Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Updating Stealth

Then (Oct 17, 2011)
Collins Class submarines most expensive ever to go to sea
AUSTRALIA'S troubled Collins Class submarines are more than twice as expensive to operate as US Navy nuclear submarines that are more than three times bigger. ...
And NOW  Keeping Collins afloat ludicrous: expert Rex Patrick, a former submariner, said that despite its multibillion-dollar budget and 7000-strong workforce, the DMO had been spectacularly and consistently wrong on the cost estimates it has given the government on maintaining the Collins-class fleet. Each of the six boats costs twice as much to sustain and operate as an American nuclear submarine, while falling far short in terms of either capability or availability, Mr Patrick said.

 Then (May 19, 2011) Sailor pleads guilty to attempted China spying
 ... And NOW  Robert Hoffman is charged with trying to sell secrets about U.S. submarines to the Russians.  The FBI conducted a sting operation that snagged Hoffman.

Then (October 11, 2011)
Russia's Nerpa sub to start final sea trials in October. Finality could be a definite possibility for this ill-fated vessel. ... And NOW  India claims problems with Russian-leased nuclear sub.  The submarine   exhibits debilitating problems of major equipment.

Then (Sep. 15, 2012
The U.S. Navy has moved one step closer to designing the next generation of submarine chasers: roving drone ships capable of scanning the seas for the quietest diesel subs. ... And NOW  DCNS is developing an anti-aircraft missile launched from a submarine.  Regarding the anti-aircraft missile, unveiled at the recent Euronaval Paris, he said [it] will be available in two versions: one to be launched from a system mounted on a mast, the other from a drone submarine.

Then (May 17, 2011)
Hunter, who served as a Marine in Iraq and Afghanistan, said that if the Navy wanted to recognize "the Hispanic contribution to our nation, many other names come to mind." Hunter mentioned Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta, killed in combat in Iraq and nominated for the Medal of Honor. "Peralta is one of many Hispanic war heroes -- some of whom are worthy of the same recognition," Hunter said.    ... And NOW  USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14)

Submarines are always silent and strange.


At 26 December, 2012 09:23, Blogger Ken Adams said...

At 26 December, 2012 22:01, Blogger Vigilis said...

Thank you for the pertinent info, Ken Adams.

Congress authorized funding for construction of GUIDED MISSILE DESTROYER USS RAFAEL PERALTA (DDG 115) in honor of MOH recipient 4 months later (09/26/2011). The Peralta has yet to be launched, however, with a fiscal cliff looming over defense expenditures.

Time will certainly tell if the Peralta appropriation was just a congressional CYA or a real intention.


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