Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sub Secrets revealed: Other side of the Coin, other side of the world

Background

Our Mystery Question of the Year (2009) for Submariners was:  Exactly how does a navy [Australia's RAN] that cannot currently crew its fleet of 6 Collins class subs propose to crew twice as many new subs?

The first AnswerBy providing targeted incentives for submariners that include training, adjusting crew numbers and formations, conditions of service, seatime and other initiatives, Defence will ensure that the current shortfalls are addressed, and that a robust submarine workforce is built for the future. - (attributed anonymously to the navy by Defence Professionals GmbH).

Which, frankly sounded like total B.S. and caused a former U.S, Submariner to give a much more credible answer that was soon officially acknowledged by the RAN:

At 06 May, 2009 20:58, Blogger SonarMan said...
I was just down in Perth training there submariners, and they want to know the same thing. They already pay their submariners an extraordinary sum - about $100K USD. They can't keep them in because of their mining/resource boom. Your basic tool humper makes $120K AUD, and if you're an ROV operator, it's close to $200K or more. Oh, and no previous experience necessary. If you have some basic technical skills, such as the kind you gain on sub duty, you're hired.  The CoA has their work cut out for them.
Update

In addition to the extraordinary pay available in mining careers (competetive with what U.S. 'nukes' earn as civilians), a rather revealing study has been recently declassified (published).

September 25, 2013  - Secret Defence report signals Collins subs crisis
 A CONFIDENTIAL report has identified 68 critical problems on the navy's Collins-class submarines that it warns pose a high to extreme risk of forcing their retirement before new submarines can be built.

(The report had been submitted to the previous Australian government at the end of last year.)

"Mr Smith [former defence minister Stephen Smith had not mentioned] that the report also detailed 68 major systems on each submarine that the DMO said posed a very high to extreme risk to the submarines ever achieving their initial life expectancy or a life extension of seven years. The study said that unless urgent action was taken to tackle each of those 68 problematic platform and mission systems, then a life extension of the submarines would be "unachievable".

The Other Side of the Coin
The study also warned that the submarines' cooling systems are overloaded, making the vessels too hot for the crew and machinery.

M.E. does not know about you, but submarines require more than adequate sacrifices of their sailors without subjecting them to overloaded cooling systems. Mining then appears not only a more lucrative alternative for some RAN submariners, but one which offers a considerably more comfortable working environment, as well.

Submarines are always silent and strange.
Mr Smith did not mention that the report also detailed 68 major systems on each submarine that the DMO said posed a very high to extreme risk to the submarines ever achieving their initial life expectancy or a life extension of seven years.
The study said that unless urgent action was taken to tackle each of those 68 problematic platform and mission systems, then a life extension of the submarines would be "unachievable".
- See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/secret-defence-report-signals-collins-subs-crisis/story-e6frg8yo-1226726526665#sthash.cok6g5o8.dpuf
Mr Smith did not mention that the report also detailed 68 major systems on each submarine that the DMO said posed a very high to extreme risk to the submarines ever achieving their initial life expectancy or a life extension of seven years.
The study said that unless urgent action was taken to tackle each of those 68 problematic platform and mission systems, then a life extension of the submarines would be "unachievable".
- See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/secret-defence-report-signals-collins-subs-crisis/story-e6frg8yo-1226726526665#sthash.cok6g5o8.dpufMr Smith did not mention that the report also detailed 68 major systems on each submarine that the DMO said posed a very high to extreme risk to the submarines ever achieving their initial life expectancy or a life extension of seven years.The study said that unless urgent action was taken to tackle each of those 68 problematic platform and mission systems, then a life extension of the submarines would be "unachievable".





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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Dismiss China Strategy No Longer

Background (Timeline)

Beset by internal strife, China abandoned its naval efforts, and by 1500, it was a capital offense to build a seagoing junk with more than two masts.

March 1997 -  The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLA) Navy's makes its first voyage with port visits including Mexico, Peru, Chile.

May 15, – September 23, 2002 - PLA Navy's first circumnavigation of the globe.

May 10, 2007 - Now, you are starting to see what has really been behind the U.S. policy on Mexican immigration. Were China to garner a foothold in Mexico, Canada, or South America, the current Taiwan standoff could become weakened in China's favor. Vigilis
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M.E.:  When will a Chinese aircraft carrier first dock in Mexico?
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Updates (Current Facts, Events and Quotes)

December 10, 2012 -  According to a Congressional Research Service report on Chinese naval modernization, the PLA Navy comprises 275 vessels: 75 warships, 60 submarines, 55 amphibious ships and 85 small missile boats. The U.S. Navy has 285 ships and submarines.

September 2012 - The PLAN commissioned its first aircraft carrier, the 74,406-ton Liaoning.

June 25, 2013 - American strategic influence would be confined "east of the Pacific midline" as it is displaced by Chinese power throughout East Asia, including Australia. China’s goal is to force the U.S. out of the Western Pacific. - Col. Lui Mingfu, PLA’s National Defense University.

June 25, 2013 - "For years the Chinese have condemned countries having overseas bases. ..We have seen ship visits but we haven’t seen efforts to build and sustain a base overseas. Someday that may come. ... I think we could do with fewer carrier battle groups and putting that money towards attack submarines fleet, which is of primary importance, he said. That is America’s sharpest weapon.” - Lyle Goldstein, Associate Prof., China Maritime Studies Institute, U.S. Naval War College. 

September 3, 2013 - In the first visit of the Chinese navy to Argentina, a Chinese navy fleet set off for Chile, Brazil and Argentina.  - The Global Times
 
September 5, 2013 - "The quest for global naval power runs parallel to competition for control of markets in Latin America.. The two largest world economies, the United States, and China are vying for control of these markets.  ...China has sought to be the prime lender in Latin America, loaning $110 billion dollars thus exceeding the World Bank’s contribution for the past two years."  - Terence Rosenthal, China’s Pivot to Latin America, Center for Security Policy, September 5, 2013



Submarines are always silent and strange.

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