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 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Hawaii missile alert

 Post subject: Re: Hawaii missile alert
Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:14 pm 

Replies: 94
Views: 2079


David Newton wrote:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/01/23/hawaii-governor-didnt-correct-false-missile-alert-sooner-because-he-didnt-know-his-twitter-password/?utm_term=.4247bf092d1b Oh dear.


I bet President Trump knows his twitter password

 Forum: Bar   Topic: Testing the Chinese

 Post subject: Re: Testing the Chinese
Posted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:31 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 191


It seems to work fine so far and keeps the time well. I presume that the mechanism design has been "borrowed" from some Swiss watch company but the quality of the execution seems good. The Chinese manufacturing industry seems to have come a long way in recent years, the quality is increas...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: World War One + 100 Years (And current discussions)

Posted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:06 am 

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The British destroyers OPAL and NARBOROUGH are wrecked on the Pentland Skerries in a storm, leaving only one survivor. I looked at those islands on Google Earth. They're almost vertical cliffs and the water around them must have been bitterly cold this time of year. Not surprising there was only on...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Subversion of FDR's Government by Communist Traitors

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:58 am 

Replies: 20
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You have a point Allen. Except for the fact the Nazi's already broke, without warning and came within a hair's breath of taking European Russia, one Non-Agression pact with uncle Joe. From all I have read about Stalin he never forgave, or showed mercy to anyone he feared or thought might be a probl...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Subversion of FDR's Government by Communist Traitors

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:51 pm 

Replies: 20
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Mandate of Heaven. If the central government is incompetent to the point things are rapidly going to hell, rebellion is culturally permitted in ways it is not if the government is on the ball. Hence the preference cascade towards the Communists, since they were offering a credible alternative. Very...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Subversion of FDR's Government by Communist Traitors

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:00 pm 

Replies: 20
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FDR was a fellow traveller. I suspect 'useful idiot' would be closer than 'fellow traveler'. 1949 and 1950 saw a lot of this kind of talk, about how we lost China. Unfortunately, it ignores the fact the Chinese Nationalists couldn't organize an orgy in a brothel if you gave them unlimited credit an...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Dumping 750 kilotons on Pyongyang

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:10 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 316


I think we can probably do better than that . . . ..

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Another so bad it's past wrong - Iowa BB reactivation.

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:39 am 

Replies: 70
Views: 1459


Given that we are seeing the major ASuW wespon become SAMs (DP rides again, baby), does it make sense to return to a moderate level of armoring to prevent losing the ship through lots of little holes and fires? To a limited extent, we're doing that. Modern ships have Kevlar protection installed to ...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Aircraft Carriers Might Be Unsinkable

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:37 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 642


M.Becker wrote:
Who's that? An Essex or something more modern like a Midway? Anyway, hit it oftenst with the biggest and anything will sink.


Not necessarily. Hit them with something big enough and they go up, not down :o

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Another so bad it's past wrong - Iowa BB reactivation.

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:28 pm 

Replies: 70
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In a 'worst case' situation where we need the guns at sea, it will cost less and be faster to razee a DDG-51, install one of the 16" guns as a centerline spinal mount with limited traverse, and use that. (Do I get a Bonus Word Score for properly using a 18th century term for a modern ship?) Do...

 Forum: The Media Center   Topic: History of United States Naval Operations in World War II

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:02 am 

Replies: 22
Views: 448


The neatest description I read of the WNC was that in the end, everybody who mattered, got the Navy they could live with and could afford. If a country didn't get a Navy they could live with at a price they could afford, that was evidence that they didn't matter.

 Forum: The Media Center   Topic: History of United States Naval Operations in World War II

 Post subject: Re: Volume I - Introduction
Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:13 pm 

Replies: 22
Views: 448


Or, "Why Arms Control Treaties are for Suckers" Just reading this introduction leaves my mind boggled at the stupidity. Just looking at this, I can imagine how Donald Trump would have reacted had he been alive then. We got taken to the cleaners. These treaties were bad deals from the get ...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Another so bad it's past wrong - Iowa BB reactivation.

Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:45 pm 

Replies: 70
Views: 1459


So - roughest back of the envelope calculation - how much would it cost just to put in the nuclear drivetrain on an Iowa, disregarding any of the other wish-fulfillment fantasy or plain old rehabbing that would have to be done? Is anything less than a billion dollars too optimistic? A nuclear drive...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Another so bad it's past wrong - Iowa BB reactivation.

Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:56 pm 

Replies: 70
Views: 1459


How much was actually needed to rehab the guns? I mean, is it something that required dockyard work, or was it disassembly/cleaning/lubrication/reassembly that could mostly have been done underway? Assign a 50 sailor crew with a Chief and a few POs to do it in the first year or so while in service....

 Forum: Bar   Topic: The Bronze Rat

 Post subject: The Bronze Rat
Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:47 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 390


A tourist walked into a Chinese curio shop in San Francisco. While looking around at the ‘exotic’ merchandise, he noticed a very ‘lifelike’, life-sized, bronze statue of a rat. It had no price tag, but was so incredibly striking the tourist decided he must have it He took it to the old shop owner an...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Another so bad it's past wrong - Iowa BB reactivation.

Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:29 pm 

Replies: 70
Views: 1459


Agree except for the guns comment. They were very effective when paired with the RPV for shore bombardment. In the Gulf War they tied down and then took out 4 Iraqi divisions. This is true of course. However, when the rebuild was being formulated, the cost constraint overrode everything else. the j...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Hawaii missile alert

 Post subject: Re: Hawaii missile alert
Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:09 am 

Replies: 94
Views: 2079


Oh lord, this is the warning system interface?! https://img.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://img.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2018/01/wrongbutton.jpg&w=1484 Dear God. Who the hell came up with that Charlie Fox. In command system design, its a ba...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: German Engineering Yields New Warship That Isn’t Fit for Sea

Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:01 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 505


There have been a lot of reports about poor workmanship, excessive cost overruns and programs running late in the German defense industry recently. These go way beyond the usual levels and it seems as if something has gone badly wrong. The inability of the German shipbuilders to convince Australia t...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: Another so bad it's past wrong - Iowa BB reactivation.

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:44 pm 

Replies: 70
Views: 1459


This being said, was the Reagan-era reactivation of the Iowas a waste of money? No, because the need was to get Tomahawk to sea as quickly as possible in a hull as seaworthy as possible to handle the far North Atlantic. Those Iowa conversions were about as austere as they got. The price ceiling was...

 Forum: History and Warfare   Topic: German Engineering Yields New Warship That Isn’t Fit for Sea

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:55 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 505


We can always call it the prototype of the third class of LCS, can't we? Actually, she's a bit more like the HDMS Absalon that has been gold-plated, then had platinum plating applied to the gold and then diamond highlights applied to the platinum, all while the design team are in the final stages o...
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