Too Strange To Explain Credibly
Reader (see comments) Lou solved one mystery (lei and bag caused optical notch illusion), but that merely opened another can of worms. Why? Because the sub with the decorative lei above was and is described as: Image: 050401-N-7949W-003.jpg San Diego, Calif. (Apr. 1, 2005) - Crew members assigned to the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Ashville (SSN 758), man the rails as they begin to sail through the channel of San Diego Bay. Ashville is returning to her homeport at Naval Base Point Loma, Calif., after completing a regularly scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean. Asheville performed national security missions and took part in two international exercises. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Daniel Woods (RELEASED) source .
To knowing submariners, such awards and public accolades often connote participation in undisclosed events at undisclosed times and places.
In the upper photo notice how the forward and aft lower sections of the fairwater (sail) meet her deck squarely. It is difficult to miss the forward notch and after fairing in these same locations on the lower photo, however. Never had M.E. seen anything like it. The photo, found in Navsource's Online: Submarine Photo Archive includes this in its description:
Providence (SSN-719) makes her way up river to the submarine base at Groton CT. She was returning home from a 6 month deployment that later turned into Opera- tion Enduring Freedom. Size: 160k.
The original photo may have had 160k resolution and size, but this one certainly does not. The photo's attribution is listed as: Photo Owned @ Copyrighted by Michele Peterson.
The lower photo was first noted on Galrahn's blog, yesterday. When asked, one of his co-authors provided this Navy.mil source. By that time we had found the same apparently doctored photo in 4 other sites in addition to the Navsource archive.
Will the photo soon disappear? We do not think so. Why? It seems a Michele Peterson just happened to submit another photo of SSN-719 in UNDERSEA WARFARE Magazine's 4th Annual Undersea Warfare Photo Contest sponsored by the Naval Submarine League. The entry has this caption:
Photo by Michele Peterson USS Providence (SSN-719) is assisted by the C-Tractor as it moves upriver to the submarine base in Groton. Providence was returning home after a seven-month deployment.
We doubt any credible explanation will ever be forthcoming. No after fairing or forward notch is apparent in the above contest submission nor other Providence photos. Could the missing and added notch objects be detachable sonar transducers or intentional deceptions? Almost anything is possible in the Silent Service.
Submarines are always silent and strange.
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