Tuesday, November 17, 2015

ANSWERS: Submarine Q.O.T.W. (13 NOV 2015)


Related information, photo(s) and links for questions are found in the original posting.

Submarine Questions of the Week with ANSWERS 

Question 1 -  Three reasons SecNav Mabus, probably really chose Sheryl Sandberg to christen USS Massachusetts (SSN-798).  ANS:  1- To offset recruitment woes after USS Wyoming's (SSBN-742) "Hard to Prevent" shower video incident;  2- To underscore feminization of Navy in opposition traditional Alpha male values;  3 - Since Mabus is a political appointee, to parallel likely Democrat nominee's divisive campaign rhetoric ("Clinton To Make Gender Issues Key to Presidential Bid").  
Let's not forget that volunteers of many races have been the backbone of the U.S. Submarine Force for over 100 years.  But who volunteered for the serious sacrifices of the last century's submarines in times of war and untested hazards?  
ANSWER: By and large, the white men you discredit Ms Sandberg!  (see Sheryl Sandberg's quote in answer to Question 2, below) 
NEW QUESTION:  Why does Sheryl Sandberg go out of her way to insult "white men"?
ANSWER: Perhaps because she cannot be one! 

Question 2 - CNN anchor asks Can an alpha male "lean in"?  Can a man who serves our country, in perhaps the most muscular of professions, accept -- without bias -- the woman fighting beside him? What Does Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” Really Mean?  ANS:
"Women and minorities face barriers white men don't face..."We systematically overestimate men and underestimate women," Sheryl Sandberg told cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs Gazette | Nov 08, 2015 | by Tom Roeder. 

Question 3 -  What was the original name of a class of 14 submarines that  would include: USS Thresher (SSN-593), USS Pollack (SSN- 603 ), USS Haddo (SSN- 604 ), USS Jack (SSN-605), and USS Greenling (SSN- 614)?  ANS: Originally the Thresher class. Contrary (in Texas) was correct.

Question 4 -  What important number (approximate) is important for and applies to all submariners, qualified or not?  ANS: 44.5 (
1069 psi / 2400 ft  =  44.5417 psi /100 ft )  EXAMPLE When USS Thresher (SSN-593) reached about 2,400 feet of depth its hull imploded. Ocean pressure at that depth was 1,069 pounds per square inch.  In less than a 10th of a second seawater and steel hit Thresher's crew with an estimated velocity of 2,600 mph.  

Question 5 -  Is there an easy way to recall the answer to Question 4?  ANS: Yes, simply add average tire pressure (30 psig) to atmospheric pressure at sea level (
about 14.7). 30 + 14.7 = 44.7 (a close approximation to 44.5 psi).

Question 6 - The Kremlin recently claimed secret plans for a Russian long-range nuclear torpedo - called "Status-6" - should not have appeared on Russian TV news.  Were amy secret technical details actually revealed to TV cameras?  ANS:  Absolutely not; the details dated from the 1980s.

Question 7 -  The background to this Russian staged event suggests likely reason for the claim of a news leak.  Was it intentional or accidental?  ANS: Likely intentional drama to draw more than usual humdrum for the excruciatingly slow advances in Russia's submarine navy. "This is no secret for the US, whose military is also working in the area of robotic submersibles for hunting and destroying submarines." - Viktor Murakhovsky, reserve colonel, editor of Arsenal of the Fatherland magazine.

Submarines are always silent and strange.  

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