Is Iran's Navy a Threat to America?

Is Iran’s Navy a Threat to America?

Iran’s naval forces are some of the smallest but most aggressive in the region. Decades of sanctions and embargoes have strangled the navy’s attempts to modernize, leaving a smaller than expected naval force whose most intimidating features are homebrewed frigates, coastal missile batteries and swarms of fast, lightly armed fast-attack craft. Despite their size, the…

America’s carriers

The U.S. Military’s Nightmare: Stealth, Aircraft Carriers and Submarines Are Obsolete?

First off, when it comes to America’s carriers, it should be noted that no one really knows how deadly China’s anti-ship missiles, especially at long-ranges, would be in a real firefight. For example, can Beijing find a U.S. carrier in the massive Pacific Ocean? Can they defeat American missile defenses? And as for the case…

Right elevation drawing of Musashi as she appeared in 1942

Japan’s Huge World War II Battleships Were Monsters (And Almost Impossible to Sink)

Over the years, a variety of reports of turned up on the expected successor classes to Yamato. The next iteration would have been slightly larger, slightly more heavily armored, and would have carried six twenty-inch guns in three twin turrets, probably with roughly the same speed and range as Yamato. Designs for these ships were…

This photo taken on May 5, 2016 shows crew members of China's South Sea Fleet taking part in a drill in the Xisha Islands, or the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.

A New Chinese Drone Could Help Beijing Assert Its Claims In The South China Sea

China commands an undisputed upper hand in Asia’s biggest maritime sovereignty dispute. It has used at least 3,200 acres of landfill to create artificial islands, some for military hardware, in the South China Sea’s Paracel and Spratly archipelagos. It declares annual fishing moratoriums and passes ships through waters claimed by four wary yet militarily weaker…

These 'Old' Aircraft Carriers Made America a Superpower

These ‘Old’ Aircraft Carriers Made America a Superpower

Over a thirty-year period ten Nimitz carriers were built. The last, George H. W. Bush, incorporated the latest technology, including a bulbous bow to improve hull efficiency, a new, smaller, modernized island design, upgraded aircraft launch and recovery equipment, and improved aviation fuel storage and handling. The Nimitz-class carriers are a monumental achievement—an enormous, highly…