US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to make historic Vietnam visit – an annotated infographic

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson will reportedly make a historic visit to Vietnam as part of the Navy’s largest multinational disaster response exercises in the Indo-Pacific region. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to make historic Vietnam visit – an annotated infographic

US Navy honours past President with Gerald R Ford aircraft carrier – an annotated infographic

The US Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, has been commissioned. It is the most expensive warship ever built. The $12.9 billion vessel is the first in a new generation of aircraft carriers, featuring a host of changes over the current Nimitz-class fleet. The Ford is the lead ship in the US Navy’s new class of super carriers. Two nuclear reactors power the 1,092ft-long warship, allowing it to cruise at 30+ knots (34.5+ miles per hour). Its new technologies include electromagnetic launch systems for jets and drones, a system that replaces steam catapults. The carrier has been … Continue reading US Navy honours past President with Gerald R Ford aircraft carrier – an annotated infographic

US Navy’s high-tech, Scrabble-tile-name, $4.4bn destroyer ship, the USS Zumwalt – an annotated infographic

The US Navy is to take ownership of the Zumwalt, its largest and most technologically sophisticated destroyer. The $4.4-billion ship features an angular shape that makes it 50 times more difficult to detect and new guns designed to deliver devastatingly accurate firepower hundreds of kilometres away. Cool. Or, grotesque and largely unnecessary use of public funds. You decide. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading US Navy’s high-tech, Scrabble-tile-name, $4.4bn destroyer ship, the USS Zumwalt – an annotated infographic

Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – US Navy sub-hunting Poseidon plane searches for debris – an annotated infographic

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane flight MH370 continues, with attention currently focussed on the debris spotted floating in the southern Indian Ocean. In light of this discovery, the US Navy has deployed its newest patrol aircraft – the P-8A Poseidon – in order to use its high-tech sub-hunting equipment to search below the surface of the ocean. The Poseidon is a surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, which can drop sonobuoys in to the sea in order to listen for pingbacks coming from the missing plane’s black boxes. You may be interested to know that E&T has gathered the series … Continue reading Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – US Navy sub-hunting Poseidon plane searches for debris – an annotated infographic

US Navy readies electromagnetic rail guns – an annotated graphic

The US Navy is apparently having a lot of fun with taxpayers’ dollars. Not content with plans to install high-power laser weapons (as we reported in April 2013, with an accompanying spiffy infographic), now they’re fooling around with electromagnetic railgun weapons that can fire projectiles further and faster than any previous gun. Tons of fun to had there, we’re sure. Prototype launchers, built by BAE Systems, are expected to be delivered in 2014. Instead of using a chemical explosive, a railgun creates a magnetic force between two power rails conducting large amounts of electricity. The magnetic pulse can send a … Continue reading US Navy readies electromagnetic rail guns – an annotated graphic

US Navy plans to install high-power laser weapons on its boats – an annotated graphic

The U.S. Navy has announced that it will deploy a laser weapon for the first time on one of its ships. The laser could be capable of shooting down drones and disabling vessels. Clearly excited at the prospect, Peter Morrison at the Office of Naval Research’s Solid-State Laser Technology Maturation Program, is reported as saying, “The future is here”. Technically, the future is never here, of course, as what is here now is the present. Grammatical time-slips aside, this development means the potential transformation of warfare – not least the cost of conducting it. Since the laser runs on electricity, it … Continue reading US Navy plans to install high-power laser weapons on its boats – an annotated graphic