The US Navy Once Tried Using Nuclear-Powered Wetsuits To Keep Divers Warm

The ocean is an inhospitable place for soft, land-based human bodies. It’s dark, oxygenless, and, perhaps most intractable of all, really cold. At the pressure of certain depths, neoprene suits will compress and lose their insulating power. The air in tanks also gets cold, so divers become chillier with each breath. But in the ’60s the US Navy thought it had an ingenious solution to it all: nuclear power.


Spectacular Video Of A Missile Blowing Up A Norwegian Navy Frigate

Video: Whoa. Check out this impressive video of a new Norwegian Naval Strike Missile tested off the coat of Andøya, in northern Norway: The 180kg, four-metre-long, 150-kilometre range weapon hit and blew up the frigate KNM Trondheim.


Sweden Is Hunting A Mystery Submarine Off Its Coastline, And It's About To Get Heated

Tensions are high off the coast of Sweden right now, as the country’s navy hunts what it believes to be a broken down Russian submarine hiding below the surface. The whole thing feels like it’s torn from the pages of a Tom Clancy novel.


Watch The US Navy's New Unmanned Swarm Boats In Action

The Navy is aiming to add its new unmanned swarm boats to the fleet within a year, and a video released by the Office of Naval Research shows what an asset these empty vessels will be.


Monster Machines: SeaRAM Outfits The US Navy's Favourite Gatling Gun With Homing Missiles

Shockingly, there are some instances where the US Navy’s Phalanx Close-In Weapons System’s (CIWS) red hot wall of 20mm tungsten isn’t enough to neutralise incoming threats — like against fast moving anti-ship cruise missiles. For times like those, America’s Navy relies on the Phalanx’s bigger, badder, rocket-propelled brother: the SeaRAM.


The US Navy Built Its Own Indoor Ocean To Test Ships

The world’s seven seas may be wildly unpredictable, but if you ever find yourself itching to play Poseidon, you might want to consider enlisting. Because at the Naval Surface Warfare Center just outside Washington DC, the US Navy gets to control every inch of its very own indoor ocean.


The Present And Future Of The US Navy's Aircraft Force In One GIF

Video: For the first time, the US Navy is showing how its manned and unmanned jets can seamlessly work together aboard its aircraft carriers. This video filmed on the supercarrier USS Theodore Roosevelt shows a manned F-18 and an unmanned X-47B taking off one right after the other, like any other jets would do.


18 High-Tech Warships From The Future That Rule The Seas Today

War. War never changes. Mankind has fought naval battles for thousands of years. And in the 21st century, the navy is still the most important branch of any maritime nation’s combat forces. But technology does change, and if you don’t live near a navy harbor, there’s a chance you’ve missed all the newest ships being built and launched in the past few years.


Fighter Jet Loses Front Landing Gear, Lands Vertically On Padded Stool

Video: What happens when your front landing gear fails and you are flying a AV-8B Harrier that can land vertically? You ask your ship crew to place a comfy padded stool to softly put your aeroplane’s nose down. That’s exactly what happened to this Harrier on the Wasp-class USS Bataan on June 7.


US Navy Wants To Mount An Anti-UAV Laser On A Hummer -- A Hummer!

The Office of Naval Research has just announced another breakthrough in its efforts to bring laser-based weapons to future battlefields. What once could only be accommodated by a tractor trailer now fits neatly in the back seat of a Humvee. It’s only a matter of time until our armed forces march off to war with GI Joe-style laser rifles.