fluglewaffle  asked:

Why is it I hear so much hate for ST Nemesis? I thought it was pretty good.

oof, where to begin?

I liked Nemesis OK, but my main disappointment is the villain. Producers were touting him as “the best villain since Khan”, but *spoilers* a Picard clone gone rogue was not nearly so intriguing as they predicted. 

We were also promised Romulans (who desperately deserved more screen time in the TNG era) but instead the enemies we get are Remans, this race we’ve oddly never heard of before despite being half of the Romulan empire’s founding worlds. And despite being the red-headed stepchild of the Romulan empire, the Remans still manage to construct the most powerful warship, with the most advanced cloak, the Alpha quadrant has ever seen? 

Jonathan Frakes should have directed it, but they gave the helm to an outsider (a bad sign; producers do it when they feel the franchise needs “new blood”), and I think as a result movie lacks the simple touches and character inside knowledge that made the previous TNG films feel ‘right’, which Frakes could have brought. 

For example, why is Lore never mentioned? He surely should have been, in the context of discovering a new Soong-type android.  But they wanted to draw non-Star Trek fans, so simple touches like this that would have connected the film to past Star Trek lore (no pun intended) were left out. 

Also, that stupid 4-wheeler was just dumb upon dumb. But I liked the Argo shuttle; it looked cool. 

The new Romulan ships are good, and the collision of the Enterprise was nifty to see. It’s nice that we got to see Will and Deanna finally get together.  But that’s the thing… all my favorite parts are incidental to the plot. 

What was your favorite/least favorite part of Nemesis?


This animated promo for The Strain’s third season is like a graphic novel come to life, plus it’s set to Marilyn Manson’s “Warship My Wreck.” The hit show returns to FX on August 28.

Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Jonathan Hyde, Miguel Gomez, Natalie Brown, and Ruta Gedmintas. Watch the trailer here.


The Turtle Ships of Medieval Korea,

In 1592, the de facto ruler of Japan, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, ordered the  invasion of Korea.  Hideyoshi, the successor to Oda Nobunaga, had grandiose plans which began with the conquest of Korea and ended with the conquest of Ming Dynasty China.  Little did he know that the Koreans would fiercely resist their invasion, nor did he know that the Koreans had weapons technology far more advanced than that of Japan.  Among that advanced technology was a heavily armed and armored warship called the “turtle ship”, a tough and mighty gunboat that better resembled a floating tank rather than a ship.

Invented by the Korean Admiral Yi Sun-sin, the turtle ship was named as such because it resembled a turtle.  Unlike other vessels of the day, the turtle was enclosed in an armored shell.  Around 100 to 120 feet long, the turtle ship featured a large armored roof to protect its crew from arrow or musket fire.  While some suggest the armor may have been iron plate, thus making the turtle ship the first ironclad, most historians disagree.  Regardless the roof was armored with strong materials as well as anti-incendiary materials.  The roof was also lined with metal spikes to prevent boarders from climbing on to it.  While the turtle ship had two sailing masts, primary propulsion in combat was from oar power.  Crew numbered to around 130, with 80 oarsmen and officers, and another 50 marines.

While the Japanese had firearms, Korean technology had developed far past Japan’s due to their contact with China.  The key to the turtle ship’s power were its heavy cannon, about a dozen mounted on each side.  The Japanese, who never mounted guns on a boat or ship, preferred to get in close and board the ship, fighting in hand to hand combat.  Against the turtle ship, this wasn’t a very good idea as the cannon, with a range of 300-600 yards, pounded away at the Japanese ships from a distance.  The front of the turtle ship also sported a dragon’s head, which typically concealed a flamethrower.  A sulfur gas thrower was also available to create a smokescreen to hide the ship from the enemy.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi invaded Korea with a force of 158,000 soldiers and Samurai.  However, all of his men and equipment had to be shipped across the Sea of Japan.  Thus, Hideyoshi needed tremendous naval power to support the invasion.  Although heavily outnumbered, Korea’s fleet of 40 turtle ships, as well as hundreds of other warships, harassed and decimated the Japanese fleet.  At the Battle of Hansan Island, Admiral Yi Sun-sin ambushed a Japanese fleet of 133 ships with his fleet of 3 turtle ships and 52 panokseons (a traditional battleship wihch was also armed with cannon).  In the ensuing battle, 60 Japanese ships were sunk.  The Koreans lost no ships of their own, with casualties numbering only 19 dead.

Despite the might of Korea’s fleet and the power of the turtle ships, eventually the Japanese were able to overwhelm the Koreans with superior numbers.  The Japanese invasion was a success, but a short lived one as the Chinese intervened, pushing out the invaders with a superior army.  Hideyoshi attempted a second invasion in 1597, but by then the Koreans had strengthened their defense and reformed their military.  The second invasion quickly ground down into stalemate, a stalemate which would be ended once against with Chinese interventions.


Ah the Pre-Dreadnought battleship era, that weird time in naval development when designers where unable to let go of the broadside armament, even after the fully-rotating enclosed turret was introduced, giving us these bizarre and overloaded machines that more often than not suffered from wet decks as the sea simply got in through the barrettes.

Still, they look so mean with all those guns sticking out everywhere you can’t help but love them!


United States warships active during WWI.

1. USS  San Diego 1915

2. USS Birmingham 1908

3. USS Chauncey

4. USS Delaware 1917

5. USS Florida 1917

6. USS Michigan 1910

7. USS Minnesota 1911

8. USS Tennesse 1908

9. USS Wyoming 1910

10. US Submarine K.5 1919


Her first time (at sea)….

The United States Navy’s newest class of warship made it’s debut on the high seas on December 7, 2015….underway for her first sea trials to determine her readiness for full duty.

USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is the lead ship of a new stealth-guided-missile-destroyer class….designed to look like a small fishing boat when seen on an enemy radar screen….despite her large size (for a fighting ship).

The very expensive (US$4.3 billion) 610-foot long, 15,000-ton high-tech ship will be quiet and hard-to-detect…. sleek and fast….and well-armed when she is completed and joins the active fleet in 2016. 

She will be able to attack land, sea and subsurface targets from great distances using precision guided and cruise missiles, and torpedoes. She will be equipped later with electromagnetic rail guns and/or laser/directed-energy guns, now under development by the U.S. Navy.

Zumwalt will be home-ported in San Diego, CA after its official commissioning in Baltimore, MD….and the addition of weapons systems in a shipyard.

                                  Admiral  Elmo R. Zumwalt, USN

The ship carries the name of the famous Vietnam War era Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Admiral Elmo Russell “Bud” Zumwalt, Jr, USN (1920~2000). He was the youngest-ever CNO, at age 49, when he assumed the job in April 1970.

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Interestingly, Zumwalt‍ '​s commanding officer is Captain James A. Kirk, USN. Kirk attracted media attention when he was first named captain, due to the similarity of his name to that of the iconic Star Trek character, Captain James T. Kirk….played by actor William Shatner. In the Star Trek series, CAPT Kirk commanded the futuristic Starship Enterprise.

“Unfortunately I can’t be with you when your vessel is commissioned and obviously your captain, Captain Kirk, is dear to my heart,” Shatner wrote. "So forgive me for not attending, my schedule won’t allow me, but know that you are in our thoughts — Mr. & Mrs. Shatner — and that we bless you and hope that you have a safe journey wherever your ship takes you.“

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Welcome to the high seas….and welcome to the future….Captain Kirk, crew members and warship USS Zumwalt!


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The Era of the Astute Approaches

Three Astute submarines sit in a giant construction hall alongside one another, destined for the sea. HMS Anson, the fifth now joins her two sisters as they undergo completion for service in the Royal Navy.

Artful and Audacious flank her. The former of which will launch early this year to join HMS Astute and HMS Ambush (Possibly one of the most appropriately named submarines ever) that are already in service.

The seven Astute classes are of the top tier in the world’s submarines and mark over a decade of development. They have gone up against the world’s leading submarine, the US Virginia class and come away as equals. Part of it stemming from their world beating sonar and being one of only two classes of submarine to combine the advantages of a diesel electric submarine with nuclear propulsion.

Once in service they will carry out sea and land attack missions, confident in the knowledge that even in the foreseeable future, no country has anything on the cards yet that could match Astute or Virginia in their ability.


All the world’s non-american aircraft carriers in service: Giuseppe Garibaldi, Cavour (Italy), Viraat, Vikramaditya (India), Kuznetsov (Russia), Chakri Naruebet (Thailand), Juan Carlos I (Spain), Charles de Gaulle (France), Liaoning (China) and São Paulo (Brazil).

It’s interesting to note only two use a catapult for aircraft operation (CATOBAR, the same as in all nuclear-powered american supercarriers), Charles de Gaulle and São Paulo, both made in France, while the Kuznetsov, Liaoning and Vikramaditya, all made in the former Soviet Union, use a ski-jump in conjunction with arresting wires (STOBAR) to be able to use conventional aircraft (Su-33/J-15 and MiG-29K), while the rest of them, of European design, have to use Harrier jump jets as their only fixed-wing aircraft (STOVL).

To think there are 10 Nimitz nuclear carriers in service, the same number as in the rest of the world, but all of them are bigger and more capable than any of these.

A Gathering of Navies….

The short video above serves as an introduction to the world’s largest international maritime exercise….RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) 2016….now gathering from the vast reaches of the Pacific Ocean, and other parts of the world.

Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30th to August 4th….primarily operating in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California naval operating areas.

Ships moored at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam display ceremonial maritime signal pennants and flags from their masts as the international fleet gathers.

RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.

Every available berth is single, double and triple-occupied at the Pearl Harbor Naval Base over the Independence Day holiday inport phase of RIMPAC 2016.

RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. RIMPACs are held every even-numbered year.

     Who wouldn’t enjoy a break in Hawaii! (When you get off duty!)

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I participated in several RIMPACs during my Navy career. Each one was challenging, exciting, unique and a professional joy.

And, when we all gathered in port….what an amazing opportunity to meet your counterparts from a vast array of other nations!

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                                RIMPAC 2016 participating nations

                                                 New Zealand
                                                 South Korea
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The traditional end-of-RIMPAC group photo….this one from RIMPAC 2012


>>Top photo: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeff Troutman, USN


The Battle of the Denmark Strait - 24th May 1941.

Diagrams showing hits sustained by capital ships involved, roughly in chronological order. Hit to Hood at 6:00 (am) caused catastrophic magazine detonation, penetrating main deck armour while closing range. Hood was in the process of a turn to port at that moment, to bring her aft guns and main belt armour to bear. Interesting to note that Prince of Wales was prior to that already scoring damaging hits to Bismarck, which did indeed take on a 9° port list and trim down by the bow of 2 meters - to the extent that her props began to protrude from the water astern. Counter flooding could and did correct this, but that compromised torpedo defences and had a running gun battle ensued, in which Hood would soon have found her range, the two heavy cruisers HMS Suffolk and Norfolk were closing from 28,000 and 21,000 yards respectively, Suffolk carrying torpedoes.