Posts by Chris Knupp

The Return of Modern Light Aircraft Carriers?

Just recently, the Navy’s newest supercarrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, was brought into active service. Nine more sister ships are expected to follow along behind her over the coming years. While the Navy is firmly committed to its larger fleet carriers, the US government seems to be pressing for more variety. The Senate Armed…

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The Decline of the Light Aircraft Carrier

       During the Second World War, aircraft carriers established themselves as the major naval power. While the power of these warships is well known, the various types of carriers are not. Supplementing the giant fleet carriers were smaller aircraft carriers known as light carriers. Cheaper and easier to produce than their larger brethren,…

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Were the Scharnhorst Class Battleships or Battlecruisers?

The Scharnhorst class were the first major capital ships built by Germany since the First World War. However, their design was interesting and rather different compared to warships from other nations. They had incredibly thick armor, on par with the battleships used by other navies. They were also fast vessels, able to steam at speeds…

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Top 10 Biggest Battleships of All Time

Pinning down the top 10 biggest battleships of all time is a tricky business. Over their careers, battleships were modified in ways that drastically affected their displacement. Some ships saw massive increases in displacement. In this article, I will attempt to list the largest battleships based on their full load displacements. These figures shake up…

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Life aboard the USS The Sullivans DD-537

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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America’s Latest Carrier cannot launch Aircraft

The latest Gerald R Ford class aircraft carriers incorporate a multitude of new technology. One of the most radical changes was the introduction of a new aircraft catapult system. Since the Second World War, carriers had utilized a steam driven catapult system. The new Ford class carriers will use an electromagnetic catapult to launch aircraft. …

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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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Resurgence of the Russian Navy

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian Navy was left in a state of decay for over two decades. Lack of money meant that they could not afford to keep pace with other nations. Money was generally spent launching smaller ships designed for coastal defense. However,  their appears to be a naval resurgence…

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Newest LCS Passes Trials

The USS Omaha,  sixth ship of the Independence class and twelfth ship of the LCS (littoral combat ship) type has just passed acceptance trials.  Acceptance trials are demonstrations performed by the builder for the customer (in this case the US Navy) to show that the vessel is up to par and ready for service. What…

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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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