Loading page

Restoring A Ship's Hull Still Looks Like Something From Centuries Past

Image Cache: It looks like ribbons of paper peeling off the surface of the wall — but in fact Seaman Jorge Ortiz here is prying copper sheet away from the hull of the USS Constitution as he helps restore the ship.

The Navy Is Teaching Celestial Navigation Again As A Backup Plan Against Hackers 

In the US, the Naval Academy hasn’t taught midshipmen how to navigate by the stars in 20 years, but it’s reintroducing the old-school approach to maritime travel. Why use a sextant instead of computers and GPS? Worries about ships stranded by cyber-attacks, which have the Navy re-thinking its reliance on tech.

This Warship Looks Like A Scene From Tron

Image Cache: You’d be forgiven for thinking this was a scene from a Hollywood movie, but in fact it’s the the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely as it sails through the Atlantic Ocean on training operations.

A US Navy Guided-Missile Destroyer Fires A Harpoon Missile In This Bad Arse Photo

And the rockets red glare. Here’s a bad arse picture of the USS Fitzgerald firing off a Harpoon missile during a drill. After seeing the photo, everything — why the USS Fitzgerald is classified as a destroyer, why the missile is called Harpoon — makes sense.

The Navy Built An Algorithm That Predicts Pirates' Behaviour Before An Attack

The US Navy is a veritable patent machine — it regularly beats all other government bodies when it comes to sheer volume, with 364 filed last year alone. One recent filing: Patent #US8838515, a “Method for predicting pirate attack risk.”

Watch A Bat-Inspired Sonar Prototype Flying On A Drone

Horseshoe bats’ unique noses and big, flexible ears make them nature’s most dynamic sonar arrays. Engineers built a mechanical version and they’re testing it on a quadcopter drone.

The Golden Gate Bridge Almost Ended Up With A Bumble Bee Paint Job

The Golden Gate Bridge’s iconic “International Orange” paint job was a bit of a happy accident. If the United States Navy got its way, the landmark stretch of infrastructure would look like a bumble bee. That would have been just sad.

Awesome Video Shows Unmanned X-47B Drone Refuelling In The Air

Earlier this week, the badass X-47B drone became the first ever unmanned aircraft to refuel while in the air. Think about how cool this is, the drone has to meet the KC-707 tanker plane in the air, position itself perfectly to snatch onto the fuel line and then gas itself up with no one on board. So freaking cool.

US Navy Secretary Wants To Stop Using Fighter Pilots In Favour Of Drones

Manned fighter jets may have a limited future. The secretary of the US Navy has announced that the new F-35 Lightning II “should be, and almost certainly will be, the last manned strike fighter aircraft the Department of the Navy will ever buy or fly.”

Happy Hour: A Beginner's Guide To Navy-Strength Rum

The Royal Navy’s successful invasion of Jamaica in 1655 had a lot of terribly negative outcomes. The commanders ended up in the Tower of London. Many of the English sailors fell sick or starved. A lot of Spanish settlers died. But there was one undeniably positive outcome: rum.

Loading page