Author David Larter

Everyone who watches television or looks at billboards has, at some point, been told how stupid it is to drink and drive. It’s one of those things you just know not to do. If driving a car is a bad idea after drinking, then driving a 600-foot freighter down Juan de Fuca Strait, near the busy Puget Sound, is an even worse idea. The Coast Guard busted Seong Og Sin, skipper of the STX  Daisy, in April and charged him with operating under the influence. Sin blew a .108 when he was tested. A court in Tacoma, Wash., sentenced him…

The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle has been sidelined with a major engineering casualty until at least Christmas, and the time could not be worse for Great Britain, according to the Telegraph. With the U.K.’s only carrier Ark Royal scrapped, the two historic rivals were expected this week to announce a partnership that would in some way share the French carrier with Great Britain. The Telegraph reports: “This is a carrier which is meant to be defending not only France but also Britain over the next decade. As far as the London summit is concerned, her breaking down could…

For those of you who have never sat through the movie “Napoleon Dynamite,” a scene near the end depicts Napoleon, the high school social outcast, busting some serious moves in front of his peers at a rally for his friend Pedro who is running for class president. See dance scene here. For this week’s bored sailor video, Scoop Deck presents a very haze gray remake of that classic scene.

Chinese Navy soldiers attend a ceremony to see off the missile destroyer Shenzhen on a dock of Zhanjiang, southeast China, in 2007. // AP Photo via Xinhua’s Zha Chunming The inevitable march towards doomsday continues for U.S. dominance of the high seas, according to a growing chorus of critics who say China’s aggressive stance on territorial claims in Asia threatens to file down the teeth of the Global Force for Good. It’s rather a trendy opinion to hold these days, especially with all the clamor over China’s George Washington-neutralizing mega power missile. Add Christian Science Monitor columnist Jim Bencivenga to…

It’s been about a month since former Center of Excellence fellow Phil Ewing offered up a couple of sweet photos to adorn the desktops of faithful Scoop Deck readers. A lot has changed since then: the leaves have begun to turn, Navy annihilated Notre Dame and Wikileaks released another 400,000-odd pages of classified material. (On that note, if you missed it, the New York Times had a fascinating profile of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange posted on Saturday.) Changing times call for a change in backgrounds. This one by MC2 Kilho Park should speed you along your way down the information…

There are few things on earth that make sailors want to sing as much as preventive maintenance. It may be true that some may loathe the endless hours of cleaning air filters, replacing valves, wire-brushing fire stations and changing water-tight gaskets. But that doesn’t seem to hold true for carrier Abraham Lincoln’s hip-hop artist extraordinaire Dog Zebra. For him, it doesn’t matter how late it is, he’s gonna conduct his maintenance. DZ posted his latest beat this morning and it may just be the single greatest song about the shipboard material maintenance management system of all time. If you can…

Most people have had a suspect power bill a time or two, but $170,000-worth of suspect power bills? The museum ship Salem in Salem, Mass., is haggling with the power company over $170,000 of unpaid electric bills and National Grid is threatening to cut off the lights. The heavy cruiser that once served as the 6th Fleet flagship in the Mediterranean has been docked in Salem as a floating museum since 1994. According to wickedlocal.com, the website of the local Salem Gazette newspaper, the museum’s director, Michael Condon, has no intention of paying the bill. The story reads: The Salem…

By any measure, the Royal Navy has had a rough week. In the span of three days, the Brits cut their flagship carrier, the Ark Royal, reduced their fleet to its smallest size in centuries and, now, has run its nearly $5.5 billion nuclear submarine Astute into the mud near Scotland’s Isle of Skye. Reports broke early this morning that Astute had run aground. Agence France-Presse reports: A British nuclear submarine ran aground off a Scottish island on Oct. 22, the defense ministry said, adding that there were no immediate signs of any casualties or environmental damage. HMS Astute -…

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