Loose Lips Sink Ships
Originally posted by johnlear
Tens of thousands of Navy personnel have ridden the tubes and I haven't heard one single leak about that mode of transportation and its been what? 50
years? 40 years anyway.
Well, since I used to one of the Navy personnel in question, I guess I could take that as a compliment.
There's actually a vast wealth of highly-accurate information about submarines and their missions which is readily available on the Internet and in
published media from former submariners, researchers and the U.S. Navy itself.
Turns out the "silent service" isn't really all that silent.
That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of secrets involving submarines. There's plenty I won't talk about and I'm sure that goes for the
overhwleming majority of people who've been there. But there's always that one guy.
I'm certainly not saying the Navy can't keep a secret. Quite the contrary, in fact. As a former member in good standing, I remain impressed to this
day by the high level of organization, professionalism and discipline the U.S. Navy maintains.
But in any community word has a way of getting around (even in the community of former CIA pilots, wink wink), and a massive coverup involving
something as serious as the loss of a submarine and its crew just wouldn't stay buried for four decades.
Anyone who's ever dealt with a submarine wives' call-tree can attest to that.
Why I'm Interested
This topic interests me because I happen to know a thing or two about submarines and
I live fairly close to Walker Lake, so it's a "perfect
storm" of intrigue, if you will.
Just as I groan when I see submarines and submarine operations misrepresented in movies or media, I'm sure you do the same when you see
misrepresentations of aircraft and piloting.
So while I can only speculate about the presence of a vast network of caverns beneath Nevada, I can speak with a great deal of confidence about
matters involving nuclear submarines, their operations and capabilities.
That doesn't mean I think I know everything there is to know about submarines, the Navy, secret naval projects or underground caverns/bases.
But I do know what I know, and the Navy spent an ungodly amount of money to make sure I know it, so when I see something that is contrary to what I
know, I'm not ashamed to say it.