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 

Submarines are always silent and strange.

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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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Sunday, July 09, 2017

Something is Unsettling


Le Terrible is a Triomphant-class strategic nuclear submarine of the French Navy. The SSBN was launched in 2008.

On 27 January 2010, the submerged Le Terrible launched an 
M51 SLBM missile from  Audierne Bay. The missile reached its target 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) off North Carolina; the 4,500-kilometre (2,800 mi) flight took about 20 minutes.

Le Terrible's Armament includes 16 Nuclear M51 SLBM missiles.



Submarines are always silent and strange.

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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Submarine Quotes of Month (June) & July 4th Questions of the Week

Submarine Quotes of the Month (June 2017)

“The hallmark of being a submariner is being able to get along." 

“[F]or those trips, food containers were stored on the deck with boards placed on top of them, meaning everyone had to deal with the low clearance." 

July 4th Questions of the Week

1 - Identify the submarine officer who made the statements quoted above.

2 - Deduce the US submarine (name and hull number) to which quote 2 (above) likely relates.

3 - Identify the bygone submarine era depicted below:

Answers: 11 JUL 2017.

Submarines are always silent and strange.


Thursday, May 04, 2017

Submarine Quote of the Day

Background: The 117 year-old rivalry between U.S. Navy surface and submarine naval officers, in fact,  exists globally.

The Quotation

"[Submarines]... the dream weapon of every naval officer.” - May 4, 2017, Adm. Suriya Pornsuriya (RTN, Ret.),  Former commander of the Royal Thai Navy's latest submarine division, which didn’t have a single submarine.

Submarines are always silent and strange.



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kim Jong-Un v. Trump: The Dynamics and Statics


Recent media drama centered around North Korea's mandatory celebration of its founding leader's 105th birthday with the ususl parade of military armanents and expectation of yet another nuclear test and/or missile launch.  The drama was conveniently described as a clash between two hardliners, Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.  Kim even threatened nuclear devastation to South Korea, Japan and the U.S. mainland.  The media covered their entire week-long, fake news drama.

REALITY #1:   Would Vice President Pence visit the DMZ amid the hazardous strife portrayed by the news media? No, he conducted routine policy visits with our allies.

REALITY #2     "Why Did Trump's 'Armada' Sail in the Opposite Direction?" 

As a distraction? No.  To avoid provoking Kim to attack? Yes.

Are Kim's threats hollow? No.  Are Trump's warnings to Kim bluffs? Right now, who knows?

Will trump succeed in de-nuclearizing North Korea?  Yes.  How? The stage has now been set for a coup d'etat in North Korea after Kim loses major face with his military.  When will that happen?  As failures in his ballistic launch capabilities proliferate, which will only be quickened by his promise of frequent tests and launches.  No fortune tellers here, that is all on Kim. 

Kim's military recently boasted it can devestate the U.S. in its own way.  NK's populace are familiar with the boast. Should it prove hollow, Kim would be humiliated and high-ranking military officers will be capriciously executed.  Some already are not completely loyal to Kim and are ready to support a leader who does not import luxuries for his personal consumption as so many countrymen starve.  Some are also undercover spotters for South Korea, keeping regular tabs on movements of high-ranking officials. A very few of them are highly ambitious in their own right and have been awaiting a better opportunity to form a new government with help from mainland _ _ _ _ _.  

Kim Jong-un is the last in his dynasty. Wait and see things unfold against his regime.

Be patient, remember that executions in North Korea do not filter through global news without time for the North Korea public to thoroughly digest the internal cover stories that will result.   

We envision the loss of another North Korean submarine sometime sooner.

Submarines are always silent and strange. 

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Desperate Kim Jong-un's Truly Darkest Fear


Saddam Hussein (age 69 ) despite his wish to be shot with more dignity was executed by hanging December 30, 2006.  His hanging took place at Camp Justice ( aka Camp Al-Adala ) a joint Iraqi-American military base in Baghdad. The execution was captured on mobile phone video and circulated worldwide via the internet. 

Just under 5 years later, Kim was officially declared supreme leader of North Korea  on 28 December 2011.  Though Kim Jong Un's age is unverified he is believed to have been the youngest modern-world head of state when he took power. 

  "A criminal? True. A killer? True. A butcher? True. 

... He committed countless crimes, and he deserved to be hanged a thousand times, live again, and be hanged again." - Dr. Mowaffak al-RubaieMember of the Iraqi Governing Council appointed National Security Advisor by the Coalition Provisional Authority; Man who oversaw Saddam Hussein's hanging.

What has always made Kim Jong-un a dangerous leader are his family's dynastic protocols for securing absolute power by ruling with an iron hand: Demonstrate authority by compassionless executions of both low ranking citizens and high ranking officials (including relatives);  Maintain militaristic fervor by provoking formidable antagonists.

If anything, young Kim Jong-un has been overbearing in performance of his family's protocols.  And finally, he is confronted by a coalition of formidable adversaries.

Now, Kim's back is literally hrown against a wall.  If he succumbs to external pressure, he looks weak to his populace, inviting inevitable disloyalty and competition for the leadership of North Korea.  Moreover, his family protocols will become transparently ineffective for future use.   If  he tests more ballistic weaponry or attacks a U.S. protected adversary he tempts the same undignified fate as the late Sadaam dynasty

His options are severely limited and his ultimate choice would be very interesting, if an internal coup does not first take place in North Korea.  The coup in store is known outside the DPRK as the 'Cock a doodle coup'.

Discounting a 'Cock a doodle coup' Kim's desperate choices are limited to silly options, including:  

VERY UNLIKELY  |           |           |          |           |   VERY  LIKELY

  1. Execute troublemakers, without inciting political wrath and opposition
  2. Disappear for a while (e.g. for medical treatment ) 
  3. Have DPRK submarine sink with all hands. (deflects news angle) 
  4. Sink a cruise ship or oil tanker and claim adversary did it.  
  5. Provoke a new, non-U.S.-protected adversary.  Who?  
 Submarines are always silent and strange.


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