It's bad enough that Russia’s only aircraft carrier was damaged in a mishap involving the country’s largest floating repair dock -- the only one big enough to maintain the flagship of the Russian Navy. What's worse is that the decades-old dock is now sitting on the bottom of Kola Bay, not far from the major Arctic Circle city of Murmansk. But even that may not be the extent of the bad news. The dock, even if it is raised to the surface, may be beyond repair, meaning Russia’s only aircraft carrier, several of its largest naval ships, and at least one ballistic-missile submarine may not be able to be serviced for months, if not years. That’s a not-insignificant setback for Kremlin efforts to upgrade the country’s fleet, experts say, an effort that parallels a larger ongoing modernization of Russia's armed forces. “That is a very serious problem for the Russian Navy because they don’t have another thing like that,” says Pavel Felgenhauer, a … [Read more...] about For Russia’s Navy, A Damaged Aircraft Carrier Is Bad Enough. A Sunken Dry Dock Is Even Worse.
Mishaps on cruise ships
The incident took place on Sunday, a few hours after the Carnival Sunshine vessel departed from Florida's Port Canaveral to its intended destination in the Dominican Republic. Footage shared on social media shows passengers trying to get their bearings as staff members work to get a handle on the situation. Kyla Williams, a passenger aboard the vessel, told CBS New York that that tilt was so severe that her husband had to hold her so she wouldn't fall. Another passenger, David Crews, told Florida's News 6 station that he'd never experienced such an incident on his prior cruise travels. "I didn't think anything of it, since it's not uncommon for ships to rock back and forth. But it didn't rock back. It kept leaning," Crews told the station. "Plates and silverware started sliding off the tables. Then the tables themselves started to slide. Glasses and plates started to fall and shatter." … [Read more...] about Passengers Panic as Carnival Cruise Ship Tilts Wildly at Sea (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
For some, flying can be a terrifying experience. From turbulence fears to concerns about landing, these passengers can find themselves consumed by anxiety in the lead-up to flights. They may question how likely their plane is to crash, what would happen if an engine failed, and whether a bird strike could be dangerous. They might even wonder whether another flier could break a window - and if so, whether everyone would then be 'sucked out' of the aircraft. And they may also fear the consequences of passengers leaving their phones on during take-off and landing, Wales Online reports. But how can anxious fliers ever know the answers to these for sure? Wales Online asked Patrick Smith - a US-based airline pilot and the host of www.askthepilot.com - 17 questions passengers may want to know. Some parts of the following answers are drawn from his book, called Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel. You can buy the book here . 1. Can turbulence ever be … [Read more...] about Pilot answers whether fliers can be sucked out of window
Can turbulence be dangerous? What happens if the plane's engine fails? If you're a nervous flyer (and even if you're not) these may well be questions that regularly run through your head when you're on a plane. But how can you ever know the answers for sure? We asked Patrick Smith, a US-based airline pilot and the host of www.askthepilot.com . His book is Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel. Some parts of the answers that follow are drawn from the book. You can buy the book here . 1. Can turbulence ever be dangerous? It’s exceptionally rare for an airplane to suffer structural damage from rough air. That said, severe turbulence encounters occasionally cause injuries. Almost always, however, this is a result of passengers not having their seat belts fastened when they should. It stands to reason that as climate change intensifies certain weather patterns, we’ll be seeing an uptick in unusually strong turbulence. Run-of-the-mill turbulence, … [Read more...] about A pilot answers all the questions nervous flyers could ever want to ask
Two ships, two missions, two follies, two groundings, two sinkings and two frightful disasters. One was so long ago that engraving had to do the job of photography; the other was recent enough that some people alive today will have heard about it from their parents. In one, a foreign ship came to grief in British waters; in the other, a British vessel went down in foreign waters, and down she stayed. First to Texel, safe haven, population 13,500: the largest of the West Frisian Islands off the coast of the Netherlands in the Wadden Sea. Today it is a magnet for Dutch cyclists, walkers, swimmers and riders (the latter an important reminder that Texel is the only known place where an entire navy was defeated by men on horseback, which is another tale altogether). In June 1743, a 700 ton vessel, VOC Hollandia, set sail on her maiden voyage bound for Batavia, the capital of the Dutch East Indies, now known as Jakarta. In any study of trade between Europe and Asia throughout … [Read more...] about How two British shipwrecks still fascinate us decades later – and what we can learn from them