Tuesday, August 22, 2017

ANSWERS to Submarine QOTW 15 AUG 17

Related information and links for questions are from the original posting found here.
Note: Answers were due yesterday and are here a day late.

Questions of the Week (Q.O.T.W.) & ANSWERS

- 1  -  What had been former blogger Bubblehead's most familiar blog sign off phrase?
ANS: "Going deep" (example)

- 2 -  What open source feature of USS Topeka almost puts it in a class of its own?  ANS: Topeka and USS Albany are unique among all other Los Angeles class subs as their hulls were partially manufactured using stronger HY-100, instead of HY-80 steel.

- 3 -  What was the rationale for partial use of HY-100 in Topeka and Albany?  ANS: This was done to test construction methods using this steel, which would later be employed in the assembly of the new Seawolf-class submarines. In theory, this might enable the Albany and Topeka to dive slightly deeper than other LA class subs, though it remains unclear if this ability has ever been tested by either vessel. [2]

- 4 -  What open source feature of USS Connecticut  puts it in a very small class of its own?  ANS: USS Connecticut is one of only 3 Seawolf-class subs.

- 5 -  What open source feature of USS Jimmy Carter puts it in a class of its own?  ANS: Jimmy Carter has additional maneuvering devices fitted fore and aft allowing her to keep station over selected targets in odd currents.  Past submarines outfitted this way were used to tap undersea cables intercepting communications of foreign countries. Intelligence experts speculate that the Multi-Mission Platform (MMP), which allows launch and recovery of ROVs and Navy SEAL forces, may find uses similar to an underwater splicing chamber for optical fiber cables. [7][8][9][10]

- 6 -  Which of the above subs are homeported in Norfolk, Va?  ANS: None of them. 

- 7 -  Which of the above subs are homeported in Apra Hrabor?  ANS: Only USS Topeka was recently homeported to Guam.

- 8 -  What has been the evident root of the quotation above, and where can it still be seen?  ANS:
"They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep." -- Psalms 107:23-24  KJV

Submarines are always silent and strange.

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