Monday, December 10, 2007

Australian Submarine UFO Event Raises Unanswered Questions in U.S.

An unlocated flaring object (UFO) disappeared from an Australian beach recently. A senior military Technical Officer confirmed the object as a live submarine flare believed to have washed up on Facing Island beech on December 7th. Queensland Police say the flare could cause considerable harm if ignited near a person and caution anyone who knows the location of the flare to avoid handling it.

Let's review only a sampling of recent flare history in case you had overlooked the topic:

First, no one has claimed the missing one is another U.S. navy flare. April, 2000

A U.S. sub hasn't been lost for more than 30 years because of a rigorous certification program that gives each key piece of a submarine. .. a serial number pinpointing its source and whom to hold accountable if it fails. August, 2000 - Trouble can still crop up unexpectedly. In March, a warning flare exploded in its launch tube in a submerged Navy submarine. The blast sheared a dozen bolts holding the launcher in place and let seawater flow into the bow compartment. There were no injuries, and the Navy has now barred the use of that kind of flare.

Surfers spark evacuation after military flare find - March, 2006 - The pair had loaded the device into the back of their ute after finding it on a Sunshine Coast beach, and then dropped it off at Coolum Beach police station, oblivious of the danger. The 60cm device, which is dropped out of planes by the army, sends powerful flares out of each end.

Fire Out of Control at Military Flare-Manufacturing Plant in La. - August, 2006 - Valentec makes 40-mm parachute flares, which are shot out of mortars and then float down to illuminate nighttime battlefields. The Aug. 14 explosion is the second in as many months at Camp Minden, a mixture of military operations and commercial tenants.

Finally, The Submarine Force is concerned about how this event initiated from what would appear to be false indicators. The Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic will conduct a thorough review of the matter to determine any lessons learned. - March, 2007 - -- During the early evening of March 13, units of the USS Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG) received a series of indications that USS San Juan (SSN 751), a Los Angeles class submarine conducting pre-deployment training with the Enterprise CSG, was in distress. Have the key questions ever been answered publicly? Was the false indicator shot from aircraft? Why are not submarine emergency flares more distinctive from other air and naval signal flares? Attention, all you admirals, taxpayers would like to know.

Updates: shown in this color above.



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