The 226th installment of the world-famous Friday Linkzookery.
Industry view: Why the Navy needs a ‘Patrol Frigate’
Argues that the National Security Cutters could be turned into a new class of Navy ships. Murdoc thinks we’d be better off with updated FFG-7s with VLS (similar to Australia’s upgraded Adelaides). Instead we’re getting the LCS. Lucky us.
Navy Strains To Handle Both China And Iran At Once
Quick, retire more carriers and buy more LCS pleasure boats.
One LCS Class for the Gulf, one LCS Class for the Pacific
Trimaran LCS-2 for the Pacific and monohull LCS-1 for the Persian Gulf?
Archangel: CIA’s Supersonic A-12 Reconnaissance Aircraft
Lots of info about the precursor to the SR-71 (and the YF-12).
Maersk vessel fights off pirates in Gulf of Oman
Private armed security guards win again.
Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia for 12 EA-18G Modification Kits [PDF]
To convert existing aircraft into Growler electronic warfare planes. Good move as the Aussies picked up some extra Super Hornets due to F-35 delays.
Two new ARs for our oppressed countrymen.
CSAF presents rescue pilots multiple medals in ceremony
Two men each received 2 Distinguished Flying Cross medals with valor for HH-60G operations in 2009.
Iran to Unveil Home-Made Cobra Chopper
Claims that it “enjoys some capabilities which make it preferable to Apache.”
Navy places order for new class of patrol boats
85-foot-long Mark VI will replace Mark IV, Sea Ark, and Littoral Combat Ships.
6th grader’s USMC shirt too much for school
“My father made a joke that the woman who told him to turn the shirt inside-out must have been in the Navy.” Ooh-rah!
The Yak Can’t Take It
Yak-130 is not tough enough for conversion into Yak-131 light attack plane. The Rooskies will refurbish some Su-25s instead.
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Seat from 1963 B-52 crash found in Maine
Structural problem caused accident which killed six of the crew.
Experts puzzled by mysterious UAVs on Chinese frigate
People keep saying that the Chinese are nothing to worry about. Murdoc worries that they’re wrong.
How do Zimmerman prosecutors prove case when key witnesses now have reasonable doubts?
Three of four suddenly changing their story to make Zimmerman look bad. Sounds perfectly believable.
AF picks 1st woman to command fighter wing
4th Fighter Wing to be led by Col. Jeannie Leavitt.
F-35 alternate engine debate, round 2? Lawmakers suspect jet engine end run
Adaptive Engine Technology Development program seen as some as an attempt to get a new alternate engine for Lightning.
Tallest structure ever demolished: federal nuke officials claim world record
A 1,527-foot tower, once used for studies associated with nuclear weapons testing, was demolished this week at the Nevada National Security Site (previously known as the Nevada Test Site).
Half of Detroit’s Streetlights May Go Out as City Shrinks
Murdoc is positive that this will help with the crime issues the city faces. What a pit.
Delayed final voyage of Iowa set for Saturday
BB 61 headed for a museum makeover. Finally.