From the monthly archives:

March 2018

Frank FFG(X) Feelings From the Fincantieri CEO

by Craig Hooper on March 15, 2018

Giuseppe Bono is one of those crafty elders of the shipbuilding community, so his recent interview in, conducted by Tom Kington, is worth a closer examination. It is one of the more interesting salvoes in a brutal FFG(X) marketing frenzy. Now, Fincantieri is in something of a complicated spot regarding the future frigate bid. […]


Shut Up and Shock the USS Ford (CVN 78)

by Craig Hooper on March 8, 2018

America has a very small window of time to shock test a Ford Class aircraft carrier. If missed, the Ford Class will likely not be shocked at all–a perplexing oversight as America “girds” anew for conventional state-state conflict. I am worried. Recent Ford shock trial coverage suggests American maritime commentators forget that the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) […]