The U.S. Navy Is Waging War on the Gulf of Alaska
This essay is a joint TomDispatch/Truthout report. It’s war in the Gulf and the U.S. Navy is on hand to protect us. No, not that Gulf! I’m talking about the Gulf of Alaska and it’s actually mock war — if, that is, you don’t happen to be a fin whale... Read more
U.S. Navy Officers Allegedly Traded Favors for an Orgy in Douglas MacArthur’s Relic Room
For years, Malaysian playboy and defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis — often called Fat Leonard by his buds — effectively controlled the U.S. Navy’s Pacific fleet. Fat Leonard spent millions of dollars bribing officers of the Seventh Fleet and in exchange those officers made sure the U.S. Navy’s most powerful ships sailed into... Read more
This American Warship Shot Down MiGs and Pranked the Soviets
During the Cold War, many lesser-known confrontations occurred at sea away from the headlines and major crises. This was certainly true for the crew of the U.S. Navy’s Belknap-class guided-missile cruiser USS Biddle. The warship sailed into the thick of the Vietnam War and came face-to-face with the Soviet Navy.... Read more
A Malaysian Playboy Corrupted the U.S. Navy
Our behavior, as an organization and as individuals, must signal our commitment to the values we so often proclaim. As senior leaders, our personal conduct, and the example it sets, are essential to our credibility. To many inside and outside the service, the actual values of the Navy are... Read more
Yet Another U.S. Navy Officer Goes Down Over Prostitutes and Corruption
The U.S. Navy held a preliminary hearing to review criminal charges against one of its officers on Friday. According to a redacted report obtained by USNI News, investigators suspect the seaman of two counts of espionage and three counts of attempted espionage. The Navy didn’t release the name of... Read more
The Navy’s First Carrier Drone Will Be a Flying Gas Tank
Beginning in 2007, the U.S. Navy spent billions of dollars experimenting with a fighter-size, jet-powered, aircraft carrier-launched robotic demonstrator aircraft that, in concept, could have formed the basis of a stealthy, long-range attack drone for future carrier air wings. Nine years later in its 2017 budge proposal, the American... Read more
The U.S. Navy’s ‘Douche Boat’ Washed Away Viet Cong Bunkers
In the early morning hours of June 10, 1969, U.S. Navy vessels sailed down a stretch of the Vam Co Dong River in South Vietnam. The force included a special weapon sailors called a “douche boat,” which could literally wash away Viet Cong fortifications. “My assigned mission was to... Read more
U.S. Navy Packs Firepower Into Shrinking Sub Fleet
The U.S. Navy’s latest shipbuilding plan underscores what service leaders and lawmakers have long known — the Navy is going to have too few attack submarines. To compensate, the sailing branch wants to pack more firepower into the subs it will have. The Navy’s goal is to maintain at... Read more
The F7U Cutlass Could Get You Killed
Rex Beisel designed the legendary F4U Corsair fighter, a World War II piston heavyweight that served through the Korea conflict and was “one of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’ finest fighters,” according to the National Naval Aviation Museum. But Beisel also invented the F7U Cutlass jet, which was... Read more
The U.S. Navy Had a Weird, Hand-Cranked Grenade Launcher
Originally published on May 25, 2015. Since the very first firearms appeared on the battlefield, weaponeers have looked for ways to send more bullets at the enemy. So when the Pentagon cooked up the 40-millimeter grenade in the late 1950s, American engineers wasted little time in developing plans for... Read more
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