Preserving the USS Olympia - a Protected Cruiser

The USS Olympia, which fought in the Spanish American War of 1898 has been preserved and is a valuable piece of US maritime history. Unfortunately, Olympia needs $10-15 million in repairs to keep her a viable museum for years to come. She has not been out of water for approximately 40 years. If you have connections or resources to help, please contact me at 612-599-1935 or

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

United States Ship Nassau LHA 4 Decommissions 31 March 2011, Norfolk, VA

 Rota, Spain

 Last time arriving Norfolk, Summer 2010 after 7 month deployment
all US Navy photo's

History of USS Nassau LHA 4

The History

  USS Nassau (LHA 4) is named for the Battle of Nassau, the Navy/Marine Corps team's first-ever amphibious landing.
  Capt. Esek Hopkins of Rhode Island rallied a task force of four ships near the Bahamas on March 1, 1776.  The next day Hopkins sent a raiding party of 230 Marines and 50 Sailors ashore under the command of Capt. Samuel Nicholas, the Continental Marines' first commissioned officer.
Capt. Samuel Nicholas and the Continental Marines land at Nassau, Bahamas.
  On March 3 the Marines captured Nassau without a fight and seized a sizable store of cannon, mortars and munitions.  The battle marked the first time American Sailors and Marines responded to the command "Land the landing force."

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The humanitarian crisis in Japan is far from over............

 Japanese Military lands on USS Essex LHD 2 - what a partnership!
These two ships are off the coast of Japan 

Arlington Christened in Honor of Sept. 11

Arlington Christened in Honor of Sept. 11 This is why remembering history is so important - so we don't forget the sacrifice of those who died so that we might live..........

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Lockheed Martin's first LCS cracks, Navy says

Lockheed Martin Corp.'s first new warship for operating close to shore developed a crack as long as six inches through its hull during sea trials, prompting a U.S. Navy investigation of the design.
The Navy is analyzing the crack on the USS Freedom, which is homeported in San Diego, to determine if changes are required for future Lockheed Martin hulls, Naval Sea Systems Command spokesman Christopher Johnson said Thursday in an e-mail. This includes reviewing "the design, construction drawings and welding procedures," he said.
During a heavy-weather ocean trial on the USS Freedom in mid-February, he said, sailors discovered a six-inch horizontal hull crack below the waterline that leaked five gallons an hour. Inside the hull the crack measured three inches. It originated in a weld seam between two steel plates.
The ship returned to its home port in San Diego, avoiding rough seas, after the commanding officer judged the leak rate "manageable," Johnson said.
Smaller cracks that indicated welding "defects" showed up in the welds of the vessel's aluminum structure during sea trials last year, Johnson said in his e-mail.
Initial analysis of the second Lockheed-built vessel, the USS Independence, showed improved welding, he said.
A spokesman for Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), Keith Little, said the company "is working closely with the Navy to confirm the root cause" and has made all necessary repairs to the ship. "We are also supporting the Navy in additional testing along the hull to confirm this crack was an isolated anomaly," Little said.
The USS Freedom is the first of 55 Littoral Combat Ships planned. The Navy accepted the $645 million vessel in September 2008; its maiden voyages included drug seizures in the southern Caribbean and sea trials.
Steve Taylor, a spokesman for U.S. Representative Todd Akin, a Missouri Republican who is chairman of the House Armed Services seapower panel, said the Navy had not told the lawmaker or staff about the cracks issue. The problem was not disclosed by Navy officials during a March 9 subcommittee hearing on shipbuilding.
"Congressman Akin is very interested in any indication there are cracks or cracking," Taylor said. "It is of interest to the committee."
"This presents a new potential oversight issue for Congress," said Ronald O'Rourke, naval analyst for the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.
Johnson said in his e-mail that repair of the hull crack was completed March 12.
In 2005, the estimated cost of the Freedom was put at $215 million, according to CRS. Since then, cost estimates for the first two vessels have more than doubled.
Johnson said that several years ago the Navy conducted an "early fatigue analysis" on the Freedom that "identified high-stress areas" in the aluminum superstructure. The areas were fitted with instruments to collect data and to monitor for cracks.
Cracks showed up late last year in the predicted areas. The measuring instruments remain in place, and the Navy implemented some design changes to the superstructure "to correct high stress and fatigue issues," Johnson said.
Lockheed, based in Bethesda, Md., and Marinette Marine Corp. of Marinette, Wis., are working together on one model. It is based on a steel monohull and aluminum superstructure.
The other design is an all-aluminum trimaran being developed by the Mobile, Ala.-based U.S. subsidiary of Australia's Austal Ltd. and General Dynamics Corp. General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) is providing combat systems designed at its Pittsfield, Mass., facility for the Austal vessel.
Littoral Combat Ships are designed to operate closer to coastlines than existing surface vessels, such as destroyers, for missions such as clearing mines, hunting submarines and providing humanitarian relief.
The Navy on Dec. 29 awarded contracts for the construction of as many as 10 Littoral Combat Ships to each team.
The Lockheed Martin team received a $491 million contract that could be worth as much as $4 billion when all options are exercised. Austal won a $465 million contract that could reach as much $3.78 billion if all options are exercised.
Contracts for a second vessel each were awarded Thursday. Lockheed Martin received a $376 million job and Austal a $368 million contract

This isn't a good development for the LCS program

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Frank Buckles, last U.S. WWI vet, laid to rest - Air Force News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Air Force Times

Frank Buckles, last U.S. WWI vet, laid to rest - Air Force News News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Air Force Times

It's an honor to post this article.

Thank you veterans for your sacrifice.

Navy families in Japan urged to stay indoors - Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times

Navy families in Japan urged to stay indoors - Navy News News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times

Again - wondering how serious the threat of meltdown is. I've read other blogs and experts who state that this will not be the catastrophe the main stream media is making it out to be.

From Jane's Navy Updates

USN and USMC halve minimum distance for amphibious stand-offs
The US Navy (USN) and the US Marine Corps (USMC) have revised the minimum stand-off distance from a contested shore for amphibious operations from a minimum of 25 n miles to 12. The change is due to improvements in the USN's mine countermeasure (MCM) capability and early success of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye carrier-based information, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead said on 2 March

[first posted to - 09 March 2011]

US Navy faces budget crisis as talks continue in Congress
The US Navy is facing a USD4.5 billion operational and maintenance (OMN) shortfall and the potential delay of several ship starts as a result of an ongoing budget fight in Congress. Having failed to approve the Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11) budget last year due to a stalemate between hard-line conservatives and supporters of President Barak Obama's administration, Congress has instead passed two continuing resolutions (CRs) that will fund the Department of Defense at 2010 levels

[first posted to - 09 March 2011]

Friday, March 11, 2011

Now this is honoring history!!

More Naval Aviation Heritage Aircraft (But Still No Hawkeye)

Latest additions - EA-6B in colors from the Battle of the Coral Sea:
A P-3 in the colors of VP-44 PBY from Midway:
And a Growler in tri-color from Air Group 85 embarked in USS Shangri-La late in the war:
So basically, we now have one of everything in the inventory, fixed and rotary wing, carrier- and shore-based (including an S-3B) in heritage colors - some with more than one example. All that is, it seems, except an E-2C. So with that in mind, I humbly submit a proposal for an E-2C in the colors of VW-1, circa 1952-55: