Monday, June 18, 2012

The Star Ship "Seawolf" Oolie

In submarine lingo an
oolie is a question not pertaining to one's normal duties, or one that tests system knowledge to the limit. source Oolies are part of continuing, informal cross-training techniques which keep submariners mentally alert, even after qualification. Yes, astronauts use the same technique.

Every U.S. sub has, at one time or another, been a platform for particular "proof of concept trials", and in the unlikely event that the U.S. submarine force ever discontinues such trials, which began with Turtle (see Foxfire), we can almost be assured the navy will have become outdated or ineffectual.

One of the best proof of concept trials was the circuit EY, a forerunner of the computerized voice on Star Trek's Enterprise (NCC-1701). The submarine feature was used only on one submarine, the 3rd Seawolf (but first nuclear), USS Seawolf (SSN-575). Seawolf's bitch in a box predated the (fictional) Star Trek version by 12 years, and performed very well. As with many other miniaturized electronic devices installed on subs it had been adapted from earlier aircraft use which included the CH-47 (Chinook), CH-54 (Flying crane), and AH-56 (Cheyenne) helicopters.

So why was it not used on later nuclear subs? Someday, I may share that with "anons" at TSSP and even with any Seawolf starship troopers who may still be clueless.

Submarines are always silent and strange.



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