A Beginner's Guide to Navy-Strength Rum

The Royal Navy's successful invasion of Jamaica in 1655 had a lot of terribly negative outcomes. The commanders ended up in the Tower of London. Many of the English sailors fell sick or starved. A lot of Spanish settlers died. But there was one undeniably positive outcome: rum. » 3/27/15 4:20pm Friday 4:20pm

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The Navy's New Diving Suit Is Straight Out of G.I. Joe

The United States Navy recently announced a futuristic new diving suit that's designed to use less helium. There's only one problem: They made it look just like Cobra Eel, the mortal enemy of Wet-Suit, a G.I. Joe Navy SEAL. » 3/23/15 1:20pm 3/23/15 1:20pm

These Underwater Mountains Are More Dangerous Than They Look

The ocean can look enormously peaceful, like a postcard sent from heaven by someone on Xanax. Under the surface, things aren't nearly so calm and picturesque. And on the coast of North Africa, the U.K.'s Royal Navy found another salty hazard: Two previously unmapped underwater mountains, jutting up from the seabed. » 1/21/15 10:26am 1/21/15 10:26am

Say Hello to China's New 11-Barrel Hypersonic Missile Killer

The future of naval warfare will likely include lasers, auto-cannons, and hypersonic missiles launched from the other side of the horizon. But while it may not have a defense against frickin' lasers, China's newly unveiled Type 1130 close-in weapon system can make short work of inbound warheads travelling at four… » 1/15/15 11:40am 1/15/15 11:40am

Here's Your Chance to Design a Logo For a Nuclear Sub

Nearly every government mission—from spy satellites to classified aircraft—has a mission patch, often designed by the crew itself. But even if you're not a crew member on America's new $2.3 billion nuclear sub, the USS Colorado, the Navy wants your designs anyways. » 1/06/15 12:45pm 1/06/15 12:45pm

The Trillion Dollar F-35 Won't Even Be Able to Shoot Its Gun Until 2019

At this point, it's not even funny how much the Pentagon has screwed up the development of its new stealth fighter jet, the F-35. But the latest report that the jet's 25mm cannon won't be operational until 2019 at the earliest is just laughable. Even more laughable is that it probably doesn't even need the gun to… » 12/31/14 2:48pm 12/31/14 2:48pm

The Navy once tried using nuclear-powered wetsuits to keep divers warm

The ocean is an inhospitable place for soft, land-based human bodies. It's dark, oxygenless, and, perhaps most intractable of all, really cold. At the pressure of certain depths, neoprene suits will compress and lose their insulating power. The air in tanks also gets cold, so divers become chillier with each breath.… » 12/02/14 1:25pm 12/02/14 1:25pm

Spectacular video of a missile blowing up a Norwegian Navy frigate

Impressive video of a new Norwegian Naval Strike Missile tested off the coat of Andøya, in northern Norway: The 400-pound, four-meter-long, 150-kilometer-range weapon hit and blew up the frigate KNM Trondheim. » 11/24/14 6:55pm 11/24/14 6:55pm

Watch the Navy's New Unmanned Swarm Boats In Action

The Navy is aiming to add its new unmanned swarm boats to the fleet within a year, and a video released by the Office of Naval Research shows what an asset these empty vessels will be. » 10/05/14 11:00am 10/05/14 11:00am

SeaRAM Outfits the Navy's Favorite Gatling Gun with Homing Missiles

Shockingly, there are some instances where the US Navy's Phalanx Close-In Weapons System's (CIWS) red hot wall of 20mm tungsten isn't enough to neutralize incoming threats—like against fast moving anti-ship cruise missiles. For times like those, America's Navy relies on the Phalanx's bigger, badder, rocket-propelled… » 9/24/14 11:44am 9/24/14 11:44am

The Navy Built Its Own Indoor Ocean to Test Ships

The world's seven seas may be wildly unpredictable, but if you ever find yourself itching to play Poseidon, you might want to consider enlisting. Because at the Naval Surface Warfare Center just outside Washington, D.C., the Navy gets to control every inch of its very own indoor ocean. » 8/29/14 2:30pm 8/29/14 2:30pm

The present and future of the US Navy's aircraft force in one GIF

For the first time, the US Navy is showing how its manned and unmanned jets can seamlessly work together aboard its aircraft carriers. This video filmed on the supercarrier USS Theodore Roosevelt shows a manned F-18 and an unmanned X-47B taking off one right after the other, like any other jets would do. » 8/18/14 5:53am 8/18/14 5:53am

18 High-Tech Warships From the Future That Rule the Seas Today

War. War never changes. Mankind has fought naval battles for thousands of years. And in the 21st century, the navy is still the most important branch of any maritime nation's combat forces. But technology does change, and if you don't live near a navy harbor, there's a chance you've missed all the newest ships being… » 8/11/14 9:00am 8/11/14 9:00am

Why The US Navy Should Build Smaller Aircraft Carriers

The aircraft carrier inventory question has always been up for debate, but it has largely centered on the number of hulls and not the physical size of each carrier. In an age of shrinking defense budgets, smaller wars, and the Pacific Pivot, the U.S. should ditch its supercarrier-only policy and build smaller, less… » 7/09/14 3:41pm 7/09/14 3:41pm

Fighter jet loses front landing gear, lands vertically on padded stool

What happens when your front landing gear fails and you are flying a AV-8B Harrier that can land vertically? You ask your ship crew to place a comfy padded stool to softly put your airplane's nose down. That's exactly what happened to this Harrier on the Wasp-class USS Bataan on June 7. » 6/26/14 5:54pm 6/26/14 5:54pm

The Florida National Forest That Gets Pummeled by 20,000 Bombs a Year

Careful if you go camping in Florida's Ocala National Forest. One minute it's birds chirping in a serene forest and another it might be the scream of a fighter jet followed by the boom of an explosion. Because oddly enough, in the middle of this forest is the Pinecastle Impact Range, the Navy's only live bomb target… » 6/20/14 5:40pm 6/20/14 5:40pm

The Navy Wants to Mount an Anti-UAV Laser on a Hummer--A Hummer!

The Office of Naval Research has just announced another breakthrough in its efforts to bring laser-based weapons to future battlefields. What once could only be accommodated by a tractor trailer now fits neatly in the back seat of a Humvee. It's only a matter of time until our armed forces march off to war with GI… » 6/17/14 2:20pm 6/17/14 2:20pm

SOSUS: The US Navy's Long-Range Undersea Ears for Spotting Soviet Subs

At the end of World War II, just as relations between the US and the Soviet Union were beginning to freeze, America found itself dangerously vulnerable to Soviet ballistic missile submarine attack. To counter this potential nuclear threat to the Eastern seaboard, the US Navy set about devising an ingenious system of… » 6/12/14 11:40am 6/12/14 11:40am

US Army helicopter drops an entire boat full of Navy Seals in the sea

This is how they load missiles on a US Navy ship

I've seen them firing many times, but I've to confess that I've never seen one of these missiles systems getting loaded. It seems as easy as inserting a cartridge in a Nintendo Entertainment system. » 5/23/14 9:00pm 5/23/14 9:00pm