posted on May, 1 2010 @ 07:17 AM
reply to post by Retseh
The Virginia class is a scaled down Sea Wolf, and the Sea Wolf itself doesn't particularly bowl me over in terms of being a next generation
design, but then I haven't exactly been given a guided tour.
Pretty much on the money here Retseh. In the trades the Sea Wolf's are called Pier Wolf's. I'll leave that to your understanding.
Our submarines still do not possess a truly long range anti submarine weapon, a flaw in my opinion.
If I am reading things right..they don't need it. That will have to suffice for now.
In the submarine field, and this is just a personal opinion of course, only some of the Russian designs and the German Type 212 truly
I saw some of the videos on the U 212. I am not real impressed. I also saw some photos of a typhoon boat tied up to a pier. One of those Russian sites
of photos taken all over Russia. Was not very impressed with this as well. Also not terribly impressed with their new boomer. Does it not have two
screws?? Was looking at Google earth up in the fiords at Polyarny and also the other side of Russia at Vladivostok. Interesting views..even from
The Fiords at Polyarny and Murmansk appear to be very naturally deep fiords.
I can see where it would be very tempting to see if one can sneak a boat in there to take photos through a periscope ..at night. But that is just the
stuff of legends...right!!!??
Saw the Indian Navy submarines out of the water on a barge in the Harbor at Mumbai. I did not know that was how they made their repairs. Sort of a
crude floating drydock. Kilo class boats I think.
The Australian Navy has their boats tied up to piers on an island connected by a causeway outside of Perth. While I dont believe most of the photos on
Google Earth are recent it is interesting to see. The weapons loading pier is way on the other side of the island and has their own pier... from where
the rest of the boats are tied up.
Interesting what you can see from Google Earth.
The British certainly have ability, but their stagnant development process renders them permanently playing catch up in every field.
I tend to agree with this but from what I see our economy is slated to go into the same direction..by design. We have lousy politicians on every
side...the Brits even more so. They are going to have a hell of a time getting those carriers out to sea. However...I think we are going to be in the
same boat with the Gerald Ford Class of ships. I also thinks someone will drastically cut the numbers of these being built.
One of these days you and I really need to discuss what happened to the USS Scorpion - perhaps the second greatest underwater conspiracy
theory in history.
I think the Scorpion was sunk by a Russian Torpedo..not one of ours.... a runaway as the news would have us believe. It was a tit for tat..based on
some Soviet projects or maneuvers with which we had been interfering in trying out some new equipment.
There was a two page ad taken out in the local paper here many years ago on the loss of the Scorpion. A full two pages on it...paid for by the Navy.
Do you know how much a full two pages costs in a large metropolitan newspaper??? I read the two pages over several times....then I sat back and looked
at it from afar...laying on the floor. That was when the thought came to me that this was the official company line. It was what most of us were
supposed to believe.
Now ..you dont have to buy into this ..it is just what I believe.
I believe something was covered up here..something more important than the loss of the Scorpion and all her crew.