One Big Chart Showing All The Missiles That Can Sink A Ship

The first anti-ship missiles (ASMs), developed and built by Nazi Germany, used radio command guidance and technology has rapidly improved in the intervening years. Most of today's anti-ship missiles are of the sea skimming variety, and many use both inertial guidance and active radar homing. A good number of other anti-ship missiles … [Read more...]

This Day in Tech: March 9, 1862; Ironclads

1862: Civil War ironclads stage the first sea battle in naval history between armor-plated vessels. By Tony Long The battle took place at Hampton Roads, Virginia, where a day earlier the CSS Virginia (known popularly as the Merrimack, her name when she had been a frigate in the pre-war U.S. fleet) savaged the Union blockade squadron anchored there. The Union guns proved … [Read more...]

Maritime Monday for February 20, 2012: Alas Poor Yorck; The Raid on Scarborough

What is naval power for? There is no permanent answer. Unlike land-based military might - designed for the conquest of human-occupied territory - sea power has had different functions at different times. In the 19th century, the purpose of "gunboat diplomacy" was to offer a mobile deterrent…. In the first world war (and in the second) the aim was to prevent or deliver … [Read more...]