Preserving a piece of US Maritime History - invaluable

The USS Olympia is a cruiser that fought in the Spanish American War in 1898 and has been preserved in Philadelphia. She's a one of a kind ship, a national historic monument, and in danger. She needs approximately $10-15 million in repairs to keep her a viable museum for years to come. If you have the resources, or connections to those resources, please consider helping. (full disclosure - there is no financial benefit to me to ask the question - we need to save this ship for posterity). Please contact me at 612-599-1935 or if you have additional questions.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

From Jane's Navy Updates

USN and USMC halve minimum distance for amphibious stand-offs
The US Navy (USN) and the US Marine Corps (USMC) have revised the minimum stand-off distance from a contested shore for amphibious operations from a minimum of 25 n miles to 12. The change is due to improvements in the USN's mine countermeasure (MCM) capability and early success of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye carrier-based information, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead said on 2 March

[first posted to - 09 March 2011]

US Navy faces budget crisis as talks continue in Congress
The US Navy is facing a USD4.5 billion operational and maintenance (OMN) shortfall and the potential delay of several ship starts as a result of an ongoing budget fight in Congress. Having failed to approve the Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11) budget last year due to a stalemate between hard-line conservatives and supporters of President Barak Obama's administration, Congress has instead passed two continuing resolutions (CRs) that will fund the Department of Defense at 2010 levels

[first posted to - 09 March 2011]

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