Archive for the ‘Ships’ 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.



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?

The Power of Oxi-Clean

September 17, 2013


The Edmund Fitzgerald Was Lost 37 Years Ago

November 10, 2012

Thirty-seven years ago on this day, the Great Lakes ore ship the Edmund Fitzgerald was lost with all hands.

Probably nobody would remember if it were not for Gordon Lightfoot.

Here’s some more about the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Twenty-Six Tug Boats

August 11, 2012

A video of the Fairstar heavy lift semi-submersible M/V Fjord with twenty-six tug boats on deck set to scintillating elevator music.



The Chinese are Coming….

May 9, 2012

A Type 071 (Yuzhao-class) amphibious warfare ship of the People’s Republic of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy.

Don’t Try This At Home

February 1, 2012

Alex Thompson gets wet.

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.

Missile Tracking Ship to Be Sunk

May 19, 2009

GenHHVanWhat’s left of the General H. S. Vandenberg

The 523-foot-long ship that once tracked spacecraft blastoffs from Cape Canaveral as well as Russian missile launches during the Cold War is in Key West Harbor undergoing final preparations to be scuttled.

More here.

In better days:

Bethlehem installed approximately 425,000 feet of cable on each ship. Some 540 “black boxes” containing the vital relays and electronic devices comprising the ship’s radar, data handling, telemetry, meteorological, timing and communications equipment also were installed. About 40,000 wiring connections were made to these boxes by the shipyard workers alone. Thousands of other connections were made by some of the suppliers of this sophisticated equipment.

The two ships — the GENERAL ARNOLD and the GENERAL VANDENBERG — have a length of 520 feet, a beam of 71 1/2 feet, and a sea speed of more than 17 knots. Each is a complete station for its two-hundred man crew, half of whom will devote their efforts solely to the ship’s instrumentation. Each vessel has been outfitted with 636 compartments, including staterooms, storerooms, offices, a hospital, dining and recreational areas, a theater, laundries, lounges, lockers, galley, pantries — virtually everything a land-based station has.
The decking for the GENERAL VANDENBERG alone required about 50,000 square feet of composition tile or rubber materials.
Some portions of the superstructure were completely removed. Later additions to the superstructure included a new house atop the pilot house.

All of the ship’s present masts are completely new. The old stack was removed, and this system relocated farther aft with a new and higher stack to minimize the possibility of fuel gases interfering with the telemetry antenna. A complete weather station and hangar for weather balloons were built.

Link here.

Bodega Bay Visitor 3

June 25, 2008

Bodega Bay Visitor 3