A Raytheon SM-2 Block IIIA guided missile explodes over USS The Sullivans during a training exercise on July 18, 2015. US Navy Photo obtained by USNI News

Destroyer USS The Sullivans Damaged After Missile Explodes After Launch, No Injuries Reported A Navy guided missile destroyer was damaged after a missile exploded shortly after launch during an exercise off the U.S. Atlantic coast on Saturday, Navy officials have confirmed to USNI News. “On July 18 at approximately 9 a.m. (EDT) a Standard Missile-2 […]

New Horizons – Then Or Never

New Horizons probe sent to Pluto

When the Pluto Kuiper Express mission was cancelled in 2000, there seemed to be no hope for exploring the far planet (as Pluto was then classified). And that meant no good hope for a long, long time. Many planetary scientists and Pluto fans reacted in dismay, especially as it seemed to be a case of […]

Murdoc doesn’t get the love for this guy

Neil DeGrasse Tyson comedian

Had to wait in line to renew a Passport allowing me to visit members of my own species across artificially conceived borders. — Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) February 5, 2015 What a dumbass. UPDATE: Or maybe Murdoc is just missing the point that he’s a comedian pretending to be a scientist and that many others […]

Friday Linkzookery – 17 Jul 2015

Murdoc Online

It’s been a long time since Murdoc’s shared any Linkzookery. That’s his bad. Here’s a bit of the good stuff, though.

Weapons: M4A2, Russia Suffers Sixth Military Aircraft Crash in Six Weeks, US Air Force Launches New GPS Satellite, Japan Buys Five Ospreys in Boeing’s First Export Deal…and many more…

Red Turrets on the USS Arizona (BB-39)?

USS Arizona (BB-39) with red turrets at Pearl Harbor

Murdoc came across this at some point but never linked. New USS Arizona model shows blue paint scheme Craftsman Don Preul, determined to create the world’s most accurate representation of the warship, conferred with Park Service historian Dan Martinez on the proper colors. Research was difficult because most of the ship’s records had been destroyed […]

DDG-1000s delaying Arleigh Burkes

USS Zumwalt DDG-1000 at Bath Iron Works

Delays in Zumwalt Destroyer Program Hamper Production of DDG-51s at Bath Iron Works Delays in the first two Zumwalt-class DDG-1000 destroyers are part of the reason that construction on DDG-51s is lagging behind schedule: Several sources told USNI News that due to myriad reasons — including the size of the yard, the composition of the […]