The Next Boomer

On thing is clear: the Columbia-class SSBN ain’t cheap.

Water Landing

Can a helicopter land in the ocean? Meet a pilot who did just that.

Savo Island

To get to Guadalcanal, the Japanese launched a night raid that shocked and pummeled an Allied fleet.

Navy Missile Launcher Would Take Out All The Squirrels In My Yard

When I was a kid, Nerf sold a multi-barrel rotary cannon that fired foam missiles at unsuspecting schoolyard bullies. The launcher was pretty cool. So why do I suspect that a brilliant engineer of comparable age has applied Nerf tech to the latest Navy weapons project?

The Chemical Ship

Chemical weapons are treated like nuclear or biological weapons. Somebody has to handle, transport, store, and dispose of them in a tidy fashion. A single mishap can be deadly, for any damage caused by such weapons is measured in kilometers. In 2013, the Syrian government surrendered its chemical armament to an allied coalition that will,…

Farewell, Enterprise

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was the spearhead of the 1960s nuclear navy. The mighty aircraft carrier offered Cold War technology and capability hardly rivaled until the launch of the Nimitz class. Years ago, my cousin gave me a Navy ball cap with the likeness and hull number of CVN-65 embroidered on the front. Now I want…