The Life and Tragic End of the Iranian Frigate ‘Damavand’
The frigate Damavand was the Iranian navy’s most important warship on the Caspian Sea — a symbol of a modest but growing armed presence on the world’s largest enclosed body of water, and a force for Iranian flag-waving in a region full of oil and natural gas reverses. But... Read more
The U.S. Coast Guard Could Arm Its New Icebreakers
The U.S. Coast Guard’s new icebreakers will have space, displacement and electric power for weapons when they enter service starting around 2023, Coast Guard commandant Paul Zukunft said. The coastal law-enforcement agency hasn’t decided yet whether to actually add the weapons. Zukunft said that depends on whether the United... Read more
Attack Submarines Are Getting Quieter and Deadlier
Over the past decade, air-independent propulsion — or AIP — for submarines has spread rapidly around the world. The technology, which allows conventionally powered submarines to operate without access to outside air, has the potential the shift the balance away from the big nuclear attack submarines, or SSNs, that... Read more
The U.S. Navy Can’t Fight North Korea Alone
How can the U.S. Navy destroy North Korea should Washington give the word? It can’t. Or at least it stands little chance of doing so by its lonesome barring improbable circumstances. What the Navy can do is contribute to a joint or multinational campaign that destroys the northern regime... Read more
Just How Many New Missile Submarines Is the U.S. Navy Building?
The U.S. Navy may build more than 12 Columbia-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines. While the Pentagon had previously stated that it needed 12 Columbia-class submarines, the new Nuclear Posture Review sets that number as a floor. “The Columbia-class program will deliver a minimum of 12 SSBNs to replace the... Read more
India’s Third Aircraft Carrier Is Most Likely a Waste of Money
The Indian Navy has put out a proposal for its third aircraft carrier, tentatively titled the Vishal due to enter service in the latter 2020s. The 65,000-ton Vishal will be significantly larger than India’s sole current carrier, the Vikramaditya known formerly as the ex-Soviet Admiral Gorshkov, and the incoming second... Read more
Russia’s Giant Nuclear Torpedo Is Apparently Real
The United States’ new Nuclear Posture Review asserts that Russia’s Status-6 intercontinental, nuclear-armed undersea autonomous torpedo is a real weapon and could be a genuine threat. Analysts are divided as to how genuine the threat is. “It certainly is a threat U.S. forces will need to take into account,” Bryan Clark,... Read more
Could North Korea Sink an American Aircraft Carrier?
Could North Korea’s armed forces sink an American aircraft carrier? Yes — depending on what type of carrier they confront, how skillfully U.S. Navy commanders employ the flattop and its consorts, how well North Korean warriors know the tactical surroundings and, most crucially, whom fortune favors in combat. Fortune... Read more
A Simple Mistake Knocked India’s Most Powerful Submarine Out of Action for 10 Months
India’s first nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine appears to have suffered from an accident that has knocked the boat out of commission for the past 10 months. The vessel’s propulsion compartments were flooded with seawater due to what appears to have been human error. According to the Indian newspaper The Hindu, a... Read more
America’s New Nuclear Missile Submarines Might Have a Problem
The Government Accountability Office is raising concerns about the technological maturity of the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine. The new boomer, which must become operational by 2031, will feature a host of new technologies that are supposed to increase the vessels’ survivability into the foreseeable future. However, as the GAO notes, many... Read more
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