Clear the Bridge!
link above to hear the order to "clear the bridge" and
the sounds of the men's feet as they descend the ladder and the
roar in the background of various machinery and the sound of air
rushing out the Main Ballast Tank Vents.
There is a sonar ping
or two and then, once the sub is submerged, the order to "open
the bulkhead flappers and recirculate" meaning to open the air
conditioning ducting between compartments.
Today in 1958, USS Grayback (SSG 574) is commissioned. She is the first submarine built from the keel up with guided-missile capability to fire a Regulus II mis...sile. Grayback is converted to a transport submarine in 1968 and receives the designation amphibious transport submarine (APSS 574). #PlatformsMatter
interested, COMSUBFOR has started a blog at
http://comsubfor-usn.blogspot.com to actively and easily
engage with leaders inside and outside the Navy.
Tomorrow (Tuesday) marks the 100th anniversary of the death of
submarine inventor John P. Holland and to mark the anniversary a special
commemorative event is being planned for later this month in his native County
The Liscannor Development Committee will host a day of events
honouring the life and achievements of the local inventor on Sunday 31st August
as part of Heritage Week 2014.
The event at Liscannor Harbour will feature the unveiling of a
commemorative stone and a talk on Holland’s life, a film of his achievements,
music and songs of the sea, and a photography and children’s art exhibition.
John Philip Holland was born in Liscannor in 1841. His father,
John Holland senior patrolled the headlands of County Clare as a rider with the
British Coastguard Service. The young Holland was a teacher in Ireland until
1872 when he immigrated to the USA, where he taught in Paterson, New Jersey,
until 1879. He drew up plans of submarines and in 1881, with funds from Irish
associates, launched a small submarine called “The Fenian Ram”. He was later
awarded a contract to build a submarine for the US Navy.
In 1900, the Navy bought the Holland VI for $150,000, about half
of its design cost, and later renamed it The USS Holland. The vessel could
travel 800km on the surface of the sea and 40km submerged. One US newspaper
described it as “Uncle Sam’s Devil of the Deep”. Other countries, including
Great Britain, Japan and the Netherlands, purchased Holland’s submarine designs.
He died on 12 August 1914, just months before a German submarine sank a British
vessel at the start of World War I.
The John P. Holland Commemoration is one of 75 Heritage Week
events being coordinated by Clare County Council and The Heritage Council, with
support from the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht and Fáilte
Ireland. Among the other events taking place in Clare from August 23-31st is a a
lecture on the life of an Kilrush-born Boer War General Sir Thomas Kelly-Kenny,
a Victorian Heritage Walk around Kilkee, a tour of Lisdoonvarna’s famous
restorative waters, a tour of towerhouses around Shannon Town, and a recital of
traditional Irish tunes on the Uilleann Pipes by Matt Horsely at Ennis Friary.
The centenary of the outbreak of World War One is also being
marked with a lecture by historian Cormac O Comhrai’s on life in Ireland during
the Great War, while Killaloe will also be marking the millennial anniversary of
the death of one of its most famous citizens, Brian Ború. Meanwhile, annual
festivals such as the Tulla Week of Welcomes and the Dan Furey Weekend in
Labasheeda are holding heritage events as part of the weeklong celebration.
More Diesels... More Nukes....
The Chinese have been building
Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) Diesels for some time. Paul
Sent: 7/1/2014 7:30:27 P.M.
Pacific Daylight Time Subj: Fwd: More Diesels... More Nukes....
Is America Building the Wrong Kind of
Rich Smith, Motley Fool, June
"We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an
about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns
back soonest is the most progressive." --C.S. Lewis When it comes to military
technology -- and military naval technology in particular -- most people would
probably agree that "the future is nuclear." The most advanced aircraft carriers
in the world are American, and they're all nuclear-powered. The fastest, most
powerful submarines are nuke boats built by American defense contractors General
Dynamics (NYSE: GD ) and Huntington Ingalls (NYSE: HII ) as well. Follow the
leader The U.S. Navy currently possesses 72 active submarines -- all
nuclear-powered. Following America's example, navies from Russia to France to
England to even China and India have opted to add nuclear-powered submarines to
And why wouldn't they? Doesn't
nuclear offer "progress" over previous generations of diesel-electric powered
submarines? You'd think so. But as C.S. Lewis pointed out, sometimes to
progress, you have to admit to having made a mistake, reverse course, and get
back on the right track. More and more often these days, foreign navies are
coming to the conclusion that nuclear-powered submarines were the wrong way to
go -- and believe it or not, that diesel is actually "the future." To get ahead,
first go Down Under Take Australia for instance.
Earlier this month, Australia
signed an agreement with Japan whereby the two nations will begin working
together to develop a new class of stealth submarines -- powered by
diesel-electric engines. Using the same "air-independent propulsion" (AIP)
diesel-electric systems developed by Japan for use in its Soryu-class
submarines, Australia aims to replace its current fleet of six aging
Collins-class subs with a round dozen based on a new design.
Larger than the current
Collins-class boats, Australia's new subs will be capable of carrying everything
from cruise missiles to unmanned underwater vehicles to special operations
troops. According to DefenseNews.com, this will permit "a major regional
enhancement of Australia's capabilities" and deployment "into South China Sea
and beyond." Australia hopes to have the new boats in the water by 2030 and has
budgeted up to $33 billion for the project, which it calls "Project Sea 1000."
$33 billion? That's a lot of money Yes, it is.
Luckily for Australia, Project
Sea 1000 may end up costing only a fraction of the budgeted sum. You see, it
costs American taxpayers about $2.7 billion to have General Dynamics or
Huntington Ingalls build us a Virginia-class nuclear fast-attack submarine.
Building a dozen of them would yield a price tag of $32.4 billion -- about what
Australia had braced itself to pay. But Japan's Soryu-class subs, upon which
Australia may base its new boats, cost only $540 million apiece to produce --
just 20% the cost of a new nuke boat. At 3,000 tons displacement, the Soryus are
about half the size of a Virginia-class sub -- so pound-for-pound, Australia's
still getting a good deal.
A good deal for U.S., too? Is
this something the U.S. should try to get in on? Over at the Pentagon, this is a
question that's being asked more and more often. As budgets come under pressure,
the prospect of replacing a few of our older nuke boats with modern
diesel-electrics that cost five times less has some appeal. This is especially
true among Navy strategists who argue diesel-electric boats aren't just cheaper
When equipped with an AIP
engine, diesel-electrics can outperform their nuclear cousins in stealthy
movement, are particularly hard to detect (and kill) in shallow coastal waters
(such as you'll find off the coasts of Korea, China, and Iran for example), and
with improvements in range, can now travel silently and underwater for weeks at
a time. The upshot for investors ?? Arguments like these make a lot of sense to
Navy tacticians. They make a lot of sense for taxpayers concerned over the
burgeoning size of the U.S. defense budget -- and they should make sense for
investors as well.
America hasn't built a new
diesel-electric submarine for its fleet in 55 years -- and a lot of things can
change over a half century. Over that time, America's Nuclear Navy has become
wedded to the idea that "nuclear is better," but globally, defense market
analysts at AMI International say there's a market for about 300 new
diesel-electric submarines waiting to be built over the next 20 years -- 100 of
them in the Asian and Pacific markets alone.
At $540 million a pop, that's a
$162 billion opportunity. That's a lot of money for U.S. submakers General
Dynamics and Huntington Ingalls to be leaving on the table -- waiting to be
scooped up by companies like ThyssenKrupp, DCNS, and Mitsubishi Heavy, which do
And that's not even counting
the billions that could be earned building diesel-electrics for the U.S. Navy,
should it decide to walk back its commitment to nuclear. Once upon a time,
America was pretty good at building diesel-electric boats. For the sake of the
taxpayers, and for the sake of the shareholders of these companies, maybe we
should think about getting good at it again.
Life is simple, you’re either qualified or
From the beginning of Time, the
submariner has been known as an extraordinary specimen of human-kind. While God
created all things and everyone,
He created the Submariner to show His greatest effort in Creation.
This is the part of the creation story that was kept from the public by members
of the skimmer navy who committed it to the catalog of apocryphal texts.|
Now it has been brought into the light for all to know.