posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 09:49 PM
China has upped the ante so to speak with thier announcment of the "new sub" that has been the topic of discussion in various threads. IMHO, since
Taiwan does not have a credible sub force (2 diesel/electrics, and 2 "Guppy" subs from the late 40's early 50's) should we sell them some surplus
SSN's to allow some measure of parity?
All of the Sturgeon class subs have been decommissioned. Assuming they are not all razor blades by now, why not allow Taiwan to purchase several for
homeland defence? The Short hull sturgeons were suppposed to do well in shallow/littoral waters. this is assuming that they can be refulled and made
safe etc. The benifit is that if they are captured, they are clearly 3rd gen sub technology and we would not loose alot in that scenario.
The early Loas Angles class subs may also be a canidate, although they are better suited for blue water operations. Already 11 of the non-VLS 688
have been decomissioned and could be sold for defensive purposes.