Ships

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INFLATABLE, UNMANNED HUNTER

In the not-too-distant future, the U.S. Navy could be hunting subs and protecting ships using robotic, inflatable boats. That’s the plan, at least, from a…


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NAVY’S NEW TARGET: SWEDISH SUB

“The Navy has formally agreed to lease a Swedish submarine and its crew for a year so U.S. nuclear-powered subs… can practice hunting it,” the…


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WWII PLAGUE SUB FOUND

St. Patrick’s Day was just supposed to be another day of routine training for undersea researchers at the University of Hawaii. But then, they found…


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SHARK SKIN SHIPS?

“A new environmentally friendly coating based on sharks’ skin may soon help the U.S. Navy increase ship speeds while saving fuel,” Wired News reports. The…


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NAVY SINKS ‘AMERICA’

“No one has been able to land a [big] punch on an American [aircraft] carrier for over half a century,” StrategyPage notes. “There is no…


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JIMMY CARTER: SUPER SPY?

The rumors are that the Navy’s newest nuclear sub, the USS Jimmy Carter, has been designed for spywork, with a “special capability… to tap undersea…


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TRICKED-OUT CATAMARAN READY TO SAIL

High-tech ship to patrol the coasts: kinda cool. Tricked-out, ultra-fast, aluminum catamaran to test out all the gear: awwwwww yeah! This Saturday, on Whidbey Island…


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SUB AGROUND: UNDERSEA PEAK TO BLAME?

It’s still unclear why the USS San Francisco ran aground Friday night. But retired Rear Admiral Hank McKinney, the former commander of the U.S. Pacific…


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ROBO-CRAPPIE ANYONE?

The People’s Daily (China) reports that the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Beihang) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed an “underwater bionic…


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NAVY WANTS SHARKS’ ELECTRIC SENSORS

Sharks produce and pick up tiny electric fields, to hunt their prey. Navy researchers are looking to pull off the same trick, so they can…


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DARPA TAKES A DIVE

The first in the U.S. Navy’s new class of Virginia submarines was commissioned just last month. But already, the mad scientists over at Darpa, the…


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SONAR = WHALE WOES?

For years, environmentalists and the U.S. Navy have been duking it out over a new class of ultra-loud sonars — and whether the machines are…


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STEALTH SHIPS’ SECRET: PLASTIC

Air Forces have been getting better and better at making their planes practically invisible to radar. Now, Navies may be starting to catch up, according…