Sunday, November 23, 2014

Submarine QUESTIONS of the WEEK

Leading from the Middle

QUOTATION

"Middle power achievements

A unique grouping of Canadian achievements are still spoken of in the cafes of Beirut, the restaurants of Amman, the Bedoiun tents of Wadi Rum, the Russian Navy Submarine Officers' Mess in Murmansk
[emphasis mine],
the Dom Cultura in Khanty Mansiysk, and the Koa Sami villages of Jona and Lovozero. I know because I was in these places. ..."  - Mike Robinson, Order of Canada,  Nov 16, 2014 TroyMEDIA, Vancouver, BC, "Canada can still lead as a thoughtful middle power".


BACKGROUND

Read more about Mike Robinson, OC, here.   And, if you have been sympathetic to the "Global Warming" next, "Climate Change" next, "Climate Disruption"  next, "Climate Justice" scam being pushed by the UN and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, read another of his elitist ramblings, An unforgettable lunch with Russian submarine captains

In 1992, more than half of the 54 Russian strategic submarines, each with 16-20 nuclear missiles, were still based near Murmansk. After their peak in 1984, Russian SSBN deterrence patrols declined to the point where there was less than one patrol per sub each year and at best one sub on patrol at any time. Hence Russians have not employed alternating crews like the U.S.'s Blue and Gold. Source: "Russian SSBN Fleet: Modernizing But Not Sailing Much". Federation of American Scientists. 3 May 2013. (Retrieved 19 October 2014.)  Modern Strategic Purpose Underwater Missile Cruiser, as the Soviets called their SSBNs include Borei, Delta, and Typhoon subs.

 
QUESTIONS of the WEEK

1. Referring to Mr. Robinson's article about taking lunch with 10 Russian boomer-class submarine captains.  In what year did his Murmansk Navy luncheon take place?

2. Why was Mike Robinson certain those COs were assigned to boomer subs?

3. What glaring clue, if any, might lead a qualified submariner to qustion Mr. Robinson's claim as to "boomer submarines"?

4. Might a glaring error concerning strategic missile subs published by Mr. Robinson lend doubt to the care he takes in his "thoughtful" (liberal) opinions about other stategic topics, such as:  Climate deniers hard to digest, Pipeline spin conceals the real issue with carbon, Government must help us break oil habit?

In exactly what, if anything, is Mr. Robinson an expert? [rhetorical]

ANSWERS (1 - 4):  Tuesday, 25 November.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Update #2: Who Has a High Power, Submarine-Borne Laser Weapon?

Now ?

Nov 09, 2014 - China Nuclear Submarine Released After 'Star Wars' Laser Cannons
"China is obviously preparing for war. Early in November, China released their laser cannons that can shoot down drones in a 1.2 mile radius. The cannons reportedly resemble the laser cannons featured on "Star Wars," which can easily spot and shoot drones in a matter of five seconds. Now, after the laser cannons, China's nuclear submarines are the latest invention."

 "This is a trump card that makes our motherland proud and our adversaries terrified," says China's navy chief, Adm. Wu Shengli, in a report by the Wall Street Journal, adding, "It is a strategic force symbolizing great-power status and supporting national security."

Background

June 25, 2006 -  Update [#1] Submarine Offensive Laser Test
With much less weight consideration and a huge increase in power availability, the guts of the high-power laser fits nicely into an SSN.

 

Feb 22, 2006 -  Who Has a High Power, Submarine-Borne Laser Weapon?


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Monday, November 17, 2014

When a U.S. Sub Attracts This Much Unwanted Attention... Something Has Been Covered Up

NOV 16, 2014  NavyTimes -
"Submarine Jefferson City marooned in Guam amid bizarre deployment"
The attack sub's crew has spent the past five months stranded in Guam. When it finally returns "home," it will be to a different home port then the one it left, much to the families' consternation.



Background 

Previous WestPac Deployment
(Mar. 11, 2008)
USS Jefferson City Returns Home
By: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Barry R. Hirayama
  USS Jefferson City (SSN 759) returned home to Naval Base Point Loma, March 10, after a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific. The submarine conducted a number of missions throughout the Western Pacific region. Sailors also enjoyed port visits to Yokosuka and Sasebo, Japan, Guam and Saipan.



(22 NOV 2013)
USS Jefferson City Holds Change of Command

NAVAL BASE POINT LOMA, Calif. (NNS) -- NAVAL BASE POINT LOMA, Calif. - Cmdr. John Croghan relieved Cmdr. Brien Dickson as Commanding Officer of USS Jefferson City (SSN 759) during a pier side ceremony on Naval Base Point Loma Nov. 22. 

Current WestPac Deployment

(Apr 9, 2014 to -?-)
USS Jefferson City Heads for Six-Month Deployment
"She is one of six Los Angeles-class submarines homeported in San Diego and is commanded by Lt. Cmdr. John Croghan." [?]
 

USS Jefferson City departed San Diego for a scheduled western Pacific deployment. Brief stop at Okinawa on April 26.

 "As of Nov. 17, the crew has been gone from home more than seven months — 223 days, to be exact — and it has been 149 days since the sub has been at sea. Neither the crew nor the families in San Diego know exactly when it might end. The latest turn: The sub is to shift its official home port on Nov. 25 from San Diego to Pearl Harbor, which is the nearest location to get the intricate repairs needed to fix the sub. Navy officials say the sub will most likely leave Guam soon and arrive in Pearl Harbor by the end of November." - NavyTimes

"The reactor isn't the only maintenance issue with which the boat has had to contend. In August, a contract was let to a San Diego company to replace one of the boat's high pressure air compressors and motors. DeWalt [Cmdr. Brook DeWalt, spokesman for Submarine Force Pacific] confirmed these repairs and added that they also received work on the boat's shaft seals."   - NavyTimes  [ibid]


The full reality behind the current USS Jefferson City debacle is unlikely ever to be told. (why no published comments from SSN-759's CO, what purpose for curious Okinawa stopover, prolonged delay localizing 'minor' radioactive leak, mention of shaft seal cracks by spokesperson is UNUSUAL!) 

Is the U.S. Navy providing a modicum of cover in sympathy for the Indian Navy's Ticking Nuclear Clock?

Nov 8, 2014  Cracks in shaft seals led to Navy ship sinking off Visakhapatnam coast 

M.E. opinion:  Possibly grave Material Readiness Issue --were there not enough life jackets? 

Sounds possible because ...

"The Jefferson City was supposed to "focus on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts, which help establish conditions for regional stability," according to the squadron's release. But instead, Jefferson City's crew has spent the past five months stranded in Guam, focused on their own sub's readiness."  - NavyTimes

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India is a potential U.S. military ally in Asia   Perhaps India's Navy can better withstand ridicule from China for shaft seal cracks on its recently sunk torpedo recovery vessel than an inadequate number of life jackets for crew and scientists that may have caused its related dead and missing.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Submarine Mystery Question of the Week

Background

On October 23rd, Molten Eagle provided our analysis of Sweden's recent Hunt for Little Read October: Just a Navy Training Drill?

We provided the following facts:
  • July 1, 2010  STOCKHOLM - Sweden ended 109 years of obligatory military service, setting the Scandinavian nation on the way to becoming a fully professional army.
  • February 8, 2011 - StrategyPage - Sweden Runs Out Of Soldiers by James Dunnigan                ... Many of those officers and NCOs are simply leaving the military, or planning to. So there is some anxiety about what shape the Swedish military will be in by 2014, although at this point it appears it will be smaller than planned. 
and, the following alleged facts:   
  • Sweden had begun a search after a distress signal in Russian was detected on an emergency frequency on Thursday evening. 
  • Encrypted radio traffic from a point in the Stockholm archipelago and Kaliningrad were also later picked up.  
We quickly concluded: 
 It is more likely, in our experience, that a much needed Swedish Military training excercise, a public relations recruiting effort, or a combination of both, have been conducted with renewed world attention.   

But now, You can judge the latest facts...

  •  October 28, 2014 -  The Local - Sweden could see return to military service                    A return to compulsory military service is being considered by Sweden's new Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist, four years after the policy was scrapped.
  •  November 14, 2014 - BBC News - Sweden releases sonar image confirming 'foreign submarine'             
"Sweden has released a sonar image it says is proof that a foreign submarine entered its waters in October.  The grainy image shows underwater tracks allegedly left by the vessel."
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OPPOSITE from the arrow's direction, one plainly sees individual cross-stitches.
 
Well, do you agree, or not?  If not, please be good enough to cite your equally compelling evidence to the contrary.

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