Wednesday, July 12, 2017

ANSWERS July 4th Submarine Questions of the Week

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

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


1 - Identify the submarine officer who made the statements quoted above.  ANSCDR Timothy P. Reidy Jr - OSU’s submariner: Navy ROTC officer recalls life under the sea

2 - Deduce the US submarine (name and hull number) to which quote 2 (above) likely relates.
 
ANS: Possibly on a 25-day trip got extended to 82 days. on board the USS Louisville (SSN-724), a Los Angeles-class submarine.  As to food containers stored on deck plates with boards placed on top of them, meaning everyone had to deal with the lowered  clearance, note thatCDR Reidy stands 6' 3" tall.

 
3 - Identify the bygone submarine era depicted below (photo shown in original posting linked at top was from the "Theatre review"
ANS: Submarine Time Machine  - "Along the banks of the Forth & Clyde Canal, near the National Theatre of Scotland’s new home, something is stirring. There’s an old puffer costumed up like a home-made submarine; there are strange figures in period or science-fiction dress popping up and down on the towpath."

Submarines are always silent and strange.

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Sunday, July 09, 2017

Something is Unsettling

BACKGROUND

Le Terrible is a Triomphant-class strategic nuclear submarine of the French Navy. The SSBN was launched in 2008.

On 27 January 2010, the submerged Le Terrible launched an 
M51 SLBM missile from  Audierne Bay. The missile reached its target 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) off North Carolina; the 4,500-kilometre (2,800 mi) flight took about 20 minutes.

Le Terrible's Armament includes 16 Nuclear M51 SLBM missiles.

WHERE IS the GREATER GRAVITAS ? 


WHAT SEEMS TOO SIMILAR ? ...
 

Submarines are always silent and strange.

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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Submarine Quotes of Month (June) & July 4th Questions of the Week

Submarine Quotes of the Month (June 2017)

(1)
“The hallmark of being a submariner is being able to get along." 

(2)
“[F]or those trips, food containers were stored on the deck with boards placed on top of them, meaning everyone had to deal with the low clearance." 

July 4th Questions of the Week

1 - Identify the submarine officer who made the statements quoted above.

2 - Deduce the US submarine (name and hull number) to which quote 2 (above) likely relates.

3 - Identify the bygone submarine era depicted below:


Answers: 11 JUL 2017.

Submarines are always silent and strange.

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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Submarine Quote of the Day

Background: The 117 year-old rivalry between U.S. Navy surface and submarine naval officers, in fact,  exists globally.

The Quotation

"[Submarines]... the dream weapon of every naval officer.” - May 4, 2017, Adm. Suriya Pornsuriya (RTN, Ret.),  Former commander of the Royal Thai Navy's latest submarine division, which didn’t have a single submarine.

Submarines are always silent and strange.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kim Jong-Un v. Trump: The Dynamics and Statics

BACKGROUND DRAMA

Recent media drama centered around North Korea's mandatory celebration of its founding leader's 105th birthday with the ususl parade of military armanents and expectation of yet another nuclear test and/or missile launch.  The drama was conveniently described as a clash between two hardliners, Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.  Kim even threatened nuclear devastation to South Korea, Japan and the U.S. mainland.  The media covered their entire week-long, fake news drama.

REALITY #1:   Would Vice President Pence visit the DMZ amid the hazardous strife portrayed by the news media? No, he conducted routine policy visits with our allies.

REALITY #2     "Why Did Trump's 'Armada' Sail in the Opposite Direction?" 

As a distraction? No.  To avoid provoking Kim to attack? Yes.

Are Kim's threats hollow? No.  Are Trump's warnings to Kim bluffs? Right now, who knows?

Will trump succeed in de-nuclearizing North Korea?  Yes.  How? The stage has now been set for a coup d'etat in North Korea after Kim loses major face with his military.  When will that happen?  As failures in his ballistic launch capabilities proliferate, which will only be quickened by his promise of frequent tests and launches.  No fortune tellers here, that is all on Kim. 

Kim's military recently boasted it can devestate the U.S. in its own way.  NK's populace are familiar with the boast. Should it prove hollow, Kim would be humiliated and high-ranking military officers will be capriciously executed.  Some already are not completely loyal to Kim and are ready to support a leader who does not import luxuries for his personal consumption as so many countrymen starve.  Some are also undercover spotters for South Korea, keeping regular tabs on movements of high-ranking officials. A very few of them are highly ambitious in their own right and have been awaiting a better opportunity to form a new government with help from mainland _ _ _ _ _.  

Kim Jong-un is the last in his dynasty. Wait and see things unfold against his regime.

Be patient, remember that executions in North Korea do not filter through global news without time for the North Korea public to thoroughly digest the internal cover stories that will result.   

We envision the loss of another North Korean submarine sometime sooner.

Submarines are always silent and strange. 

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Desperate Kim Jong-un's Truly Darkest Fear

Background

Saddam Hussein (age 69 ) despite his wish to be shot with more dignity was executed by hanging December 30, 2006.  His hanging took place at Camp Justice ( aka Camp Al-Adala ) a joint Iraqi-American military base in Baghdad. The execution was captured on mobile phone video and circulated worldwide via the internet. 

Just under 5 years later, Kim was officially declared supreme leader of North Korea  on 28 December 2011.  Though Kim Jong Un's age is unverified he is believed to have been the youngest modern-world head of state when he took power. 

  "A criminal? True. A killer? True. A butcher? True. 

... He committed countless crimes, and he deserved to be hanged a thousand times, live again, and be hanged again." - Dr. Mowaffak al-RubaieMember of the Iraqi Governing Council appointed National Security Advisor by the Coalition Provisional Authority; Man who oversaw Saddam Hussein's hanging.

What has always made Kim Jong-un a dangerous leader are his family's dynastic protocols for securing absolute power by ruling with an iron hand: Demonstrate authority by compassionless executions of both low ranking citizens and high ranking officials (including relatives);  Maintain militaristic fervor by provoking formidable antagonists.

If anything, young Kim Jong-un has been overbearing in performance of his family's protocols.  And finally, he is confronted by a coalition of formidable adversaries.

Now, Kim's back is literally hrown against a wall.  If he succumbs to external pressure, he looks weak to his populace, inviting inevitable disloyalty and competition for the leadership of North Korea.  Moreover, his family protocols will become transparently ineffective for future use.   If  he tests more ballistic weaponry or attacks a U.S. protected adversary he tempts the same undignified fate as the late Sadaam dynasty

His options are severely limited and his ultimate choice would be very interesting, if an internal coup does not first take place in North Korea.  The coup in store is known outside the DPRK as the 'Cock a doodle coup'.

Discounting a 'Cock a doodle coup' Kim's desperate choices are limited to silly options, including:  

VERY UNLIKELY  |           |           |          |           |   VERY  LIKELY

  1. Execute troublemakers, without inciting political wrath and opposition
  2. Disappear for a while (e.g. for medical treatment ) 
  3. Have DPRK submarine sink with all hands. (deflects news angle) 
  4. Sink a cruise ship or oil tanker and claim adversary did it.  
  5. Provoke a new, non-U.S.-protected adversary.  Who?  
 Submarines are always silent and strange.
 

 

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Faithful Readers Expected this "Cock a doodle coup" Play

Background

From Molten Eagle over a year ago .....  February 11, 2016

and Today April 11, 2017 ... "US Navy carrier strike group sets its sights on North Korea"

"That warship, the USS Carl Vinson, is the flagship of the Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 1, and often called "America's Favorite Aircraft Carrier." The strike group, established in 2009, includes the ship’s Carrier Air Wing 2, and embarked Destroyer Squadron 1 deployed with Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain, as well as Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy and USS Wayne E. Meyer."  FoxNews

Now we would all like to know which SSNs are screening  for the Strike Group, which SSBN is patrolling the box, and which SSGN is already loitering undetected off the littorals.

Submarines are always silent and strange. So very few will ever have most of such answers!

But what can be told is that despite his boastful claims young Kim Jong-un is suddenly very, very worried about the loyalty of his military leaders and body guardsThe ideal goal of our U.S. strategy has been named "Cock a doodle coup" in deference to the tentative leadership of a certain cocky leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Kim Jong-un is trapped by his own paranoia. Heeding the advice of his predecessors, he is desperate to reinforce his rule by executing an allegedly disloyal military officer of high rank.  Advice about threatening the U.S. will no longer avail.  And an actual attack against Japan, Guam, South Korea, or the Strike Force is likely not only to end his family dynasty, but his life as well.  What would you do?  Expect another nuclear "test".

 

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