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HMS Conqueror’s biggest secret: a raid on Russia
Daily Telegraph ^ | October 12th 2012 | Neil Tweedie

Posted on 10/12/2012 2:00:06 AM PDT by Winniesboy

HMS Conqueror is famous, some would say notorious, for sinking the Argentinian cruiser General Belgrano. The nuclear-powered attack submarine, a type also known menacingly as a hunter-killer, that year became the first of her kind to fire in anger.....

But the ship now in the crosswires was not the Belgrano. This was August, almost two months after the liberation of the Falklands, and on the other side of the world, in the Barents Sea, backyard of the mighty Soviet Northern Fleet.....

This one was special: [the trawler] was pulling a device long coveted by the British and Americans, a two-mile string of hydrophones known as a towed-array sonar. It was the latest thing in Soviet submarine-detection technology and Conqueror’s job was to steal it...

It may be that the Russian government is learning for the first time the fate of what was one of its most closely guarded devices.....

“This was a quite remarkable feat, a daring exploit that carried with it immense risk,”...

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: coldwar; navies; russia; submarines

1 posted on 10/12/2012 2:00:23 AM PDT by Winniesboy
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To: Jeff Head

Is there a naval affairs ping list?


2 posted on 10/12/2012 2:02:39 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est.)
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To: Nailbiter

bflr


3 posted on 10/12/2012 2:11:52 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: Winniesboy

Good read! Thanks!


4 posted on 10/12/2012 2:18:33 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: Winniesboy
Fantastic feat. This was done when the Brits could safely send the array to the US for analysis. Now, would they dare or would they have to keep such a prize away from Obama and his penchant for leaks to the enemy?
5 posted on 10/12/2012 2:38:15 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Winniesboy
If one is into stories like this I recommend Blind Man's Bluff a great book about the sneaky cold war submarine force. My father in law worked as a civilian on deep submersibles for years. Never really talked about it, but when this book came out he shoved it in my hands to read. He was exceptionally proud of the amazing stuff they pulled off back during the height of the cold war. He had good reason to be.
6 posted on 10/12/2012 3:48:25 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Winniesboy

BFLR


7 posted on 10/12/2012 3:57:34 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Truth29

0bama would have gone on TV and claimed credit for getting the devise.


8 posted on 10/12/2012 4:22:16 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: Winniesboy

W.O.W.


9 posted on 10/12/2012 4:25:31 AM PDT by carriage_hill (The 0bummer Penguin: I played this country like a harp from hell.)
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To: USNBandit; Winniesboy
'HMS Conqueror' and 'Blind Man's Bluff' .....

Just ordered both......thanks

10 posted on 10/12/2012 5:50:16 AM PDT by jmax (Full mag inserted, round in chamber, safety is off.)
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To: Alas Babylon!; American_Centurion; An.American.Expatriate; ASA.Ranger; ASA Vet; Ax; Azeem; ...

MI Ping


11 posted on 10/12/2012 6:16:38 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: Winniesboy

Pretty awesome stuff!


12 posted on 10/12/2012 7:03:03 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (I'm no racist!! I just hate white folks!!! - BHO 2007)
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To: Winniesboy

Good read. I would have kept it classified for another 30 years especially in these dangerous times.


13 posted on 10/12/2012 7:48:28 AM PDT by CORedneck
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To: ASA Vet; BIGLOOK

At one time sonic arrays, the positioning of permanent/semi permanent arrays and use of them might have been one of our top secrets from the Russians.


14 posted on 10/12/2012 8:47:01 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (We are the 53%, who pay taxes and keep this country going inspite of the 47% rat moochers!)
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To: USNBandit; BIGLOOK; ASA Vet

“If one is into stories like this I recommend Blind Man’s Bluff a great book about the sneaky cold war submarine force. My father in law worked as a civilian on deep submersibles for years. Never really talked about it, but when this book came out he shoved it in my hands to read. He was exceptionally proud of the amazing stuff they pulled off back during the height of the cold war. He had good reason to be.”

One of my sons complained to a friend that I never discussed what I did in the old NSG.

That friend bought him Blind Man’s Bluff and gave it to him.

Later my son loaned it to me and said read it, and “I know no comments!”

This is a great book and shows a little of what our submariners did to keep the Ruskies off balance and scared of what we could do to them.


15 posted on 10/12/2012 8:52:11 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (We are the 53%, who pay taxes and keep this country going inspite of the 47% rat moochers!)
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To: Grampa Dave

Tapping the Soviet phone cable under the Sea of Okhotsk was daring genius.


16 posted on 10/12/2012 9:16:37 AM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: Rebelbase

Hopefully one of these days, our children, grandchildren,spouses and sibilings will understand how hot the Cold War was at time.

Many events as you noted were truly daring.


17 posted on 10/12/2012 9:23:18 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (We are the 53%, who pay taxes and keep this country going inspite of the 47% rat moochers!)
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To: Winniesboy

The full article at the source was very interesting, but the comments under the article are bizarre.


18 posted on 10/12/2012 1:37:31 PM PDT by fini
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To: Grampa Dave

My dad worked as a DCAS source inspector on any number of black projects.

The only one I know of was the B-2, and that’s only because it is no longer Black.

I’ll never know the rest. I’d love to know as they go white, but never will. *sigh*


19 posted on 10/12/2012 3:23:22 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1361 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: Winniesboy

AFAIK Reds picked NATO towed array technology in a pretty similiar thus not that much refined way crashing their sub into US vessels and driven cable away on their propeller.
I heard they did it twice. First time in 1981 on Sturgeon class and in late 1983 on USS McCloy.


20 posted on 10/12/2012 6:40:52 PM PDT by cunning_fish
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