Cruiser Friday

This is a placeholder till Rosetta puts up BBF


MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Feb. 28, 2009) The guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) crashes through heavy seas in Mediterranean. Vella Gulf is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason R. Zalasky/Released)


That is a big anchor!

MALDIVES (Feb. 19, 2009) The guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) drops anchor into the waters off the coast of Male. Lake Champlain is part of the Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group on a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific in support of global maritime security. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker/Released)

081029-N-8157C-129PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 29, 2008) An MH-60S Sea Hawk from the “Eightballers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 flies past the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) during a simulated strait transit with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Stennis and Antietam are part of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group conducting a composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Denny Cantrell/Released)

GULF OF ADEN (Feb. 22, 2009) The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) steams through the Gulf of Aden. Monterey is part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, a multi-national task force conducting counter-piracy operations to detect and deter piracy in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Red Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Naval Air Crewman 2nd class Jason S. Fariss/Released)


  1. first!

  2. Hi Tattoo,
    How is everything?

  3. Hi Vmax. Not too bad. I get to go pee in a cup this afternoon. Yay!
    I don’t really feel like work, but fortunately it’s a half day.
    And I’d like to find the $ for airfare, as well as some downtime, to head to HI to see my friend.

    Oh, what? Oh, you were just being polite and didn’t want the entire list? Sorry.

  4. I got a Travilocity update the other day that said Tampa to Honolulu for $480. I have not been out there for a while. If I ever win the powerball I will have a home in Hawaii.
    I wish I was working 1/2 day! good for you.

  5. It’s FiAF!!11!1

    Best day of teh week. Morning knuckleheads.

  6. If I ever win the powerball I will have a home in Hawaii.

    Only if I had enough to have a couple other homes as well. I’d go island-crazy being suck there all the time. Plus too damned many people.

  7. Oops or stuck. Either one.

  8. I spent 1 night in Kona and 1 night in Hilo. I went island crazy there. Honolulu was great. So I will have to say someplace on Oahu. Then the Keys I like Marathon and Key West, but KW is a loooooong drive if you have to evacuate. Than a ranch close to the mountains in like Wyoming or someplace.


    Mornin’, yall.

    A friend of mine sent me this, and has anybody ever heard of “snow rollers”?

  10. FiAF.

    Thank Goodness.

  11. Interesting. My dad served on the older USS Lake Champlain, which was an aircraft carrier. I assume it was turned into razor blades a long time ago.

  12. Morning all.

  13. Howdy ma’am

  14. Standing on the bridge of an aircraft carrier at 0600 in the Indian Ocean. A large part of the battle group is visible. Admiral Jerry O. Tuttle turns to a helmsman and inquires, “Do you know what those are young man?” The PO2 responds with a litany of ship types. “A quarter off the starboard beam is a frigate. The ship ahead is a cruiser. . .”

    Admiral Tuttle raises an eyebrow and says, “No, not really son. Those are expendable assets put in place to keep you and I alive.”

  15. Boys and girls, this is a cruiser:

    …not some glorified destroyer…

  16. Xbrad,
    from what I gather the difference between a destroyer and guided missile cruiser is the radar?

  17. Vmax, the Ticos were built on a modified Spruance hull, integrating the SPY-1 radar, Aegis missile control/combat system, and early versions had the Mk26 missile launching system. Later versions replaced the Mk26 with the Mk41 Vertical Launch System.

    The main difference in capability between a Tico and a Burke destroyer is the Tico has larger missile magazines, and 4 missile guidance channels vs. 3 for a Burke. The Ticos also have space available for squardron/flag staff on board.

    Historically, the difference between cruisers and destroyers was that cruisers had significant armor belts, generally designed to defend against their own caliber weapons. Cruisers had either 6″ or 8″ guns. Destroyers had 5″ guns and no armor. Cruisers also had greater redundancy built in to systems such as damage control and engineering, as well as heavier scantlings. Cruisers also carried spotter aircraft.

  18. Also cruisers are total babe magnets.

  19. Eh, they’re OK, but their no infantry fighting vehicle.

  20. Up at Cody’s camp I spent my days, oh,
    With flat car riders and cross-tie walkers
    . old Cody, Junior took me over,
    Said, you’re gonna find the world is smouldrin’.
    And if you get lost come on home to green river.

    Come on home.

  21. Don’t kid yourself treadhead. 6″, 8″ guns?

  22. Hi, Dave.

  23. DinT, the Ticos have two puny 5″ guns.

    The Newport News had 9X 8″ semi-automatic guns. Each gun fired 10 rounds per minute. That’s a salvo every six seconds.

  24. Comment by xbradtc on May 1, 2009 10:49 am

    XBrad, I love it when you talk techie.

  25. I meant old cruisers.


    Hey, I watched those old weapons training videos you posted, those were cool. I particularly liked the refreshing, no nonsense attitude of the narrator regarding killin Nazis.

    Good stuff.

  26. Give me a Burke any day. Though the Navy has eschewed massive barrages of naval gunfire support in favor of Harpoons and precision fire.

  27. They’ve pretty much eschewed Harpoons, too, for that matter. Later Burkes don’t carry them, and most Burkes and Ticos that do carry them only carry 2 or 4, instead of the designed 8.

    Makes some sense. I can’t think of a single time the Navy has actually used a surface launched Harp. One of my SWO acquaintances says it is mostly because of the difficulty in over the horizon targeting, and making sure the Harp hits what you want to hit, not some innocent cruise ship or tanker. Mostly, they plan on using SM-2s in the surface to surface mode. Which is ironic, as the Standard was the interim SSM until the Harpoon came into service.

  28. Eddie re: snowrollers

    Saw them one time as a kid, wind and show conditions have to be perfect. It’s a pretty awesome sight, mother nature making her own snowballs. Had a couple on the football Field that were 6 feet high.

  29. Is this OUR Sinistar or some other sinistar imposter:

    Kinda funny.

  30. I’ve heard that pictures of bewbs cure swine flu.



  31. Yeah, the sun is out, and its a nice day. I was 2 when this concert footage was recorded, BTW.

  32. Pupster, I’m sure Bart will be along shortly to show you his moobs.

  33. His moobs are teh hawt.

  34. *sniffs armpits*

    I said, “MORNING, ALL*

  35. He’s got himself pretty fine haunches too.

    At least, that’s what I heard.

  36. ohai, Folly.

    I was cheating on the H2 and perusing some other blogs. Sorry.

  37. Hi Folly, Hi PJM,

  38. Ohai, Xbrad, Vmax.

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