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  • Destroyer leaves Norfolk to hunt pirates.

    Even though I am an old Air Force guy I have developed a fondness and respect for our Navy folks here in Norfolk. (especially for crusty old Chiefs - unique bunch of guys) We have a large military presence of all services in the area so we tend to be pretty "gung-ho" here.

    The Navy is off to fight the Barbary Coast Pirates "again".

    The pirates were the impetus for the start of the US Navy.

    Here is a link to the article:
    http://hamptonroads.com/2012/02/phot...k-hunt-pirates

    And for you history buffs and a reminder where "the shores of tripoli" comes from and the story of the battle of the USS Enterprise, go here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Barbary_War

    The comment on the article "THE BARBARY COAST PIRATES - 1785 AND NOW" is mine.

    Another one points out that the Destroyer is named after a SEAL.
    Jim
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    God Bless our military men and women. We owe them our freedom. God Bless the Navy Seals, especially our snipers. I hope they eliminate all those pirates and make Africa's coast safe again for everyone. - Dave Dare
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    • #3
      Destroyer leaves Norfolk to hunt pirates.

      Hi Jim, thanks for posting that! I re-acquainted myself with the First Barbary War by reading the Wikipedia account of it. I do not know if you know it but the US Navy has a fairly new pirate hunter called the LCS2, the USS Independence. I am going to post the comments and pix of it here for ya'll to enjoy.

      Navy's Pirate Catcher Here are some recent photos of the LCS 2, USS Independence. She's at 43 knots here running at half power. NOTE the absence of a bow wave. Turns tightly, also; allegedly this also was done at 43 knots... and from the look of the small bow wave, she's still in the turn. And then we have the massive helo deck big enough for a CH-53.

      Last time I talked with the SURFPAC guys ago. THIS was the LCS they liked because of the huge storage capacity under that flight deck and the size of the flight deck. Note that there is very little spreading wake. In fact, it does not look like a wake at all, just foamy water from the water jets. Somehow, at 40 knots, you'd think there'd be more wake.

      WOW! A couple of these should be able to clean up the pirates off the coasts of Africa ...... It is a Triple Hulled, Weapon-Laden Monster.

      There have been rumors about the U.S. Navy's speedy new triple hulled ships, but now they're for real.

      The U.S.S Independence was built by General Dynamics. It's called a "littoral combat ship" (LCS), and the tri-maran can move its weapons around faster than any other ship in the Navy. (Ironic that with all that high tech built in, the ship reminds us of the Merrimac ironclad from Civil War days. )

      Littoral means close to shore, and that's where these very ships will operate. They're tailor-made for launching helicopters and armored vehicles, sweeping mines and firing all manner of torpedoes, missiles and machine guns.

      These ships are also relatively inexpensive. This one's a bargain at $208 million, and the Navy plans to build 55 of them. This tri-maran is the first of a new fire breathing breed, ready to scoot out of dry dock at a rumored 60 knots. It's like a speedy and heavily armed aircraft carrier for helicopters. Pirates Beware!!! Here are the pix, taken in 2008. The ship has been having problems of numerous types, including corrosion problems. Here is a link to that.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Independence_(LCS-2)

      Here are the pix.
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      • #4
        And just a quick comment from us downunder - the ship was built at Austal, which is based in Fremantle, a suburb in my hometown Perth, Western Australia. Greg Norman's plaything "Aussie Rules" also came out of the same shipyard and numerous other Super Yachts.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Penelope View Post
          ...- the ship was built at Austal, which is based in Fremantle, a suburb in my hometown Perth, Western Australia...
          That's how we KNOW it's well-built. We need dozens more, just like it. - Dave
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          • #6
            Agree with the dozens!!

            Sure would be nice if we would spend the money to get a quality product AND buy from friends.
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            • #7
              Kick some pirates a$$ boys!

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