Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Recent Submarine Intrigues of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Kind

While the categories described have nothing to do with the late astronomer Dr. Josef Allen Hynek's  categories of  UFO encounters, here is a review of the Hynek scale for the potential edification of misdirected readers.

Recent Submarine Intrigues 
  
1st Kind  -   Competitive: contract to build the next class for Australia

The competitors are Sweden (Saab Kockums) , Germany (ThyssenKrupp) and Japan ((joint build by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries).  

Apparently, any $20 billion award for 10 new subs (about US $18.7 billion ) must recognize a need for related job support in the Adelaide region. 
 


2nd Kind -   Mysteries

 #1  -  RARE personnel transfer from submarine - the U.S.  Atlantic Fleet

The US asked the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre this week to fetch a sailor from a navy sub.  The sailor was then brought ashore and taken to the airport for a flight home.  The crew transfer was described as humanitarian.  more


#2 -  RARE disclosure of U.S. strategic patrols completion


Navy marks 4,000th ballistic-missile submarine patrol

 

#3 - RARE:  U.S. Navy touchy-feely

"The U.S. Navy is looking for ways to adapt its training for millennials, young people raised in a child-centric culture who want and expect nurturing relationships with their bosses.  While some see the craving for feedback as a weakness, Jarrett said it could be a benefit if it's embraced by the Navy. He said the chief of naval operations has indicated his office is reviewing changes that may help tailor training for the new generation of sailors and officers." - 26 SEP 2014 Navy Capt. Andrew Jarrett,  commanding officer of the submarine school, Groton, CT. 

3rd Kind Contentious neighbors - China and India

A Song-class diesel attack submarine (SSK) took on fuel and provisions in Sri Lanka from Sept. 7 to 14, raising India's suspicions as to China expanding its submarine ops into the Indian Ocean.


The Chinese government insists the submarine had only made a replenishment stop* in Sri Lanka on way to the Gulf of Aden for escort and anti-piracy operations, although the submarine  has been accompanied by a tender*.

Submarines are always silent and strange. 

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