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  • Someone Left a Hatch Open and Crippled India’s $2.9 Billion Submarine

    01/09/2018 7:34:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 67 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | January 8, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    ndia’s first ballistic missile submarine was out of commission for ten months after someone neglected to properly close a hatch. The nuclear-powered submarine INS Arihant was flooded with saltwater, necessitating nearly a year’s worth of repairs. The submarine is designed to function as a floating arsenal of nuclear weapons, guaranteeing a retaliatory strike in case of surprise attack.
  • Missing WW1 submarine AE1 found with underwater camera

    12/20/2017 5:17:13 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies
    The Australian ^ | 21st December 2017 | Stephen Fitzpatrick
    A bold bid to locate the wreck of Australia’s first submarine has been successful, with the final resting place of 35 World War One servicemen off Papua New Guinea captured on underwater camera. The fate of AE1 has long been a mystery, with a three-day search after it disappeared on patrol in waters between New Ireland and New Britain on September 14, 1914, just seven months into service, proving fruitless. It can now be revealed the boat suffered a catastrophic failure, probably during a practice dive, and struck a hard rocky bottom southeast of the Duke of York islands group....
  • Germany Does Not Have One Working Submarine

    12/18/2017 7:52:21 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 55 replies
    Scout Warrior ^ | 17 Dec, 2017 | Sebastien Roblin
    A submarine at the German shipyard Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH in Kiel. (Photo: Reuters/Fabian Bimmer, 247Sports) On October 15, the submarine U-35 was performing a diving maneuver off the Norwegian coast when one of the four fins on its X-shaped rudder struck a rock. The damage was severe enough it needed to be escorted back to Kiel by the testing ship Helmsand. The fifty-six-meter-long submarine would have to miss an international exercise in the Skagerrak Strait, scheduled for December. Underwater collisions are a hazard of submarine operations. Both U.S. and Royal Navy nuclear-powered submarines have run aground in recent years. Repairs...
  • A peek into India's top secret and costliest defence project, nuclear submarines

    12/11/2017 9:28:34 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    India Today ^ | December 7, 2017 | Sandeep Unnithan
    India's top secret nuclear submarine project reached another decadal milestone last month with the launch of a second ballistic missile submarine, the Arighat . On November 19, Union defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman cracked the auspicious coconut on the fin of the submarine in the drydock of the Ship Building Centre (SBC) in Visakhapatnam in a low-key ceremony. Following this, the SBC's drydock was flooded and the submarine quietly floated out. It will be at least another three years before the navy commissions the Arighat. The event skipped the high-profile public ceremony of the Arihant's launch in 2009 even as the...
  • Missing submarine: Argentine navy ends rescue mission

    12/01/2017 2:22:00 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    cnn ^ | December 1, 2017 | Radina Gigova, Steve Almasy and Jason Hanna,
    The Argentine Navy has called off rescue efforts to find 44 crew members aboard a missing submarine, effectively acknowledging that there's no hope they'll be found alive. The ARA San Juan disappeared a few hundred kilometers off Argentina's coast on November 15, and despite an extensive air and sea search no sign of the sub has been found. Balbi wouldn't speculate on the fate of the crew, but said the search for the missing sub will continue until it's found. "Despite the magnitude and efforts made it has not been possible to locate the submarine. Information was received from two...
  • Water entered missing Argentine sub's snorkel, causing short circuit

    11/28/2017 3:23:24 AM PST · by Lower Deck · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/28/17 | Hugh Bronstein
    Water entered the snorkel of the Argentine submarine ARA San Juan, causing its battery to short-circuit before it went missing on Nov. 15, a navy spokesman said on Monday as hope dwindled among some families of the 44-member crew. The San Juan had only a seven-day oxygen supply when it lost contact, and a sudden noise was detected that the navy says could have been the implosion of the vessel. Ships with rescue equipment from countries including the United States and Russia were nonetheless rushing to join the search. Before its disappearance, the submarine had been ordered back to its...
  • Russian government owned news agency claims a British mine caused the sinking of the ARA San Juan

    11/27/2017 3:57:29 AM PST · by Lower Deck · 12 replies ^ | 11/27/17 | George Allison
    putnik has claimed that the sinking of Argentine submarine ARA San Juan was caused by a British deep-sea mine deployed during the Falklands War. The problem? Britain didn’t lay any mines. Sputnik News is a successor to Russian state-owned RIA Novosti’s international branch which became defunct in 2013. The agency is wholly owned and operated by the Russian Government. The article, which can be found here, suggests that the explosive event registered in the area of ​​operations of the Argentine submarine ARA San Juan was caused by a deep-sea mine “installed at the time of the Falklands War in 1982.”...
  • Argentina submarine search: Sound detected is 'consistent with explosion'

    11/23/2017 6:56:04 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Sky News ^ | November 23, 2017
    A sound detected in the hunt for a missing submarine is "consistent with a non-nuclear explosion", Argentina has said. The ARA San Juan has been missing in the South Atlantic since the middle of November and dozens of planes and boats have been involved in search. Some 44 people are on board and the operation has entered a "critical phase" because the crew's oxygen supply could be running low. Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said relatives of the crew members have been told about the development and the search will continue until the fate of the crew is known. He described...
  • Missing Argentine submarine 'is located by US Navy and a new sonar signal heard' as rescuers race

    11/22/2017 6:57:42 AM PST · by Zakeet · 88 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | November 22, 2017 | Sara Malm
    Complete Headline: Missing Argentine submarine 'is located by US Navy and a new sonar signal heard' as rescuers race to the spot with oxygen due to run out imminently Search for missing Argentine submarine intensifies as the crew said to run out of oxygen today US Navy aircraft reportedly detected a 'heat stain from a metallic object' at a depth of about 230ft Separately, a rescue vessel allegedly reported hearing an infrasound sonar signal late Tuesday night Sub with 44 crew went missing last Wednesday while sailing from Ushuaia to naval base in Mar del Plata They sailed on Monday,...
  • NK Submarine Missile Program Moves Ahead, Missile Ejection Testing (Satellite Imagery)

    11/21/2017 3:29:01 PM PST · by gaijin · 3 replies
    38 North (SAIS) ^ | Nov. 16th, 2017 | Joseph S. Bermudez
    Commercial satellite imagery of the Sinpo South Shipyard from November 5 indicates that North Korea is on an aggressive schedule to build and deploy its first operational ballistic missile submarine. The continued movement of parts and components into and out of the parts yards adjacent to the construction halls indicates an ongoing shipbuilding program. The presence of what appear to be sections of a submarine’s pressure hull in the yards suggests construction of a new submarine, possibly the SINPO-C ballistic missile submarine (SSB)[1]—the follow-on to the current SINPO-class experimental ballistic missile submarine (SSBA).[2] A probable launch canister support, or launch...
  • Argentinian navy detects noises that could be from missing sub

    11/20/2017 9:11:04 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 56 replies
    cnn ^ | 11/20/2017
    A US Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft, also known as a submarine hunter, is now assisting in the search area. The official said that the waters of the Atlantic Ocean where the sounds originated are extremely deep. The official stressed that search efforts thus far have yet to locate the submarine. The Argentinian military has been working with a US company that specializes in satellite communication to determine the location of the submarine. The ARA San Juan submarine and its 44 crew members were traveling from a base in southern Argentina's Tierra del Fuego archipelago to their home port in Mar...
  • Argentina unsure if signals came from lost submarine

    11/19/2017 5:46:04 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Argentina's Navy could not confirm Sunday if seven brief satellite calls received a day prior were from a lost submarine with 44 crew members onboard. ... Navy has intensified its aerial search off the country's southern Atlantic coast after adverse weather conditions spurred waves up to 26 feet and made a maritime search difficult. ... Enrique Balbi said the low-frequency satellite signals received Saturday lasted a "few seconds," but had not connected with a base, partly due to inclement weather. The communication attempts were originally thought to indicate that the crew was trying to re-establish contact. On Sunday, search units...
  • D&S 2017: Chinese floats whole submarine family for export

    11/07/2017 8:20:13 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    SHEPHARD ^ | 6th November 2017 | Gordon Arthur
    Chinese companies were out in force at Defense & Security 2017 in Bangkok, including the China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Company (CSOC). Most prominent on its stand was a new family of submarines displacing 1,100t, 600t and 200t. Scale models of these submarines were displayed alongside a model of the 2,550t S26T (pictured above) currently being built for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) under a $385 million order lodged in May. Perhaps the most interesting aspect was a video indicating countries currently interested in procuring Chinese submarines. In addition to Bangladesh and Pakistan that have already ordered Chinese platforms, those...
  • South Korea 'in talks to buy nuclear submarine' from US: Reports

    11/07/2017 8:07:42 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    AFP ^ | 07th November 2017
    SEOUL: South Korea is negotiating with the United States to buy nuclear-powered submarines to guard against threats from Pyongyang, local reports said Tuesday, as President Donald Trump said Seoul would buy "billions of dollars" of US weapons. Nuclear-powered submarines can stay submerged for months, giving them a far greater range than their diesel-powered counterparts, and are also crucial to any seaborne nuclear deterrent. Such a purchase would redraw the balance of power in northeast Asia, and could trigger a regional arms race. Japan -- another US ally -- does not have nuclear-powered submarines, and is barred from having a military...
  • Once Formidable, Taiwan’s Military Now Overshadowed by China’s

    11/05/2017 9:38:56 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | NOV. 4, 2017 | STEVEN LEE MYERS and CHRIS HORTON
    ZUOYING NAVAL BASE, Taiwan — The Hai Pao, one of Taiwan’s four navy submarines, began its service as the Tusk, an American vessel launched in August 1945 at the end of World War II. Its sister submarine, the Hai Shih, is a year older. Neither can fire torpedoes today, though they can still lay mines. The submarines, said Feng Shih-kuan, Taiwan’s minister of national defense, “belong in a museum.” The Hai Pao — with its paint-encrusted pipes, antiquated engines and a brass dial with a needle to measure speed in knots — will instead remain in service past its 80th...
  • 15 Subs Kept Out of Service: 177 Months Of Drydock Backups

    11/01/2017 3:36:57 PM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 16 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | 10-31-2017 | Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.
    WASHINGTON: A massive maintenance backlog has idled 15 nuclear-powered attack submarines for a total of 177 months, and the Navy’s plan to mitigate the problem is jeopardized by budget gridlock, two House Armed Services Committee staffers told Breaking Defense. That is almost 15 submarine-years, the equivalent of taking a boat from the 2018 budget and not adding it back until 2033. While only Congress can pass a budget and lift caps on spending, the staffers said, part of the solution is in the Navy’s hands: outsource more work to private-sector shipyards, something the Navy does not like to do. As...
  • HMS Sex and Cocaine: Navy kicks nine sailors off nuclear submarine (TR)

    10/28/2017 5:29:14 AM PDT · by DFG · 34 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10/27/2017 | Larisa Brown
    Nine British servicemen have been thrown off a nuclear submarine at the centre of a sex probe, after testing positive for cocaine while on duty. In one of the worst scandals to hit the Navy, the crew from HMS Vigilant – which carries the Trident nuclear deterrent – were sent home and kicked out of the service after the class A drug was found in their blood. They are alleged to have had drug-fuelled parties while the submarine was docked in the US to pick up nuclear warheads. One man is said to have had sex with a prostitute in...
  • Chinese admiral divulges plans for new mid-sized nuke attack sub, next-gen destroyers

    10/26/2017 9:05:20 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Asia Times ^ | OCTOBER 27, 2017 | ASIA UNHEDGED
    Future modernization plans for China’s Navy have been disclosed in unprecedented detail in a lecture by a former Chinese rear admiral, according to an analysis by the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC). The Washington DC-based think tank says retired Rear Admiral Zhao Dengping of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) revealed key programs such as a new medium-size nuclear attack submarine; a small nuclear auxiliary engine for conventional submarines; ship-based use of anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBMs); next-generation destroyer capabilities; and goals for PLAN Air Force modernization. Author Richard D. Fisher, Jr. said collections of PowerPoint slides from Zhao’s lecture...
  • Building the Ayatollah’s Submarines (Mini-subs and other diesel hunter-killers show Iran's focus..)

    10/26/2017 7:18:58 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    The National Interest ^ | October 26, 2017 | Sebastien Roblin
    The Iranian military has long planned for a defensive naval war in the Persian Gulf, in which it would leverage its large fleet of fast attack boats toting anti-ship missiles to launch swarming hit-and-run attacks on adversaries in along Persian Gulf, with the ultimate goal of shutting down passage through the Straits of Hormuz. Supporting this naval guerrilla-warfare strategy are 21 indigenously produced Ghadir-class mini submarines, derived from the North Korean Yono class. The 120-ton vessels can poke around at 11 knots and each carry two 533-millimeter torpedoes. All in all, shallow littoral waters are very favorable for mini-submarine operations,...
  • Germany's entire submarine fleet is now out of action

    10/20/2017 8:46:39 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/21/2017
    BERLIN (AP) — All of Germany's six submarines are out of action, and the country's defense minister isn't happy about it. The Kieler Nachrichten newspaper reports that four U-boats are being serviced in boatyards while two others are waiting for a berth. Asked how Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen views the temporary loss of the underwater fleet, her spokesman said Friday that "this is obviously not a good situation." Jens Flosdorff told reporters in Berlin that "we would hope the mission readiness was higher, but sometimes with technology the devil is in the detail."