Archive for the ‘Navy’ Category

In The Navy

July 30, 2016

Harvey Bernard Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) was an American politician who became openly gay person to be elected to public office in , when he won a seat on the an Francisco Board of Supervisors.

On November 27, 1978, Milk and Mayor George Moscone was assassinated by Dan White, another city supervisor who had recently resigned but wanted his job back.

Milk joined the United States Navy during the Korean War. He served aboard the submarine rescue ship USS Kittiwake (ASR-13) as a diving officer. He later transferred to Naval Station, San Diego to serve as a diving instructor. In 1955, he was discharged from the Navy at the rank of lieutenant, junior grade.


Ensign Harvey Milk

 In July,Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, indicated he intended to name a planned Military Sealift Command fleet oiler  USNS Harvey Milk (T-AO-206). The ship would be the second of the John Lewis-class oilers being built by General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, Calif.

In certain corners of the navy, hilarity has ensued over this decision.  Here’s why:

Refueling at Sea

You can watch the entire process here.  This isn’t easy to pull off.



USS Arleigh Burke Launces Tomahawks

September 23, 2014

Irony & Sexual Assault Awareness Month at the Naval Academy

April 12, 2014

Sexual Assault Month at the Naval Academy

If you thought the leadership in the U.S. Navy have been making some bad decisions lately, look who they think should lecture future Naval Officers about the evils of sexual assault.

Bill OBill Clinton explaining sexual assault to Naval Cadets at Annapolis

George T. Wendlken – Our Gang Cast Member?

February 18, 2014

George T. Wendlken - Our Gang Cast Member?

He’s identified here in this July 1945 issue of Naval Aviation News as George Wendell who played “Freckles” in Hal Roach’s Our Gang movies. The problem is that it doesn’t look like there was a “Freckles” character in the Our Gang movies, and there is no listing of George Wendell in the various lists of Our Gang cast members.

As can be seen from the broadcast schedule below, George was heard literally all over the world via numerous shortwave broadcasting stations.


A 1998 obituary of George T. Wendlken appearing in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times, indicates that he was in the Our Gang movies, and was a spokesman for the Navy (As noted in Naval Aviation News) and raised $200 million dollars in war bonds.

Hard to say what is going on here, but there have been other Our Gang imposters.  See this Wikipedia page.

Running a Warship on Red Hat Linux

December 27, 2013


Electronic Modular Enclosures

Sixteen of these Electronic Modular Enclosures will be aboard the new U.S. Navy’s DD 1000 class Zumwalt class ships. These mini-data centers, built by Raytheon, are packed with blade servers running Red Hat Linux.

What could possibly go wrong?

Hanging Around in Cherbourg Harbor

October 5, 2013

LST-392_ copy

In the first such attempt, using a specially constructed ramp, the Army Transportation Corps, unloads freight cars from USS LST-392 in Cherbourg Harbor, 1 August 1944.

Window Washing In The Global Force for Good

June 23, 2013

Really?  Window Washing?

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Kelsey Schrempp, from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., washes the window of primary flight control on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

“What’s it like being a woman in today’s Navy? Challenging. Exciting. Rewarding. But above all, it’s incredibly empowering. That’s because the responsibilities are significant. The respect is well-earned. The lifestyle is liberating. And the chance to push limits personally and professionally is an equal opportunity for women and men alike.”

Click on the image and be transported to the website for “America’s Navy – A Global Force for Good,” one of the stupidest tag lines ever.  I think they might have just forgotten to put in the part about window washing

E-6 Mercury

May 16, 2013

E-6 Mercury

Navy Nonsense Aboard the USS Hancock (CV-19)

December 11, 2012

Said to be made aboard the USS Hancock (CV- 19) in 1955.

It’s stupid and slapstick stuff, but couldn’t be done
in today’s uptight politically correct navy.

Get a cup of coffee, sit back and waste about 11 minutes
watching a bunch of young 1956 navy pilots goofing off.

More about the USS Hancock (CV-19)

USS Iowa (BB-61) at Richmond

December 31, 2011
USS Iowa - BB-61

USS Iowa at Richmond, California 2/24/11

It’s great that the Iowa is going to be a museum ship in Los Angeles, but I hope they are prepared to spend a lot of money to maintain this huge piece of steel.  It has been sitting in the Reserve Fleet for something like 20 years.  There is rust everywhere, the teak decks are a total mess.  There won’t be a crew of nearly 2,000 to scrape paint and keep the 1930’s technology working.  It’s very difficult to keep up a large ship with the handful of volunteers that typically sign up for such an adventure.

In addition, switches, relays, limit switches, electric motors, controllers, and other parts of this ship haven’t been manufactured for probably at least 60 years. A ship like this would tax the abilities of a fully equipped and operating shipyard.

I really hope it works out, but many other military museum ships are in dire financial straits.

Here’s some pictures of the Iowa.