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  • Russia Launches New Ultra-Quiet Submarine for Black Sea Fleet

    06/26/2014 12:13:15 PM PDT · by McGruff · 14 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Jun. 26 2014
    The Russian Navy launched a new and improved Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine today in St. Petersburg. Named the Rostov-on-Don, the sub will join the Black Sea Fleet and further bolster Moscow's naval presence in the region. "We expect that the Rostov-on-Don, following sea trials in the Baltic and Barents seas under its own power, will come to Sevastopol at the end of the year," a Black Sea Fleet representative said at the ceremony. "In the next two years, six submarines of this type will be built for the Black Sea Fleet," he added. Russia has shown a renewed strategic interest in...
  • Iranian Submarine Lost While Practicing To Sink U.S. Aircraft Carrier

    05/12/2014 7:36:39 AM PDT · by Fennie · 62 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | May 11, 2014
    In the Persian Gulf there are rumors that one of Iran's Ghadir mini-subs sank while practicing tactics for attacking an American Nimitz class carrier. It was believed that a recently built two-thirds replica of an American Nimitz class aircraft carrier would be towed out so the Ghadir could get some experience in how to approach such a large ship and launch torpedoes at it. The rumored loss of a Ghadir was accompanied by talk of some new stealth technology on the Ghadir. That is probably just rumor as the small size of the Ghadir already confers a substantial amount of...
  • Navy OKs changes for submariners' sleep schedules

    04/20/2014 6:59:06 PM PDT · by kingattax · 44 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 4-20-14 | MICHAEL MELIA
    GROTON, Conn. (AP) — With no sunlight to set day apart from night on a submarine, the U.S. Navy for decades has staggered sailors' working hours on schedules with little resemblance to life above the ocean's surface. Research by a Navy laboratory in Groton is now leading to changes for the undersea fleet. Military scientists concluded submarine sailors, who traditionally begin a new workday every 18 hours, show less fatigue on a 24-hour schedule, and the Navy has endorsed the findings for any skippers who want to make the switch. The first submarine to try the new schedule on a...
  • Soviet Super-Sub Was a Dead Fish in Combat (Alfa Class)

    03/17/2014 8:06:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 17, 2014 | David Axe
    In 1969, the Soviet navy shocked the U.S. and NATO militaries with a new and incredibly capable submarine—one that could swim faster and dive deeper than anything else under the sea. But the seven high-tech Alfa-class submarines—able to reach 45 knots and 2,400 feet—were actually inferior where it really mattered. Their speed and depth-resistance came at the cost of noisy internal machinery that made them easy to detect … and destroy.
  • The Navy Is Already Working On A Submarine That Won't Be Ready Until 2030

    02/04/2014 6:53:21 PM PST · by blam · 30 replies
    BI- Military.ComY ^ | 2-4-2014 | Kris Osborn
    The Navy Is Already Working On A Submarine That Won't Be Ready Until 2030 Kris Osborn, Feb. 4, 2014, 8:54 PM QUONSET POINT, R.I. -- Over the next several years, General Dynamics Electric Boat plans to add several new buildings to its facility here, double its workforce, and invest about $150 million -- all as preparation for the construction of the Navy's next-generation nuclear-armed submarine. Early prototyping is already under way at Electric Boat for the Ohio Replacement Program (ORP), a high-tech, 560-foot long, nuclear-powered submarine. Navy leaders have announced plans to build 12 ORPs, with the first one...
  • T'was the Night Before Christmas Submarine Style (SS)

    12/24/2013 6:29:07 AM PST · by New Jersey Realist · 22 replies
    USS GW Carver SSBN656 Newsletter | Unknown | Sean Keck
    T'was the night before Christmas, and what no-one could see, The men with the dolphins were under the sea. Most of the crew was flat on their backs, Snoring and dreaming all snug in their racks. Those men on watch were making their rounds, Some manning the planes or listening for sounds. Back in maneuvering or down in the room, They all hoped the oncoming watch would come soon. I'd finished some PM's whose time was now due, And hoped for some sleep, even an hour or two. Against better judgment I took a short stroll, And found myself wandering...
  • Inside China: Nuclear submarines capable of widespread attack on U.S.

    11/01/2013 4:47:24 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 57 replies ^ | October 31, 2013 | Miles Yu
    Chinese state-run media revealed for the first time this week that Beijing’s nuclear submarines can attack American cities as a means to counterbalance U.S. nuclear deterrence in the Pacific. On Monday, leading media outlets including China Central TV, the People’s Daily, the Global Times, the PLA Daily, the China Youth Daily and the Guangmin Daily ran identical, top-headlined reports about the “awesomeness” of the People's Liberation Army navy’s strategic submarine force. “This is the first time in 42 years since the establishment of our navy’s strategic submarine force that we reveal on such a large scale the secrets of our...
  • China displays nuclear submarine fleet for first time in four decades

    10/31/2013 4:51:25 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 30 replies
    Post.jagran (India) ^ | 28 Oct 2013, 03:25 PM
    The submarines were shown as taking part in exercises along with naval ships and helicopters. The drill is the first open-sea drill in which maritime and air forces from all three of China's fleets have taken part, a state-run news agency reported. ... Though the media has not revealed the numbers of nuclear subs, international defence experts estimate it has eight to 10 subs backed by 50 to 60 diesel and electric submarines. The strength of the Chinese navy was estimated to be around 2.25 lakh personnel. The decision to display N-Subs for the first time shows China's confidence in...
  • Women to be assigned to fast-attack submarines by January 2015

    10/17/2013 6:50:18 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 45 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | October 16, 2013 | Jennifer Hlad
    The USS Virginia and the USS Minnesota will be the first two gender-integrated fast-attack submarines, the Navy announced Tuesday. Six women — four nuclear-trained officers and two supply corps officers — will report to the subs by January 2015, after completing the nuclear submarine training pipeline, according to the Navy. Women are already serving aboard the ballistic missile subs the USS Wyoming, USS Louisiana and USS Maine, and the guided missile subs USS Florida, USS Georgia and USS Ohio. The Navy in 2010 officially changed the policy that had previously prohibited women from serving aboard submarines. Since then, 43 women...
  • US contractor to help Spain slim down overweight submarine that officials fear can’t surface

    06/06/2013 11:53:54 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 5 | Ap
    HARTFORD, Conn. — A new, Spanish-designed submarine has a weighty problem: The vessel is more than 70 tons too heavy, and officials fear if it goes out to sea, it will not be able to surface. And a former Spanish official says the problem can be traced to a miscalculation — someone apparently put a decimal point in the wrong place. “It was a fatal mistake,” said Rafael Bardaji, who until recently was director of the Office of Strategic Assessment at Spain’s Defense Ministry. The Isaac Peral, the first in a new class of diesel-electric submarines, was nearly completed when...
  • Report: Russia Sends Warships To Syrian Coast

    05/17/2013 4:48:36 AM PDT · by Fennie · 15 replies
    Ynet News ^ | May 17, 2013 | Reuters
    Russia has sent a dozen or more warships to patrol waters near its naval base in Syria, a buildup that US and European officials see as a newly aggressive stance meant partly to warn the West and Israel not to intervene in Syria's bloody civil war, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. On Thursday, Syria's official news agency SANA reported that five Russian warships had crossed the Suez Canal and entered the Mediterranean Sea. A Russian Navy spokesperson said this was the first time in decades that Pacific Ocean Russian warships sail in the area.
  • Two North Korean Submarines "Disappeared"

    04/03/2013 9:10:10 PM PDT · by traumer · 46 replies
    Chosun TV is reporting that South Korean military have lost contact with two North Korean submarines that left their naval base in Hwanghae Province a few days ago. There has obviously been a lot of changes between last week and now and South Korean military officials suggested that while maneuvers in February were nothing meaningful, now it is provocation. The two 'torpedo' subs are small 130-ton, 30-meter, 10-man machines that can stay submerged for three-to-four days.
  • What China’s Nuclear Missile Subs Mean for the U.S.

    11/16/2012 5:07:35 AM PST · by lbryce · 24 replies
    Poular Mechanics ^ | November 13, 2012 | Joe Pappalardo
    The U.S. government is reporting that China, after decades of trying, is on the verge of fielding a true underwater leg of its nuclear deterrent, with new long-range missiles tipped with nuclear weapons on board its fleet of new long-range submarines. And that could transform the Pacific into a tense militarized zone reminiscent of the Atlantic during the Cold War. On November 14 the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission will release its annual report to Congress, and that report will contain some sobering language about new Julang-2 missiles China plans to field in two years. (Drafts of the report,...
  • German Islamists Target Youth on the Internet

    11/02/2012 2:38:29 PM PDT · by Cindy · 27 replies - SPIEGEL Online ^ | November 1, 2012 | by Christoph Sydow
      "German Islamists Target Youth on the Internet" By Christoph Sydow 11/01/2012 "Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan." PHOTO CAPTION: "A growing community of German-speaking Islamists has developed on the Internet. Aiming to find new recruits, they glorify jihad and call for attacks on Germany. A new study warns that such online propaganda might foster a new generation of terrorists." SNIPPET: "International terrorist groups like al-Qaida recognized the importance of the Internet for recruiting new supporters early on." SNIPPET: "Intelligence services can also take advantage of the anonymity of Internet forums to deliberately plant false information or obtain insider...
  • Russian Sub Skirts Coast

    11/05/2012 4:09:12 PM PST · by Typical_Whitey · 42 replies
    Washington Free Beacom ^ | 11/6/12 | Bill Gertz
    A Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine cruised within 200 miles of the East Coast recently in the latest sign Russia is continuing to flex its naval and aerial power against the United States, defense officials said. The submarine was identified by its NATO designation as a Russian Seirra-2 class submarine believed to be based with Russia’s Northern Fleet. It was the first time that class of Russian submarine had been detected near a U.S. coast, said officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of anti-submarine warfare efforts. One defense official said the submarine was believed to...
  • Russian Sub Skirts (US East) Coast

    11/06/2012 5:20:26 AM PST · by blam · 21 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 11-5-2012 | Bill Gertz
    Russian Sub Skirts Coast Russian attack sub detected near East Coast Sierra-2 submarine / BY: Bill Gertz November 5, 2012 5:05 pm A Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine cruised within 200 miles of the East Coast recently in the latest sign Russia is continuing to flex its naval and aerial power against the United States, defense officials said. The submarine was identified by its NATO designation as a Russian Seirra-2 class submarine believed to be based with Russia’s Northern Fleet. It was the first time that class of Russian submarine had been detected near a U.S. coast, said officials who...
  • HMS Conqueror’s biggest secret: a raid on Russia

    10/12/2012 2:00:06 AM PDT · by Winniesboy · 19 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | October 12th 2012 | Neil Tweedie
    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...
  • Obama aids Egypt as it tries to buy U-boats

    09/12/2012 10:44:06 PM PDT · by Qbert · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/10/2012 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama’s deputies are negotiating a $1 billion aid package with Egypt’s new Islamist government, even as Egypt’s cash-strapped military revealed that it is trying to buy $1 billion worth of German submarines that could threaten Israel’s fast-growing offshore energy projects. The German government has pointedly declined to deny the incendiary revelation about Egypt’s request to buy the two submarines. Instead, the German government offered vague support for Israel, which is facing renewed threats from Iran’s nuclear program and the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power in Egypt. “There has been no change in the German government’s position towards Israel,...
  • 12 New Submarines to be Assembled in South Australia

    09/10/2012 12:11:09 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile
    Defense Update ^ | September 6, 2012
    Australian Navy Collins-class submarine HMAS FarncombAustralian Minister for Defence Stephen Smith announced today that the Government is committed to acquiring 12 new submarines to be assembled in South Australia. He added that this commitment will be reinforced as part of the 2013 Defence White Paper. Smith said the Future Submarine project will be the largest and most complex Defence project ever undertaken by Australia. The project will involve hundreds of companies and thousands of workers, as well as Federal and State Governments, Defence, Industry and Universities. Four options are being considered for the Future Submarine fleet, Smith said, these options...
  • Report: Pakistani president suspected of graft in submarine sale

    11/11/2009 9:51:55 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies · 604+ views
    Report: Pakistani president suspected of graft in submarine sale South Asia News Nov 10, 2009, 10:56 GMT Paris - Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is suspected of having received millions of dollars in kickbacks from the 1994 sale of three French submarines to the Pakistani Navy, the daily Liberation reported Tuesday. In addition, investigators believe that the non-payment of the full amount of the agreed kickbacks may have led to the deaths of 11 French nationals in a 2002 terror attack in the city of Karachi. In the report, Liberation says it acquired documents that allegedly show that Zardari received...
  • Zardari took 'massive secret commissions' for securing French submarine deal: Report

    01/15/2011 7:47:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Zardari took 'massive secret commissions' for securing French submarine deal: Report 2011-01-15 16:00:00 Official Pakistani documents, detailing how President Asif Ali Zardari benefited from massive, secret payments connected to the sale of French submarines to Pakistan, have been seized as evidence by a Paris magistrate investigating a suspected widespread scam surrounding the deal. The documents, published by Mediapart, show that the payments to Zardari and others took place on the fringes of the sale of three Agosta-class submarines by the French defence contractor, the DCN, to Pakistan in the 1990s. The French sale, which succeeded against rival offers by Swedish...
  • Sub CO Fired One Week After Taking Command (Faked Death to Get Rid of Mistress)

    08/13/2012 12:16:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies ^ | Aug 13, 2012 | Karen Florin and Jennifer McDermott
    Navy Cmdr. Michael P. Ward II, who has been accused of having an affair with a 23-year-old Chesapeake, Va., woman and faking his death as a means of ending it, has been relieved of his duties as the commanding officer of the USS Pittsburgh, just one week after he was put in command. The woman said she met Ward, 43, on a dating website in October 2011. She said he told her he worked in "special ops." She said Ward, who is married with children, told her he was separated. She said he impregnated her and, in an effort to...
  • Suspect in $400M sub blaze appears in court

    07/24/2012 2:26:30 PM PDT · by GATOR NAVY · 56 replies ^ | 23 Jul 12 | Charles McMahon
    PORTLAND, Maine — A civilian employee of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard arrested in connection with the May 23 blaze that caused $400 million in damage to the submarine USS Miami made his initial court appearance in U.S. District Court on Monday afternoon. Casey J. Fury, 24, a Portsmouth resident and Portsmouth High School Class of 2006 graduate, was a civilian employee working aboard the submarine as a painter and sandblaster, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Maine. He was arrested Friday at the shipyard on two counts of arson “within special maritime and territorial jurisdiction,” said...
  • Gently Used Submarine Base Yours for $17.5M (Sub Not Included)

    06/02/2012 3:18:53 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    DVICE ^ | June 1, 2012 | Eileen Marable
    Gently used submarine base yours for $17.5M (sub not included) Norway is joining a growing trend of governments selling off old infrastructure installations like cupcakes at a bake sale. They've recently listed the Olavsvern Naval Submarine Base on the real estate market, and hope to add a cool $17.5 million to their budgetary bottom line for their efforts. Submarine is not included in the asking price. That's a sure sign times are really tough folks. Since anyone who will buy this base is clearly a gazillionaire that's not likely to stop them. In addition to needing to bring your own...
  • North’s submarines go off the radar (North Korea)

    05/03/2012 2:30:12 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    Korea Joongang Daily ^ | May ?, 2012 | Jeong Yong-soo, Kim Hee-jin
    After Pyongyang threatened to wage “special action” against Seoul, a number of North Korean submarines have disappeared, a South Korean government official told the JoongAng Ilbo. “Eight or nine submarines of the North’s East Sea Fleet are missing from our radar,” the high-ranking South Korean official said on Monday. “We are figuring out whether the submarines are conducting a military drill or an actual mission. “The missing submarines vary in size, from the 1,000-ton shark-class vessel to a former Soviet Romeo-class one (1,300 ton),” the official added. Military sources say that North Korea currently owns roughly 70 submarines, including the...
  • Israel Receives 4th Dolphin Submarine, Iran On Radar

    05/03/2012 10:14:57 AM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 24 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | May 3, 2012 | Joel Leyden
    Israel Receives 4th Dolphin Submarine, Iran On RadarBy Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel --- May 3, 2012 .... Part of the following was communicated by the Israel Government Press Office to the Israel News Agency. At an official state ceremony held today Thursday, May 3, 2012 at the Kiel shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, the Israel Defense Ministry received a fourth Dolphin class submarine – "INS Tanin". It was officially transferred to the Israel Defense Ministry and the Israel Navy and is due to arrive in Israel in 2013. Israel Defense Ministry Director-General Udi Shani, GOC Navy Maj.-Gen. Ram Rothberg,...
  • Sub HMCS Victoria fires 1st torpedoes in test (first torpedo firing in Canadian navy in 14 years)

    03/16/2012 6:22:16 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 8 replies · 1+ views
    CBC News ^ | March 16, 2012 | CBC News
    The Royal Canadian Navy says one of its troubled submarines has finally managed to fire torpedoes in a test exercise. The navy said HMCS Victoria, its only active submarine, fired the torpedoes in waters off Nanoose Bay, B.C., this week. "As the submarine fleet achieves steady state it will be ready to act decisively at sea in defence of Canada, when and where needed, Capt. Luc Cassivi, director of the Canadian Submarine Force, said in a news release. "These trials represent a major milestone for the Victoria-class submarine program as Victoria is the first submarine in the fleet to fire...
  • Navy reassigns 3 submariners in fraud probe

    03/02/2012 12:32:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 15 replies
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  • Race to the bottom of the ocean

    02/23/2012 2:21:09 PM PST · by csvset · 27 replies
    BBC ^ | 22 February 2012 | Written by Rebecca Morelle.
    The race is on to reach the deepest place in the ocean: the Mariana Trench, which plunges 11km (7 miles) down. Fifty years after it was first conquered, four teams are vying to return. It will be an epic journey that will push submersible technology to its limits and put the lives of those piloting the vessels at grave risk. Each team has a unique approach, but over the course of the next year only one will be crowned the winner in this journey beyond the abyss.
  • Fire on the (Russian) nuclear submarine Ekaterinburg

    02/15/2012 4:46:08 PM PST · by gandalftb · 28 replies
    Kommersant ^ | 2/13/12 | Mikhail Lukin, Ivan Safronov
    Three days before the New Year at the shipyard N82, which is the Kola Peninsula, there was a state of emergency - on fire standing in the dock, the submarine. In reality, Russia almost a day on the verge of the largest man-made disaster since Chernobyl, 6 km from Murmansk with a bright flame burning nuclear strategic missile submarine K-84 "Yekaterinburg", which was carrying nuclear missiles, torpedoes and two nuclear reactors. And all the efforts of fire fighters during the long hours did not give the result. In early December K-84 was set for the inspection of the floating dock...
  • Russia to Build 6 Submarines Annually – Deputy PM (And one carrier annually)

    Russia will start producing six submarines and one aircraft carrier annually starting in 2013, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Thursday. “By 2013, production capacity [at Russian shipyards] will allow us to build six submarines and an aircraft carrier every year,” Rogozin told reporters, adding that the number includes both nuclear and diesel-powered submarines. As a result, the production output will surpass that of the Soviet era when Russia built an average of five submarines annually, he said. Rogozin earlier said the production had been bogged down in the past by a lack of financing, outdated equipment and a...
  • Iran Threatens To Torpedo US Carriers In The Persian Gulf

    01/19/2012 10:28:22 AM PST · by Strategy · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 18, 2012
    Underscoring its desire to keep U.S. aircraft carriers from the Persian Gulf, a senior Iranian military commander today announced his possible plan to ambush the American fleet. Chalk this one up to more bluster, or part of a mounting back and forth rhetoric headed nowhere good, either way - Tehran plans to rely on its subs. Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army's Self-Sufficiency Jihad, Rear Admiral Farhad Amiri told Fars that Iran has the finest electic diesel submarines in the world, and that while the U.S. has focused on Tehran's "astonishing surface capabilities," it has forgotten about the underwater threat....
  • Report: U.K. Preparing For Military Strike On Iran Nuclear Facilities

    11/02/2011 11:07:18 AM PDT · by Strategy · 79 replies · 1+ views
    Haaretz ^ | November 2, 2011
    The U.K. is stepping up its preparations for a military strike on Iran, the Guardian newspaper reported on Wednesday. According to the report, the U.K. is increasingly concerned over Tehran's nuclear program, and is preparing to deploy Royal Navy ships in the coming months to assist a possible U.S. attack on key facilities in Iran.
  • Navy prepares submarines for 1st female officers

    08/01/2011 9:59:09 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 51 replies ^ | 29 July 2011 | Michael Melia
    HARTFORD, Conn. ---- For Ensign Peggy LeGrand, the biggest concern about serving on a submarine is not spending weeks at a time in tight quarters with an entirely male crew. What worries her is the scrutiny that comes with breaking one of the last gender barriers in the U.S. military. "I have a feeling more people will be focused on us. Our mistakes and successes will be magnified more than they deserve," said LeGrand, 25, a Naval Academy graduate from Amarillo, Texas. LeGrand is among a small group of female officers who are training at sites including Groton, Conn., to...
  • US Nuclear submarine 'within metres of disaster' off British coast: report

    06/22/2011 12:40:14 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 30 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/21/2011
    An American nuclear submarine came within metres of crashing into rocks off Plymouth with 'catastrophic' consequences, according to a long-awaited report. The nuclear powered submarine came close to a disaster during the incident in which two of their sailors were killed. A Royal Navy investigation report says the USS Minneapolis-St Paul became dangerously close to grounding on rocks in the River Tamar near Plymouth, Devon, and blamed human failings. The submarine "came within less than her own length" of hitting rocks as rescuers desperately tried to save five crew members who were swept overboard in freezing waters. Three were plucked...
  • Accident leaves Canada without operational submarines

    06/06/2011 11:47:10 AM PDT · by SmithL · 42 replies
    Victoria News ^ | 6/6/11 | Erin McCracken - Victoria News
    Canada’s only fully operational submarine hobbled back to CFB Esquimalt after hitting the ocean floor Saturday. The accident means all four of Canada’s subs are not in any shape to sail: HMCS Victoria is back in the water but is undergoing extensive testing, HMCS Windsor is undergoing repair and maintenance in Halifax, and HMCS Chicoutimi, which suffered a fatal fire in 2004, is at VIctoria Shipyards. Officers on board the HMCS Corner Brook, which was alone deep in the waters of Nootka Sound off the central east coast of Vancouver Island, were being put through their paces during advanced submarine...
  • Drug submarines: Colombia's underwater cocaine traffic

    04/26/2011 6:39:43 PM PDT · by decimon · 23 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | April 26, 2011 | John Otis
    Colombia is the centre of the world's cocaine trade, and traffickers are always seeking new ways to avoid detection - including going underwater. Nowhere is this more evident than at Colombia's Bahia Malaga naval base, on the Pacific coast. The main pier is packed with captured fishing trawlers and high-speed cigarette boats once favoured by traffickers. But there are also a handful of enclosed vessels with pipes and snorkels sticking out at odd angles. Don't let the unconventional design fool you. These so-called semi-submersibles were built to transport tons of cocaine.
  • Colombian military seizes 100-foot drug sub capable of holding 8 tons of cocaine

    02/15/2011 10:00:35 AM PST · by Kartographer · 50 replies
    AP/NYDailyNews ^ | 2/15/11 | Philip Caulfield
    The Colombian military has nabbed a sophisticated, 100-foot long submarine capable of transporting eight tons of cocaine to the coast of Mexico, authorities said Monday. The fiberglass sub, which was seized in a jungle in Timbiqui, near the Colombia's southwestern Pacific coast, could carry a crew of four to six people, had two diesel engines and navigational equipment allowing it to remain fully submerged up to 30 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, navy officials said. It also had a 16 ½ foot periscope and an air-conditioner to keep the crew cool during the trip. Authorities estimated it...
  • US submariners learn to live without smokes

    02/14/2011 5:00:22 PM PST · by rwa265 · 22 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 14, 2011 | By ERIC TALMADGE Associated Press
    YOKOSUKA, Japan – As if life on a submarine wasn't already stressful enough, with its cramped quarters, long work hours and weeks at sea, thousands of smokers on the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet recently got an unwelcome ultimatum from Uncle Sam. As of last month, all submarines in the U.S. Navy are officially smoke free — and it's been a tense transition. For some officers and sailors, the new policy aiming to reduce secondhand smoke risk has been that extra push they needed to make the decision to quit. But for many more, it means a little more effort at...
  • News X - India to buy 3 French Scorpene submarines

    01/21/2011 6:45:58 AM PST · by STARSCREAM1987 · 10 replies
    NEWX ^ | 21-01-2011 | VISHAL THAPAR
    India will buy three more French Scorpene submarines to bolster the rapidly declining submarine fleet. This is in addition to the six Scorpenes India had signed up for in 2005,now total order will be 6+3=9
  • P-3 Subhunters Using ASW Gear to Find Narco-Subs?

    01/17/2011 12:13:44 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 1/14/2011 | Defense Tech
    Remember about a couple of years ago when news of drug smugglers using so called “semi-submersibles” was all the rage? Those craft can almost completely submerge themselves to evade interception. Still, the vessels don’t go all the way underwater and can be spotted from ships or aircraft and have been intercepted a number of times. Since then, the high seas cat-and-mouse game between governments and drug smugglers has become more intense now that the cartels have built actual submarines. It sounds like these vessels are capable of staying underwater long enough to warrant the use of P-3 subhunters to find...
  • Israel: New Submarines Make Their Way To IDF Navy

    01/15/2011 4:07:24 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 7 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | January 15, 2011 | Israel News Agency Staff
    Israel: New Submarines Make Their Way to IDF Navy By Israel News Agency Staff Jerusalem, Israel ---- January 15, 2011 ...... The Israel Navy is now preparing to receive a new submarine. In the last two enlistment cycles for the IDF Submarine Flotilla Corp, there was an increase by 30 percent for combat soldiers trained for the position, a result of two new submarines acquired by Israel from Germany. IDF Navy officials explain that the submarines’ arrival will increase the number of such vessels in the IDF and their reach in deterring an attack on Israel. In order to have...
  • US Navy introduces smoking ban on submarines

    12/30/2010 4:40:31 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 69 replies · 590+ views ^ | 12/30/10 | AFP
    Giving up smoking may be a New Year's resolution for some, but all US sailors will now have to follow suit, as the US Navy moves to ban its crews from smoking aboard submarines starting Friday. In a country where fights against Big Tobacco are common, troops deprived of fresh air and natural light for months were surprisingly allowed to smoke in submerged submarines. But no more, after a Pentagon study found the risks of second-hand smoke were severe in those highly confined spaces. Submarine Forces Commander Vice Admiral John Donnelly ordered the ban aboard 73 US subs, citing health...
  • When one man is determined..

    11/07/2010 3:45:21 PM PST · by pickrell · 8 replies
    07 November 2010 | Ron Pickrell
    Those who lined the rails had different viewpoints and destinies. But the one thing they all agreed on was that the men trapped below the sea in front of them, in the sunken U.S. submarine O-5, should at least have had a chance. A number of the crew inside might still have been alive, with less than the length of a supermarket parking lot separating them from the surface, and their chance to live. For most of the men in the ships above, the sense of utter helplessness was overwhelming. It seemed to define the unfairness of the "silent service",...
  • Women to begin serving on U.S. submarines

    10/24/2010 4:48:32 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 96 replies · 3+ views
    Women will begin serving on four U.S. submarines in December 2011, the U.S. Navy announced Thursday. Twenty-four are in training to be the first women to serve aboard U.S. submarines, the Navy's Submarine Group 10 said in a statement. The subs on which they will deploy are the USS Wyoming and USS Georgia, both homeported in Kings Bay, Georgia, and the USS Ohio and USS Maine, homeported in Bangor, Washington. The Navy said it will not identify the women until they have completed their submarine training. The 24, chosen from graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy, ROTC programs and Officer...
  • British Nuclear Submarine runs aground off Scotland

    10/22/2010 3:56:19 AM PDT · by Vanders9 · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Sky News ^ | 10/22/10 | Richard Williams
    Nuclear submarine HMS Astute has run aground on the rocks off the western coast of Scotland. The Ministry of Defence moved instantly to play down fears, saying it was "not a nuclear incident" and that it had caused no injuries.
  • Diving in at the deep end (Australian submarine plans)

    10/14/2010 8:11:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 15, 2010 | Cameron Stewart
    Diving in at the deep end Cameron Stewart, Associate editor WITH the government planning to spend $36bn building 12 new submarines, debate is raging about the wisdom of the project. THE Gillard government's plan to build 12 new-generation submarines in Australia carries with it enormous political, strategic and financial risks. It will be easily the largest and most complex defence project attempted in this country. If it goes right it will give the navy its most deadly weapon while also safeguarding the future of the naval shipbuilding industry. If it goes wrong, it could jeopardise national security and trigger the...
  • Navy scrambles after subs shed stealthy coating

    10/02/2010 1:34:44 PM PDT · by SmithL · 37 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 10/2/10 | DAVID SHARP, Associated Press Writer
    The USS Virginia shed pieces of its sonar-absorbent skin while on patrol, giving the submarine's hull a pockmarked appearance as it arrived for repairs at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The stealthy submarine could become easier to detect by enemy sonar if it lost too much of the special coating. But the Navy insists that the sub never lost enough of the material to rise to that level and that it has moved aggressively to fix the problems in newer models of nuclear-powered attack submarines.
  • Russia Completes Sea Trials for New Borey Class Strategic Submarines

    Russia's newest Borey class strategic nuclear-powered submarine, the Yury Dolgoruky, has completed sea trials in the White Sea and returned to its base in northern Russia, the Sevmash shipyard said. The trials were part of the manufacturer's tests and the sub is now ready for final inspection by a state commission before it enters service with the Russian Navy. "All systems of the submarine performed well, and the problems revealed during previous tests have been resolved," a Sevmash spokesman said. The Yury Dolgoruky is 170 meters (580 feet) long, has a hull diameter of 13 meters (42 feet), a crew...
  • Russian Submarine Stalking Trident

    09/07/2010 7:05:02 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    UK Telegraph via Atlantic Sentinel Blog ^ | August 27, 2010 | Thomas Harding, UK Telegraph; Nick Ottens, Blog
    The Russians are at it again. After penetrating British airspace last March with two Tupolev 160 bomber planes, a specially upgraded Akula class submarine was caught trying to record the acoustic signature made by the Vanguard submarines that carry Trident nuclear missiles. The Telegraph reports that British submariners are experiencing the highest number of “contacts” with Russian submarines since 1987. [snip] It’s difficult to tell what the Russians are up to. Arctic tensions have been rising in recent months, with Moscow claiming more of its fair share of the North Pole. That may account for the newfound assertiveness on Russia’s...