ANSWERS: Submarine QOTW (29 SEP 2015)
BackgroundRelated information, photo(s) and links for questions are found in the original posting.
Submarine Questions of the Week with ANSWERS1- Is the U.S. submarine identification correct? ANS: No, USS Providence is SSN-719, not SSN-716 as the French publication stated. SSN 716 was the USS Salt Lake City, which has been decommissioned since 2006.
2- Is the sub's given homeport coast correct? ANS: Yes, although the article was imprecise ("based on the east coast of the United States"). As of 2014, Providence is assigned once again to Submarine Development Squadron 12 and home-ported at US Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, CT.
3- When else was the sub USS Providence in Toulon? ANS: USS Providence was in the port of Toulon, France, from July 13-19, 1990, and made later visits including February 11, 1995, August 5, 1998, May 11, 2001. reference
4- On what mission was USS Providence at the time of its earlier visit? ANS: On 19 March 2011, the submarine launched Tomahawk cruise missiles at Libyan air defenses in Operation Odyssey Dawn.
5- With what special type of missiles was USS Providence armed during its earlier visit? ANS: Most notably disclosed was "USS Providence, a submarine also armed with TLAMs, and a range of anti-radiation missiles, are expected to be called into action during this phase of the operation, shortly before the RAF goes in."
6- The purpose of the special missiles is what? ANS: Anti-radiation missiles (ARM) are designed to detect and destroy the source of certain enemy radio emissions to degrade the enemy's anti-aircraft defenses in early stages of conflict. The anti-radiation effort is made to reduce friendly aircraft losses. Additionally, anti-radiation missiles can quickly neutralize unexpected surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites during air raids. Hence, in Odyssey Dawn", shortly before and while "the RAF goes in."
7- Why would USS Providence return to the French port of Toulon? Answer "Unknown", as stated when question 7 was originally posed. Submarines are stealthy platforms that may perform covert missions rarely made public, unless such disclosure serves a higher national purpose. Example.
Submarines are always silent and strange.
Labels: ADM Samuel Locklear., anti-radiation, Groton, Mystery, Operation Odyssey Dawn, Pentagon, RAF, routine, security reasons, SSN-716, SSN-719, stopover, strange, Toulon, USS Providence, USS Salt Lake City