well I heard this type of midget subs can be deadly to aircraft carriers, right?
posted on 01/15/2006 4:36:40 AM PST
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The Italians managed to sink a major British combatant in an Egyptian harbor during WWII in a contraption significantly less sophisticated than this sub. Can't remember the details though.
Diesel electric subs are extremely quiet and the waters of the Persian gulf are very difficult for sub detecting gear. Iranian subs could pose a threat to shipping there.
posted on 01/15/2006 4:44:29 AM PST
(The poster formerly known as Arkie 2)
actually, it would be deadly against *oil tankers* which is
why it was probably built, an attempt to block the straits of
posted on 01/15/2006 4:50:19 AM PST
(The map is not the territory -- Alfred Korzybski)
No, it is not much of a threat to the Aircraft Carriers. It's good for use in the Persian Gulf since it a shallow body of water. When running on electric it is actually quieter then a nuke but it has short range before it has to recharge it's batteries. That is really noisy so it would be highly vulnerable to do that in open water. The Aircraft carriers operate in the Indian Ocean. In the event of a war with Iran, we would picket the Strait with Anti Sub platforms and waste these subs as they came out.
posted on 01/15/2006 5:28:38 AM PST
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... deadly to aircraft carriers, right?
Only if the carrier was anchored or moored alongside some wharf somewhere.
This thing doesn't look like open ocean.
It's Coastal / shoal water defense. Although it could be bad news for ships transiting the Hormuz straits, tankers especially.
posted on 01/15/2006 11:04:14 AM PST
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