Thursday, July 08, 2010

Rear Admiral Russian Roulette, Momentary Forgetfulness, or Shooting Under the Influence

Patient readers will be rewarded with a very obscure and most remarkable coincidence relating to submarines revealed in the following write-up of M.E.'s recent research.

Kochi/New Delhi, July 7 - Tribune News Service - It was an accident, says Navy; police suspects [sic] suicide - Mystery shrouds the death of Chief of Staff of the Southern Naval Command, Rear Admiral SS Jamwal, who died today after a bullet pierced his skull. While the Navy said that the highly-accomplished officer accidentally shot himself, the police suspect suicide.

The Rear Admiral, Commodore Kumar said, had said he himself would do some firing practice and first used the Insas and later the 9 mm pistol at the INS Dronacharya's small arms firing range. Unfortunately, the pistol misfired twice. While he was inspecting the muzzle the second time to ascertain the cause of the misfiring, it suddenly went off. [If Kumar was present with the admiral why did he not bother to remind the admiral about the hazard of looking into the muzzle of a loaded gun? Had the good admiral been drinking?]
“The muzzle was pointing towards his head and during that time the gun went off accidentally,” Commodore Kumar said.

Russian roulette is a potentially deadly game of chance in which a loaded handgun aimed at one's head is fired. A U.S. study (Kentucky) concluded almost 80% of Russian roulette victims were male caucasions with an average age of 25 years, and that alcohol drinking plays a more evident role than in other suicides by shooting.[1]

Rear Admiral Satyendra Singh Jamwal was a very happy man, according to Kumar, who said, “I had never seen him in despair.”

Admiral Jamwal, a specialist in anti-submarine warfare (ASW), was an alumnus of Grechko Naval War College in the then USSR.

On promotion to Flag Rank on September 1 last year, he took over as Chief of Staff of the Southern Naval Command, which also handles all training activities of the Navy. Prior to this, he had been a Naval Attache at the Indian Embassy at Moscow, Russia.

Condolences go to Admiral Jamwal's wife, daughter and son.

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) claims that William Shockley, co-inventor of the transistor and winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics, had attempted suicide by playing a solo game of Russian roulette.[6] Curiously, during WW2, Shockley had also been a brilliant ASW specialist, having changed the way the U.S. Navy searched for German submarines and successfully improved the German sub kill-ratio.
Submarines are always silent and strange.



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