As it plans, Navy looks across Pacific

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http://www.navytimes.com/news/2007/05/navy_roughead_070505w/

Adm. Gary Roughead joined other top Navy officials and military leaders this month in commissioning the ballistic submarine Hawaii into the fleet, an event close to the heart of the seasoned naval officer.

Submarine warfare remains a top war-fighting priority for Roughead, who during his tenure as the Pacific Fleet commander has expanded and shifted naval forces in the vast region. The threats to U.S. forces weigh heavily on his mind, he said, as he’s seen a troubling trend in the proliferation of quiet modern submarines, whether obtained by terrorist groups or established navies such as those of China and Iran....

NOTE: The USS Hawaii is a fast-attack Virginia class submarine not a ballistic submarine as stated in the article.
 

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Navy commissions new submarine


The crew and officers stand on deck during the commissioning ceremony of the Navy's newest fast-attack submarine USS Hawaii at the U.S. Submarine Base in Groton, Conn., Saturday. USS Hawaii officially became part of the Navy, the third Virginia-class fast-attack submarine to join the fleet.
 

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EB unveils state of the art submarine; WATCH VIDEO

http://www.norwichbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007705050302

The periscope in the control room has been replaced by a high-definition television, and the familiar circular sonar screen sweeping the sea for blips is now more like a streaming video.

Advances in technology have transformed the more familiar image of the inner workings of a submarine. Sailors today drive the massive military weapon system with a joystick -- similar to those found on a video game....
 

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Tour of the submarine Hawaii

http://www.militarytimes.com/multimedia/video/submarine_hawaii_070510/

Video tour of the USS Hawaii, the Navy's newest Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine. The USS Hawaii is a 7,800 ton vessel that is longer than a football field, and is loaded with the latest military technology and is capable of launching land-attack missiles from vertical launchers and torpedo tubes. She is manned by 134 officers and enlisted men. The sub is capable of operating in both deep water and the littorals closer to shore.
 

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OK, now I know I'm old! I'd have to pack a TacticalNuke in my seabag to figure out the the computers! Fully networked. I guess that means I could send an e-mail to the crew's head to tell the TM's to stop wasting water with their three showers a day. A touch screen to line up and eject torpedos! We had valves to twist and hydraulic actuators to manipulate. Up until this moment, I thought that a self tailing windlass was the height of technology!

Gotta go take my Geritol.
 

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:wow:

That is awesome. Bet I could even drive her around the pond with that handy little joystick thingee. HDTV too! LOL Seriously, that is the 8th wonder of the world. Very cool.
 

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The Georgia returns to service



http://spotted.augusta.com/chronicle/display.html?gallery=89273&photo=440196&imgsize=#photo


Associated Press
The crew of the nuclear-powered submarine USS Georgia stand at attention on the stern during a return to service ceremony at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, Ga. More than 2,000 Navy sailors and dignitaries celebrated the Georgia's return to duty Friday. The sub's $1 billion, two-year overhaul replaced its Trident nuclear missiles with cruise missiles and added room to carry a platoon of special forces troops undetected into enemy territory.

And here is the navytimes article:

http://www.navytimes.com/news/2008/03/navy_georgia_080323w/

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The Virginia class...not TOO expensive like Sea Wolf, but that is supposed to be a VERY impressive sub class, with some great new tricks.


Unfortunately, I can't ever see them, but that's the way they like it.
 

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In a somewhat-related article:

Chinese Spy 'Slept' In U.S. for 2 Decades
Espionage Network Said to Be Growing

By Joby Warrick and Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, April 3, 2008

Prosecutors called Chi Mak the "perfect sleeper agent," though he hardly looked the part. For two decades, the bespectacled Chinese-born engineer lived quietly with his wife in a Los Angeles suburb, buying a house and holding a steady job with a U.S. defense contractor, which rewarded him with promotions and a security clearance. Colleagues remembered him as a hard worker who often took paperwork home at night.

Eventually, Mak's job gave him access to sensitive plans for Navy ships, submarines and weapons. These he secretly copied and sent via courier to China -- fulfilling a mission that U.S. officials say he had been planning since the 1970s.

Complete article here.

But, but! They're our friends! :rolleyes:
 

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time for another exhibit at the International Spy Museum in DC. Can't wait to see this one.

Question - since he did become a US Citizen - should he not have been tried for treason?
 

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Question - since he did become a US Citizen - should he not have been tried for treason?

I don't have the specifics in front of me (nor time to look them up right now), but "treason" is very narowly defined by the Constitution itself, and it's one of the reasons people like Walker, Ames, and the rest weren't charged with it.

Personally, I wouldn't mind seeing them all flayed alive on the Washington Mall while it's broadcast on Pay-Per-View. :mad:
 

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I don't have the specifics in front of me (nor time to look them up right now), but "treason" is very narowly defined by the Constitution itself, and it's one of the reasons people like Walker, Ames, and the rest weren't charged with it.

Personally, I wouldn't mind seeing them all flayed alive on the Washington Mall while it's broadcast on Pay-Per-View. :mad:

i second that one.

you sell our secrets, you sell your life.

I'm sure some would like to see me flayed alive for having that view, but just remember that in a really really big war, would you want the enemy to have the same abilities you do? nada.
 
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