Willem van de Velde II

I always thought that in the age of fighting sail and wooden ships, gun crews aimed their cannons at the waterline because that would sink the enemy’s ship. But, I kind of wondered, if that were the case, why not aim slightly lower, where a good shot likely would let even more water in the enemy’s hull, and be more difficult to plug? (I thought the answer was perhaps that at many angles, the cannonball might skip, rather than plunge into the water, but I wasn’t sure.)

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Photo via DoD/Wikimedia Commons

With the $13 billion dollar next-generation USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier behind schedule and over budget and it's other 10 aircraft carriers are overworked, the Navy may skip an important step to get the futuristic new aircraft carrier deployed faster.

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When President Donald Trump railed against the electromagnetic catapult on the Navy’s brand new USS Gerald Ford and demanded a return to “goddamned steam,” we’re not sure this is what he had in mind.

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Assocaited Press photo by Marko Drobnjakovic

Well, vape ‘em if you’ve got ‘em. Quickly.

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