Submarines on Rainy Days
I was wondering if anyone had any info on the "Holystone" modification some subs of this class had and exactly what it entailed system-wise.
Thoughts to excite, alarm or foil paradigms, senses of humor, and imagination although not always in that order. "The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool." -Richard P. Feynman (1918-1988) Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics 1965.
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How serious was the Cold War, and how deeply were submarines involved? Extremely, and implicitly.
Fast forward to 2007: Prof. Askin Ozcan is 67, and has lived in the U.S., England, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Norway, France and finally settled in Stockholm, Sweden, where he has lived for 35 years. He is an architect, teacher and author.
Ozcan recently finished his novelette THE RED SUBMARINE and has now completed a film by the same with director Eduardo Coronado. Their film is said to be one of suspense, adventure, romance, humor and music.
Has anyone found the book, yet? Submarines are always silent and strange.
UPDATED: The creature emerging is a frilled shark, Chlamydoselachus anguineus, thought to be extinct. On January 21, 2007 a specimen was found alive off the coast southwest of Tokyo.
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What's Wrong With This Submarine Story (W3TS2)?
December 14, 2007 - CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Hunley Commander's Watch No Smoking Gun - When scientists opened the watch belonging to the H.L. Hunley commander three years ago, they thought they had the key clue to why the Confederate submarine sank off Charleston. But the 18-karat gold watch now seems to raise even more questions even though scientists announced Friday it did not slowly wind down but stopped quickly - perhaps the result of a concussion or rushing water. source
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M.E. (and some experts) had told you this:
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UPDATE: January 1, 2008 - Ship safety - As a retired submarine officer, it is my experience that all piping systems (many of which are subject to sea pressure) follow well-established procedures and testing, with no exceptions. None! - T.J. Smith, Williamsburg
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.
Look at the photo above. Well-known to locals, the relic had long been assumed a remnant of WWII.
While calling Explorer a 'glorified diving bell', some of its detractors are quick to describe the confederate sub Hunley as high tech for its time, when actually, it was only a crude device used in a visionary manner by some of the most courageous volunteers of the war. As we see, the Explorer, at 12 meters in length and 3.3 meters beam, was not bell shaped. Hunley was also 12 meters in length with a
beam of only 1.2 meters.
Molten Eagle (an independent voter) has been steadfast and bipartisan in opposition to lawyers in public office. In my opinion, nothing will weaken and defeat our military faster and erode our economy and public education quicker than the collegiality of lawyers in public office. We must each vote as we continue to see fit. This implies that our eyes be wide open and our minds engaged at least every so often. We have choices beyond admitted lawyers, those who hide that they are, and those who wish they were.
Dec 8, 2007 - ATLANTA (AP) -
In a media interview posted online, [Andrew] Young also quipped that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has her husband behind her, and that "Bill is every bit as black as Barack. He's probably gone with more black women than Barack," Young said of former President Clinton, drawing laughter from a live television audience. source
The selection game Rock, Paper Scissors uses 3 familiar symbols of technological development in a stark (but now forgotten) reminder of the consequences of relying too much on any one or two. Rock represents a crude, widely available weapon from the stone age.
Apparently, China's 'free' press has gone out of its way to resurface a 1978 rumor (Yes, that was during Nixon's time). They cite recovery of a certain torpedo in March of 2006 and of a submarine last April. What is your natural instinct? - To learn more, of course:
BEIJING, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) - Naval frogmen to remove underwater security threats for Olympics - A contingent of 78 naval frogmen will surveil open water areas for Beijing Olympics 2008. The divers from a search and rescue troop of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy are believed to take the responsibility of clearing underwater security threats for Olympic water sports venues, the PLA Daily reported Wednesday. ... Dong Yan, captain of the group, said before the SCO summit last summer 24 of his divers combed 97,000 square meters of the Huangpu River bed in seven days of duty. In a joint military exercise in April, the frogmen were successful in rescuing a damaged submarine from 86 meters below the sea surface, the newspaper reported.
2006-10-23 - Anti-terror underwater monitoring sys.to be deployed - The program's chief researcher Xu Feng said that the system incorporates devices including diver detection sonar, underwater low-light-level imaging system, 3D high-definition side scanning sonar, and remote-controlled underwater vehicle. 'The monitoring system could detect, trace, identify and provide early warning of objects moving underwater, and it is also designed to search harbors and pools for underwater threat objects,' said Xu, who is also a researcher with the Institute of Acoustics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
In March 2006, a new type of torpedo, test fired by a submarine, suddenly disappeared from the sonar screen. After nine days of difficult search, the divers recovered the unexploded torpedo, whose test statistics were vital to improvement of its performance. The Chinese Shkval torpedo, or this Yu-8 variant, perhaps:In 2007, domestic Chinese sources have claimed that Yu-8 torpedo had become the test vehicle and subsequently the first torpedo to be armed with a new warhead that was developed by the Chinese naval research institute. The new warhead utilizes sodium hydride compounds / chemical reaction and once detonated, large amount of sodium powder is released. The chemical reaction of sodium powder and sea water produce huge amount of hydrogen at very high temperature within very short period of time and the within range of several dozen meters, the temperature instantly increased to over two thousand degrees (celsius) as the chemical reactions taken place with hydrogen and oxygen, destroying the target even if no direct hit is scored. During the test in East China Sea, a retired twelve thousand ton ship was hit by two Yu-8 torpedoes on one side, and the side that was hit was completely melted within fifteen minutes. source
Interestingly, it had been reported that in October 1978, a Chinese fishing vessel had "salvaged" a US Mk 46 torpedo in the South China sea. source
In an article China Strategic Review, Larry Englemann quotes from an interview with a Chinese naval officer: 'A group of American ships from Subic Bay, headed by the Coral Sea, came into the South China Sea near the Xisha (Paracel) Islands. While the Americans were patrolling in the area, either an American ship or helicopter with the group dropped several Mark 46 torpedoes near the islands. They beached themselves, unharmed, in the mud near our naval forces. We were able to salvage them successful and bring them ashore. Quite obviously, they were intended for us, and the object of the Americans was to provide them to us both secretly and intact. That was done. The two Mark 46s were armed. Everything. They were complete.' <<<>informal source
Can this seemigly mundane news story contain a buried diplomatic message that only a few, code-word cleared U.S. officials understand clearly? The U.S. can't very well send this near China and feign innocence, but who knows what may really lurk in a carrier task force. Maybe the Chinese did not want to take a chance.
Is underwater security unprecedented? Not at all. Routine since 9-11: July 21, 2004 - Underwater Security Installed In Athens - The main port of Athens was sealed for two hours yesterday to allow divers to install an underwater monitoring system as part of an Olympic security network that protesters contend is a privacy invasion. The fiber-optic cables are a key element of an electronic web of cameras, sensors and other intelligence-gathering devices designed to help safeguard next month's Olympics. Greece had budgeted $1.24 billion on Olympic security, you may recall.
Capabilities are formidable, too. - 19/09/2006 - QinetiQ's leased two of its high performance swimmer detection sonar system, Cerberus, to Elecnor Seguridad, the Spanish company contracted to provide security systems for the duration of the 2006 ranking events in Valencia. Cerberus is able to detect and locate swimmers and divers at ranges exceeding 800 metres (about 1/3 mile).
UPDATE - Dec. 1, 2007, ABC News - Muslims: Teddy Bear Protesters Don't Represent Us - Muslim Moderates Speak Out Against the Conviction of a British Teacher in Sudan - Even in the Sudan, Islamic leaders have been speaking out.