Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Submarine Quote of the Week

Background

Things are not always as they appear to the uninitiated.  Consider the image below.  On a scale of 0-9 qualified subject matter experts judged the overall experience the maximum (9).  

Given that many Molten Eagle readers are submarine aficionados, some might not be surprised to know the image is from the jacket of an award-winning sci fi novel.  Except, that is totally incorrect (correct identification is revealed in the last paragraph).


Submarine Quote of the Week

"Who would have thought that sub propeller repairs are dependent on OCO [Overseas Contingency Operations] funding?" - Todd Harrison, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, Washington, D.C.

Source:  The Virginia Pilot, March 18, 2015.

ANSWER GRATIS  The qualified subject matter experts --- in this case, experienced submariners with requisite need to know, would certainly have "thought" [color emphasis mine]:
"As a general policy, we do not discuss submarine operations, but clearly we deploy submarines globally in support of all types of missions. We are confident that the repairs made using the war funding reflect an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars.  This year's funding for propeller work is $6.1 million, and the Navy anticipated spending about the same in the the year that begins Oct. 1." - Lt. Rob Myers, a Navy spokesman. [ibid]
Conversely, proper subject matter expertise for the otherworldly image above work in the Icelandic Meteorological Office.  The image is actually a photograph (by Iceland Review editor and photographer Páll Stefánsson) of the recent northern lights above Þingvallavatn lake at Þingvellir National Park.

Submarines are always silent and strange. 

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