Navy Is Underfunding Nuclear Research Says U.S. Reps

by Timothy Gardner (Reuters) - Two Democratic lawmakers urged the U.S. Energy Department to move faster with a research program on converting nuclear reactors in the Navy's submarines and carriers from bomb-grade uranium to a safer fuel, a letter viewed by Reuters showed. Last year, Congress approved $5 million in defense policy and spending bills for the Energy Department's … [Read more...]

SPOTD: The World’s Largest & Heaviest Active Duty Warship

Today's Ship Photo Of The Day (SPOTD) is the Russian nuclear Battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy. Technically the Russian Navy designation is Kirov class "heavy missile cruiser", but Western defense commentators re-invented the term "battlecruiser" to describe these because they are the largest warships in the world besides aircraft carriers. With a length of 252 m (827 ft) and … [Read more...]

U.S. Navy Sailor Convicted Of Stealing Nuclear Secrets

By Nate Raymond (Reuters) A U.S. Navy sailor was sentenced on Friday to one year in prison for illegally taking photos inside restricted areas of a nuclear submarine and then trying to impede an investigation into the matter, prosecutors said on Friday. Kristian Saucier, 29, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill in Bridgeport, Connecticut, after pleading … [Read more...]

Could Offshore Wind Replace Nuclear Power?

by Jessica Shankleman (Bloomberg) Britain could scrap the 18 billion-pound ($23 billion) nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point and get the same amount of electricity from offshore wind turbines for roughly the same investment. That’s the assessment of Bloomberg New Energy Finance following Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to review whether to proceed with the first new … [Read more...]

China’s Plans To Float Nuclear Reactors In Disputed Waters

by Kathy Chen and David Stanway (Reuters) China aims to launch a series of offshore nuclear power platforms to promote development in the South China Sea, state media said again on Friday, days after an international court ruled Beijing had no historic claims to most of the waters. Sovereignty over the South China Sea is contested by China, the Philippines, Vietnam, … [Read more...]