Military Bulletin 2 – USN OHIO SSBN replacement

The United States Navy is getting ready for the replacement of its current 14 Ohio class SSBN nuclear fleet. The plan is for 12 new boats, each one carrying 16 D5 Trident II nuclear missiles. Two successful D-5 missile tests were announced in February, confirming the extended life of the Trident missile. This will no doubt be as equally important to the UK’s future new generation of SSBN submarines for the Trident missile.

The estimated cost will be in the region of $100 Billion, with the lead boat being delivered in 2028.

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“OHIO Replacement Concept NAVSEA” by NAVSEA – NAVSEA. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons –

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The chosen propulsion system will be an Electric drive, reducing the need for reduction gearing. The nuclear and steam turbines will still be at the heart of the ship’s propulsion system.

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 It is proposed that each SSBN would have 16 launch tubes for the Trident II nuclear missile.

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The USN also plans to share a common missile compartment design with the Royal navy’s proposed replacement for the Vanguard-class SSBNs

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Cutaway image of the Ohio replacement SSBN

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“Ohio Replacement Submarine cutaway 2014 Sea, Air, and Space Symposium” by CAPT William J. Brougham, USN – PMS397 Program Manager – NAVSEA – “Document: Ohio Class Replacement 2014 Briefing Slides” – United States Naval Institute News – Published: April 9, 2014 1:31 PM. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons –

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Graphic and pacy account of the aftermath of a nuclear strike.

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The first in my new Apocalyptic series, Force Majeure – Purgatory. Due out in mid-March.

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Tanks and Armour through the Century. Part 2.

After yet another visit to the Bovington Tank Museum, my second home according to my wife, I wanted to share some photos of the tanks they have on display. I will look at tanks and armour from just before the start of WWI up until present day. I am not a tank expert, so if you spot something that is incorrect, please let me know and I can edit and update.

 

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The most enduring image of Lord kitchener urging young men to sign up to fight in the trenches. The poster was actually never used as a recruitment poster during the conflict and was only widely used after the event.

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The recruitment Sergeant all us ex soldiers love dearly….

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British WW1 Tank – Mark I. Born out of the need to breach the German Trenches which were heavily fortified with barbed wire, this was the first vehicle to be called a ‘Tank’.

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The British WW1 Mark II. With a few minor differences from the Mark I, and still not ready for use in a war setting, only a few were built. It was mainly used for training. Only a few Mark III’s were ever built, and was again used as a training tank. The last two were melted down during WWII.

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The Mk IV tank, HMS Excellent.

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An order was placed for over 1,000 of these tanks in 1916. Over 1,200 were built, and it became the mainstay for the rest of the Great War.

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One of the 57mm guns visible in a turret. It weighed 28 tonnes and had a top speed of 6kph. The armour was 12mm thick and carried a crew of 8.

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 Its full weapons compliment was two, 57mm guns and three, .303 machine guns. It was manufactured by William Foster & Co. Ltd. of Lincoln.

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The Mark IVs, were mechanically identical to the Mark I and IIs. But, the armour was thicker and there was now a proper exhaust and silencer for the engine. The fuel tank was placed outside the tank at the back.

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 The Mark IV was built in such numbers it became the key armoured vehicle for the Tank Corps.

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Although very similar in appearance to the earlier models, the Mark V was a much better tank. It was more powerful and easier to drive.

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The markings shown are of the 8th (H) Battalion, Tank Corps.

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It also had 12mm of armour and weighed a slightly heavier 29 tonnes.

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It had a top speed of 7.4kph.

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Equipped with the Ricardo six-cylinder engineered the Wilson epicyclic steering, meant that one man could handle all the controls. In the Mark IV, it required 4 crew members to do the same job.

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It was armed with two, 57mm guns and two, machine guns.

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An uditching beam can just be seen carried on the top.

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The ditching beam would be chained to the tracks and drawn under the tank when stuck in the mud. The beam gave the tracks something solid to grip.

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The tank saw action the time of the Battle of Amiens.

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Service date from 1918 to 1923 and with the Red Army, 1920 to 1928.

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It had a rear cab for the commander and a rear machine-gun position.

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Mark V

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I do plan on writing a WWI trilogy in 2016, but in the meantime please read either my Cold War trilogy or my WWII books on the famous Fallschirmjager.

The first novel in my ‘Cold War’ trilogy, The Red Effect, published by SilverWood Books, is now available. Thoroughly enjoyed writing it, as i do with all my novels. There are three books in total, covering the hypothetical invasion of West Germany, the Federal Republic of Germany, by the Warsaw Pact in the mid 1980′s. Book 1, ‘The Red Effect’, encompasses part of the intelligence build up leading to the initial Warsaw Pact strike against the NATO forces lined up against them. The purpose of the posts is to give the reader some additional background information to enhance their reading experience..

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‘The Red Effect’ by Harvey Black – Available now. The Cold War that became a Hot War.

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The Blog and photographs are copyrighted to Harvey Black.

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‘The Red Effect’ by Harvey Black – Kindle and Paperback version out now! The Cold War that became a Hot War.

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Tanks and Armour through the Century. Part 1.

After yet another visit to the Bovington Tank Museum, my second home according to my wife, I wanted to share some photos of the tanks they have on display. I will look at tanks and armour from just before the start of WWI up until present day. I am not a tank expert, so if you spot something that is incorrect, please let me know and I can edit and update.

 

The Hornsby Chain Tractor was originally designed as a Gun Tractor, manufactured by Richard Hornsby & Sons. The engine was started on petrol, until the engine was hot, then switched to paraffin. The unpleasant smell of the paraffin burning was unpopular with the soldiers.

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Saw service between 1909 and 1913. 

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It weighed 8.5 tonnes.

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Fuel tanks, which held 272 litres, are attached to the rear of the tractor.

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Top speed of 7.5mph

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A Chain-track was added.

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 The soldiers nicknamed it a Caterpillar and it has since stuck.

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Due to a lack of interest by the War Office, the Patents were sold to a company in America.

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 When WWI broke out, Britain had to purchase the caterpillar tractors from Holt in the US and the design for the tank had to be started from scratch.

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Number 1 Lincoln Machine, affectionately known as ‘Little Willy’, probably the first real tank, albeit nothing more than a metal box on tracks. Unfortunately it was too short to cross the trenches. ‘Little Willy’ never saw combat.

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“Little Willy’

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Weighing in at 16.5 tons

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It was planned for it to carry a Vickers 2-ponder gun. The secondary armament would be either a Hotchkiss or lewis machine gun.

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A Foster-Daimler Knight sleeve valve petrol engine (105 hp).

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Two forward gears and one reverse. Top speed of 2mph.

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Steering was by way of a set of wheels at the rear.

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I do plan on writing a WWI trilogy in 2016, but in the meantime please read either my Cold War trilogy or my WWII books on the famous Fallschirmjager.

The first novel in my ‘Cold War’ trilogy, The Red Effect, published by SilverWood Books, is now available. Thoroughly enjoyed writing it, as i do with all my novels. There are three books in total, covering the hypothetical invasion of West Germany, the Federal Republic of Germany, by the Warsaw Pact in the mid 1980′s. Book 1, ‘The Red Effect’, encompasses part of the intelligence build up leading to the initial Warsaw Pact strike against the NATO forces lined up against them. The purpose of the posts is to give the reader some additional background information to enhance their reading experience..

. RedEffect72dpi-4 .

‘The Red Effect’ by Harvey Black – Available now. The Cold War that became a Hot War.

.

The Blog and photographs are copyrighted to Harvey Black.

. HarveyBlack-Red Effect150313

‘The Red Effect’ by Harvey Black – Kindle and Paperback version out now! The Cold War that became a Hot War.

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