Monday, May 04, 2009

Mystery Question for Submariners


UPDATED May 4, 2009: The [RAN] navy can barely muster enough hands to put two of its six Collins-class boats to sea. - source

Royal Australian Navy has admitted its submarine crew retention and recruiting problem for the past 2-1/2 years, at least:
March 02, 2009 - Admirals Carefully Stepping Over the Obvious. Aussie Subs Must Revive Elite Team Spirit

March 1, 2009 - Automation Kills Submariner Spirit
January 29, 2009 - The Crikey news: The "going down club"
September 11, 2008 - Updating Submarine Retention and Recruiting in a Job That Females Now Do
September 06, 2006 - Curious: Aussie Admiral Pushes Nuclear Sub Fleet
Well, we now know that Australia's current fleet of six Collins-class submarines will be replaced by 12 longer-range Australian-manufactured subs. Also, the Australian government, which bans atomic energy in Australia, has ruled out nuclear propulsion. That is no surprise either, is it?
What will be the surprise is the answer to the current submarine Mystery Question of the Year:

Exactly how does a navy that cannot currently crew its fleet of 6 Collins class subs propose to crew twice as many new subs?
Hint: We can apparently rule out an even more automated design than the present Collins class.
The answer, which Vigilis does not as yet know, should prove fairly interesting. Standby.

Submarines are always silent and strange.



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