Saturday, February 16, 2013

Oh, that's why a combo cover has a chinstrap ...

After using his picture earlier this week, I realized that 99.9% of my readers probably had no idea who Admiral Alexander Vasilyevich Kolchak, Russian Navy, was.

Being that we are generally bad at our own history, much less others, I think this is a good time as any to point to a person who deserves another look.

I had only a very passing knowledge of Kolchak - mostly just as a leader of White forces during the Russian Civil War. I dug a bit deeper and found out that - hey - they've made a movie of him. It looks like a good one too, one that makes you wish we could make such movies like this. We used to.

So, thanks to the joys of youtube - here are the first two parts of the 2008 Russian movie, Admiral.

More than just the Kolchak though; the opening of the movie should give pause to the naval professional. When it comes to close in naval warfare, little has changed since WWI. In a lot of missions, you will not be fighting at max range, as a matter of face - for LCS especially - many of the ASUW and SOF support operations, it is very likely that the first shots will be well within visual range - indeed, within hailing range. (just like other naval engagements since then up to present age as well - hmmmmm - a trend perhaps)

You need to be able to fight hurt, you need redundant weapons systems that can be fired in a couple of different manners, and robust enough to work even when damaged. You need enough personnel to fight the ship and do damage control at the same time. Of course, LCS can do none of these things.


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