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Thursday — Fire for Effect

COIN: Is Air Control the answer? (says me: no.)
Amazing photo of the day: Peacekeepers and Warfighters
5 ways to defend a supercarrier (with all five being awesome)
Call me Senator, dammit.
Raytheon C-RAM fail
Malaysia has Q-ships?

Video: DUCK!!!

–John Noonan

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Strick June 18, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Wrong link. The Supercarrier link should be:


Steve B. June 18, 2009 at 7:35 pm

I wonder which one of those was my nephew, a Harrier pilot and Major in 3MAW !.


John Noonan June 18, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Good catch Strick, fixed and fixed.


Roy Smith June 18, 2009 at 11:50 pm

How about a gigantic submarine/submersible that when it surfaces,the top of its hull opens up to reveal a flight deck? It would be a submersible aircraft carrier(the size of a Nimitz or bigger). Besides being an unrealistic fantasy unfortunately,the cost would most likely be prohibitive. But the ocean would be big enough to accommodate it. Maybe that’s what was wrong with the canceled Zumwalt destroyer,besides being “stealthy”,if it had had a submersible/semi-submersible quality,that would have further helped it out.


Joe Buff June 19, 2009 at 3:48 am

Woo hoo this Malaysian Navy Q-Ship sounds kewl, could be just the thing to “disuade and deter” those pyrate swarms. And to “pacify” the undeterred ones.
Roy: In WWII, the Imperial Japanese Navy had a small number of aircraft carrier submarines. Like you say, they were huge and very expensive relative to their payload of only 2 planes. Didn’t work very well operationally either.


Charles June 19, 2009 at 10:36 am

The IJN sub carriers launched seaplanes from a space in the conning tower. Not quite the same idea as designing a modern submersible flat-top. The IJN carrier wasn’t big enough to store aircraft in the hull with an elevator system, etc
I always wanted to see something as big as a Typhoon launching aircraft…now that’d be something to see!


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