Fleet 2023, January

Small fleet and big politics

Small fleet and big politics

“The aircraft carriers would not harm us, but I believe that this is not a priority task for Russia. The carrier strike force includes the aircraft carrier itself, a nuclear-weapon carrier ship, about 12 aircraft carrier short-range escort ships, anti-missile barrier ships, two or three submarines, and

Kirov vs. Iowa

Kirov vs. Iowa

In the ranks and under the flag. Thus … Source: Wikimedia Commons 250 meters of steel structures. 25,000 tons of displacement. Dozens of anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles. Two nuclear reactors. Hundreds of crew members. The pride of a country that has gone into oblivion, the pride that has gone along with the country itself. Taking into account

Aviation as the main striking force of the Russian fleet

Aviation as the main striking force of the Russian fleet

To be or not to be the Russian fleet? What place does it occupy in the formation of the defense capability of the Federation? Finally, what should our fleet look like? The problems associated with protecting our maritime borders and shores are not diminishing - and, accordingly, the discussion devoted to this is growing from year to year

Naval dramas: about politics, war and expediency

Naval dramas: about politics, war and expediency

“Now that the Russian Federation has inherited a significantly smaller and much less active naval force, the US Navy again has no serious rival at sea - American aircraft carriers are protected from any enemy attack, but not from internal critics who point out the enormous cost

Wave Glider - Marine Drone

Wave Glider - Marine Drone

In 2003, businessman Joseph “Joe” Rizzi chose an unusual hobby for himself - recording humpback whale songs. With the help of his neighbor, he assembled a kayak, a battery, a hydrophone and a long cable to listen to the sounds of the ocean from the living room of his home on the Hawaiian coast

The Chinese were able to build the "Titanic" in the 15th century

The Chinese were able to build the "Titanic" in the 15th century

In the midst of the modern towers of Nanjing stands a wondrously beautiful boat 20 jans long and 9 jans wide. And its masts are so high that they touch the lower skies. Masts to the skies A great story is the foundation of a great nation. It's nice to see great ancestors in your family. And if they are not, then you need to come up with. You can easily

Thunderstorm over the ocean. How the battleship Yamato was sunk

Thunderstorm over the ocean. How the battleship Yamato was sunk

The Perfect Storm In the spring of 1945, a rare phenomenon was observed in the northwestern Philippine Sea. A storm front 50 miles wide that rocked the air and sea with the roar of aircraft engines, the approach of this thunderstorm was not reported in the weather reports. The phenomenon had a technogenic origin and was called

The last battle of the German raider

The last battle of the German raider

Your documents. Mister … Tamerlane? How did you get here? Business? No, this is a routine check. The check was not routine. The suspect was seen on this road. Officer Cornwall flipped through the papers thoughtfully. Insurance is fine. Formally, there is nothing to show. '' The driver looked curiously in the mirror

Yamato. Heavyweight fight

Yamato. Heavyweight fight

The pride of the fleet is the minute of the turn. The diameter of the tactical circulation of the Yamato at a speed of 26 knots was 640 meters. Outstanding indicator. Even for a battleship. Linkors outnumbered ships of other classes in maneuverability. Yamato was considered the best. He had enough to turn at full speed

Sharp-toothed "Skat". Under the flags of three states

Sharp-toothed "Skat". Under the flags of three states

Titanium boats. Supercavitating torpedoes and liquid metal reactors. What other weapons could surprise the fleet? The audience prepared for the hundredth time to break their spears in the dispute over submarine fighters of the "Lyra" type. Dive a kilometer with the Komsomolets and fantasize about the Poseidon breaking through the darkness of the depths

Japanese destroyer robot

Japanese destroyer robot

As one Internet user wittily pointed out, the difference between us and the Japanese is that we try to pretend to be smart, and they are stupid. This should start our review of the Japanese destroyers Murasame and their close relatives, the Takanami. numerous families

What war is the fleet preparing for?

What war is the fleet preparing for?

A projectile fired from the barrel of an AK-630 flies 900 meters in a second, having time to complete 1260 revolutions around its axis. (900 / 23.8 * 0.03, where 23.8 is the steepness of the rifling, measured in calibers.) In artillery systems using the Gatling scheme, shells are twisted not only by cutting, but

Secret Japanese Navy

Secret Japanese Navy

"Nagato" appeared during the eighth moon, and his brother "Mutsu" - in the month of long nights. In other words, the exact date of commissioning remained unknown. All the statements were lies, and the few witnesses did not reveal the secrets to anyone. Silence avoided many questions during the conclusion

Scientific and technological revolution in the field of the Navy

Scientific and technological revolution in the field of the Navy

1945 marked the end of the 600-year-old era of ships with artillery weapons. The story began with the sailing karakka "Christoph" with three bombers, and her first shots at the Battle of Arnemaiden (1338). And ended with a series of cruisers "Des Moines", where one cannon barrel was as long as the entire karakka of the XIV century

Second magnitude starfish

Second magnitude starfish

The Netherlands has never abandoned the navy and continues to "keep the bar" at a fairly high level. They did not have gigantic defense budgets, and their main projects were ships of the 2nd rank. However, unexpectedly for everyone, their modest frigates surpassed the cruisers in combat capabilities

Cruisers of the "Baltimore" class. In the battle for the title of the best

Cruisers of the "Baltimore" class. In the battle for the title of the best

The arrow was approaching 10 pm, but the cruiser continued the senseless battle. He shot and shot, as if he was afraid not to be in time. He shot for himself, for all cruisers of his type, for the entire class of heavy cruisers going down in history. Lighting up and shaking the Konwondo coastline in an attempt to convince everyone

"Marine Corps" does not exist

"Marine Corps" does not exist

There is the United States Marine Corps, which can hardly be called a Marine Corps. But first things first … The creation of a domestic analogue of Marine Corps would require a cycle of important organizational measures, the purpose of which is to unite under a single command all the Marine Corps and

German destroyer "Narvik": in battle with common sense

German destroyer "Narvik": in battle with common sense

Continuing the cycle about the most useless ships. The high characteristics of German technology allow us to close our eyes to many of its shortcomings. Many but one. How were those "high performances" achieved? The answer is unlikely to please even the most convinced supporters of the German

Why did the Japanese have such powerful ships?

Why did the Japanese have such powerful ships?

The falcon does not peck at abandoned grains. Like him, a samurai is obliged to pretend that he is full, even if he is dying of hunger. Perfection of spirit and moderation in everything - this is the way of a real warrior (bushido). Therefore, it is so easy to believe that contempt for everyday amenities was the tradition of the Japanese navy. Supreme martial

The Flying Dutchman, setting standards for the destroyer Leader

The Flying Dutchman, setting standards for the destroyer Leader

During the first decades of the XXI century, the navies of European countries made a breakthrough to nowhere. The number of ridiculous and absurd projects such as the German F125, Danish Absalon or American LCS exceeded all reasonable limits. A sign of a battleship is increasingly the lack of weapons on board

When economy is dangerous for the ship: the truth about the frigates "Oliver H. Perry"

When economy is dangerous for the ship: the truth about the frigates "Oliver H. Perry"

A sea-foam shroud was all that awaited this frigate when meeting the enemy. Last week, my esteemed colleague listed the advantages of the Oliver Perry and raised it to the standard of naval weapons. It turned out that many of the ideas implemented in the creation of "Perry" should be used

Bombing cruisers and battleships

Bombing cruisers and battleships

“On July 2, while standing in dry dock in Brest, Eugen again received a hit from a 227-mm aerial bomb - this time a semi-armor-piercing one. A bomb dropped from a great height hit the forecastle to the left of the second turret, pierced both armored decks (80 mm of armor) and exploded deep inside the hull.”(From the article“German heavy

"Golden Bullet" for the battleship

"Golden Bullet" for the battleship

Bismarck, Gneisenau, Yamato … Pearl Harbor! But is it fair to judge the combat stability of an entire class of ships based on several episodes? After all, more than 150 cases of aerial bombs and torpedoes hitting the LKR and LK are known! Is “150” unrealistic a lot? Of course, because most of the hits are not

The most useless warships

The most useless warships

These ships are the real lucky ones. In a real combat situation, they would have been "hacked" to the fullest. The very first battle threatened them with heavy losses, not justified by anything except the obstinacy of high officials and the super-profits received by "effective managers" involved in the creation of these vessels. Whose decisions

On the need to reduce the types of submarines

On the need to reduce the types of submarines

“The States, unlike Russia, have long gone down the path of reducing the types of submarines in order to maximize their unification … the only multipurpose boat of the future should be Virginia. And the only strategic one will remain "Ohio" for a very long time. (From the article "The Last Century

Battle in the northern waters. Time to take stock

Battle in the northern waters. Time to take stock

A naval battle in northern waters in the fall of 2018 had disastrous results for both sides. In that "battle" a Norwegian missile frigate, a Russian floating dock and an aircraft carrier fell. All three were incapacitated indefinitely. The Viking code read … Drakkar, who knew no defeat, was not

Maximum immersion depth of submarines of the Russian Navy, the US Navy and Japan

Maximum immersion depth of submarines of the Russian Navy, the US Navy and Japan

The fact of the existence of a bathyscaphe, which managed to conquer the deepest abyss, testifies to the technical feasibility of creating manned vehicles for diving to any depths. Why is not one of the modern submarines capable of diving even close to 1000 meters? Half a century ago, assembled from

Named after the mountain. New destroyer built in Japan

Named after the mountain. New destroyer built in Japan

Another target for the "Daggers". But don't jump to conclusions. Last summer, the Maya, the ship that became the lead in a series of two Project 27DD missile destroyers, was launched at the Yokohama shipyard. The launch of the second, as yet unnamed hull is expected this year. Both destroyers

Poseidon will go into battle, guided by the seabed

Poseidon will go into battle, guided by the seabed

Far from the storms above him, under the abyss of the seas In the bottomless darkness where the dim light flickers He sleeps - and looks up, swallowing the days In the hour When the last fire shakes the earth Will rise for his death … Alfred Tennyson, "Kraken", free translation The story of the military campaign "Poseidon »To the shores of the United States should

Soviet battleship K-1000. Don't lie and make you afraid

Soviet battleship K-1000. Don't lie and make you afraid

"The Strong Falcon Hides Claws" The Union did not boast about what it does not have. The union did not talk about what it has. And this silence, interrupted by a chorus of children's voices singing "May there always be sunshine," made the West numb with horror. Stronger than Hitchcock's thrillers

Ships for the third world war

Ships for the third world war

Prologue 1962 Caribbean Crisis. One of the consequences was the McNamara's Folly shipbuilding program. In honor of the head of the Pentagon, super-businessman and (later) the head of the World Bank, Robert McNamara. In the midst of tensions and the threat of a new world war, McNamara suddenly

When Russia has a strong fleet

When Russia has a strong fleet

The entry into service of the next "Virginia" and "Arleigh Burke" is met with a statement that Russia does not need to compete with the primordial maritime powers in the number of ships. Thesis

"The Da Vinci Code". About what a warship of 2020 should be like

"The Da Vinci Code". About what a warship of 2020 should be like

The hand of the genius architect slipped over the drawing, and the hull fell in two, as if another ship had grown from under the bottom of the frigate. However, what kind of ship is sticking out from under the bottom, to the great curiosity of readers, we will find out a little later. The PPA-class frigate has not the most ordinary design, but its perception

European values ​​of the frigate FREMM

European values ​​of the frigate FREMM

The second largest series of surface warships in the world with a displacement of over 5 thousand tons. To date, 14 units have entered service; five more were laid and completed. By the beginning of the next decade, their number promises to reach 20

Injury or death? Incredible resurrection of ships

Injury or death? Incredible resurrection of ships

“The ship is nowhere to be found,” diver Joseph Carnecke reported to the astonished commission. Moving by touch in the muddy water, he passed unhindered into the hull of the half-submerged battleship. Finding no sign of West Virginia, the diver turned back, attributing his incredible discovery to

The battle of the nuclear cruiser with the battleship

The battle of the nuclear cruiser with the battleship

A sea battle with the participation of the strongest. Steel and fire. A splash of molten metal in a swirling maelstrom of sinking debris. The names of the ships go into immortality, and the place of death remains in the xx ° xx ’xx’ ’format of the specified latitude-longitude. This is a tragedy! This is the scale! Recent discussion of the fight "Kirov"

Best anti-ship weapon

Best anti-ship weapon

At the cost of relatively low casualties, the kamikaze pilots were able to defeat half of the US Navy! Relatively low casualties? Everything is learned by comparison: during the war years, 60,750 Japanese pilots did not return from the mission. Of these, only 3912 were "official" kamikaze. Cases of self-sacrifice in a desperate

Iowa-class battleships: an 80-year threat

Iowa-class battleships: an 80-year threat

In the fall of 1991, in a conversation with US Secretary of Defense R. Cheney, the Sultan of Oman expressed his readiness to pay the costs of maintaining two Iowa-class battleships to provide them with continuous combat patrols in the Persian Gulf for nine months a year. “Of your entire fleet, only battleships

New ships of the Navy - a worthy trophy of the enemy

New ships of the Navy - a worthy trophy of the enemy

Ten auxiliary ships are built for each warship! A significant portion of the allocated funds is spent on projects

How ships were cut in the 90s

How ships were cut in the 90s

The first step was to cut nuclear cruisers - these creatures have long infuriated sailors with their inadequate cost and eternal concerns about their radiation safety. At the same time, the nuclear-powered ships had no real advantages, except for the senseless "unlimited autonomy in terms of fuel reserves." At first