Thursday, February 26, 2009

Russian Admirals Become Three Stooges on Submarine

You may have recently seen the news Russian admirals suspected of weapons smuggling.

Russia's chief military prosecutor has been reported by the Interfax news agency as saying the investigation would focus on a group suspected of smuggling 30 anti-submarine missiles and 200 aerials bombs to the central Asian republic of Tajikistan.

Tajikistan, however, is a very landlocked country. What were the admirals really about, in that case? In their 1939 16-minute short, the Three Little Sew and Sews, the Stooges are tailors in the Navy who are ensnared by a femme fatale who asks them about submarines. The Stooges eventually board the spy sub, capture the spies and take control. Hillarious special effects ensue.

This does not bode well for the Russian admirals, does it? Will Putin or Ígor Digalo play Shemp?

It seems Tajikistan is a convenient way station to China, which owns the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

China has been a top customer for Russian weapons since the 1990s. But Russian authorities have also nabbed some military officers and civilians who they accuse of smuggling weapons and sensitive technologies into China. source .

The Stooges short linked above probably has the first ever photo of a submarine surfacing bow high out of the sea. While it was not a real sub, we have all seen the feat duplicated (almost, that is).

Submarines are always silent and strange.



At 26 February, 2009 23:01, Blogger Tom Goering said...

Scary that the controls are not in place to prevent this sort of thing - doubt they got caught on the first try.

Not only that we are talking about Admirals - if you top leadership isn't loyal...

Not good.


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