Blue Angels (New)

Did you know that the pilot on the right of the formation is always a Marine.

This is one of the best Blue Angel videos you’ll see!! Great perspective with much of it filmed from the cockpit.

You see the formation then see it from the pilot or camera view. It is in HD;

Hope you can handle.

This was recorded in FL. And El Centro , CA



The latest sea trials of the F-35B

The latest sea trials of the F-35B.  This is good stuff!

This video link is fresh (for the public).  It was made just six weeks ago in the Atlantic, just off Newport News ( Hampton Roads), Virginia .

These are the latest sea trials of the F-35B on the USS Wasp. They were very successful, with 74 VL’s and STO’s in a three week period.

The media and the program critics had predicted that we would burn holes in the deck and wash sailors overboard.

Neither of which happened You will notice a sailor standing on the bow of the ship as the jet rotates.

That was an intentional part of the sea trials.

No catapult…    No hook….    It’s a new world out there!

The shape and scope of warfare – worldwide – just changed.





SEND THE S.O.B.’s pirates and (smugglers,  drug runners),  etc.,  to the bottom of the sea.   NO MERCY,  NO  CAPTIVES,  NO TRIALS,  NO JAIL TIME……

More about the Navy’s New Pirate Catcher

Here are some recent photos of the LCS-2 (to be named the USS Independence).

Here she is at sea trials running at only HALF-power at 43 knots!  NOTE the absence of a bow wave.

Also turns tightly, too. Allegedly this turn was also done at 43 knots…and from the look of the small bow wave, she’s still in the turn. Note the absence of any sign of her “heeling over” even at that speed.

And then there’s the massive helo deck, big enough for a CH-53.  Last time I talked with the SURFPAC guys years ago, THIS was the LCS they wanted because of the huge storage capacity under that flight deck and the size of the flight deck.

Note that there is very little spreading wake. In fact, it does not look like a wake at all, just foamy water from the water jets.  Somehow, at 43 knots, you’d think there’d be more of a wake.

She’s aerodynamically designed and kind of strange looking.  Is this beginning of a new design in ships?

Here’s some more pics of the U.S. Navy’s new pirate catchers!

WOW! A couple of these should be able to clean up the pirates off the coasts of Africa ….. This is the U.S.S. Independence (LCS-2).

It is a Triple Hulled, Weapon-Laden Monster.
Here she is under construction….

There have been rumors about the U.S. Navy’s speedy new triple hulled ships, but now they’re for real.
The U.S.S Independence was built by General Dynamics. It’s called a “littoral combat ship” (LCS), and the tri-maran can move its weapons around faster than any other ship in the Navy. (Ironic that with all that high tech, the ship reminds me of the “Merrimac” ironclad from Civil War days). “Littoral” means close-to-shore, and that’s where these  ships will operate. They’re tailor-made for launching helicopters and lightly-armored vehicles, sweeping mines and firing all manner of torpedoes, missiles and machine guns.  These ships also are relatively inexpensive. This one is a bargain at $208 million, and the Navy plans to build 55 of them.  This tri-maran is the first of a new fire breathing breed, ready to scoot out of a harbor at a rumored 60 knots top peed. It’s like a speedy and heavily armed aircraft carrier for helicopters.  Pirates beware!!!

Hooray for the USA !!!

WWII Naval Photos

World War II: Battle of Midway and the Aleutian Campaign

Six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan prepared to deal one more decisive blow to the U.S. Naval forces in the Pacific. Its aim was to destroy U.S. aircraft carriers and occupy Midway Atoll — a tiny but strategically important island nearly halfway between Asia and North America, that was home to a U.S. Naval air station. American codebreakers deciphered the Japanese plans, allowing the U.S. Navy to plan an ambush. On June 3, 1942, the Battle of Midway commenced. Aircraft launched from Midway Atoll and from carriers of both navies and flew hundreds of miles, dropping torpedoes and bombs and fighting one another in the skies. At the end of several days of fighting, the Japanese Navy had lost four aircraft carriers and nearly 250 aircraft and suffered more than 3,000 deaths. In contrast, U.S. losses amounted to a single carrier and 307 deaths….

Please click on the link to read more and see photos of  World War II