R2-D2 Opens Up

The MK-15 Phalanx close-in weapons system fires a short burst during a pre-aim calibration fire aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65). Chosin is underway for routine training. (U.S. Navy photo by Fire Controlman 2nd Class Andrew Albin/Released)

The MK-15 Phalanx close-in weapons system fires a short burst during a pre-aim calibration fire aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65). Chosin is underway for routine training. (U.S. Navy photo by Fire Controlman 2nd Class Andrew Albin/Released)

USS Roanoke CL-145

USS Roanoke CL-145

In Murdoc’s opinion, Worcester-class cruisers were some of the prettiest ships ever built: Laid down in early 1945, only two of ten planned ships in the class were completed. They served until 1958. Classed as ‘light cruisers’ because they mounted 6″ guns, they displaced 18,000 tons fully loaded and were 679 feet long. The twelve […]

Abolish the Air Force?

Eleven C-130H Hercules’ and 13 C-130J Super Hercules’ prepare to take off Dec. 6, 2014, from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas in support of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise 14B. The C-130H models are from various Air National Guard units and the C-130J models are from the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. In addition to the C-130s, the JFEX included approximately 20 C-17 Globemaster IIIs and various other aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Alexander Guerrero)

Jerry Pournelle: Abolish the Air Force As to the rest of the Air Force, it is more interested in the Air Force than winning wars, and considers supporting the field army as beneath contempt. A slow old Warthog does a much better job, but there is no glory in that. Best to use fast jets… […]

Not Enough Carriers

The aircraft carriers USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) conduct a vertical replenishment. George H.W. Bush is undergoing its first underway replenishment with another aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. J.T. Schofield/Released)

In era of tight budgets, how many aircraft carriers are enough? With 11 carriers, the Navy can maintain an average of 3.5 carriers deployed, according to retired Vice Adm. Peter Daly, who commanded a carrier strike group. The average is higher than three because when one carrier is relieving another in an area of operations, […]

Friday Linkzookery – 14 Feb 2014

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Friday Linkzookery is back, but if you like this quick rundown of links from the previous week Murdoc suggests you also consider giving Murdoc Online’s Facebook page a LIKE. Some of these items were posted there earlier in the week, and much other ‘zookery will be posted as well. Afghanistan ‘As Good As It’s Going […]

Add an ‘F’ to that Drone?

131109-N-SB233-218 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 9, 2013) The experimental X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) is secured by support staff in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is the third carrier to test the tailless, unmanned autonomous aircraft's ability to integrate with the carrier environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman John M. Drew/Released)

Navy’s UCLASS Could Be Air to Air Fighter [US Navy director of air warfare Rear Adm. Mike] Manazir Manazir contemplated the possibility that that the UCLASS, which is primarily being designed for the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike roles, could be used as a flying missile magazine which could supplement the firepower of […]

Night Osprey

ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 28, 2014) An MV-22 Osprey takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenan O'Connor/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 28, 2014) An MV-22 Osprey takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation […]