Got this off another board...When you read the following article just substitue Chinese or NK SSK [Kilos?] for the Norwegian SSK and imagine a US MEU
as the target.
Small sub overthrew big fleet
UTV??R: A single Norwegian submarine prevented Bluelands landing operation. The crew of KNM Utv??r did infact do so well that they were removed from
the exercise for 72 hours.
The mood was good on KNM Utv??r, even though they were taken out of the exercise Joint Winter for three days. They simply did too good a job and was
removed to let the landing and field operations part of the exercise begin. The commander of the boat, ??istein Helge Jensen, gave stealth the highest
prority and got so many British kills that they lost count in the end.
- I was given great freedom, the missions were as open as "monitor and raport" or "attack and sink", says Jensen, and displays a picture of the
two naval commanders in the exercise.
- It was a mind game, and I have attemped to understand how they thought. As long as the water isn't perfectly transparent then finding subs will
always be hard. In these water we always took advantage of the bottow topography, and this is one of the better exercise I have taken part as we have
done a lot though work in the littorals. It is fun to put it mildly when no one discovered us, says the Lieutenant. He describes the exercise as
intense and they lived in constant fear of discovery.
- Because we are a diesle vi have to ascend to snorkle, and I have used every opportunity to get air and radio messages. The tactic I laid out worked.
We work all the time almost at the maximal of our potential, and I think I am able to get into the head of the surface commander. A crucial condition
is that you trust the boat and the crew. It is also important to strecth the limits, for example if you are going through a narrow strait with a
warship on the surface and a bad depth, says Jensen.
Onboard KNM Utv??r during Joint Winter was also the Canadian Leuitenant James Clarke, who is attentdig the RNoN's submarine course next year.
COLLEGUES: Leuitenant James Clarke from Canada is an observer on KNM Utv??r dunring Joint Winter. Here in conversation with ops-chief Leuitenant Jim
- I have seen much I have never seen before. We have been moving more in the littorals and the navigation has been more demanding than I'm used too.
It has been a great experience and I hope I can get a CD-Rom with periscope pictures of Albion, Invincible, the destroyers and the frigates we sunk
and the bridges we have sailed under. Vi have done things that is every submarines dream, says Clarke.
The rest of the article is just about the future of subs....