I remember from my great uncle, a crewmember aboard the USS The Sullivans during the Korean War. He passed away recently and I wanted to honor…

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New Zealand’s gift ship to Britain – the politics, the technology and the debt

The story of HMS New Zealand – an Indefatigable class battlecruiser completed at New Zealand’s expense in 1912 – has been long shrouded in mythology. Reference books frequently fail to recount the actual story. Some even misquote her vital statistics, repeating Admiralty propaganda of the day. The ship was the outcome of the controversial ‘dreadnought…

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The ‘King George V’ class – better battleships than history usually admits

Britain’s King George V class battleships have often been regarded as the worst of the Second World War’s new-generation battleships. It’s unwarranted criticism, though perhaps understandable. By popular measure, their ten Mk VII 14-inch/45 calibre guns firing a 1590 lb shell gave them less hitting power than other new battleships of the day. They had…

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The Greatest Heavy Cruiser you Never Heard Of

Determining what would have been the greatest heavy cruiser would be a challenging task. Very successful designs were put to sea by a variety of nations. However, there was one cruiser that was born from all cruisers before it. This class of warship took the lessons from World War 2 and was designed around them.…

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Is there room for twenty-first century battleships?

Is there room for twenty-first century battleships now? It’s a question that has never really gone away and, as world tensions rise into the twenty-first century, is likely to be asked again. The issue that killed battleships in the 1940s was practicality: aircraft had better range than heavy guns – and battleships were expensive to…

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What Are Saturation Missile Attacks?

Recently, the tensions with Russia, China, and North Korea have led to an increase in the use of the phrase, “saturation missile attacks” or just “saturation attacks.” What are saturation missile attacks? Turns out they are nothing new, but the media isn’t going to tell you this because scary sounding words sell more papers. Today,…

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