Author David Larter

Calling the plans for the purchase of Joint Strike Fighters too costly, the Navy today unveiled an aircraft it says will put the service at the forefront of stealth fighter technology for the 21st century and even beyond. Navy officials revealed the Curtiss pusher biplane on the decks of the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush Nov. 15, calling it “leap-forward technology” for merely a fraction of the cost of all previous stealth fighter programs. All right, that’s enough. In reality, this is just a nifty photo showing a replica of the plane that made history 100 years ago when it…

Many Navy veterans from the current conflict have memories of this place. The Al Basra and Khawr Al Amaya Oil Terminals are two main arteries of the Iraqi economy and many a good sailor has spent long hours doing circles around their perimeter or manning an M60 machine gun on their creaky decks. By all reports the Iraqis, despite their government struggling to function, have good news for their economy. The Iraqi oil minister released data that places their oil reserves at a quarter above what was previously thought. Iraq estimates it is the proud owner of 143 billion barrels…

Usually the bored sailor videos that populate the YouTube universe are dominated by males. Well, the women of the carrier Ronald Reagan’s officer country decided to change that up a bit. In an impressive take on Canadian pop-princess Shania Twain’s hit “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” the women smash the bored sailor video’s digital ceiling. A fine effort, ladies. Observe:

Here is a look at the Navy’s new Flight IIA destroyer the Jason Dunham, a product of Bath Iron Works, Maine. The service is set to commission the Dunham on Saturday. The ship is named after Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham, who was killed by insurgents in Iraq in April 2004. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor on Jan. 11, 2007. Read his citation here.

The Japanese Coast Guard might have the U.S. Coast Guard beat in at least one respect: choreography. In this amazing video posted on YouTube, you can witness Japanese Coast Guardsmen dressed like school girls performing a flawlessly executed dance routine during sea and anchor detail. Prove the world wrong, U.S. Coast Guard. Let’s see some response videos. Observe: Those Japanese maritime types sure know how to make the military fun for the whole family.

To follow up on a discussion from earlier in the week about Navy recruiting commercials, it seemed necessary to illustrate the point with this week’s bored sailor video. Remember a few years ago when the Navy purchased the rights to Godsmack’s then-hit song Awake? Despite the jokes about the commercials, the heavy guitar riff soon became not identified with the band’s hit single but with Navy recruiting efforts. In other words, whoever pushed to purchase the rights to the song for the Navy’s commercials had pulled off a stroke of marketing genius. Godsmack’s star faded somewhat in the wake of…

There’s an old saying in the journalism community: If your mother says she loves you, check it out. The lead story on Drudge Report today proclaimed that the U.S. Navy is sending 34 ships to Mumbai, India, to provide security for President Obama’s visit. The story links to an Indian news report you can read here. This is what Drudge seized on: He will also be protected by a fleet of 34 warships, including an aircraft carrier, which will patrol the sea lanes off the Mumbai coast during his two-day stay there beginning Saturday. The measure has been taken as…

Yesterday, in-house heavy hitter Chris Cavas broke the news that both Lockheed Martin and Austal USA have been waiting for all year, and both companies can be happy with it. After a year-long wait, the Navy will ask congress for permission to award both companies 10 LCS hulls. The service’s leadership thinks competition between the companies has driven down the program’s costs. Cavas writes: Under the new proposal, the Navy would split its buy equally each year between Lockheed and Austal USA. Two ships would be awarded under the 2010 budget and two in 2011, with four ships year each…

Navy recruiting ads are something of a running joke in the fleet, especially among junior enlisted personnel. The commercials invariably show sailors performing the most exciting and extraordinary tasks they perform throughout the world every day. Often those commercials are backdropped by a soundtrack of either shredding guitar or Saving Private Ryan-esque rolling snare drums and blaring trumpets. But what the commercials don’t show are the rather mundane and monotonous tasks sailors perform on a day-to-day basis, even though those tasks are every bit as vital as oft-used video clips of SEALs hitting the beach or DDGs test-firing SM3s. They…

Ace reporter and newest Center of Excellence fellow Sam Fellman last week blew the lid off of the burgeoning gourmet coffee dependence among thousands of carrier crew members. The story, posted on the Navy Times website, exposed that carriers throughout the fleet were training SHs to run espresso machines, opening gourmet coffee shops and offering the highly addictive substance to sailors. Well, the story blew up on our Facebook page and was soon being tweeted around the Twittersphere. The revelations have been drawing criticism from old salts. “You have got to be sh****** me!” one Facebook commenter said. Another said:…

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