Pic of USS Bainbridge (DDG 96)

A rigid hull inflatable boat leaves USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) on its way to FGS Hessen (F 221) during the Neptune Warrior training course in the Atlantic Ocean April 27, 2007. Neptune Warrior is a course designed to increase interoperability among NATO coalition forces in a maritime combat environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael Starkey) (Released)

A rigid hull inflatable boat leaves USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) on its way to FGS Hessen (F 221) during the Neptune Warrior training course in the Atlantic Ocean April 27, 2007. Neptune Warrior is a course designed to increase interoperability among NATO coalition forces in a maritime combat environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael Starkey) (Released)

A lot of internet searches are bringing people to a post with an image of the cruiser USS Bainbridge which was retired in 1996. Here’s the destroyer Bainbridge which is involved in the current pirate scenario.

Comments

  1. Weird, I don’t see R2D2 anywhere on the ship. Shouldn’t there be one ahead of the forecastle just below the (I assume) fire director antenna?

  2. DDG 85 and up were built without CIWS. Never made sense to me regardless of whatever else they’ve got on the ship.

    I’ve heard that some of these ships have since been seen with a CIWS added aft, though. I’ve never looked into that, but if anyone has the info pass it on.

  3. I found this article:
    Analyst: DDGs without CIWS vulnerable.

    The plan was all along to add one Block 1B CIWS to the ships built without, but only some (at most) have received it yet. It will be aft. Here’s a good pic of USS Gridley (DDG 101) with R2D2 visible above the helicopter hangar:
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/73/USS-Gridley—enters_San_Diego_bay.jpg

    I’d still be concerned that there’s a lot of territory that gun can’t cover alone. The Block 1B has been upgraded to take on boats and helicopters as well as missiles and aircraft.

    Block 1B info:
    http://www.murdoconline.net/archives/003558.html

  4. Hey, Murdoc, want a cheap post? Talk about the man the various USS Bainbridges have been named after — especially the conflicts he served in.

    The irony is especially ironic.

    J.

  5. Obama Calls UNC Coach from Air Force One to Congratulate Him on NCAA Championship

    Does he call family of the Captain being hijacked from his US Flagged ship??…….NO !!!

  6. Obama would rather talk. We need Uncle Tommy back to send in the SEALS and when the Alabama docks, with it’s yard arms out,(I probable have that wrong as I was not in the Navy), and the pirates just a swinging in the breeze.

    Called UNC coach and not the Captain’s family……DISGRACEFUL.

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