Monday, September 29, 2008

Submarine News Updates

Michael A. Gentile Memorial...

Submariners past and present will want to visit the Memory Book for Michael A. Gentile, late of the USS Nebraska (SSBN 739).

TSR editor and fellow blogger Eric Ryle has sponsored the initial year of this distinctive and fitting tribute allowing the entire Submarine Community, regardless of nationality, to pay their respects.

Please take a moment to share your final respects to the fine, young submariner.


Has the deadline for Taiwan's U.S. $11 billion weapons deal , including diesel-powered submarine just passed?

The Pentagon was expected to notify the U.S. Congress of its intention to sell the arms to Taiwan by the end of its current session last Friday. Taiwan has expressed worries that if the U.S. missed the deadline ... However, an unnamed presidential official noted in a Central News Agency report that the session of Congress had been extended to deal with the current financial crisis, and therefore the arms deal could still be approved.

Reported by Taiwan News and update to More AIP Intrigue: True Story. The U.S. State Department notified the Taiwanese media late on Friday that government departments were still reviewing the deal, and that once it was approved, Congress would be immediately notified.

Stay tuned.


Navy pumps $9M into Hamilton Sundstrand sub oxygen system deal

Hamilton Sundstrand Corp. reports it has landed a $9.2 million deal from the U.S. Navy for services related to oxygen-making systems aboard Navy submarines. Under the contract, Windsor Locks, Conn.-based Hamilton Sundstrand will support three systems related to making oxygen for submarines:
an oxygen generating plant gas management system, an electrolytic chlorine generator and a central atmospheric monitoring system. The systems are intended to be installed on SSN-21, SSN-774, SSN-688 and SSN-726 class submarines.

For older submariners, ECGs (Electrolytic Chlorine Generators) shown above, produce chlorine on demand in seawater to prevent fouling of shipboard heat exchangers. Believe it or not!



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