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(WTKR)   Old and busted: Doing donuts with your car in the high school parking lot. New Hotness: Doing donuts with the USS Independence in the middle of the Pacific   (wtkr.com) divider line 27
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2013-08-04 07:46:56 AM
Those have got to be the dumbest looking ships in the history of ever.
 
2013-08-04 08:01:36 AM
biatchin' Littoral, biatchin' Littoral
 
2013-08-04 08:42:09 AM

Nabb1: biatchin' Littoral, biatchin' Littoral


annnnnnnnd we're done.
 
2013-08-04 09:59:35 AM
Call we when they ghost ride one of those
 
2013-08-04 10:35:27 AM
Ramius always turns to starboard in the bottom half of the hour.
 
2013-08-04 11:23:42 AM
Wow, maybe we can arrange a F35 flyover and have another launch and miss of our anti-ballistic missile system at the same time.  Or we could just put up a video of the DOD burning stacks of 100s.  Given the miserable record of all three, it would amount to the same thing.
 
2013-08-04 11:32:18 AM
Clitoral Wombat Ships?
 
2013-08-04 11:33:25 AM
Now I'm all excited about seeing paint dry.
 
2013-08-04 11:40:58 AM
I got through about 1 minute of it and started feeling like I was watching golf, I was half asleep when I finally turned it off
 
2013-08-04 11:50:08 AM
try dazzle
it was done to confuse the enemy
size, direction were hard to tell
and hell like an accident you just want to stare at it
 
2013-08-04 12:03:15 PM
Don't suppose we can get a refund from Lockheed-Martin and General Dynamics/Austal...Think of all the infrastructure improvements you could do with $4 billion...
 
2013-08-04 12:34:24 PM
Mulva?
 
2013-08-04 12:47:28 PM
Subby, it's not in the middle of the Pacific. Littoral means near shore.

/pedanticism
 
2013-08-04 01:13:31 PM
Thrilling video old chap.
 
2013-08-04 01:23:50 PM
Neat concept- lousy execution.

These POS can't take heavy seas (anything over Sea State 3), and the other model developed a 30 foot crack in the hull during sea trials. They're supposed to be designed to accept mission-unique modular weapon/sensor packages, but those never got developed. Their range sucks, and there's a lot of realistic doubt the LCS platform could even survive combat in a hostile littoral environment such as the Persian Gulf.

/I know a lot of engineers who work on these grey turds.
 
2013-08-04 01:43:27 PM
How I long for an Iowa class.
 
2013-08-04 02:41:13 PM

whither_apophis: Subby, it's not in the middle of the Pacific. Littoral means near shore.

/pedanticism



The video description says it was off the coast of San Diego, but in Subby's defense it doesn't say  how far off the coast.
 
2013-08-04 03:43:48 PM
I'll bet the guy driving that boat had a hardon the whole time... unless it wasn't a guy, then Im betting she was very wet looking to for the captain to bring his rudder amid ship.
 
2013-08-04 04:08:40 PM
Our military is overly dependent on highly expensive and difficult to manufacture weapon systems of unproven value which we couldn't afford to replace if we ever got into a real conflict (you know, the kind where ships, tanks, and planes periodically explode).

In medieval Europe, we'd be the French.  Heavily dependent on outrageously expensive knights that take years to train, riding equally expensive and hard to train horses.  If we stay on that path, sooner or later we'll hit our Agincourt, get trounced by a bunch of peasants with longbows, and be set back a decade.

Cheap, disposable drones would go a long way towards solving this.  To bad we'll rely instead on expensive, difficult to replace ones instead.
 
2013-08-04 04:52:40 PM

Wenchmaster: These POS can't take heavy seas (anything over Sea State 3), and the other model developed a 30 foot crack in the hull during sea trials. They're supposed to be designed to accept mission-unique modular weapon/sensor packages, but those never got developed. Their range sucks, and there's a lot of realistic doubt the LCS platform could even survive combat in a hostile littoral environment such as the Persian Gulf.


Let's add that the maneuvering capabilities they were showing off actually demonstrated a non-blue-sea warship that takes a full minute to execute a turn. Odds are high that current and future engagements are going to be against large numbers of small, fast-moving craft. There was a great paper linked recently about how Sea Shepherd serves as a model for the behavior of other maritime non-state actors; this topic was delved into as part of that write-up.

If it takes you a minute to turn that craft around, you're going to be a sitting duck for fast moving speedboats full of explosives.
 
2013-08-04 04:59:53 PM

SomeAmerican: Our military is overly dependent on highly expensive and difficult to manufacture weapon systems of unproven value which we couldn't afford to replace if we ever got into a real conflict (you know, the kind where ships, tanks, and planes periodically explode).

In medieval Europe, we'd be the French.  Heavily dependent on outrageously expensive knights that take years to train, riding equally expensive and hard to train horses.  If we stay on that path, sooner or later we'll hit our Agincourt, get trounced by a bunch of peasants with longbows, and be set back a decade.

Cheap, disposable drones would go a long way towards solving this.  To bad we'll rely instead on expensive, difficult to replace ones instead.


idk man, weapons like the JDAM are amazing and vastly more efficient than simple weapons. sure they cost maybe 3 times more, but they are 10 times more effective.
the XM25 grenade launcher is more expensive than the m203 but you can kill dudes behind cover with it near perfect accuracy.
the f35 can shoot a missile and kill a plane behind it.
it can also instantly find and identify ground targets.
 
2013-08-04 05:02:41 PM
ts4.mm.bing.net

approves
 
2013-08-04 05:16:09 PM

Wingchild: Wenchmaster: These POS can't take heavy seas (anything over Sea State 3), and the other model developed a 30 foot crack in the hull during sea trials. They're supposed to be designed to accept mission-unique modular weapon/sensor packages, but those never got developed. Their range sucks, and there's a lot of realistic doubt the LCS platform could even survive combat in a hostile littoral environment such as the Persian Gulf.

Let's add that the maneuvering capabilities they were showing off actually demonstrated a non-blue-sea warship that takes a full minute to execute a turn. Odds are high that current and future engagements are going to be against large numbers of small, fast-moving craft. There was a great paper linked recently about how Sea Shepherd serves as a model for the behavior of other maritime non-state actors; this topic was delved into as part of that write-up.

If it takes you a minute to turn that craft around, you're going to be a sitting duck for fast moving speedboats full of explosives.


Wingchild: Wenchmaster: These POS can't take heavy seas (anything over Sea State 3), and the other model developed a 30 foot crack in the hull during sea trials. They're supposed to be designed to accept mission-unique modular weapon/sensor packages, but those never got developed. Their range sucks, and there's a lot of realistic doubt the LCS platform could even survive combat in a hostile littoral environment such as the Persian Gulf.

Let's add that the maneuvering capabilities they were showing off actually demonstrated a non-blue-sea warship that takes a full minute to execute a turn. Odds are high that current and future engagements are going to be against large numbers of small, fast-moving craft. There was a great paper linked recently about how Sea Shepherd serves as a model for the behavior of other maritime non-state actors; this topic was delved into as part of that write-up.

If it takes you a minute to turn that craft around, you're going to be a sitting duck for fast moving speedboats full of explosives.


thats stupid as shiat. let me tell you why.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2004nrHxa0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILcVt9p7cug
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY6nm-6eCzM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l0Dh6qJ3RE
 
2013-08-04 05:52:03 PM
Came here looking for old yellow stain.
 
2013-08-04 07:07:54 PM
Oh wow, a boat that makes turns...let's order a couple dozen of those.
 
2013-08-04 09:21:37 PM

whither_apophis: Subby, it's not in the middle of the Pacific. Littoral means near shore.

/pedanticism


Isn't the middle of the ocean actually located somewhere beneath the surface too?  Oceans are not 2-dimensional.  They have depth.
 
2013-08-05 08:53:58 AM
Paint dries, grass grows and twinkies rot faster than that.  Least exciting video ever.
 
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