September 09, 2019

Open Thread 34

It's time for another open thread. Talk about anything you want, culture war excepted.

Posts overhauled this time include my reviews of Battleship Cove and Salem, Understanding Hull Symbols, Lushunkou and Weihaiwei, SYWTBAMN - Strategy Part 3 and Falklands Part 6.

We just got our pictures back from the wedding photographer, and there were some that might be of interest to you guys.


I am reluctantly forced to admit that I might have a problem.

This one isn't naval-related. I just thought you might like a serious one.

1 Photos by Michelle Valentine Photography.


  1. September 10, 2019Alex said...

    Love the pictures! You two look super happy - wishing you a happy marriage!

  2. September 10, 2019HMS Queen Elizabeth II: Electric Boogaloo said...

    I ship it

  3. September 11, 2019Alexander said...

    Looks like a great day - was there a matching set with Lord Nelson (and presumably Pokémon?) or did she remain focused Ü

    I was rereading the comments on Strategy part 3, and thinking about the overlap between SSNs and SSBNs. For nations with a smaller fleet, could operating a single class of mini Ohios with say 4 configured as SSBNs and the remainder as SSGNs work? Each would be bigger and more expensive than an Astute or Barracuda, but would the advantages of commonality (and a huge VLS) make up for it? Also, what was the proposal of the nuclear minister (John, I assume)?

  4. September 11, 2019bean said...


    You bet there is. I'll try to get it up later, as I didn't think to load them up.

    As for the nuclear plan, I never got the full version, but I did talk to John about it once in person. The plan was for a couple of short/medium-range ballistic missiles in each of our SSNs. I can't remember if they were to be VLS or tube launched, but it seemed to be relatively low-impact on the boats.

  5. September 11, 2019bean said...

    Today in "lessons on not taking defense journalism too seriously": While looking into something for work, I ran across a news article claiming that a certain system had a specific capability. This was news to me, and particularly surprising as I work on that system, and my group definitely would have been involved with giving it that capability.

  6. September 13, 2019Timshatz said...

    Congratulations to both of you, best of luck going forward.

  7. September 20, 2019bean said...

    The MQ-25 prototype just flew for the first time. Congrats to Boeing and the Navy for getting the program moving so quickly.

    On a completely unrelated note, two pieces of video game news. First, a sequel to CMANO has been announced, titled "Command: Modern Operations". It's a re-engine of CMANO, and looks like it could be very cool. Excited for when it comes out.

    Second, I ran across a game on Steam called Aircraft Carrier Survival. It looks like a damage control simulator of some sort. Interesting. But then I look more closely at the pictures, and the planes onboard are P-51s. With invasion stripes. Which sort of ruins the whole thing. Anyone even marginally qualified to make that game right is not going to make this mistake. To make matters worse, I looked at the Steam forum, and when someone brought this up, they said "thanks for the information". No. Just no.

  8. September 26, 2019Daib said...

    For a slightly better carrier minigame, try this:

    They put in a little more effort, and even render the Kaiser class oiler in the escorting battlegroup, which was my first cue that they cared.

  9. September 26, 2019bean said...

    That one is already on my steam wishlist, although I'm not buying it until the next sale.

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