posted on May, 11 2004 @ 06:07 PM
OSLO, Norway (AP) -- A missing unmanned submarine that eluded the U.S. Navy for a week was found Tuesday by a man strolling along a beach in western
The 3.5 meter (11-foot) mini-sub, or Battlespace Preparation Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, disappeared April 29 during tests off the port of
Kristiansand in southern Norway.
"On Monday, the crew of its mother ship, the minesweeper USS Swift, said that they considered it lost for good," said Cmdr. Thom Knustad, a
spokesman for the Norwegian joint command.
The submarine is not remote controlled, but preprogramed before its launch to search for mines and, if necessary, destroy them.
However, it never surfaced, leading the Swift to break off its participation in a military exercise and spend a week searching for it.
The mini-sub turned up about 200 kilometers (125 miles) to the north.
A man going for walk along the coast near Stavanger, on Norway's west coast, spotted a small, torpedo-like object marked "Department of Navy"
grounded just off the beach and called the police.
This struck me as funny so I thought I would share with you guys. Do you think the Navy should be embarrased about this ?