Friday, September 18, 2009

More Misleading Submarine News

In the United States, the usual court oath required of witnesses who testify goes something like this: "Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? So help you God."

The problem with the submarine news reported here, Super-light sub has 'capability greater than U.S. Navy', is that U.S. news reporters are not YET bound by professional ethics requiring a disclaimer of their expertise, nothing but the truth, and references to reliable sources.

Here are key assertions made by the reporter:


Deep-sea sub that can dive to 37,000 ft is light enough to launch from a yacht

Brainchild of designer Graham Hawkes who is in process of producing first craft
"Deep Flight II" has no price tag yet but current sub "Superfalcon" cost $1.5 million
Hawkes: Superfalcon has a capability greater than the U.S. Navy
Well, as it turns out, only half of those 4 statements represent the truth. Looked at another way, the story is as misleading as it is truthful.
Hawkes Ocean Technologies deep-diving (37,000 ft) sub is still on the drawing board. Despite the misleading artist's photo of Superfalcon II accompanying the story, Hawkes was misquoted (carelessly or intentionally?) by the reporter. The 37,000-ft craft will be an UNMANNED robotic sub. Those who know U.S. Navy robotic sub diving capabilities are not free to release such details to the general public. Hawkes was never connected with the U.S. Navy, so how did he come by his depth comparison? Did the reporter even ask? Apparently not.
The deepest point in the ocean (35,840 ft) is the Mariana Trench, located off the Northern Mariana Islands. Graham Hawkes is an internationally accredited ocean engineer/inventor and holds the world record for solo dive depth (3,000 ft), which he achieved test piloting his Deep Rover submersible. He can be seen and heard discussing the unmanned sub on a video here (near the very end).
Submarines are always silent and strange.



At 21 September, 2009 16:29, Blogger Unknown said...

Great post. I'm getting very tired of CNN trying to grab our attention with headlines that are gross distortions of stories that are distortions in themselves.

At 21 September, 2009 20:40, Blogger Vigilis said...

Daniel P., while expressions of appreciation, such as yours, are rare, they have also been commensurately rewarding.

Many thanks!


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