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2-22-2012 Gearing Up for 2012 Fireworks Sale Base Fireworks Sale Manager Mike Sullivan suggests that we join the TNT club to help the base make the most out of our  hard work, selling fireworks.  No matter whether you work the sale or buy fireworks, or not participate, you can still help.  Join the TNT Club on-line.  Besides their literature you will be sent a $10 discount certificate by snail mail and also one by e-mail for purchases totaling over $50.  If you do not use them, turn both of them over to Mike and he will ensure that those credits are made to people that are buying at the fireworks stand, and it will not effect our bottom line, but will be used to encourage buyers to purchase over the $50 mark.  Go to and sign up.  The fireworks sale is our primary money maker that supports base functions and our charitable donations, like scholarships. Help Please!

Updated 2-22-2012 Tiny Goes On Eternal Patrol  Life member Thomas H. "Tiny" Bryson, MMCM(SS), Age 69, went on eternal patrol on Friday, 17 Feb 2012. TinyClick for Dennis career video! qualified in Andrew Jackson, also served on Skate, Tunny and Haddo (COB).  A memorial service was held at FRA #29 on Saturday, Feb 25th at 2PM.

Updated 2-22-2012 MARDI GRAS NITE: The February meeting celebrated Fat Tuesday with a New Orleans style feed. Dave Niemy led the feed with a couple other members also bringing in the Cajun delicacies.  The meeting led off with routine opening ceremonies and introductions. Treasurer Dennis Nardone, former Senior Chief Photographer, qualified in submarines, and retired CWO4 gave short form of his Navy career that can be seen here.  Our new leadership team led by Cdr Jim DeMott carried out a very efficient business meeting and we were done up by 2015.

2-20-2012 New Gertrude Check Web Site Under Construction Its about time! Way last year I queried a few of my shipmates about changing the format/design of the site.  After showing them an incomplete sample I got pros & cons which were about evenly divided.  Not really much response so I put it on hold until early this year, and decided to go ahead with a design for a "new" format following the lead of on-line newspapers, which are updated when new or updated "tales" are reported. So I give all a chance to offer "constructive" criticism which I love.  Corrections to my errors/mistakes do not offend me for I do not have a proof reader, except for a couple guys that do when reading it, which I appreciate.

It is hard to make a website that works with all computer screen pixel formats, browsers etc.  So I try to shoot for the middle. As the world of the internet changes, and the computers seem to be settling out to notebook size (ultra thin) for everyday use with no installed disk drive and smaller hard drives, so do the website designers to compensate for those changes.  So onward and upward, I hope.

I have created a new format for the "Home" page, The Officers' page, and Boosters page.  Please feel free to comment./ Red at

2-15-2012  Subvet News

Date: 2/14/2012
To: Distribution List


Submitted by: James A Fox on 2/9/2012

For the past ten years a post-cold war submarine has been selected for induction into the Submarine ‘Hall of Fame’ at the Submarine Learning Facility on Naval Station Norfolk. Previously recognized submarines include USS NAUTILUS (SSN 571), USS ALBACORE (SS 569), USS GROWLER (SS 577) and USS TRITON (SSGN 586).

This year USS BATFISH (SSN 681) will be recognized for her contribution to the end of the cold war. In 1978 BATFISH trailed a Soviet ballistic missile submarine for 50 days, undetected. This top secret mission, code named Operation Evening Star, was declassified for the submarine centennial in 2000 and was the subject of a Smithsonian magazine article and included in the exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.

Former BATFISH crewmembers – from this mission as well as prior and later – are invited to attend the SubVets memorial on 24 May at the Submarine Learning Center during which BATFISH will be recognized and inducted into the Submarine ‘Hall of Fame.’

Contact STSCS(SS) Robert Blythe at (757) 445-7894 or by e-mail at for additional details and base access.

NEWS-02: Your 2012 Meritorious Award Nominations requested
Submitted by: Office on 2/13/2012
This Award is presented to the Member or Base that most exemplifies the Motto, "Pride Runs Deep," who, by the efforts and involvement of a Member or Base, participates in local veterans affairs, parades, school activities, and presentations to Civic, legislative, Veterans, patriotic and other organizations, which promote the concept of Honor, Duty, Pride, and shows the history and lore of the US Navy Submarine Force to the general public and community at large.

Some examples may be Library displays, Community Bulletin Boards, Schools, and items that appear in print and/or electronic media, Press Releases, Public/Community Service Announcements, etc,

This Award may be presented to a Base, Group, or an individual member of USSVI.

A Nomination may be made by any Member and submitted to the Awards Chairman John Stanford at

NEWS-03: Your 2012 Joe Negri Shipmate of the Year Nominations Requested
Submitted by: Office on 2/13/2012
The "Joe Negri" Award is awarded to a individual Member who, by his personal individual efforts and participation during the preceding years contributed the most to the advancement and embodiment of the USSVI Creed and Agenda, and by his dedicated service and support to our USSVI organization and his fellow Submarine Veteran Brothers exemplifies the meaning and spirit of the word, "Shipmate.”

Any member may submit a nomination for this award. Your nomination and justification should be sent to John Stanford at

NEWS-04: Your Nomination for the 2012 Silver Anchor Award is requested
Submitted by: office on 2/13/2012
The Silver Anchor Award is presented to a USSVI Member in recognition of efforts to support one of the primary objectives of our Creed… to provide a way for all submariners to gather for their mutual benefit and enjoyment.

This Award recognizes the member’s volunteer support for meetings, projects and events, including work to recruit new Members and to retain the current membership of the base.

This Award will be presented to individual USSVI Members only.

All Members may submit nominations, which should be sent to John Stanford, National Awards Chairman at

CHARITABLE-01: Announcing the Theodore "Ted" Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund
Submitted by: Pat Householder on 2/14/2012
Long time USSVI member Theodore Charles “Ted” Taylor departed this life on Eternal Patrol, September 4, 2011 at home in Renton, WA, with no regrets or dreams unfulfilled.

Ted joined the Navy in 1946 and became qualified in submarines aboard the USS Carbonero in 1948. He also served aboard USS Cusk (1947), USS Tiru (1948-49),USS Cabezon (1950), USS Entemedor (1950-51), USS Flying Fish (1952-53), USS Sarda (1953-56), USS Amberjack (1956), USS Jack (1957-58), USS Compass Island (1958), USS Observation Island (1958) and USS Abraham Lincoln (1960-63).

Ted was a Electronics Technician Senior Chief (SS) when he left the Navy in 1966.

Always ready to help others, Ted spent countless volunteer hours at the Seattle Veterans Administration hospital offering comfort and cheer to the hospitalized veterans there.

Following Ted’s passing in 2011, because of his lifelong commitment to helping others, his wife Loma determined to honor his memory by setting up this memorial scholarship to be given in his name, and a $5,000.00 gift was made on behalf of Eleanor Van Slyke in appreciation for all the help Ted and Loma provided in helping to manage her affairs for almost 40 years.

Ted was well known and loved throughout USSVI and SVWWII, and his friends and shipmates are invited to contribute to this scholarship to be awarded in the name of "Taylor the Sailor" (as Ted referred to himself) so that his name is not forgotten and good works in his name are continued on.

If you can, please send your gift to USSVCF and mark your contribution for the Ted Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund, PO Box 3870, Silverdale WA 98383.

2-2-2012  The 2012 Lt William “Willie” Spoon Memorial Scholarship Program is in progress. Eight $1000.00 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors & college students who are children or grandchildren of local submarine parents, grandparents or members of the Bremerton Base. The awards will be made at the June 19th General Membership Meeting. Applications are available at the National Office in Silverdale (open 6-to noon weekdays) or by contacting Scholarship Chair John Gardner via e-mail at Applications must be submitted by 5 May 2012.

Also the annual Lt William “Willie” Spoon Memorial Scholarship raffle is underway and members should receive their tickets soon. SELL EM! The Grand prize is $300 and will by drawn on June 19th. Other prizes will also be drawn during the following week.

1-30-2012 Dolphin Scholarship Foundation
Dolphin Scholarship Foundation currently sponsors 127 students, who each receive an annual scholarship of $3,400. Each recipient may potentially receive a total of $13,600 for up to eight semesters of undergraduate study. The number of new awards granted each year is determined by graduation/attrition of current Dolphin Scholars and donations. Dolphin Scholarship Foundation is proud to have awarded over eight million dollars to more than 1,000 students attending universities and colleges through the United States.

Completed applications and all required documents must be on premises by March 15.

For more information see:

Dolphin Scholarship Foundation Calendars are available for order at:


1-28-2012 Annual Award Nominations Base Commanders and POC's, please give this the widest distribution within your Bases. Also, if you've had changes in POC's, please let me know so I can change my email lists.


I hope you all had a great entry into the New Year and are ready to move forward in 2012.

I speak to you here tonight.....oops, wrong speech.....

Within our organization there are members who give tirelessly of their time, talents and often, own funds, to create interesting, fruitful and memorable activities that will benefit everyone at the National, District and Base levels.

One of the ways we can recognize those efforts is through the award program.

We had nice awards for a Base and a few Newsletters last year in District 4 but I know the potential is out there for more.

One of the most significant ways to honor those who help with these successes is by making recommendations and submitting nominations for awards in a timely manner.

There is an "Awards Handbook" on the website, giving details on each award, suggested criteria for them and lists of those who've won them in the past.

Every member has the right to submit a nomination for any award. I'd like to encourage everyone, specially Base Commanders, to take the time necessary to 'bone up' on the award process and submit recommendations for those who are doing exemplary work within your district or base.

Award nominations are due by April 30th, 2012.
Newsletter of the Year submissions are due by May 15th, 2012.
Contact information for whom and where to submit nominations is also on the website

I will be submitting nominations for a few awards concerned with Bases and Base Commanders, but you know who does what within your Base better than I.

So, make the effort and give recognition where it is deserved. Let's get a few more awards for our District and the Western region.

I have had the honor to judge award competitions in the past and know for a fact that there are members in District 4 that could easily have beaten out those who received them last year. Make your voice heard and at the same time honor those who sacrifice time with their families and other activities to make meetings productive, enjoyable and worthy of their time.


John Mansfield
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1-21-2012 Deterrent Park Up Date Since the October 2011 brick installation, three sponsors have donated 4 engraved bricks to Deterrent Park.  They will be installed, with other donated bricks, in May 2012.  These sponsors are Barton, Davison and Aiello(2), Kolbeck(2), Briggs and Langeliers.


An engraved brick for a loved one that served his/her country could be an everlasting memory.  You may want to consider one or more for gifts for other occasions.  All the Park information you may want to know about the Park and an order form are online. (And the donation is IRS deductable.)


Over time, dues increase, so if you  have good intentions of sticking it out, please consider a life membership, no matter what your current age. (pay now or pay more later/GC ed)




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India To Build Two More Nuclear Powered Submarines
India Defence News, February 29

As the induction of the first locally built Indian nuclear powered submarine, INS Arihant is almost complete, the Indian government has decided to build two more of its type. Right now, only five superpowers, including U.S., Russia, France, Germany and UK are having locally built nuclear submarines. India is expected to join the elite league within a short time, as the trials are almost completed for the INS Arihant.

INS Arihant, which is the first nuclear powered submarine of the Arihant class submarine genus, was fully developed by the Indian agency Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It is expected to complete its marine trials by early next year. The Indian Navy’s capabilities are already boosted significantly, after they recently inducted the Russian built INS Chakra in to its fold. However defence sources were sceptical whether the Indian Navy was technically advanced enough to operate two additional nuclear submarines without overstretching the resources.

Nuclear powered submarines are extremely difficult to detect through normal ship based sonars and other equipment. They can remain under water for as many as 100 days continuously, and they hardly emit any sound waves which can be detected by the enemy warships.

The news from India is significant, as many of their neighbours are also trying to build nuclear powered submarines. Defence experts believe that China is trying to develop its first fully indigenous version of the nuclear powered submarine, which is expected to be completed soon. It is already operating a number of nuclear submarines like Type 091 (Han) and Type 092 (Xia), but they are not fully nuclear powered.

The development of INS Arihant took many years and required a lot of effort from the Indian defence scientists. The first concrete steps were taken during 1998, when George Fernandes, the then defence minister gave his approval for the project. The project was officially launched in July 2009, by the Indian Prime Minister, Man Mohan Singh


Canada's Submarine Motivations, February 29

Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison, Canada's top navy guy, has remarked that Canada will begin the process of vetting new submarine purchases in three or four years. This raises anew questions about the purpose of Canada maintaining a submarine fleet.

After passing through much of the nineties without submarine capabilities, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien purchased four aging diesel-electric submarine from the UK. The result was an embarrassing public relations fiasco for the Royal Canadian Navy. Billions of dollars in cost overruns, an on-board fire, a crash onto the Pacific floor, a shockingly low operations rate, and ultimately - fifteen years after originally signing the lease-to-own documents - not a single day of combat ready operations from any of the four submarines. The worst is behind us for these lemons, we are assured, and operational duties are expected to continue until 2030.

With the prospect of starting to acquire replacement submarines within only a few years, the question of precisely why we need submarines demands a robust and cogent answer. Here is Maddison's comments:

"In terms of surveillance of our ocean approaches and the protection of our own sovereignty, I would consider a submarine capability critical and so to lose that for a G8 nation, a NATO country like Canada, a country that continues to lead internationally, and aspires to lead more, I would consider that a critical loss."

A middle power like Canada aims to have legitimacy and influence through engagement in the elite multilateral institutions like the G8 and NATO, where it has more prominence than in the larger UN body (note Canada's failure to secure a Security Council seat). The impetus behind purchasing shiny new submarines and F35's is not one of a reasoned analysis of domestic security needs, it is about projecting strength and capabilities so is to increase the middle power's prominence on a world stage that ranks itself primarily by military power. The higher the perception of military capacities, the more influence and relevance that Canada gets in decisions in these elite multilateral bodies.

Normally, justification for military spending is couched in terms of domestic security needs. As in, a certain capability will defend the country from some set of outlined potential threats. Analysts are left to speculate as to the real reasons based on how flimsy the ostensible defense ones are (such as the alleged defense needs of the F35 fighter jet). What is so interesting about Maddison's remarks is how plainly he prioritizes not domestic security needs, but to maintain relevance and leadership in international organizations.
Arctic Sovereignty:
One of the hooks that has been used extensively to justify the F35 fighter jets has been to reference the need to promote and extend Arctic sovereignty. This is folly. Canada presently faces precisely zero military threats to itself along its northern boarder (or any boarder) and any notion that the F35's are for domestic defense is nonsense. Yes, there are land claims issues in the oil rich Arctic ocean which will be settled through international mediation, but these will not (and should not) be settled by a show of expensive saber rattling of military hardware.

A similar Arctic justification has been used regarding the submarines which can be seen as attempts to project military power in the Arctic. Plans were made to attempt retrofits to an air-independent propulsion system that would allow prolonged under-ice trips but these were scuttled due to costs and infeasibility. Russia used mini-subs deployed from surface ships to plant a Russian flag on the ocean floor at the north pole, a fact that was by Canada.
The Arctic has genuine needs in the military domain (such as search and rescue, troop and supply access vehicles to assist with emergencies, ice breakers and surveillance capabilities). None of these are best serviced by either F35 fighter jets or submarines. The misappropriation of funds to the more shiny and showy toys is doubly bad when seen in the context of taking away from these other legitimate and sorely needed capabilities.

Wikileaks and Iraq:
For Canadians, one of the most interesting revelations from the Wikileaks cable releases was one about Iraq that really underlined the relationship between middle powers like Canada and a great power like the US. While Jean Chrétien was publicly denouncing the Iraq war for its like of UN support and - backed by popular opinion of the Canadian public - opted out of the war, we see that privately the Canadian government was willing to offer extensive third party support for the war in terms of warships, planes, logistical supplies in the like, provided it was done "discretely" - that is, without public knowledge and, indeed, in direct contrast to the message told to the public.
From a Wikileaks cable: "While for domestic reasons…the GOC (Government of Canada) has decided not to join in a U.S. coalition of the willing…they are prepared to be as helpful as possible in the military margins.”

This offer was largely rebuffed by the Americans. The US didn't need any token assistance from Canada under the radar, they wanted vocal public support for the war so as to boost their legitimacy. Canada, on the other hand, was eager to try and play along and have some token influence and relevance, just as long as it didn't have to admit it to its own people it was engaged in the Iraq war. Submarines are perhaps the epitome of a military capacity that can be conducted in secret without much public oversight; it is hardly a stretch to imagine them being used in a similar way.

UK Prepares For Military Strike Against Iran: The Sun, Feb 26, 2012

The United Kingdom has reportedly drawn up plans to send hundreds of troops and an extra nuclear submarine to the Persian Gulf amid escalating war threats against the Islamic Republic.
"MoD planners went into overdrive at the start of the year. Conflict is seen as inevitable as long as the regime (Iran) pursue their nuclear ambitions,” The Sun quoted a senior Whitehall official as saying on Sunday.

"Britain would be sucked in whether we like it or not," the official added.

The report said a military attack against Iran is “a matter of when not if … with 18 to 24 months the likely timescale.”

“The UK will first fly an infantry battalion to the United Arab Emirates, our (UK) strong ally in the region,” The Sun said. “Further troops could follow if our other allies Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar ask for help.”

The Royal Navy has already gathered seven warships in the Persian Gulf. HMS Daring - one of its newest and most powerful destroyers - arrived in the region last month to join Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll.

Minesweepers Pembroke, Quora, Middleton and Ramsey are also based in Bahrain and a nuclear submarine is stationed in the area.

According to the report, a second submarine armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles will also be deployed in the region under the UK war plan.

The Royal Air Force is also reportedly planning to send Typhoon and Tornado Jets to reinforce helicopter and transport plane crews already stationed in Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and the UAE.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague once again stressed last week that "all options must remain on the table" regarding Iran, repeating Western military threats against the Islamic Republic.

The United States, Israel, and some of their allies accuse Iran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear program and have used this pretext to impose international and unilateral sanctions on the Islamic Republic and to call for a military strike against Tehran.

Iran has repeatedly refuted Western allegations, arguing that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Don't Assume The Sub Base Is Forever
The Day, Feb 25, 2012

Despite reassurances from outgoing U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, there are reasons to be concerned that the Pentagon may yet again target the Naval Submarine Base in Groton for closing. And there are certainly reasons to be diligent.

While Washington lawmakers are initially showing resistance to the president's call for beginning a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process (in fact the administration proposes two, one in 2013 and another in 2015), as pressure increases to address the nation's growing deficit, Congress will likely embrace sizable defense cuts and closing bases can achieve them. Expect an odd coalition of fiscal conservatives and liberals hoping to save social programs from deep cuts to emerge and authorize a BRAC.

The process is a dangerous one for lawmakers, who could find themselves explaining to constituents why they lost a base in their backyard. Once a base is on the Pentagon's closure list, it can only be saved if the independent base closure commission removes it. After the commission finalizes the list, Congress votes the entire package up or down. Congress created the process knowing that without it the party in control would cherry pick bases in favored districts off the list, military value aside.

The Groton base avoided closing in 2005 after a bipartisan effort by state political leaders and their partners in the private sector persuaded the closure commission of the base's military value and its important relationship with submarine manufacturer Electric Boat.

In a meeting with our editorial board on Thursday, Sen. Lieberman, who is not seeking re-election in November, said he considered the odds of the base finding itself on a BRAC list as low. Reassuring Sen. Lieberman were conservations he had with Adm. John Greenert, chief of naval operations, in which the admiral reiterated the long-term military importance of the base.

Yet as pressure grows to find ways to trim the growth of defense spending, the Pentagon may well have to sacrifice weapon systems and facilities that, while militarily important, are less important than others. With the rise of China, attention is shifting to the Asia-Pacific. The Pentagon could potentially see three east coast bases as an unaffordable luxury. The other facilities are the Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia.

That's the concern. The good news is that this region is in a far better position to make a case for the Groton base than it was during the last BRAC process. Since the last round of closings more than $150 million has been spent to improve the facility, including unprecedented contributions by the state. Connecticut has an Office of Military Affairs to help make its case, an office that did not exist last time, and a consulting firm ready to work Pentagon channels.

More than 30 people Thursday attended a meeting of the reformed Subase Coalition, showing Connecticut and the region are ready to take a proactive approach, in contrast to the scramble to form a coalition after the surprise news of the base's appearance on the closure list last time. Rep. Joe Courtney sits on the Armed Services Committee in the House, Sen. Richard Blumenthal on the same committee in the Senate.

We would like to learn Sen. Lieberman had it right, the odds are long and Groton never appears on the closure list. But as even he cautioned, its best to be prepared and it appears the state and region are.

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Canadian Defense Chief Defends Submarine Program, Feb 22, 2012

General Walter Natynczyk chief of the Canadian defence staff was busy defending the Canadian submarine fleet. He noted the ability of submarines to protect sovereignty and that it has formidable firepower. It is just not clear who the firepower would be used against. The U.S??. THe U.S. does not recognize the northwest passage as international waters. Are we likely to challenge them?

Natynczyk together with Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison the chief of Canada's navy spent about five hours on board a submarine as the vessel conducted diving trials.

The Canadian submarine program has been under fire since 4 used submarines were bought from the UK in 1998 for 750 million dollars. Ever since most of them have been in for repairs!

Most recently last June the HMCS Corner Brook damaged its hull after human error caused it to hit bottom. Dents prevent it from any deep sea diving.

The submarine involved in the training dives the HMCS Victoria also spent three years being refitted and having damage repaired. Even Natynczyk admitted that there had been problems in the program.

Submarines spent much of their time in repair and crews had no vessels on which to practice. Repairs have been quite expensive reportedly costing hundreds of millions of dollars. No doubt the UK were happy enough to ship the lemons over to their former colony!

Navy's New Super-Sub Revealed
By Udi Etsion,, Feb 22, 2012

Foreign media say Israel's navy ready to test advanced, German-made submarine said to be virtually undetectable by radar, able to launch nuclear missiles

Israel's "doomsday weapon" revealed? The Navy will soon begin its test-deployment of Israel's new super-submarine, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Wednesday.

The report quoted various foreign newspapers as saying that the new Dolphin-Class submarine's systems will enable it to spends prolonged periods of time at sea and fire nuclear missiles.

The submarine, names the "INS Tannin," is also said to be equipped with special diesel and hydrogen conversion systems that will allow it to produce its own fuel; as well as with a stealth system making its acoustic signature virtually undetectable by sonar.

The INS Tannin ("Alligator") is the namesake of the Israel Navy's first ever S-Class submarine, which was retired from active duty in 1972.

According to German media, the Tannin – which will be supplied by the end of 2012 – is the first of three super-submarine slated to eventually be deployed by the Navy. A second super-sub – the INS Rahav ("Splendor") will arrive in 2014 and the third, which has yet to be named, by 2015.

Germany's Kieler Nachrichten newspaper said that the super-sub is the biggest and most advanced underwater vessel to be constructed in Germany since World War II.
It has also been acquired by the German and Italian naval forces.

The boatyard where the submarine is under construction is said to be under heavy guard. A team of Israeli experts is on-site, assisting their German counterparts.

Submarine Gives Taste Of Mariana Trench Dive
BBC, Feb 22, 2012

Four teams are diving to the deepest part of the ocean, the Mariana Trench, which lies 11km down in the western Pacific.

One of them is Triton submarines, a Florida-based company.

Their team has been in the Bahamas to test out a prototype submersible, which their full-ocean-depth model will be based on.

Science reporter Rebecca Morelle joined them for the sub's first night dive, which was piloted by Patrick Lahey.

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UK Submarine Data De-Classified To Aid Climate Science
By Paul Rincon, BBC News, Feb 23, 2012

The UK Ministry of Defence is to de-classify submarine data to help shed light on climate change in the Arctic.

Environmental data are routinely monitored by Navy vessels, but the measurements are highly sensitive because they could give away positions.

A dataset from one submarine mission will be released to give a snapshot of conditions under the ice.

It is hoped that further data could be released in future, yielding clues to how the Arctic is changing.

Water temperature and salt content are among the environmental data monitored by submarines.

But only a handful of people have access to such information because they could be used to track where UK submarines go.

As part of the Submarine Estimates of Arctic Turbulence Spectra (SEATS) project, the MoD will release measurements to researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton.

NOC scientist John Allen said that, although the exact positions where readings were taken would remain classified, if measurements were given generic classifications they could be used to study physical attributes of the ocean.

"If you look at a trace of temperature, you can see it wobbling around. But within that there will be particular length scales at which it wobbles," he told BBC News.

"What we can do is to look at whether that changes depending on whether you are under ice or under open water."

Improved product
This, he explained, could tell scientists a lot about how the Arctic is likely to change as it becomes more seasonally ice-free.

Last year, Arctic sea ice shrank to its second-lowest level since satellite records began.

Some computer models forecast that the Arctic could be completely clear of summer sea ice within a decade, though others recently published say there may be high years and low years en route to the final disappearance.

The UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) has been working with the Natural Environment Research Council (Nerc) and the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) to prepare the data for use by NOC scientists.

Tim Clarke, a marine scientist with DSTL, said: "What this represents is the availability of important scientific data, previously inaccessible, which can only move the study forward.
He added that "any progress will, ultimately, lead to an improved oceanographic product" for the Royal Navy.

Dr Allen confirmed that techniques developed on this project would also feed back into naval operations, where understanding the ocean environment is vital.

Scientists have previously made trips under the Arctic aboard nuclear submarines in order to measure ice thickness.

But these were dedicated scientific missions; environmental data collected as part of standard Navy operations have rarely been released.

Historically, the sea ice was used as cover by submarines to evade detection by surface ships or aircraft. And during the Cold War, the Arctic became a key area for submarine operations in aid of strategic defence.

Sailor assigned to sub Louisiana found dead
Navy Times, February 21

BANGOR, Wash. — The Navy says a 29-year-old sailor assigned to a Trident submarine based at Bangor, Wash., has been found dead in his quarters.

Submarine Group 9 spokesman Lt. Ed Early tells the Kitsap Sun that the name of the sailor found Tuesday in his Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor quarters is being withheld pending notification of relatives. The cause of death is under investigation.

Early says the sailor was assigned to the Louisiana’s blue crew.

The Louisiana is one of eight Trident ballistic missile submarines assigned to Bangor. They each have two crews — blue and gold.

Russia resuming nuclear-armed missions, suggests new Cold War emerging, February 22, 2012

WASHINGTON – The recent veto by Russia and China of U.S. efforts in the United Nations Security Council to condemn the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad for its violent treatment of protesters has escalated tensions between the United States and Russia, which seeks to maintain its influence in the Middle East by protecting al-Assad, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

It is apparent now that the United States wants al-Assad ousted as a way to diminish the influence of Syrian ally Iran in the Middle East.

Russia, on the other hand, has serious equities in protecting the al-Assad regime through its two major naval bases in Syria. In addition, Moscow has sold considerable arms to the Syrian regime.
For these reasons, the Russians saw their investments threatened and vetoed the UNSC resolution, saying that it didn’t call for the disarming of the opposition, which analysts believe has been taken over by the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood.

The concern is that it raises the potential for a civil war in Syria. All of this boils down to the Russian challenge of U.S. supremacy in the Middle East, say regional analysts.

Now, the U.S. has called for an international coalition to support the opposition by sending arms and money to back its efforts against the al-Assad regime. Not only does this prospect team up the U.S. with the Muslim Brotherhood but also with al-Qaida whose chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has expressed the terrorist group’s support for the popular unrest in Syria.

Al-Zawahiri also called on Muslims in Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan to back the Syrian rebels against the al-Assad regime. Not only does this place the U.S. in bad company, but it reflects the beginning of a new Cold War between Moscow and Washington for dominance in the Middle East being fought through proxies such as Syria.

As a sign of the renewal of the Cold War between Moscow and Washington, the Kremlin has decided to resume worldwide nuclear submarine patrols.

“On June 1 or a bit later, we will resume constant patrolling of the world’s oceans by strategic nuclear submarines,” according to Russian Navy Cmdr. Admiral Vladimir Vysofsky.

Such patrols of missile-carrying nuclear submarines were standard operating procedure by the then-Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War as a sign of nuclear deterrence.

The patrols were designed to offer a second strike capability or to put other nuclear powers on edge. At their height, reports say that the Soviets conducted some 230 such patrols a year. Now, there are fewer than 10 a year, but they are expected to increase dramatically as the Russian economy improves, thanks in part to the escalating oil prices.

According to Russian experts, the Russian navy possesses some 12 ballistic missile nuclear submarines of the Delta III and Delta IV classes. By 2020, the Russians will have another eight new submarines of the Borey class.



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