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  • Former senior defence adviser now heading French sub builder (Australia)

    05/15/2015 9:04:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA NETWORK ^ | May 15 2015 | IAN MCPHEDRAN
    EXCLUSIVE: A former senior government adviser who enjoyed privileged access to top-secret information about the navy’s future submarine project has taken a high paid job with one of three foreign contenders for the $20 billion plus contract. Sean Costello was chief-of-staff to former Defence Minister David Johnston and left his $250,000-a-year government job in January this year. He began work in April — just four months later — as Chief Executive Officer with French Government shipbuilder DCNS Australia. The firm is engaged in a “competitive evaluation process” for the Navy’s future submarine contract alongside Germany’s Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS)...
  • Nato's 'Dynamic Mongoose': Hunting for submarines

    05/15/2015 6:26:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 14 May 2015 | Jonathan Beale
    In the North Sea, off the coast of Norway, Nato has been conducting its largest ever anti-submarine warfare exercise. It is seen as a response to the growing threat from Russian submarines which have stepped up their own patrols in these very same waters. It has also highlighted a gaping hole in Britain's own defences. For now though it is the hunt for U33, not Red October. The German U-boat is acting as the unseen enemy below the waves. 'Important training' U33's commander Kai Nicklesdorf and his 28 crew, who live in cramped conditions, are trying to avoid detection by...
  • 'Gay sailor' to deter Russian subs from Swedish waters

    05/13/2015 5:35:41 AM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 31 replies
    Stockholm (AFP) - A Swedish peace group said Tuesday it has lowered a sonar device into the Baltic Sea off Stockholm to deter Russian submarines, emitting the message "This Way if You Are Gay". The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society's (SPAS) cheeky device emits the message in Morse code and is designed to scare off subs from Russia, which does not share Sweden's acceptance of homosexuality. The so-called Singing Sailor also features a flashing pink neon outline of a seaman clad only in white underpants and a boater's hat, gyrating his hips above the text "Welcome to Sweden -- Gay...
  • N. Korea says it tested ballistic missile from submarine

    05/08/2015 7:54:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | 9 May 2015
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday it has successfully test-fired a newly developed ballistic missile from a submarine in what would be the latest display of the country's advancing military capability. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un personally attended the test launching of what he described as a "world-level strategic weapon," the official Korean Central News Agency said. The report did not reveal the exact timing and location of the launch. Kim praised the test launch as an "eye-opening success" and declared that the North Korea now has a weapon capable of "striking and wiping out in...
  • Australia to get classified Japanese data on stealthy submarines ahead of bid, sources say

    05/07/2015 1:53:57 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Japan Times ^ | May 7, 2015 | Reuters
    Japan will agree this month to give Australia classified submarine data, an unprecedented step signaling Tokyo’s intent to join competitive bidding to sell Canberra a fleet of stealth subs, said two Japanese officials familiar with the plan. The “competitive assessment” will see Germany’s ThyssenKrupp and France’s state-controlled naval contractor DCNS separately competing with a Japanese government-led bid for such contractors as Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. Japan had been the front-runner in the planned sale of around 12 vessels, for as much as $40 billion, to replace Australia’s ageing Collins class submarines, sources have said, until...
  • Niinistö calls for continuity in foreign policy making

    05/07/2015 1:13:30 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Helsinki Times ^ | 30 Apr 2015 . | Anna-Liina Kauhanen
    The Finnish Navy acted appropriately and extremely resolutely in driving away a possible submarine from the territorial waters of Finland early on Tuesday morning, President Sauli Niinistö lauded on Wednesday after announcing the opening of the new parliamentary session. “The Navy, and captains in general, have been granted considerable powers, and I think they were used appropriately here,” Niinistö said. He underscored that all intrusions by military vessels are serious but admitted that the incident was not particularly surprising in light of growing instability in the Baltic Sea Region. “Such traffic has increased on the Baltic Sea. Whatever was under...
  • Revealed, Royal Navy has just ONE nuclear submarine on active duty

    05/03/2015 4:03:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Mail Online, UK ^ | 3 May 2015 | CLAIRE CARTER
    The Royal Navy has just one nuclear powered submarine in operation after the rest of the fleet has been left out of action due to defects and damage. Four of the Royal Navy's new multi-billion hunter and killer submarines are still in dock at Barrow-in-Furness because of defects that have delayed their production - 15 years after the new ships were first ordered. Only two of the boats have actively joined the fleet, and one has already had to return to the dock and can only be used for training after more than 50 defects were found. Just the HMS...
  • China's pirate patrol submarine is too noisy, say naval experts

    05/03/2015 3:57:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Sunday, 03 May, 2015 | Minnie Chan
    China's recent deployment of a nuclear submarine for an antipiracy mission in the Gulf of Aden may have caused unease among its neighbours, but naval experts say the Type 091 vessel is unlikely to pose any real threat because of the noise it generates. The experts say the international community should instead keep an eye on China's quieter, more advanced diesel-driven submarines. CCTV's military channel last Sunday reported that a nuclear submarine from the People's Liberation Army Navy had completed a two-month escort mission in the pirate-infested waters of the Gulf of Aden, and returned to its base in Qingdao...
  • Submarines Resurface as Growth Business

    05/02/2015 4:53:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/01/2015 | DANIEL MICHAELS, CHRISTINA ZANDER, ROBERT WALL
    The submarine battle that erupted across the Baltic Sea was about business. The Swedish government, upset with German ownership of Sweden’s biggest shipyard, last summer compelled ThyssenKrupp AG to sell its Kockums operation to Sweden’s Saab AB. The move, which ThyssenKrupp calls “unfair,” cost the German industrial group a billion-dollar submarine contract and hundreds of skilled engineers. And Sweden’s maneuver established defense contractor Saab as a new rival in the global submarine market. ThyssenKrupp, the world’s top nonnuclear-sub maker, already feels heat from newly active producers in Japan and South Korea, and from old rivals in France and Russia. “It...
  • Finnish navy drops depth charges onto suspected submarine in its territorial waters

    05/01/2015 10:02:37 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 29 replies
    Associated Press (AP) ^ | April 28, 2015 | Associated Press (AP)
    HELSINKI – The Finnish military says it has dropped depth charges onto a suspected submarine in the sea outside Helsinki after twice detecting the presence of a foreign object in the area.
  • Vietnam buys submarine-launched land attack missiles to deter China

    04/29/2015 11:44:52 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 30 Apr 2015
    HONG KONG: Vietnam is arming its expanding submarine fleet with land attack missiles that could be capable of reaching Chinese coastal cities, a choice of weapon likely to be seen as provocative by China in the ongoing South China Sea dispute. The independent Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) recently updated data on its website to show Vietnam's acquisition of the Russian-made land attack variant of the Klub missile for its state-of-the-art Kilo attack submarines. SIPRI arms researcher Siemon Wezeman said the entry was based on an earlier but little-noticed filing Vietnam made last year to the United Nations' register...
  • Finland drops depth charge on suspected Russian sub

    04/28/2015 5:22:46 AM PDT · by McGruff · 17 replies
    Finland’s navy dropped depth charges this morning as a warning to a suspected submarine in waters near Helsinki, raising tensions with neighbouring Russia. The navy said that it had detected an underwater target on Monday and again today and fired warning charges the size of grenades. Carl Haglund, the defence minister, did not say whether Russian involvement was suspected.
  • Beijing eyes bigger arms exports after Pakistan deal, experts say

    04/25/2015 9:54:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 04/26/2015 | Angela Meng and Minnie Chan
    Vows by China and Pakistan to deepen security and defence ties will reinforce Beijing's ambitions to increase its arms exports, which could create unease among some countries in the region, especially India, security experts say. President Xi Jinping made his first state visit to Pakistan last week and met Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, with the sides agreeing to boost their partnership to "all-weather levels". The two nations also decided to step up dialogue between their armed forces, and expand cooperation in defence technology and production. Three weeks before Xi departed for the trip, Sharif approved a US$5 billion deal to...
  • The Navy's Most Shadowy Spy Is 450 Feet Long & Named After Jimmy Carter

    04/24/2015 6:28:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 42 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 04/23/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    Submarines are a lot like Batman, they are covered in rubber and are great fighters, but they are gadget toting stealth detectives at their core. Of the Navy’s sub force, there is no boat more capable at sleuthing under the high seas than the heavily modified Seawolf Class submarine, the USS Jimmy Carter SSN-23. The 12,150 ton displacement USS Jimmy Carter, whose namesake qualified in Submarines during his pre-Presidential naval career, is one of only three Seawolf Class submarines ever built. The Seawolfs are relics of the final stages of the Cold War and are the most lethal fast attack...
  • America’s First Strategic Cruise Missile Was Totally Useless (Snark)

    04/14/2015 6:41:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 13, 2015 | Thomas Newdick
    One of the most enduring symbols of the Cold War’s destructive potential is the intercontinental ballistic missile. But during the 1950s, the U.S. Force developed a strategic cruise missile known as the Snark. The Snark was highly unusual at the time. Almost forgotten today, the flying branch developed the missile as a nuclear-armed “pilotless bomber” that would herald a new era of robotic warfare.
  • Germany Approves Fifth 'Special' Submarine for Israel (wants 3 more!)

    04/13/2015 6:31:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 04/13/2015 | Hillel Fendel
    Germany has approved the delivery of the fifth of six promised submarines to Israel – amid claims that the sub will be outfitted with nuclear weapons. Is this part of Israel's answer to the US nuclear agreement with Iran? The German Federal Security Council, which monitors Germany's export of military goods, has given the green light for the delivery of another submarine to Israel. The news has renewed claims that Israel will fit the sub with one or more nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. The six submarines ordered by Israel several years ago have been and are being built by the German...
  • Russian nuclear submarine catches fire at shipyard ( Zvezdochka shipyard in Severodvinsk )

    04/07/2015 11:05:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 07 Apr 2015 | Tom Parfitt
    A Russian nuclear submarine has caught fire in the northern province of Arkhangelsk ... The blaze started in the early afternoon local time when insulation between the craft’s inner and outer hull caught fire during welding. The submarine was the Oscar class K-266 Orel (Eagle), a similar vessel to the Kursk, which sank in the Barents Sea in 2000, claiming the lives of 118 men. A spokesman for the shipyard told Interfax there were no casualties and all crew and workers left the craft in time.
  • China to Commission 3 Nuclear Submarines: Report

    04/05/2015 6:09:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | April 03, 2015
    BEIJING: China would soon commission three indigenously-built advance nuclear-powered attack submarines having a vertical launcher capable of delivering its latest supersonic anti-ship missiles, state media reported today. China Central Television (CCTV) showed a satellite picture earlier this week of three submarines anchored at an unidentified port, and reported that the vessels were China's most advanced Type-093G nuclear-powered attack submarines, just completed by a Chinese shipyard and awaiting delivery. With a teardrop hull, the submarine is longer than its predecessor, the Type-093, and has a vertical launching system, China Daily reported. RELATED Ubisoft Announces New Assassin's Creed Games Set in India,...
  • US to Deploy Unmanned 'Ghost Ships' to Track Submarines

    04/04/2015 1:16:06 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 23 replies
    Marine Link ^ | April 04, 2015, | Aiswarya Lakshmi
    To keep track of increasingly stealthy Russian, Chinese, and Iranian submarines, the U.S. is building a robotic ghost ship - an unmanned, autonomous patrol ship - to follow them around the high seas.
  • Pakistan to buy eight submarines from China

    04/01/2015 7:04:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | April 2, 2015 | Sushant Singh
    Pakistan government has approved the purchase of eight submarines from China, as per an “in principle” decision conveyed during a hearing of the Pakistan National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Defence. Pakistan has been negotiating the purchase of six submarines – now increased to eight — from China since 2011. Pakistan Navy currently operates five French submarines: three Agosta 90B submarines purchased in the 1990s and two Agosta 70 submarines of late 1970s vintage. It also has three MG110 miniature submarines. After the recent accidents, the number of active duty submarines in Indian Navy is now down to 13 diesel-electric submarines...
  • The Indian Ocean riposte (India vs. China)

    03/28/2015 7:13:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    indiatoday ^ | March 26, 2015 | Sandeep Unnithan
    Narendra Modi in Mahe, Seychel On February 18, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) formally cleared India's single-largest defence project: a joint Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)-Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC)-Navy project to build six nuclear-powered attack submarines or SSNs for roughly $12 billion (Rs.74,400 crore). This mammoth 'Make in India' project, nearly the size of the budget allotted this year to the three services to buy hardware ($15 billion), was not an isolated policy decision. Less than a month after he chaired the CCS, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Indian Ocean littoral countries of Seychelles, Mauritius and...
  • New Chinese Nuclear Sub Design Includes Special Operations Mini-Sub

    03/26/2015 6:30:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    USNI News ^ | March 25, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    China’s latest nuclear submarine design appear to include a shelter capable of holding a miniature submarine for special operations forces (SOF) not unlike vehicles used to deliver Navy SEALs to shore from U.S. nuclear attack boats, according to an image in wide circulation in Chinese online networks. The Chinese boat — a Type-93T or Shang-class nuclear attack submarine — features a hangar for the SOF submersible that would allow People’s Liberation Army troops to discrete deployment much like U.S. forces, according to a translation of a March 17 story in the state-run Reference News. The image was first reported in...
  • Trawler 'may have snagged submarine' (Scotland)

    03/21/2015 12:29:27 PM PDT · by bgill · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | March 21, 2015 | unknown
    A skipper has claimed a submarine may have snagged itself on his trawler as it fished off the Outer Hebrides. Angus Macleod said he and his four crew were "extremely lucky" after his net was continually dragged in front of his 62ft boat. The Royal Navy has said there were no British or Nato submarines in the area at the time. There has been speculation in recent months that Russian subs have been operating off the Scottish coast.
  • Poland asks to buy Tomahawk missiles from US for new submarines

    03/12/2015 1:22:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mar 12, 2015 | Marcin Goclowski
    Poland's Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said on Thursday he has asked the United States whether the European nation could buy Tomahawk missiles for its new submarines. "One of the capabilities we want them (the submarines) to have is cruise missiles," Siemoniak told public radio, following a report by daily newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Prawna. Siemoniak also said around 10,000 NATO soldiers will take part in military exercises in Poland this year,
  • Japan, France, Germany invited to compete for subs contract

    02/19/2015 6:27:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Australian ^ | FEBRUARY 20, 2015 11:03AM | Sarah Martin
    TONY Abbott says the nation’s $50 billion submarine project will create at least 500 new jobs in South Australia, as the government reveals a shortlist of foreign partners to design and build the new fleet. The Prime Minister has moved to end months of uncertainty over the project in a visit to Adelaide this morning, saying government-owned shipbuilder ASC would be guaranteed more work “under any possible scenario”. “There will be at least 500 new jobs in South Australia,” he said. Mr Abbott said the government would select a foreign contractor by the end of the year, but has narrowed...
  • Has the mystery of Confederate submarine that sank Union ship then vanished finally been solved afte

    01/30/2015 12:59:21 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 71 replies
    DailyMail.co.uk ^ | January 30, 2015 | Sadie Whitelocks
    After 15 years of painstaking restoration, scientists say they are on the brink of solving what sank the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley - the first sub in history to wreck an enemy warship. Considered the Confederacy's stealth weapon during the Civil War, the hand-cranked Hunley sank the Union warship Housatonic in winter 1864 and then disappeared with all eight Confederate sailors inside. Its remains were discovered in 1995 in waters off South Carolina and five later it was raised to a conservation lab. Now with about 70per cent of the hull cleaned of heavy rust, Paul Mardikian, a senior conservator...
  • India asks Japan if it’s interested in Rs 50,000 crore submarine project

    01/28/2015 6:32:49 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jan 29, 2015 | Rajat Pandit
    NEW DELHI: Russia, France, Germany and Spain, all better watch out. They may have to contend with Japan in the race to supply submarines to India. In keeping with their expanding strategic partnership, the Modi government has asked the Shinzo Abe administration whether it would be interested in the over Rs 50,000 crore project to build six stealth submarines in India. With Japan recently ending its decades old self-imposed arms export embargo, New Delhi has forwarded "a proposal" to Tokyo to "consider the possibility" of making its latest diesel-electric Soryu-class submarines in India, say sources. This "feeler" dovetails into PM...
  • North Korea Might Put Nukes Aboard Submarines

    01/23/2015 7:00:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 22, 2015 | Kyle Mizokami
    North Korea is attempting to put nuclear weapons to sea, according to a longtime regime watcher. Joseph Bermudez—an expert on North Korean weapons—believes the evidence is commercial satellite imagery showing a submarine with possibly two vertical launch tubes. The regime also appears to have constructed a test stand for launching sea-based ballistic missiles. The two revelations may not be directly related. For one, the vessel might not end up carrying nuclear-capable missiles. But Bermudez’s evidence is highly suggestive. And if the North is planning to put nukes aboard submarines, this would make Kim Jong Un’s atomic arsenal more survivable in...
  • Sailor shot at Submarine Facility

    03/24/2005 5:51:27 AM PST · by esryle · 47 replies · 2,148+ views
    (Groton-WTNH, Mar. 24, 2005 7:42 AM ) _ Groton police responded to a medical emergency call around 5:00 a.m. this morning for a gunshot wound at the Electric Boat facility in Groton. Police say that a 22-year-old sailor on duty aboard a submarine at Electric Boat has died from an apparent gunshot wound. Due to federal jurisdiction, the investigation has been taken over by the local office of the Naval Criminal Investigation Service. The name of the victim nor the circumstances of the shooting have not been released.
  • Russian Submarine sends SOS in swedish territorial waters. Sunk by the Swedish navy?

    10/18/2014 12:48:47 PM PDT · by ConfusedSwede · 110 replies
    Breaking news in Sweden after two days of hunt. Swedish government report that a russian submarine is sending an SOS message on a de-crypted frequency.
  • Magazine "Top Gear" Reveals Secrets (Russian Submarine)

    01/13/2015 9:25:12 PM PST · by gandalftb · 18 replies
    Translated from Russian: The magazine apparently organized a photo shoot on the shores of the White Sea for the Mercedes-Benz GL450, a full-size sports utility vehicle, and didn’t realize it had captured the stealthy submarine cruising on the surface of the water in the background. The vessel, nicknamed, “Losharik” after a children’s movie, is part of the Russian navy’s Northern Fleet. The magazine image of Losharika may be the highest-quality open source photo of the boat to date. Filmed nuclear submarine was deep station AC-12 project 10831. The boat is the last of deep-built nuclear power stations, is part of...
  • ‘Russian’ Submarine Found Again Near Sweden And England, Cold War 2 Fears Increase

    01/12/2015 6:24:24 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 6 replies
    INQUISITR ^ | 11 Jan 15 | Unknown
    Reports of a potential “Russian” submarine found near England and Sweden have once again become common, and now the United States is being asked by Great Britain to help in the search for this mysterious underwater object. In a related report by the Inquisitr, Vladimir Putin recently signed and enacted a new military doctrine which proposes that Russian nuclear weapons defense systems near Europe will be expanded based upon joint defense projects with China, India, and other countries. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev also warns that the Ukraine crisis may transform into World War 3, claiming that a nuclear war...
  • Ministry of Defence forced to ask US for help in search for Russian submarine thought to be lurking

    01/09/2015 6:33:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 9 , 2015 | Steph Cockroft
    The Ministry of Defence has been forced to ask the US for help as it hunts for a suspected Russian submarine believed to be lurking off the coast of Scotland. Two U.S Navy aircraft were this week drafted in to carry out patrols in the North Atlantic in a bid to bridge the 'gaping chasm' in Britain's anti-submarine capability. It comes after the RAF's £4bn fleet of 'spy-in-the-sky' Nimrod surveillance aircraft was controversially scrapped in 2010, amid warning it would weaken Britain's defences.
  • Strategic nuclear sub Vladimir Monomakh joins Russian Navy

    12/21/2014 8:15:34 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 17 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | Dec-21-2014 9 hours ago | unknown
    Russia’s third Borei-class nuclear-powered submarine Vladimir Monomakh has officially become part of the Russian Navy. Armed with Bulava ballistic missiles, the SSBNs of this class are the planet’s most advanced nuclear deterrence tool. Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=877_1419144372#6lpwsZ5c7V7SzrzT.99
  • India’s ‘Annihilator of Enemies’ Submarine Begins Sea Trials

    12/15/2014 8:29:51 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 46 replies
    The National Interest ^ | December 15, 2014 | Zachary Keck
    India’s first indigenous ballistic missile nuclear submarine (SSBN) began its maiden sea trials today, a senior Indian defense official announced. On Monday, Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar announced that INS Arihant--which roughly translates to “annihilator of enemies”-- pulled out of Visakhapatnam Harbor this morning to begin its long awaited first sea trials. The Hindu described in the scene in unusually poetic language, writing, “INS Arihant, with a helicopter flying over it, emerged from the breakwaters into the Bay of Bengal even as low hanging mist made it difficult to view the submarine. The submarine glided in [the] Bay partially submerged...
  • Putin ready to lease nuclear submarines to India, minister says

    12/12/2014 4:03:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Livemint, India ^ | FRI, DEC 12 2014. Read more at: http://www.livemint.com/Home-Page/NnFUecva7DBqjMJbAapM8H/Putin-read | Natalie Obiko Pearson
    New Delhi: Russia said it’s ready to lease India more nuclear-powered submarines a day after President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to deepen defence ties. “If India decides to have more contracts to lease nuclear submarines, we are ready to supply,” Russian trade minister Denis Manturov said in an interview in New Delhi today. The vessels would bolster India’s ability to patrol its waters as it seeks to thwart China’s efforts to extend influence in the Indian Ocean. Russia, whose economy is being pushed toward a recession by sanctions over Ukraine, aims to boost defence sales and...
  • Britain forced to ask Nato to track 'Russian submarine' in Scottish waters

    12/10/2014 7:51:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | December 9, 2014 | Ben Farmer
    Britain called in Nato sea patrol planes to hunt for a suspected Russian submarine off Scotland last month, after the Government scrapped its own similar aircraft in defence cuts, it has been disclosed. Maritime patrol aircraft from France, America and Canada flew to Scotland to join Royal Navy warships hunting for the suspected submarine after it was spotted at sea, west of Scotland At the height of the hunt in late November and first days of December, four allied patrol planes flew to RAF Lossiemouth to join the search, Aviation Week reported.
  • China's submarine noose around India

    12/06/2014 12:43:39 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    India Today ^ | December 4, 2014 | Sandeep Unnithan Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/china-submarine-noose-using-unde
    Four decades after the 1971 India-Pakistan war, India's intelligence agencies are once again scanning a stretch of coastline in southern Bangladesh. Cox's Bazar was rocketed and strafed by INS Vikrant's fighter aircraft to cut off the enemy's retreat into the Bay of Bengal. Today, 43 years later, it sets the stage for China's dramatic entry into India's eastern seaboard. Assessments from the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and naval intelligence say the Bangladesh Navy will station two ex-Chinese Ming-class submarines on bases that are less than 1,000 km away from Visakhapatnam, home to the Indian Navy's nuclear powered submarine fleet...
  • Female Sailors Secretly Videotaped Showering on Submarines

    12/05/2014 11:29:19 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 61 replies
    Military.com ^ | December 3, 2014 | Kris Osborn
    Some of the Navy's first female submariners were secretly videotaped while undressing and showering on board the USS Wyoming, a ballistic missile submarine, service officials confirmed Wednesday. Navy officials are investigating a 24-year old male sailor who is accused of making and distributing the videos, according to a Nov. 14 incident report circulated among the service's senior leaders, according to Navy Times, which first reported the story. The male sailor has only been identified as a second class petty officer, according to Navy Times.
  • Rattled by Chinese submarines, India joins other nations in rebuilding fleet

    12/03/2014 2:50:53 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 2, 2014 | SANJEEV MIGLANI AND TOMMY WILKES
    (Reuters) - India is speeding up a navy modernization program and leaning on its neighbors to curb Chinese submarine activity in the Indian Ocean, as nations in the region become increasingly jittery over Beijing's growing undersea prowess. Just months after a stand-off along the disputed border dividing India and China in the Himalayas, Chinese submarines have shown up in Sri Lanka, the island nation off India's southern coast. China has also strengthened ties with the Maldives, the Indian Ocean archipelago. China's moves reflect its determination to beef up its presence in the Indian Ocean, through which four-fifths of its oil...
  • Two officers injured, trespasser taken into custody at Groton Naval Submarine Base

    11/14/2014 6:43:27 AM PST · by BronzePencil · 20 replies
    Fox News CT ^ | November 14, 2014 | Samantha Schoenfeld
    GROTON– Two Navy Civilian Police Officers were hurt after an unauthorized person tried to enter the Naval Submarine Base New London.
  • Cruise Missiles Indispensable for Polish Submarines – Required Range: 800 km

    11/07/2014 8:39:44 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Defence24.com Poland ^ | Nov 06, 2014)
    The Polish Armed Forces plan to acquire cruise missiles for the new type of submarines. The missiles are to be capable of striking ground targets at distances up to 800 km, and are treated as an indispensable element of the Polish Armed Forces strategic deterrence system. According to MoD secretary of state Czesław Mroczek, the process for the acquisition of these new submarines is to start later this year, with contractor selection to follow in 2015. Minister Mroczek stressed that, while it is certain that the Polish Armed Forces will acquire cruise missiles for the submarines, some issues nevertheless remain...
  • Antique submarines remain the key to struggling Taiwan navy fleet

    11/04/2014 2:43:27 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Agence France Presse (AFP) ^ | November 2, 2014 | Benjamin Yeh
    At 70 years old, Taiwan’s World War II-era Hai Pao submarine would not be out of place in a museum, but the antique vessel is still part of the navy - a sign of the island’s ongoing struggle to strengthen its fleet. The sub’s interior gleams with highly polished copper and is the pride of its crew. But the fact that the former US warship is still on active duty is testament to Taiwan’s decades-long battle to build up its submarine force, with potential suppliers wary of jeopardising relations with China. China has opposed any arms sales to the island,...
  • Is This Jumbo Diesel Electric Submarine A True Nuclear Alternative?

    11/03/2014 7:06:35 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | November3, 2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    Air Independent Propulsion equipped diesel electric submarines offer incredibly stealthy and long diving capabilities, but they have remained somewhat diminutive in size and limited in capabilities compared to their larger nuclear counterparts. Now, renowned French naval ship builder DCNS is looking to change that with their super-sized SMX-Ocean sub concept. The SMX-Ocean's size is telling — 328 feet long and displacing 4,750 tons while surfaced (more while submerged). That makes her roughly three times the size of the innovative AIP capable Swedish Gotland Class AIP diesel electric subs (diesel electric subs are also known as SSKs) that largely introduced the...
  • Female Sailors to be Assigned to Submarines with Female Officers

    10/29/2014 11:33:54 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 56 replies
    Military.com ^ | October 24, 2014 | Kris Osborn
    The Navy said it will deploy enlisted female sailors in 2016 aboard submarines with female officers already assigned to them. In July, the Navy announced that enlisted female sailors will begin deploying on submarines in 2016. The enlisted women will be placed on ships with female officers where those naval officers can function as role-models and mentors, Connor said. "We will build upon the ships that have women officers to lead and bring in senior women at the chief petty officer level just like we did with the women supply officers," he explained. There are currently more than 100 female...
  • U.S. Navy Impressed with New Russian Attack Boat

    10/28/2014 10:27:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    USNI News ^ | October 28, 2014 | Dave Majumdar
    Russian Project 885 submarine during sea trials. One of the U.S. Navy’s top submarine officers was so impressed with Russia’s new Project 885 nuclear attack boats that he had a model of K-329 Severodvinsk built for his office. Rear Adm. Dave Johnson, Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) program executive officer (PEO) submarines said he had the model of Severodvinsk placed outside his office in a common area so that he could look at it every day on his way to his office. “We’ll be facing tough potential opponents. One only has to look at the Severodvinsk, Russia’s version of a...
  • Sweden Has A Sub That's So Deadly The US Navy Hired It To Play Bad Guy

    10/25/2014 6:45:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 10/23/2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    We have been glued all week to the sub saga off the coast of Sweden, where six days in Swedish forces have only now called off their search for an elusive sub hiding in the waters off Stockholm. Yet what nobody has mentioned is just how deadly and capable Sweden's own subs are, and there are few better weapons for catching a sub than another sub. Sweden's submarine force is relatively tiny, just five boats make up the entire inventory, but those five vessels are extremely stealthy and lethal, especially their three Gotland Class diesel-electric submarines. Entering service in the...
  • China’s Submarine Fleet Adds Nuclear-Strike Capability, Altering Strategic Balance Undersea

    10/24/2014 9:14:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 24, 2014 | JEREMY PAGE
    One Sunday morning last December, China’s defense ministry summoned military attachés from several embassies to its monolithic Beijing headquarters. To the foreigners’ surprise, the Chinese said that one of their nuclear-powered submarines would soon pass through the Strait of Malacca, a passage between Malaysia and Indonesia that carries much of world trade, say people briefed on the meeting. Two days later, a Chinese attack sub—a so-called hunter-killer, designed to seek out and destroy enemy vessels—slipped through the strait above water and disappeared. It resurfaced near Sri Lanka and then in the Persian Gulf, say people familiar with its movements, before...
  • Red-faced Swedish Navy calls off hunt for mystery vessel in Baltic Sea

    10/24/2014 6:17:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 24, 2014 | Sara Malm
    Swedish military has called off the search for a 'Russian underwater vessel' thought to have been lurking in the Stockholm archipelago, after admitting that it was 'definitely not' a submarine. Navy top brass has today been forced to concede that although 'underwater activity' is confirmed, the military has ruled out the possibility that it could have been a Russian sub. This comes after Moscow blasted the hunt as 'groundless actions by the Swedish military, based on a Cold War-rhetoric'.
  • China installs buoys in Pacific Ocean, report says

    10/22/2014 12:04:26 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 3 replies
    China has installed 17 sets of submerged buoys in "key marine areas" of the western Pacific Ocean, state media said, a move that could exacerbate territorial tensions in the region. The mission carried out by the Chinese research vessel Kexue "marks the first time that China has put an array of submerged buoys on such a big scale", the official Xinhua news agency reported late Tuesday.