Sea Control 175 – The Bilge Pumps

By Alex Clarke

A historically-informed maritime current events series – or possibly the Old Top Gear/The Grand Tour team if they were interested in navies. In this episode the #Bilgepump Crew discusses China in the East and South China Seas, the future of aircraft carriers, rail guns, arsenal ships, and oh so much history.

#Bilgepumps is a fresh new series, and we don’t know if it is going to be popular or hated, so we hope you like it and enjoy the discussion. For any comments or suggestions please tweet them at the Bilgepump crew (with #Bilgepump) at Alex (@AC_NavalHistory), Drach (@Drachinifel), and Jamie (@Armouredcarrier). Or you can comment on our Youtube channels (listed down below). 

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10 thoughts on “Sea Control 175 – The Bilge Pumps”

  1. I was skeptical when Jamie talked about launching cubesats from an arsenal ship, but did some investigating and he’s right, I was wrong.
    A Japanese SS-520-5 rocket can launch cubesats in LEO and it’s 9.54 metres long, 0.52m diam, 2600 kg. A bit longer and heavier than an SM-6 or Tomahawk, but not twice as long or heavy; about the size of a Russian/Indian BrahMos and smaller than a Russian P-700.
    Great podcast, thank you!

  2. Great conversation. Follow all these gents on their individual youtube channels and this was great interaction with lots of good info. had me googling to learn more about many of the topics discussed for hours. More of this content, please! Really would like to see this become a featured podcast.

  3. Very interesting talk — think we might see the cruiser come back as a multi-purpose vessel with a large hull and power plant to accommodate missiles, rail guns, lasers, drones, and command facilities.

  4. Sorry you guys, but these comments are a bit parochial. Can we appreciate the wider context for appreciation of the weapons capabilities.
    As for cruisers (Benjamin) like all warships people tend to forget that part which is under water- the lower hull. These days these are sitting ducks. Missiles and the torpedoe- like ones are startingly fast and have a long range. Defences can only cope with a few. More can be launched than a ship can defend itself.

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