Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Caruso Satire ... (owed him a favor)






Sometimes there is no explaining Juan; this sure looks like one of those.

Submarines are always silent and strange.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Most Hideous Crime Aboard a Submarine

BACKGROUND

M.E. has covered many crimes involving U.S. submarine crewmen. This one still remains the most suspicious, in our opinion.  The earliest we ever told readers about was this from 1923.  Genuine violence aboard U.S. submarines has been almost nonexistant apart from rare suicides.  As to criminal violence on board Western submarines, one finds the Royal Navy has encountered an unfortunate share in recent years.  

The introduction of female crew members to subs a few years ago gave one author a rationale for his related serial killer novel. The Killing Depths.  Now, the perversions of fiction have been outdone by a real life civilian.  The story, so far, is too gruesome and incomplete to be repeated by us, so you are on your own with the chronology links.  Aren't we glad U.S. submarine volunteers still undergo psychological screening, or do they?  

You will be soon!  An early quote from the Danish suspect appears below this photo ...


"'There is a curse on Nautilus,' he wrote, according to his website. 'The curse is me. There will never be peace on Nautilus as long as I exist.'”  - Peter Madsen in 2015; NYPost.com, "Inside slain journalist’s fateful submarine ride", August 26, 2017
 
Some key events in  Sunken submarine owner held by Copenhagen police on suspicion of murdering Swedish journalist Danish submarine owner arrested over missing journalist

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Thursday, September 07, 2017

Submariner Quote 7 SEP 17

Background - female submariner's comparison quote (2012)

“All of the history and lore of the submarine community really comes back to those really awesome missions that fast attacks do.  If it were to be opened, I think there are some of us who probably would be willing to serve on them despite the tight quarters.”  - Lt. j.g. Vanessa Esch, serrving aboard USS Ohio (SSGN-728), "Women on subs talk mission working with men", NavyTimes.com News article #20120530 more


Quote of the Week

"On Trident submarines, we trained and drilled all the time,” he said. “I liked the operations and tempo on a fast attack submarine better. It made me feel like I was doing a job."  -  Don Chamberlain, Petty officer (TM1) and 20-year Navy veteran , Sep 6, 2017, The Brunswick News. Recognitions: Global War on Terror Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal; Outstanding Volunteer Medal; Navy Achievement Medal (3 times); Navy Unit Citation; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Navy “E” Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal (two times); Sea Service Ribbon; Expert Rifle Badge; Expert Pistol Badge; SSBN Patrol Pin; Dolphins Badge.

Submarines are always silent and strange.

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Monday, September 04, 2017

Subliminal Message from the DC 'Establishment'

Background

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a Washington, D.C. think tank  founded in 1962, by Admiral Arleigh Burke and David Abshire, at the height of the Cold War. Current CSIS chairman Sam Nunn and Donald B. Marron have ties to the Concord Coalition, a non-profit co-founded by Peter G. Peterson

The Los Angeles Times has dubbed Mr. Peterson "the most influential billionaire business figure in national politics. . . . He isn't content merely to express concern about the federal deficit. His particular targets are Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, which he calls 'entitlement' programs and which he wants to cut back in a manner that would strike deeply at the middle class."[2]

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M.E. NOTE:  Interestingly, Sen. John McCain, who has often been called a warmonger by mainstream media, is on CSIS's Middle East task force.  Another war might certainly press Mr. Peterson's (the establishment's) drive to slash Social Security benefits, would not we expect?  
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The Subliminal Message: 

Well then, do other readers see a subliminal 'dead duck' in the title graphic of this recently published CSIS video? If not, compare the images below.

In M.E.'s opinion, President Trump is no warmonger.  He can and will covertly support efforts now underway to end the Kim dynasty with the mysterious disappearance of Kim Jong-un during an an unannounced state visit, unscheduled vacation, sudden hospitalization, private daliance, etc.

Submarines are always silent and strange.




 

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Salty Submarine Quote of the Month


BACKGROUND

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to crew of USS Kentucky (SSBN-737) at Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor, Wash. on August 9, 2017. Edited news story here.

Note:  Molten Eagle applauds Gen. Maddog Mattis's use of plainspoken, un-politically correct language and combat appropriate attitude.

The Quote

"That means you're not some pussy sitting on the sidelines [color emphasis by M.E.], you know what I mean, kind of sitting there saying, “Well, I should have done something with my life.” Because of what you're doing now, you're not going to be laying on a shrink's couch when you're 45 years old, say “What the hell did I do with my life?”  Why? Because you served others; you served something bigger than you." - August 9, 2017, Unedited News Transcript, "Remarks by [U.S.] Secretary [of Defense Gen. James 'Maddog'] Mattis, USMC at a Troop Event in Naval Base Kitsap, Washington"

Submarines are always silent and strange.

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ANSWERS to Submarine QOTW 15 AUG 17

Related information and links for questions are from the original posting found here.
Note: Answers were due yesterday and are here a day late.

Questions of the Week (Q.O.T.W.) & ANSWERS

- 1  -  What had been former blogger Bubblehead's most familiar blog sign off phrase?
ANS: "Going deep" (example)

- 2 -  What open source feature of USS Topeka almost puts it in a class of its own?  ANS: Topeka and USS Albany are unique among all other Los Angeles class subs as their hulls were partially manufactured using stronger HY-100, instead of HY-80 steel.

- 3 -  What was the rationale for partial use of HY-100 in Topeka and Albany?  ANS: This was done to test construction methods using this steel, which would later be employed in the assembly of the new Seawolf-class submarines. In theory, this might enable the Albany and Topeka to dive slightly deeper than other LA class subs, though it remains unclear if this ability has ever been tested by either vessel. [2]

- 4 -  What open source feature of USS Connecticut  puts it in a very small class of its own?  ANS: USS Connecticut is one of only 3 Seawolf-class subs.

- 5 -  What open source feature of USS Jimmy Carter puts it in a class of its own?  ANS: Jimmy Carter has additional maneuvering devices fitted fore and aft allowing her to keep station over selected targets in odd currents.  Past submarines outfitted this way were used to tap undersea cables intercepting communications of foreign countries. Intelligence experts speculate that the Multi-Mission Platform (MMP), which allows launch and recovery of ROVs and Navy SEAL forces, may find uses similar to an underwater splicing chamber for optical fiber cables. [7][8][9][10]

- 6 -  Which of the above subs are homeported in Norfolk, Va?  ANS: None of them. 

- 7 -  Which of the above subs are homeported in Apra Hrabor?  ANS: Only USS Topeka was recently homeported to Guam.

- 8 -  What has been the evident root of the quotation above, and where can it still be seen?  ANS:
"They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep." -- Psalms 107:23-24  KJV

Submarines are always silent and strange.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Submariner Quote and Questions of the Month


The Quotation ...

"I think, therefore I am. I think deeply, therefore I have a soul." ... citation link here by Joel B. KennedySubmarine Officer · April 19, 1983 to September 30, 2004- who served aboard USS Topeka (SSN-754)USS Connecticut (SSN-22), the USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23), also rendered IA duty in zone, and was the creator of  what was formerly
"the world's most popular submarine blog".


And your Questions of the Week


- 1 -  What had been former blogger Bubblehead's most familiar blog-sign off phrase?
- 2 -  What open source feature of USS Topeka almost puts it in a class of its own?
- 3 -  What was the rationale for partial use of HY-100 in Topeka?
- 4 -  What open source feature of USS Connecticut  puts it in a very small class of its own?
- 5 -  What open source feature of USS Jimmy Carter  puts it in a class of its own?
- 6 -  Which of the above subs are homeported in Norfolk, Va?
- 7 -  Which of the above subs are homeported in Apra Hrabor? 
- 8 -  What has been the evident root of the quotation above, and where can it still be found?

ANSWERS:  Monday, 21 AUG 

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

ANSWERS July 4th Submarine Questions of the Week

Related information and links for questions are found in the original posting here.
Note: Answers were due yesterday and are, regrettably, a day late.

Questions of the Week (Q.O.T.W.) with ANSWERS


1 - Identify the submarine officer who made the statements quoted above.  ANSCDR Timothy P. Reidy Jr - OSU’s submariner: Navy ROTC officer recalls life under the sea

2 - Deduce the US submarine (name and hull number) to which quote 2 (above) likely relates.
 
ANS: Possibly on a 25-day trip got extended to 82 days. on board the USS Louisville (SSN-724), a Los Angeles-class submarine.  As to food containers stored on deck plates with boards placed on top of them, meaning everyone had to deal with the lowered  clearance, note thatCDR Reidy stands 6' 3" tall.

 
3 - Identify the bygone submarine era depicted below (photo shown in original posting linked at top was from the "Theatre review"
ANS: Submarine Time Machine  - "Along the banks of the Forth & Clyde Canal, near the National Theatre of Scotland’s new home, something is stirring. There’s an old puffer costumed up like a home-made submarine; there are strange figures in period or science-fiction dress popping up and down on the towpath."

Submarines are always silent and strange.

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