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Britain launches nuclear sub that can hear a ship from across the Atlantic
this is london ^ | 08.06.07

Posted on 06/08/2007 10:40:35 AM PDT by george76

The first of the UK's new generation of nuclear-powered attack submarines has been unveiled in Cumbria by the Duchess of Cornwall.

Due to enter service in 2009, BAE Systems' Astute is the most advanced submarine of its kind and comes bristling with the very latest in military technology.

BAE said: "With a radar signature equivalent to a dolphin, it can remain undetected thousands of miles from home and hundreds of metres underwater.

"In the right conditions it can detect the QE2 leaving New York harbour from the English Channel."

its key asset is its stealth. Even with a nuclear reactor and four powerful turbines propelling it through the water, less than one watt of power is radiated, making it incredibly quiet.

Its nuclear reactor means that it will never need to be refuelled in its 25-year lifetime.

The submarine - almost half as big again as the Royal Navy's current fleet of attack boats - is one of three under construction at the BAE Systems shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness.

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: attacksubmarines; britain; military; navy; nuclear; royalnavy; submarine; submarines
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To: ridesthemiles

Something like fifty wheels under it. The ones we had used tracks, but we had gravel roads to start with or they would have been gravel roads afterwards anyway.


41 posted on 06/08/2007 11:25:59 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Treaty)
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To: JRios1968

uhhhhhh....


42 posted on 06/08/2007 11:33:59 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny
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To: george76

“With a radar signature equivalent to a dolphin...”

I’m a little confused by this statement. What relevance is a radar signature when a submarine remains underwater?


43 posted on 06/08/2007 11:34:03 AM PDT by ops33 (Retired USAF Senior Master Sergeant)
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To: agere_contra
I’m sure the subs will serve Allah well.

Britain. 3% Muslim.

America: 3% Muslim.

We are free citizens and we have guns.
They are subjects and are unarmed (except for criminals and muslims)

44 posted on 06/08/2007 11:34:07 AM PDT by AlaskaErik (Run, Fred run! I will send my donation as soon as you announce.)
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To: george76
I'm pretty sure 90 days is the limit due to food.

And maybe TP.

Unless, of course, they are ordered to listen to Sheryl Crowe.

I remember reading one article about the then-new LA class boats. They would leave port with food packages stacked all over the place.

46 posted on 06/08/2007 11:35:41 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: F15Eagle

Heh. The Duchess of Cornwall at the submarine races.


48 posted on 06/08/2007 11:39:55 AM PDT by scout34 (scout34)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

I guess I should have added “click at your risk...”


49 posted on 06/08/2007 11:43:09 AM PDT by JRios1968 (Faith is not believing that God can. It is knowing that God will. - Ben Stein)
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To: ops33

The writer is goofed up - Sonar is underwater measure of stealth.

(Though radio masts and periscopes that are above water are treated with RAM coatings to reduce radar reflections.)


50 posted on 06/08/2007 11:43:41 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Psycho_Bunny; JRios1968

We’ve learned to click all links with caution.

Mucho Cautiono


51 posted on 06/08/2007 11:47:16 AM PDT by agent_delta
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To: george76
Its nuclear reactor means that it will never need to be refuelled in its 25-year lifetime.

Cool! Now how about some nuclear power for us civilians.

52 posted on 06/08/2007 11:52:40 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: george76; sit-rep

How would it be able to hear one particular ship across the Atlantic without telling all the other ships to be quiet?


53 posted on 06/08/2007 11:55:02 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Duncan Hunter 2008 (or Fred Thompson if he ever makes up his mind))
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To: Larry Lucido
The one sub gives the other ships a dirty look and they all know to keep quiet.

This is based on the "Librarian" rule.


54 posted on 06/08/2007 11:59:07 AM PDT by agent_delta
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To: george76

You think with all that duct tape holding it together, it’d create a bit more sonar signature...

/sarc


55 posted on 06/08/2007 12:03:13 PM PDT by Ro_Thunder ("Other than ending SLAVERY, FASCISM, NAZISM and COMMUNISM, war has never solved anything")
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To: Larry Lucido

“How would it be able to hear one particular ship across the Atlantic without telling all the other ships to be quiet?”

The QE2 is an extremely noisy ship?


56 posted on 06/08/2007 12:06:07 PM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: george76
With a radar signature equivalent to a dolphin?....I think they meant sonar signature equivalent to a dolphin
57 posted on 06/08/2007 12:22:53 PM PDT by tophat9000 (My 2008 grassroots Republican platform: Build the fence, enforce the laws, and win the damm WAR!)
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To: Larry Lucido

Gives selective hearing a new meaning!!


58 posted on 06/08/2007 12:39:52 PM PDT by sit-rep ( http://trulineint.com/latestposts.asp)
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To: AlaskaErik

‘We are free citizens and we have guns.’

So are we and we also have guns. I have three guns, so I must be extra-free. Every Iraqi has a gun so they must be the free-est. We’ve been free since 1215 when the Magna Carta was signed. 560 years later one of our colonies decided being free was good too and copied our Magna Carta. I think they called it the ‘constipation’ or something similar. It was good, but they kept amending it until no-one took it seriously anymore.

‘They are subjects and are unarmed (except for criminals and muslims)’

No, I think you’ll find we’re still citizens - have been for a long time. All my friends have guns and we hunt regularly with them. You must be thinking of NYC. It’s much easier for your muslims to get a gun than for our muslims to. AS you all have guns can you explain to me how 911 happened without the hi-jackers getting shot? ;-)


59 posted on 06/08/2007 12:49:35 PM PDT by britemp
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To: JRios1968

lol....it was pretty funny.


60 posted on 06/08/2007 12:52:53 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny
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