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  • Tomorrow’s Stealthy Subs Could Sink America’s Navy

    05/12/2014 8:51:01 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 05.12.14 | Bill Sweetman
    PH1 (AW/NAC) Michael Moriatis/Wikimedia Commons The U.S. military is relying on sub-hunting tech that’s decades old. Meanwhile, the targets they’re trying to find are getting quieter and more invisible by the day. Submarines are getting quieter, stealthier, and better armed. And that could mean major trouble for the U.S. Navy and its aging fleet of sub-hunters. The tactical balance between the surface warship and the submarine has strategic impact. The submarine is not made for a show of force. Its principal weapon is designed not to damage a ship, but to sink it—rapidly and probably with much loss of life....
  • MH370: UK submarine joins search for missing plane

    04/01/2014 12:34:38 PM PDT · by F15Eagle · 55 replies
    BBC via Yahoo! ^ | 1 April 2014 Last updated at 15:04 ET | BBC.Com
    British submarine HMS Tireless has joined the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The Ministry of Defence said the Trafalgar class submarine had arrived in the southern Indian Ocean and would help search for the plane's black box recorder. It will soon by joined by Royal Navy coastal survey ship HMS Echo. The aircraft disappeared with 239 people on board on 8 March while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Earlier on Tuesday, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston - the man co-ordinating the search from Australia - said the hunt was the "most challenging" ever seen and could...
  • Man torches $400 million nuke sub (twice!)Navy's budget struggles for air

    08/08/2013 7:49:16 AM PDT · by Innovative · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug. 8, 2013 | Emily Smith, CNN
    Casey James Fury simply didn't want to be at work, and in the process cost the Navy nearly a half-billion dollars and one attack submarine. Fury admitted to setting fire to the USS Miami, a nuclear sub, in May 2012 while it was in dry dock. Fury also admitted to starting a second fire at the dry dock three weeks later, according to federal court documents. In both cases, he told investigators that he started the fires because he was having extreme anxiety and was trying to get out of work, according to federal documents. On Tuesday, the Navy announced...
  • Russian attack sub discovered just 200 miles from the East Coast and given safe harbor...

    11/06/2012 2:04:52 AM PST · by Libloather · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/06/12
    Russian attack sub discovered just 200 miles from the East Coast and given safe harbor from Hurricane SandyBy Daily Mail Reporter UPDATED: 00:15 EST, 6 November 2012 U.S. defense officials are downplaying the potential threat of a Russian attack sub detected just 200 miles from the East Coast and given safe harbor in Florida during Hurricane Sandy. The Russian Seirra-2 class submarine was believed to be part of the country's Northern Fleet, outfitted with SS-N-21 anti-submarine warfare missiles, SS-N-16 anti-submarine warfare missiles, and torpedos. **SNIP** Officials said the submarine was likely conducting anti-submarine warfare efforts against U.S. ballistic and cruise...
  • Precommissioning Unit (PCU) Minnesota SSN 783

    06/07/2012 2:36:47 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    uss minnesota .org ^ | 6-7-12 | me
    The future USS Minnesota (SSN-783) will be the 10th of a projected 30 Virginia-class submarines. She will be the third United States Navy ship named for the state of Minnesota. The contract to build her was awarded to the Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia on 14 August 2003. Construction of PCU Minnesota (SSN-783) began in February, 2008. The ship was named on July 15, 2008 and is expected to be delivered in 2013. The selection of Minnesota, designated SSN 783, honors the state's citizens and their continued support to our nation's military. Minnesota has a long tradition of...
  • Russia faced major nuclear disaster in 2011: report

    02/14/2012 10:36:48 AM PST · by SmithL · 16 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | 2/14/12 | Guy Faulconbridge | Reuters
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia came close to nuclear disaster in late December when a blaze engulfed a nuclear-powered submarine carrying atomic weapons, a leading Russian magazine reported, contradicting official assurances that it was not armed. Russian officials said at the time that all nuclear weapons aboard the Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine had been unloaded well before a fire engulfed the 167-metre (550 feet) vessel and there had been no risk of a radiation leak. But the respected Vlast weekly magazine quoted several sources in the Russian navy as saying that throughout the fire on December 29 the submarine was carrying 16...
  • Brazilian researchers find WWII German submarine

    07/16/2011 6:08:27 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    LasVegasSun ^ | July 15, 2011
    -excerpt- Friday's statement says American planes sank the submarine on July 19, 1943.
  • Russia offers Amur class submarines to India

    11/30/2010 8:19:04 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | Nov 30, 2010
    Russia offers Amur class submarines to India Published: Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010, 16:18 IST Place: Moscow | Agency: PTI Russia has offered its latest low-noise fourth generation Amur-1650 class submarines to India, which is on the verge of floating global tenders for an estimated $11 billion deal. India is vying to purchase six non-nuclear submarines to boost up its undersea warfare capability. The deal may be expanded by acquiring the know-how to build more such submarines at Indian shipyards. As part of project 751, Indian Navy proposes to have a undersea force of 24 submarines by 2015. India already has...
  • Does it matter that Britain lost a Russian nuclear submarine?

    10/18/2010 10:10:01 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/19/2010 | Nicholas Watt
    Britain's defence chiefs were said to have been deeply unamused when a Russian nuclear submarine slipped away from the gaze of our military spies. I wrote this morning about how the "layer cake" of surveillance lost the submarine last summer as it left the headquarters of the old Soviet northern fleet in Severomorsk near Murmansk. It was picked up three weeks later on patrol in the Atlantic. Does this matter? Rob Hewson, editor of Jane's Air-Launched Weapons, thinks not. This is what he told me: The fact that we cannot track a Russian missile submarine, of which there are very...
  • Caption Obama at the Tastee Sub Shop

    07/28/2010 1:06:00 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 134 replies · 1+ views
    U.S. President Barack Obama orders his sandwich before meeting with small business owners at the Tastee Sub Shop in Edison, New Jersey July 28, 2010.
  • The Cursed Subs Of Oz

    01/30/2010 12:03:05 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 393+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 1/29/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Australias' submarine fleet seems to be cursed. Normally, two of the six boats are out on patrol, two are conducting training (but available for operations) and two are undergoing maintenance. The reality is that, right now, only one of the Collins class subs is available for operations, while one is conducting training. The other four are undergoing repairs or maintenance. Actually, a string of breakdowns has put three of the subs into a period of extended repairs. That means that the current situation may last for a year or more. All this comes at a bad time for the Australian...
  • Navy Set to Crew Subs with Female Sailors

    09/25/2009 3:03:16 PM PDT · by Drrdot · 50 replies · 2,135+ views
    Military.com ^ | September 25, 2009 | Christian Lowe
    Breaking with a tradition that spans more than half a century, the Navy is in the final planning stages to integrate female Sailors into its submarine fleet. Long considered one of the most elite communities in the U.S. Navy, the small, secretive force has been comprised entirely of male officers and crew in large part because of the small living spaces and long endurance missions. The service had examined assigning a small number of females on subs over the last ten years, but found the tight confines and lack of a well-defined career path for female submariners too daunting to...
  • Garridos' neighbours reveal 'Creepy Phil's' drug-fuelled orgies with the hillbillies

    08/31/2009 3:57:53 AM PDT · by dennisw · 128 replies · 4,469+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 1:28 AM on 31st August 2009 | Andrew Malone
    At the heart of this inquiry lies the nature of the community where Garrido chose to make his home after serving just 11 years of a 50-year sentence for a previous sex attack. For contrary to initial reports, this is far from being mainstream, middle-class, suburban America. Together with his new wife, Nancy, whom he had met while she was visiting her uncle in jail, Garrido settled in a crime-ridden backwater where nobody pries into anyone else's business - unless they are willing to pay the price. 'The people here are like hillbillies,' says one local film-maker. 'They are all...
  • Sub, sonar collision 'inadvertent'

    06/15/2009 6:43:24 AM PDT · by Bean Counter · 11 replies · 527+ views
    China Daily ^ | June 15, 2009 | The China Daily
    It is highly likely the recent collision of a Chinese submarine and an underwater sonar array towed by a US warship in the South China Sea was due to misjudgment of distance, Chinese military experts said. The conjecture is in line with the United States view of "inadvertent encounter". The collision occurred last Thursday as the destroyer USS John S. McCain was sailing in the sea, CNN television reported on Friday. Its sonar array, used to listen and locate underwater sounds, was damaged in the incident, but fortunately the sub and ship did not collide, an unnamed military official told...
  • Weld inspector’s lies may affect 9 [Navy] ships

    06/02/2009 5:35:50 AM PDT · by pabianice · 19 replies · 1,240+ views
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  • Progressive creationist anthropology: many reasons NOT to believe

    04/17/2009 3:23:38 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 5 replies · 536+ views
    Progressive creationist anthropology: many reasons NOT to believe A review of Who was Adam? by Fazale Rana with Hugh Ross Although mostly written by Fazale Rana, the book is said to equally represent the work of Hugh Ross. Their salvos against biblical creationists are mostly confined to the earlier chapters of the book, with the first shot being to blame us for the biblical perspective on human origins not being ‘at the high table of scientific debate’ (p. 12). Here they characterize the approach taken by creationists as largely attacking human evolutionary models, but seldom offering ‘a viable theory of...
  • Google Earth Uncovers British Nuclear Sub Base, Missile Facility

    03/09/2009 1:15:24 PM PDT · by rawhide · 29 replies · 1,571+ views
    BRITAIN’S nuclear defence HQ could be under threat from terrorists using Google Earth. Close-up aerial views of the top-secret Naval base are on the computer program — available for free over the internet. It even reveals the longitude and latitude of the facility in Faslane, Scotland — home to the UK’s Trident-armed nuclear submarine force. And pictures clearly show two vast Vanguard Class submarines — each capable of carrying 16 nuclear missiles. Military experts warn that would make it easy for terrorists to launch accurate mortar or rocket attacks. One told The Sun: "A strike on our nuclear capability would...
  • British, French nuclear subs collide in Atlantic

    02/16/2009 12:56:05 PM PST · by txroadkill · 5 replies · 1,112+ views
    AP via YAHOO ^ | 2/16/09 | DAVID STRINGER
    LONDON – Nuclear submarines from Britain and France collided deep in the Atlantic Ocean this month, authorities said Monday in the first acknowledgment of a highly unusual accident that one expert called the gravest in nearly two decades. Officials said the low-speed crash did not damage the vessels' nuclear reactors or missiles or cause radiation to leak. But anti-nuclear groups said it was still a frightening reminder of the risks posed by submarines prowling the oceans powered by radioactive material and bristling with nuclear weapons. The first public indication of a mishap came when France reported in a little-noticed Feb....
  • Homemade Submarine Found Stuffed With $187M In Cocaine

    09/18/2008 7:19:14 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 74 replies · 3,086+ views
    local6 ^ | September 18, 2008
    KEY WEST, Fla. -- The U.S. Coast Guard discovered 7 tons of cocaine on a homemade submarine that featured sophisticated navigation equipment. Coast Guard officials said the apparent Colombian drug runners were taken by surprise on the 70-foot vessel. The sub was stuffed with $187 million worth of drugs. Four people were taken into custody in international waters. The vessel and the people aboard were on their way to Key West Thursday. The bust happened off the coast of Costa Rica after a U.S. Navy airplane spotted the sub.
  • Homemade Submarine Packed with Cocaine Seized by Mexican Navy

    07/17/2008 4:29:48 PM PDT · by xcamel · 20 replies · 302+ views
    TWN ^ | 07/17/2008 | TransWorldNews
    A homemade submarine packed with cocaine was seized Wednesday by the Mexican Navy off the Pacific coast. The 30-foot vessel was first detected as it made its way north about 200 miles off Oaxaca, but was intercepted hours later when it surfaced. The sub had a crew of four men who were arrested and flown by helicopter to the city of Huatulco. The suspects claim to be Colombian fishermen who had been forced to pilot the sub for drug traffickers threatening to harm their families. A Navy spokesman said the sub seizure is a first for Mexico. Other makeshift submarines...
  • Titanic search was cover for secret Cold War subs mission

    05/23/2008 3:36:24 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 50 replies · 471+ views
    Times Online ^ | 5/24/08 | Lewis Smith
    The man who located the wreck of the Titanic has revealed that the discovery was a cover story to camouflage the real mission of inspecting the wrecks of two Cold War nuclear submarines. When Bob Ballard led a team that pinpointed the wreckage of the liner in 1985 he had already completed his main task of finding out what happened to USS Thresher and USS Scorpion. Both of the United States Navy vessels sank during the 1960s, killing more than 200 men and giving rise to fears that at least one of them, Scorpion, had been sunk by the USSR....
  • New class of submarine all about mission of stealth

    02/17/2008 9:26:07 AM PST · by nuconvert · 27 replies · 538+ views
    azstarnet/AP ^ | 02.17.2008
    New class of submarine all about mission of stealth The Associated Press 02.17.2008 ABOARD THE USS OHIO — Capt. Andy Hale has just worked out and is still in a sweaty T-shirt and shorts as he stands in the battle command center. He is watching a flat-screen display that shows what's happening outside on the bow and the aft. His billion-dollar submarine — the U.S. Navy's newest twist on underwater warfare — is hovering just below the surface off the Pacific island of Guam as a submersible disappears into the dark waters, carrying a team of commandos. The USS Ohio...
  • Army Boat Supports Dive Teams Trying to Raise Russian Sub

    09/04/2007 4:59:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies · 1,273+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Morrene E. Randell, USA
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., Sept. 4, 2007 – A light breeze rippled over the dark water of Providence Harbor as two divers sank below the water’s surface, leaving behind a long trail of air hoses and the sound of their breathing through the radio. Navy diver Petty Officer 2nd Class William F. Stetson III, right, gives the “OK” sign to let a fellow sailor know he is receiving proper oxigen flow. The U.S. Army Vessel New Orleans is serving as a diving platform for Navy and Army divers working on raising a Russian submarine in Providence Harbor on the Rhode Island...
  • Drunk Shirt, Sub Run Amok (News from Scooters Report)

    08/03/2007 12:27:30 PM PDT · by Digital Disaster · 2 replies · 323+ views
    Scooter's Report ^ | 8-3-07 | Scooter Van Neuter
    Woman Wearing "I'm A Drunk" Tee-shirt Arrested For DUI New York - A woman identified as 'Jane Smith' was arrested last night wearing a tee-shirt that said "I'm not an alcoholic, I'm a drunk - alcoholics go to meetings." Police say they pulled over the woman's car after reports she was chasing another motorist at high speeds. Smith was release after posting $25,000 bail. Mysterious Submersible Almost Rams Queen Mary New York - NYPD Harbor Patrol officials arrested an individual piloting a small submersible that reportedly almost rammed the Queen Mary, docked at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. The unidentified woman...
  • Russia to launch new nuclear submarine Sunday - Ivanov

    04/09/2007 5:22:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies · 1,048+ views
    RIA Novosti,Russia ^ | 09/ 04/ 2007
    Russia to launch new nuclear submarine Sunday - Ivanov 15:43 | 09/ 04/ 2007 MOSCOW, April 9 (RIA Novosti) - A fourth-generation strategic nuclear submarine will be launched during a special ceremony at a shipbuilding yard in northern Russia Sunday, a first deputy prime minister said Monday. The Yury Dolgoruky, a Borey-class nuclear missile submarine, was built at the Sevmash plant in the northern Arkhangelsk Region. It will be equipped with the Bulava ballistic missile, which is adapted from the Topol-M (SS-27). Sergei Ivanov said at a government meeting that the submarine will undergo sea trials in 2007 and will...
  • Alaska Airmen aid injured British Sailor

    03/22/2007 6:55:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 717+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Capt. Allen Herritage
    3/22/2007 - ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska (AFNEWS) -- Airmen in Alaska came through for a wounded British Sailor March 21 when he was injured during a deadly explosion aboard the Royal Navy submarine HMS Tireless operating in Arctic waters north of Prudhoe Bay. The submarine experienced an explosion of a self contained oxygen generation candle that killed two Sailors and injured the third late March 20 while conducting a joint U.S. United Kingdom exercise. A civilian helicopter contracted by exercise organizers transported the injured Sailor from the scene to the town of Deadhorse, where an Alaska Air National Guard...
  • Gulf of Oman - Japanese tanker collides with US submarine

    01/08/2007 6:56:24 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 22 replies · 1,654+ views
    AFP via translation | January 8, 2007
    An American nuclear submarine runs up against a Japanese tanker TOKYO - a submarine with nuclear propulsion American and a tanker Japanese entered in collision the sea of Oman, with broad of the coasts of the Arabic Peninsula, confirmed Tuesday the Japanese ministry of the Foreign Affairs. "the ministry received information early this morning. We currently try to obtain more details ", indicated on its side a spokesman of the ministry. According to the news service nippone Jiji, the accident did not cause any major damage and the tanker was Tuesday in a port of the plain Arab Emirates....
  • U.S. Navy, Colombian Sub Train Under DESI (Diesel Electric Submarine Initiative)

    11/24/2006 9:39:57 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 425+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Holly Boynton
    061102-N-5677B-002 Mayport, Fla. (Nov. 2, 2006) – Cmdr. Gustavo Angel, Columbian Armada, Colombian foreign liaison officer to U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (NAVSO), awaits the arrival of Colombian Armada submarine A.R.C. Tayrona during a port visit to Mayport. NAVSO sponsors foreign military visits to promote relations with partner nations in Latin America to support Theater Security Cooperation. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Holly Boynton (RELEASED)   View Larger Download HiRes   U.S. Navy, Colombian Sub Train Under DESI Story Number: NNS061123-01 Release Date: 11/23/2006 2:06:00 PM By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Holly Boynton,...
  • Submarines: Akula On Fire

    11/16/2006 8:35:15 AM PST · by texas booster · 24 replies · 1,456+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | November 13, 2006 | Strategy Page Staff
    On November 2nd, a Russian Akula (Bars, in Russian) nuclear attack submarine caught fire while undergoing refurbishment in a north (Arctic) coast shipyard. The sub did not have any nuclear fuel aboard. The fire started when a welder's torch ignited some rags, which quickly spread to temporary wood planking, laid down to protect the compartment floor during reconstruction. The fire spread quickly, and the workers fled. The compartment was no longer airtight, because of the construction work, so sealing it off did not work. Eventually water and foam had to be used. Several firemen were injured from toxic fumes, created...
  • U.S. admiral urges closer China ties after sub scare

    11/14/2006 12:05:49 PM PST · by jojoba · 93 replies · 1,865+ views
    Reuters (Yahoo!) ^ | Tue Nov 14, 4:37 AM ET | By Mark Bendeich
    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A U.S. defense chief called for closer military ties with China and for the two powers to shed "Cold War" thinking on Tuesday as he highlighted a recent naval encounter that could have gone wrong. The chief of U.S. forces in the Pacific, Admiral William J. Fallon, was asked to confirm a U.S. newspaper report of an uncomfortably close encounter between U.S. warships and a Chinese submarine in the Pacific last month. Confirming the gist of the Washington Times report, Fallon said the submarine had been detected at close quarters by an aircraft carrier and its...
  • The day Bermuda escaped becoming a Chernobyl

    10/17/2006 11:43:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 71 replies · 2,714+ views
    The Royal Gazette,Bermuda ^ | October 06. 2006 | Sam Strangeways
    The day Bermuda escaped becoming a Chernobyl By Sam Strangeways It happened 20 years ago today and has spawned films, books and numerous articles – but the reason for the sinking of Soviet submarine K-219 600 miles from Bermuda is still not known. The Yankee-class ballistic missile vessel, laden with nuclear warheads and 200 tons of radioactive plutonium, plunged 18,000 feet beneath the waves on October 6, 1986, after an explosion on board three days earlier. The Soviet Union claimed at the time that the explosion and a subsequent fire – which killed four crew members – was due to...
  • It's replica of nuclear sub Tucson

    10/15/2006 12:20:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 33 replies · 1,091+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Carol Ann Alaimo
    Lots of people worry what the neighbors think. Brad Braastad isn't one of them. First, he installed a mailbox shaped like a yellow submarine at the end of his driveway. Now the 84-year-old Navy veteran and his pals are building a replica of a nuclear sub in the backyard of his South Side home. "The neighbors think he's crazy," joked Braastad's buddy, Carle Blackwell . "They think I've spent too much time underwater," chimed Braastad, who actually spent much of his 25-year military career below the sea. Beyond the mirth, serious work is under way for the group of former...
  • Navy Approves Hunley Conservation Plan

    09/25/2006 10:26:39 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 6 replies · 522+ views
    localnewsleader ^ | September 25, 2006 | BRUCE SMITH
    CHARLESTON, S.C. - The U.S. Navy U.S. Navy has approved plans to conserve the hand-cranked Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley by soaking the sub in high pH water to remove corrosive salts from the iron vessel. The Hunley sank the Union blockade ship Housatonic in 1864, becoming the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship. But it never returned with its crew of eight. The current plans call for soaking the submarine in high pH solutions such as sodium hydroxide or sodium bicarbonate to remove salts from the iron. The Navy had to approve the conservation plan because, under...
  • Secret Australian submarine spy missions forced to the surface

    09/08/2006 4:22:48 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies · 2,022+ views
    The Age,Australia ^ | September 8, 2006 | Brendan Nicholson
    Secret spy missions forced to the surface Brendan Nicholson September 8, 2006 AUSTRALIAN submarines carried out top secret Cold War spying missions on Russia and China that came to an abrupt end when a submarine was forced to surface in view of the foreign fleet after becoming entangled in fishing nets. News of the inglorious end to 14 years of high-risk secret missions in 1992, and the fact that they even occurred, has emerged because the sailors involved want their missions officially designated "warlike operations" Warlike or not, the missions carried out between 1978 and 1992 were certainly dangerous, with...
  • Australian Submarine fleet 'should go nuclear'

    09/05/2006 4:45:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies · 963+ views
    The Age,Australia ^ | September 5, 2006 | Katharine Murphy
    Submarine fleet 'should go nuclear' Katharine Murphy September 5, 2006 AUSTRALIA must consider commissioning a new fleet of nuclear-powered submarines, a submission to the nuclear taskforce says. The move will be necessary to deal with complex security pressures emerging within the region over the next two decades. The former head of the navy's submarine team, Rear Admiral Peter Briggs, and one of Australia's top national security analysts, Allan Behm, claim the national debate on nuclear energy allows Australia to consider seriously the advantages of acquiring nuclear-powered submarines to replace the Collins class. In a submission to John Howard's nuclear taskforce,...
  • New nuclear sub is lifeline for Barrow(UK)-(Royal Navy)

    08/28/2006 11:51:24 AM PDT · by Marius3188 · 12 replies · 938+ views
    BBC ^ | 28 Aug 2006 | Toby Poston
    If British manufacturing really is dying, then the industry is making one of its last stands in Barrow. The shipbuilding town on the isolated Furness peninsula in south-west Cumbria is home to 3,200 steelworkers, designers, engineers, fitters, electricians and other skilled workers building some of the Royal Navy's most secretive and deadly weapons. HMS Astute, HMS Ambush and HMS Artful are a new class of nuclear attack submarines being built at BAE Systems Submarines' 169 acre site. Astute, the first in her class, is almost complete. She is being fitted out in the cavernous Devonshire dock hall, the largest construction...
  • USS Grunion: Lost submarine found off Alaska

    08/18/2006 4:55:24 AM PDT · by llevrok · 51 replies · 5,684+ views
    The Seattle P-I (Newspaper) ^ | 8/18/06 | RALPH RANALLI
    There was no distress call, no indication of enemy depth charges exploding or bulkheads breached, just a dead silence that stretched from a few days into 60 years. The USS Grunion disappeared in July 1942, leaving 70 American families grieving and the three sons of skipper Mannert L. "Jim" Abele without a father. Abele's boys -- who were 5, 9 and 12 and lived in Newton, Mass., when their father disappeared -- grew up and built their own lives. But they dwelt on the fate of their father. At 2 a.m. Wednesday, a grainy sonar picture e-mailed via satellite appeared...
  • No plans to commission Belgorod N Sub - Russian minister

    07/20/2006 8:52:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies · 669+ views
    Ria Novosti ^ | | 20/ 07/ 2006
    No plans to commission Belgorod nuclear submarine - minister 15:29 | 20/ 07/ 2006 SEVERODVINSK, July 20 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's defense minister said Thursday the ministry would not allocate funds to finish building a nuclear submarine in the same class as the doomed Kursk submarine and hinted it could be sold. "The Defense Ministry does not need the Belgorod nuclear submarine," Sergei Ivanov said. "Therefore it will not finance its further construction." The Oscar-II class Belgorod was laid in July 1992. Its construction, frozen in 1990s, was resumed after the K-141 Kursk nuclear submarine of the same class sank...
  • Ship has berth in U.S. history (CIA & The Glomar Explorer)

    07/20/2006 4:39:03 PM PDT · by oxcart · 83 replies · 3,663+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 07/20/2006 | By DAVID S. ROSEN
    CURTIS Crooke's connection with the Glomar Explorer began back in 1969, when two men from the Central Intelligence Agency showed up at his office uninvited. "They walked in my door and closed it, and my office door was never shut," said Crooke, now 78 and retired in Carmel, Calif. "They wanted to know if my company could build something to lift something so many tons and in about 15 to 20,000 feet of water." Crooke, then the vice president of engineering for Houston-based Global Marine, wasn't told what the CIA wanted to do with this special ship. But he had...
  • Scientists: Hunley's hatch was unlocked

    07/15/2006 12:10:36 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 55 replies · 2,113+ views
    yahoo news/AP ^ | Jul 14, 2006
    Scientists: Hunley's hatch was unlocked Scientists say they may have found an important clue in the mystery of why the Confederate submarine Hunley sank 140 years ago after making history by sinking an enemy warship in battle. Archaeologists and others working to restore the submarine recovered six years ago from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Sullivans Island have found evidence the forward hatch may have been opened intentionally on the night the sub sank. The forward hatch was one of two ways crew members got in and out of the sub. It is covered in...
  • Experts Confirm Sunken Sub is USS Lagarto (SS371)

    07/12/2006 5:07:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 6,121+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | U.S. Pacific Fleet and Naval Historical Center Public Affairs
    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- Experts at the Naval Historical Center in Washington, D.C., have confirmed that a World War II submarine wreck found in the Gulf of Thailand last year is USS Lagarto (SS 371). Underwater archeologists at the center completed their examination of evidence obtained in June by Navy divers from USS Salvor (ARS 52) and Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 1, both based in Pearl Harbor. "We now know for certain that this is Lagarto," said Rear Adm. Jeffrey Cassias, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet submarine force. "I am grateful to all those involved in helping...
  • The Mythical Indian SSN Goes to Sea

    07/06/2006 7:43:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies · 1,197+ views
    Strategypage ^ | July 6, 2006
    The Mythical Indian SSN Goes to Sea July 6, 2006: The long rumored, but much denied, deal for Indian to lease one, or two, Russian Akula II class nuclear attack subs, is hot news once more. That's because one of the Akula II subs, the Nerpa, was recently launched at the Russian Pacific shipyards. The Nerpa will be completed and undergo sea trials next year. In 2002, the stories began to appear, that India was leasing one, or two, Russian nuclear attack submarines (SSN). Eventually, both India and Russia denied the deal, which was promptly renamed as "a secret deal."...
  • South Korea launches new submarine

    06/09/2006 8:39:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 1,004+ views
    The Korea Times ^ | 06-09-2006 16:57 | By Jung Sung-ki
    1,800-Ton Class Submarine Launched By Jung Sung-ki Staff Reporter The South Korean Navy Friday launched its first, 1,800-ton class, state-of-the-art submarine equipped with advanced missile systems, a Navy spokesman said. Named after the country’s first Chief of Naval Operations, the late Adm. Sohn Won-il, the 214-Type submarine will play a key role in securing sea lanes for transporting energy supplies and other goods, as well as extending the Navy’s operation range, Commander Jung Sung-yup told The Korea Times. ``The launch of the 214-Type submarine will give our naval capability a great boost and help safeguard our maritime interests,’’ Jung said,...
  • Pakistan to gift old submarines to Bangladesh (mother of ironies!!)

    06/02/2006 8:52:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies · 2,537+ views
    Daily News Analysis ^ | Friday, June 02, 2006 | Josy Joseph
    Pakistan to gift old submarines to Bangladesh Navy Josy Joseph Friday, June 02, 2006 23:14 IST The Pakistan gift would provide the Bangladesh Navy its first underwater capabilties. NEW DELHI: In a strategic decision that Indian policy planners are trying to comprehend, Pakistan has agreed to gift two of its old submarines to Bangladesh Navy. Authoritative sources in the establishment told DNA that Pakistani authorities agreed to the gift when Bangladesh Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia visited Pakistan from February 12 to 14 earlier this year. Pakistani authorities would refurbish and refit two of its old submarines for the Bangladesh...
  • US Navy to continue hunt for Swedish sub

    04/18/2006 1:35:46 PM PDT · by dagnabbit · 156 replies · 6,049+ views
    For almost a year the US Navy has been hunting a Swedish submarine, the HMS Gotland, off America's west coast. The hunt is, of course, a one year training programme - but the Americans now want to extend the contract with the Swedish Navy. Time after time, as part of the Americans' training in tracking down smaller vessels, the Swedish submarine and its crew have eluded their pursuers. The programme started last summer but the US Navy has said that it would like to hire the Swedish submarine and crew for another year, reported the newspaper Blekinge Läns Tidning. That...
  • Multimission-Capable Sub Readies for Full Operation

    04/12/2006 5:50:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 695+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Journalist 1st Class Donald P. Rule
    NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE KINGS BAY, Ga. (NNS) -- The guided-missile submarine USS Florida (SSGN 728) arrived at its new home of Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., April 11, completing the sub’s three-year refueling and conversion at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va. Florida is the second Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine the Navy has reconfigured, replacing its 24 Trident missiles with nearly 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles, switching the boat from a nuclear deterrent to a source of more conventional firepower in the global war on terrorism. “We’ve taken the Trident submarine, which is a well proven design, and we’ve done...
  • Scare at Sub Base (Groton CT.)

    03/13/2006 2:49:14 PM PST · by Bottom_Gun · 132 replies · 8,211+ views
    Scare at the Sub Base GROTON -- Police and fire units have set up a perimeter at the Groton Sub Base. Bomb-sniffing dogs have been also called out to the scene. Navy authorities are providing very limited information as to what happened Monday morning. Crystal Lake Avenue and the military highway road along the river have been blocked off by local police. This provides access to Gate #1 where the incident involving a truck took place. A spokesperson for the sub base tells Eyewitness news that at 6:30 a.m. Monday a Navy dog trained to sniff for explosives sensed something...
  • Russia Recognizes Two U.S. Officers for Help in Sub Rescue

    02/28/2006 4:57:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 17 replies · 997+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2006 – Underneath a portrait of Czar Peter the Great, the Russian Ambassador to the United States presented two U.S. officers with the Order of Friendship for their parts in rescuing submariners trapped underwater off the Kamchatka peninsula in August. Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Peter Pace and Russian Ambassador Yuri Ushakov meet after the ceremony that presented the highest honor awarded to non-Russian citizens, the Friendship Medal, to two American officers at the Russian Embassy in Washington Feb. 28. U.S. Air Force Maj. Patrick Poon and U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Steven Smith...
  • Iran commissions locally built submarine (PHOTOS)

    01/15/2006 4:30:21 AM PST · by Khashayar · 203 replies · 5,777+ views
    Iran on Sunday commissioned its second domestically built submarine, a craft that can fire missiles and torpedoes simultaneously, state-run radio reported. The report said the submarine, named Ghadir, was Iran's second homemade submarine, and was unveiled during the third day of military maneuvers in southern Iran. Iran's armed forces began their biggest military maneuvers Friday in the Sea of Oman and the Indian Ocean on Iran's territorial waters close to Pakistan and involved submarines, warships, missiles, jet fighters and gunships. In May, Iran officially launched the production of the locally built submarine, claiming it was a stealth craft. Its name,...
  • True tale of Cold War terror - Account of 1969 sinking of Soviet sub has lessons for today

    12/18/2005 6:56:53 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 59 replies · 4,406+ views
    Flint Journal ^ | December 18, 2005 | Doug Allyn
    One unforeseen blessing of the collapse of the Soviet Union has been the easing of security restrictions in former Iron Curtain nations. Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Western journalists have been able to access to classified documents that would have gotten them shot a few years before. That's a scary thought - but not nearly as chilling as some of the secrets they've uncovered. In "Red Star Rogue," author Kenneth Sewell takes us inside the once top-secret Soviet nuclear navy to reveal the explosive facts about one of best-kept secrets of the Cold War, the sinking of Soviet...