Month: June 2007

IN THE MAIL: eGear XT-130 LED Tactical Light

eGear’s new 130 Lumen XT 130 LED Tactical Light Just arrived: XT-130 POLYMER K2 TACTICAL TORCH +130 Lumens Luxeon K2 LED 1500mA working current Features: +Polymer Body – Tough, Heat-Resistant +Corrosion-proof +Electroplated Aluminum Reflector +Water-Resistant +Tactical Switch – Momentary or Constant-ON with Safety Lockout to prevent accidental activation Operation: +ON > OFF – Press for […]

USS Texas(s)

This is sort of funny. Murdoc noticed this story earlier in the week: General Dynamics gets $29.8M Navy deal Published : Wed, 27 Jun 2007 23:37 WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Navy on Wednesday awarded a $29.8 million contract boost to a unit of General Dynamics Corp. for maintenance and repair on the USS Texas […]

More on the subs

USS Alexandria (SSN 757) in Prudhoe Bay-Deadhorse, Alaska, March 18, 2007 Earlier this week we looked at both the attack subs and the missile subs in the US Navy. Here are a few follow-up thoughts, reaction to some comments, and additional news on the subject. Regarding the place for SSGN cruise missile subs in the […]

First Female SDM

First Female Squad Designated Marksman 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Pennsylvania National Guard: SPC [Krystal] Ginter of Lancaster PA, became the first female in the U.S. Army to graduate the Squad Designated Marksman Course. She graduated June 16 along with 18 others at Fort Indiantown Gap, PA. –It’s an honor to be the first female […]

LCS woes continue

LCS 4: Threatened? This doesn’t seem terribly encouraging: Navy downplays chance of LCS cancellation: The Navy does not share a Senate committee’s view that a combat ship slated for construction in Mobile could be canceled if higher-than-expected cost estimates prove correct, a spokesman said this week. In e-mailed answers to questions posed by the Press-Register, […]


Yesterday it was attack subs, so why not missile boats today? Of the 18 Ohio-class nuclear ballistic missile submarines built from 1976-1997, all are still in service. Four of them have been removed from strategic service and have been converted to SSGN cruise missile subs. USS Ohio (SSGN 726) and USS Florida (SSGN 728) rejoined […]

Attack Sub Fleet down by one

Navy Bids Farewell to Minneapolis-St. Paul Navy News Stand: After more than 23 years of service, the Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine USS Minneapolis-St. Paul (SSN 708) inactivated in a ceremony June 22 at Pier 3 at Naval Station Norfolk. Concerns remain that our shrinking fleet is going to leave us with our pants down […]