not-navy

anonymous asked:

when brexit left were ren and hux more worried about him or like the safety of the galaxy as a whole? also did they miss him?? did it make ren consider his own teenage-running-off-to-do-cryptic-force-adventure as possibly a dick move or was he kinda proud???

hux had a tracker on brexit the whole time also kylo follows his blog. kylo convinced hux to let him do his whole backpacking through the galaxy thing cause like kids need to find themselves or something 

sciencealert.com
The US Navy has been accused of pirating 558,000 copies of VR software
Uh oh.
By Josh Hrala

A German software company has just filed a lawsuit against the US Navy claiming that the military branch pirated more than 558,000 copies of VR software.

If proven in court, the Navy might have to pay a whopping US$150,000 per copyright infringement, though the company is currently only seeking US$596 million in damages.

According to released court documents, the pending lawsuit was filed on 15 July by Bitmanagement Software – a German 3D VR company that makes a type of software that enables users to work together in a highly detailed virtual space.

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ORP Błyskawica

Arguably the most famous ship of the Polish Navy, the ORP Błyskawica (”Lightning”) was a Grom-class destroyer built for the Polish Navy by the British J. Samuel White & Co. Shipyard. It was launched on October 1st 1936 and commisioned a year later, alongside her sister ship ORP Grom (”Thunder”).

Both ships did not take part in the fighting during the September Campaign. Instead, they were sent to Great Britain, with the aim to escort eventual supply convoys from the British Isles to the fighting Poland. However, no convoys ever came and instead, both the Błyskawica and the Grom were moved under Royal Navy command. They then both took part in patrol duties around the British Isles.

The first combat test of both destroyers came in April 1940, after the German invasion of Denmark and Norway. Both ships took active part in the campaign, as convoy escorts and patrol ships, harrasing the German troops and naval forces in the area. However, it came at a price - the Błyskawica was damaged and had to be repaired, while the Grom was sunk by German He 111 bombers on the 4th of May 1940.

After being repaired, the Błyskawica took part in Operation Dynamo, escorting transport ships tasked with evacuating the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk, where she performed anti-aircraft, anti-submarine and support duties.

After Dunkirk, the Błyskawica was given the main assignment of escorting supply convoys in the Atlantic. It would be where she would spend most of her service, shielding troop transport and cargo ships from the Luftwaffe and the U-bootwaffe. Thanks to her 39 knot top speed, she was often chosen to escort the ocean liner HMS Queen Mary, which was used as a transport ship at the time. On the 20th of June 1941 the ship sailed into the port of Cowes, where it was repaired an retrofitted, with the main change being the upgrade of the main battery - the original 120 mm guns replaced by British dual-purpose 102 mm (4-inch) guns mounted in a 4x2 configuration.

One of the more famous episodes in Błyskawica’s history happened on the night of 4-5 May 1942. The ship was undergoing repairs at the Cowes Shipyard on the Isle of Wight, when a German bombing raid arrived. The Polish sailors immediately sprang into action, laying down a smokescreen to shield both the shipyard and the town, as well as turning their AA guns against the German bombers - in fact, the barrels of the guns got so hot from firing they had to be cooled with sea water.

After the repairs, the Błyskawica returned to convoy escort duties, before being whisked away to serve in the Mediterranean Theater, which included escort duties during Operation “Torch”. Her stint near North Africa lasted for over a year. She then returned to the Atlantic, where she remained in service until the end of the war, Overall, she travelled 146,000 nautical miles of distance, successfuly escorting 83 supply convoys. Her crew was also credited with helping to sink at least 3 U-boots, as well as shooting down at least 4 aircraft and helping to sink numerous other vessels.

After the war, she remained in Royal Navy custody until 1947, when she was given back to then communist Polish People’s Republic.She was pressed back into service with the Polish People’s Navy, where she remained in active duty until 1967. After a catastrophic failure of a high-pressure steam pipe that killed 7 sailors, it was taken out of active duty and anchored as a stationary anti-aircraft battery in Gdynia. In 1975 she was struck from the naval register and turned into a museum ship. Today, she resides in the Gdynia harbor, open to anyone willing to visit her and learn about her achievements.

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