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April 10, 2011

USS Buck Rodgers


The US Navy has successfully tested a ship borne laser, powerful enough to destroy small craft.

A futuristic laser mounted on a speeding cruiser successfully blasted a bobbing, weaving boat from the waters of the Pacific Ocean -- the first test at sea of such a gun and a fresh milestone in the Navy's quest to reoutfit the fleet with a host of laser weapons, the Navy announced Friday.

"We were able to have a destructive effect on a high-speed cruising target," chief of Naval research Rear Adm. Nevin Carr told FoxNews.com.

The test occurred Wednesday near San Nicholas Island, off the coast of Central California in the Pacific Ocean test range, from a laser gun mounted onto the deck of the Navy’s self-defense test ship, former USS Paul Foster.
Now how cool is that? Full speed ahead and damn the photon torpedos!
In a video of the event, the small boat can be seen catching fire and ultimately bursting into flames, a conflagration caused by the navy's distant gun. Some details of the event were classified, including the exact range of the shot, but Carr could provide some information: "We're talking miles, not yards," Carr said.
The laser set fire to one of the outboard engines of this target craft. A video of the test can be seen here. A laser like this is capable of burning through 20 feet of steel in a second.

15 comments:

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Don't tell Obama, he'll have it destroyed.

Gorges Smythe said...

The times they are achangin'!

sig94 said...

Odie - He'll give it the the Libyan rebels.

sig94 said...

Gorges - I think of the 45,000 ton Missouri Class battleships of WWII or the 100,000 ton aircraft carriers of today; in forty years they'll be as useful as canoes.

Rhod said...

Maybe this is what Obama meant by "focusing like a laser on jobs".

Destroy them.

sig94 said...

Rhod - in that case he was very successful. US jobs went down in flames like the twin Mercs in the picture.

Trestin said...

The only defense against a laser is a tin foil hat.

sig94 said...

Trestin - no, no, no. That's the defense against Martian Mind Rays and Venusian Hemorrhoids.

Rhod said...

My Venusian Hemorrhoids came in a micro-waveable package.

Kid said...

Wait til they are using Megaplexes of power. Which should be soon.

Maybe they can track, lock on and vaporize all the space junk floating around the planet.

sig94 said...

Rhod - just make sure you let the packet set until it stops wriggling.

sig94 said...

Kid - I'd rather they vaporize all the junk circulating around Washington.

Kid said...

Sig, Done !

The Underground Pewster said...

Pirates beware, don't name your vessel "Ming the Merciless."

sig94 said...

Pewster - that'll turn them into pirate pop tarts!