Ok, now take a look at this pic.
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How many can you identify?
1: Chinese PGO for the RPG rocket launcher
2: Bulgarian PGO-7
3: NPZ PGO-7
4: PK-23 blinking red dot
8: PK-A Original
9: PK-A Venezuela
11: 1PN58/NSPUM Night Vision
12: 1PN34/NSPU Night Vision
13: Kobra EKP-8-02 Gen 2
14: Kobra EKP-1S-03m Gen 1
17: 1P76 Rakurs
19: PK1/1P63 Obzor
20: PO 3.5x21P2 with NPZ mount
21: PO 3.5x21P
22: PO 3.5x21P Venezuela
23: PO 4x24P
24: PSO-1 from Izhmash
25: PSO-1 from NPZ
26: PSO-1-1 from NPZ
27: PO 3-9×24
28: Chinese JJJ PSO type optic for NMD86
30 1P78 Kashtan
31: Romanian LPS/TIP2 PSO type optic
32: POSP 4x24v
33: POSP 4x24v AA battery model
34: POSP 8×42
35: Zeiss ZFK 4×25
36: MP4-20 spotter scope
37: yM8 spotter scope
“PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Smilax worked with personnel from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources to recover five cannons and multiple barrel hoops from the Queen Anne’s Revenge in Beaufort Inlet, N.C., Monday.
The Queen Anne’s Revenge was the ship of the pirate Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, for more than a year before the ship ran aground on the shoals in the inlet. The crew of the Smilax, a 100-foot inland construction tender, worked with NCDCR divers to lift the approximately one-ton cannons aboard the Smilax using a combination of flotation bags and the ship’s crane.”
Not bad for the grand old Cosmos-class inland construction tender USCGC Smilax (WLIC-315). She is the Coast Guard’s “Queen of the Fleet”.
Smilax was built by Dubuque Boat & Boiler Works in Dubuque, Iowa. Her keel was laid on 26 November 1943, she was launched on 18 August 1944, and commissioned 1 November 1944. Her first mission included watching out for German U-boats while stationed at Fort Pierce, Florida. Since 2011 she has been the oldest ship in the US Coast Guard and is possibly the last active US military vessel left from World War Two. As an honor, she is the only US military ship with her hull numbers painted in gold and her motto was changed to Natu Maximus Mandatum Traba (Oldest Commissioned Ship).
Homeported in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, she is responsible for maintaining 1,226 fixed aids to navigation such as lights and range markers.
…And salvaging the occasional pirate cannon.
Israel’s Ynetnews has a pretty interesting article up on life aboard one of the country’s German-made diesel submarines.
“The most sensitive part of the drill – sinking into the deep after leaving the harbor – is accompanied by an endless flow of orders, read allowed by every soldier and officer according to his role.
Even the tone is mandated: A report of a switch flipped, valve released or wheel moved in unclear tone will have the commander demand the report repeated. In a depth of several hundred meters, the submarine under the heavy pressure of the sea, the heavy silence can be misleading.
After the giant tanks were emptied of air and filled with hundreds of tons of water, causing the submarine to sink like a giant weight, the lights in the vessel’s combat intelligence center go off and the mission is on. The goal: Search and destroy two enemy ships, simulated by two Navy Dabur-class patrol boats.
Every several minutes a soldier passes and shines a beam at the ceiling, chock-a-block with valves and dials, to make sure there is no leak. The tension on board can be cut with the navigator’s compass, whose eyes are glued to the map on his desk.
Without radar, the ship’s only sensory data comes from the ears of the sonar operators, the “sonarists,” who can decode the sound waves echoed from every object in the sea, according to distance, range, and quality. It’s as if a man could identify every type and model of vehicle with his eyes closed, based on hearing the sound of the motor alone. “
Since the late 1970s, the US Navy has relied on the Harpoon missile in its submarine, aircraft, and ship-launched versions to poke holes in the bad guys ships.
Oddly enough, it hasn’t really had to be used in the past forty years. The only time the US Navy sank a foreign ship and a ship-vs-ship engagement that was over the horizon in that period, it did so in the Persian Gulf with a Standard missile, which is technically a SAM. Notably, in that engagement, the Harpoons that were fired did not find their targets…
DARPA is experimenting with the Harpoons replacement:
(DARPA and the Office of Naval Research are collaborating on the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) program, which successfully launched its first prototype on Aug. 27. DARPA designed the free-flight transition test (FFTT) demonstration to verify the prototype’s flight characteristics and assess subsystem and sensor performance. Designed to launch from both ships and planes such as the B-1 bomber, the test vehicle detected, engaged and hit an unmanned 260-foot Mobile Ship Target (MST) with an inert warhead. A black circle indicates where the missile hit and punched straight through the target.)
Saw this while poking around Gulfport harbor.
Its a Kuwaiti Navy patrol boat, minus its armament.
Why is a Kuwaiti patrol boat chilling in Mississippi? They are homeported in the Persian Gulf, not the Redneck Rivera.
United States Marine in Gulfport, MS received a $61.6 million firm-fixed-price contract for detail design and construction of 10 patrol boats for the Kuwaiti Navy under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Program a few years ago. The vessels are designed for coastal patrol and interdiction, and other special operations at sea.
if the boat looks familiar, it could be because USMI manufactures both 82-foot Mark V.1 Special Operations craft and a Mark V Patrol Boat. external link The Mark V Special Operations operations craft has a maximum speed of 47 knots and provides accommodations for 5 crew and 16 passengers. The Mark V Patrol Boat has a maximum speed of 45 knots, provides accommodations for 12 (10 crew and 2 officers), and has berthing accommodations, a galley, and mess.
Built for the Kuwait Ministry of Defense and Kuwait Naval Forces, the primary mission of the Kuwaiti MKV is to conduct coastal patrol, surveillance and interdiction missions. Each 28 meter craft will carry two .50 Caliber machine guns and one MLG 27 weapon system (Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH 27mm gun). These high-speed, agile boats will reach speeds of greater than 45 knots, provide berthing for a crew of up to 12 sailors, and will be able to operate two days independently at sea.
You have to admit, it looks fast and has that new patrol boat smell…
If you have ever been involved in helicopters in sandy areas during low-light conditions, odds are you have seen a halo formed by the spinning blades of the chopper. This is caused by the blades meeting the abrasion of grinding quartz particles (stirred up sand) as they slice through the air. Veteran combat correspondent Michael Yon has captured this on several occasions in the sandbox and has given this halo phenomena the name “The Kopp-Etchells Effect” after two fallen soldiers, U.S. Army Ranger Benjamin Kopp and British soldier Joseph Etchell
“According to several sources vetted by DID, “on July 5/13, the Syrian port city of Latakia experienced major explosions at an arms depot. Israel hasn’t taken responsibility for the attack, but many sources attribute it to them. Initial reports suggested that the Israeli air force flew from bases in Turkey to launch the strike, flying over the Mediterranean and staying out of Syrian air space. Now, reports have surfaced that the strike was launched from a Dolphin Class submarine offshore. “
The Dolphin is a greatly modified class of six Type 209 submarines made by the Germans for the Israeli Defence Forces. The first two, built in the late 90s were donated, and the rest built slowly with the last, a currently unnamed unit, slated for delivery in 2014.
These 200-foot 1800-ton boats are smaller than the fleet boats of WWII, but can make patrols of up to 50-days at sea, covering as many as 10,000 nautical miles. They are armed with 6 × 533 mm (21.0 in) torpedo tubes for a payload of up to 16 US Mk48 and German Atlas Elektronik DM2A3 fish or sublaunched Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and 4 × 650 mm (26 in) torpedo tubes for launching swimmer vehicles and mines.
Their names are very interesting and resemble those typically chosen by Tsarist Russian subs.
Leviathan (trans. “Whale”)
Tekumah (trans. “Revival”)
Tannin (trans. “Crocodile”)
Rahav (trans. “Demon”}
While the Germans only sent the boats capable of firing 533mm torpedoes, the Israelis about ten years ago converted them to fire the Popeye Turbo SLCM – A suspected stretched version of their locally designed Popeye Turbo air to surface missile, for use as a submarine-launched cruise missile (SLCM). It was widely reported in a US Navy observed 2002 test in the Indian Ocean to have hit a target at 1500 km, it can allegedly carry a 200-300 kg conventional or nuclear warhead.
It is suspected that the stretched Popeye Turbo is the primary strategic second strike nuclear deterrent weapon which can be fired from the 650mm secondary torpedo tubes of the Israeli Dolphin class submarines. It is believed that the SLCM version of the Popeye was developed by Israel after the US Clinton administration refused an Israeli request in 2000 to purchase Tomahawk long-range SLCM’s because of international MTCR proliferation rules.
The Israelis, however, are mum on dolphins, popeyes, and other such things….
Pretty interesting video of the Brimstone AshM system, firing three short range (105-pound/Hellfire sized, 12km range) missiles and taking out three simulated fast attack craft. Of course, it looked like the ‘FACs’ were not maneuvering and were kinda on the slow side, but still…
“MBDA’s combat proven, UK developed, Brimstone missile carried out the world’s first surface to surface salvo engagement of multiple Fast In-shore Attack Craft (FIAC) threats with a single button push. The success of the trial has shown Brimstone’s unrivaled ability to swiftly strike numerous individual vessels without the need to laboriously designate each target, thereby demonstrating its prowess as a fire and forget maritime surface attack weapon. “
Take an AK-47, give it a 75-round magazine then make it even more robust as to allow for long periods of full auto firing. What you would get might look like the RPK light machine gun and in a world where assault rifles are princes and the AK-47 is an aging king, the RPK is a god on the battlefield.
Machine guns were the deciding factor on modern battlefields ever since 1914. During World War One the US Army introduced the Browning M1918 BAR automatic rifle, a 16-pound select fire gun that spat 30.06 ammo out at 650-round per minute until its 20-round magazine ran out. These smaller, one-man machine guns could be issued down to the squad level to provide a huge increase in firepower. By World War II, the concept of a squad automatic weapon was widely spread and the Soviets wanted one.
Their first model, Vasily Degtyaryov’s RPD, came in at 16.31-pounds empty and brought a 100-round belt of 7.62x39mm ammo into the battlefield in 1945. While the RPD was a nice gun, it was heavy and used a milled receiver, which made production slow. In 1947 the Soviets went with the stamped receiver AK-47 and soon enough they were brainstorming about how to replace the RPD with a lighter and more AK-ish weapon.
This led to the RPK.
Read the rest in my column at GUNS.com