Monday, February 25, 2013

Answers: Sub Mystery Quiz From 16 Feb 2013

For related image(s) and background information, see original posting here.

Question: 

1- Based upon evident disciplinary performance trends (improved, deteriorating, worse than average, etc) for each RN submarine, their names have often been misleading.  While some subs might retain their commissioned names, others would be more appropriately swapped in the sense of disciplinary performance of recent years.  Assigning a) to HMS Astute, b) to HMS Ambush, through m) for HMS Vigilant, match the performance in each row with the appropriate name.

Example:  k) Vengeance, might be more appropriately named Astute.

Answer (one of many):


Submarines are always silent and strange.



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Monday, February 18, 2013

Update: Poi & USS Hawaii not

Background
USS Hawaii (SSN-776), one Virginia-class submarine,  changed home port from Groton, CT (Submarine Group Two, Submarine Squadron Two) to Pearl Harbor, HI (Submarine Squadron One).[6]

In addition to USS Hawaii, at least a few more boats have been assigned to Subron 1 of late:
USS Bremerton (SSN-698)
USS La Jolla (SSN-701)
USS Charlotte (SSN-766)
USS Greeneville (SSN-772)
USS Texas (SSN-775)

"The bowl of poi was considered such an important and sacred part of daily Hawaiian life that whenever a bowl of poi was uncovered at the family dinner table, it was believed that the spirit of Hāloa, the ancestor of the Hawaiian people, was present. This is because Hawaiians believed that the taro plant, or kalo, was the original ancestor of the Hawaiian people.[1] Because of that, all conflict among family members had to come to an immediate halt."[2]

If any member of USS Hawaii's crew relishes poi, however, he has probably not been bragging about the chow.

Alternate POI concept (for female submariners)

The sculpture depicted below was created by (no surprise) a woman:

 

The sculptress had this to say...

When her father (in a gender-neutral socialist country) asked her for a contribution honoring the national handball team, she thought:: "OK, I will do a bunch of men with dicks".  source

Guess what, readers?  There are major differences between men and women. Placing them togeter in a confined space is a recipe-certain for unnecessary consternation, degradation of US submarine primacy and (as lawyers know) will cause litigation.

Submarines are always silent and strange.  




 


 



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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Misplaced Rum Ration: Submariners' drunken misconduct

Submarine Mystery Questions
 16 FEB 2013

Background
Figures obtained by the BBC revealed 311 disciplinary incidents in the past three years on the navy's 13 submarines, including 42 cases of misconduct or unfitness through alcohol or drugs and "13 instances of misconduct or unfitness due to alcohol or drugs on the four Trident submarines, which carry nuclear weapons as the nation's nuclear deterrent. ...An inquest last month into the death of Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux focused attention on what was described as a culture of excessive drinking among the submarine's personnel.source

 "Although alcohol is available on board Royal Navy ships and submarines, its consumption is extremely limited and the RN's promotion of healthy living, coupled with the professionalism of modern sailors, means that fewer sailors drink at sea than ever before," added a navy spokesman. [color emphasis added]; [ibid]

The most common form of misconduct within the submarine service is going absent without leave, which accounts for about half the incidents. [ibid]  The Table below was provided following a freedom of information request:

 

Questions of the Week:

1- Based upon evident disciplinary performance trends (improved, deteriorating, worse than average, etc) for each RN submarine, their names have often been misleading.  While some subs might retain their commissioned names, others would be more appropriately swapped in the sense of disciplinary performance of recent years.  Assigning a) to HMS Astute, b) to HMS Ambush, through m) for HMS Vigilant, match the performance in each row with the appropriate name.

Example:  k) Vengeance, might be more appropriately named Astute  

ANSWERS: Sunday, 23 FEB.
 

Submarines are always silent and strange.

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