The Most Effective Naval Anti-Ship Weapon Of The Last 75 Years, And Other Fascinating Maritime Facts

The Long March


  • What has been the most effective naval anti-ship weapon over the last 75 years? Air to ship missiles? Bombs? Torpedoes? No no and no! It has been the good old anti-ship mine, reports Proceedings.
  • The U.S. Navy supply ships that tote oil, fuel, and water carry hoses that can stretch 8 miles inland.

  • The Navy has a SERE school in Maine, out in the hills near Rangeley. And a moron working there pulled a pistol on four instructors. (Tough place: They got 5 inches of snow in the third week of October this year.)
  • Naval Group, a French builder of warships, has designed a novel new attack submarine, the “SMX 31” (from “Sous-Marin Experimental”) that carries as many as 46 torpedoes but has a planned crew of only 15. It purports to do this by relaying on heavy use of AI and also having lithium batteries
  • Could the effort to create a Space Force lead to an uprising among Air Force generals akin to 1949’s “Revolt of the Admirals”? Mike Hennelly raises that possibility here.

Not maritime but two more things I didn’t know:

  • What a battalion S-3 worries about.
  • Vladimir Putin was a mediocre KGB officer, according to an old New Yorker article I read the other night when I couldn’t sleep. He was posted to a backwater post in Dresden, Germany, where he drank many liters of beer and gained 25 pounds. From there, instead of going to headquarters in Moscow, he was sent to monitor foreign university students in Leningrad.

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(U.S. Air Force via Air Force amn/nco/snco)

At least one Air Force base is on the lookout for a sinister new threat: angry men who can't get laid.

Personnel at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland were recently treated to a threat brief regarding an "increase in nationwide activity" by self-described "incels," members of an online subculture of "involuntary celibacy" who adopt an ideology of misogyny, mistrust of women, and violence in response to their failed attempts at romantic relationships.

The brief was first made public via a screenshot posted to the popular Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook page on Tuesday. An Air Force spokesman confirmed the authenticity of the screenshot to Task & Purpose.

"The screenshot was taken from a Joint Base Andrews Intel brief created following basic threat analysis on an increase in nationwide activity by the group," 11th Wing spokesman Aletha Frost told Task & Purpose in an email.

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From Long Beach to Huntington Beach, residents were greeted Saturday, June 15, at precisely 8 a.m. with "The Star-Spangled Banner." Then 12 hours later, the "Retreat" bugle call bellowed throughout Seal Beach and beyond.

At first, people wondered if the booming sound paid tribute to Flag Day, June 14. Seal Beach neighbors bordering Los Alamitos assumed the music was coming from the nearby Joint Forces Training Base.

But then it happened again Sunday. And Monday. Folks took to the Nextdoor social media app seeking an answer to the mystery.

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NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — The main thing to remember about Navy SEAL Chief Craig Miller's testimony on Wednesday is that he didn't seem to remember a lot.

Miller, considered a key witness in the trial of Chief Eddie Gallagher, testified that he saw his former platoon chief stab the wounded ISIS fighter but was unable to recall a number of details surrounding that event. Gallagher is accused of murdering the wounded fighter and separately firing on innocent civilians during a deployment to Mosul, Iraq in 2017. He has pleaded not guilty.

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NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — An enlisted Navy SEAL sniper testified on Wednesday that Chief Eddie Gallagher told his platoon prior to their deployment that if they ever captured a wounded fighter, their medics knew "what to do to nurse them to death."

In early morning testimony, former Special Operator 1st Class Dylan Dille told a packed courtroom that he had heard the phrase during unit training before the men of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon deployed to Mosul, Iraq in 2017.

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A Navy SEAL sentenced to one year in prison for the death of Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar is under investigation for allegedly flirting with Melgar's widow while using a false name and trying to persuade her that he and another SEAL accused of killing her husband were "really good guys," according to the Washington Post.

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