In a quick fit of insomnia, I decided to Wayback Doublesingularity to see what I could salvage from my old posts. Sadly, it looks like most links and folds were not saved, but I might be able to get some pieces back. As I am working on this, don’t be surprised to see old posts (or parts of them) popping up here and there.
I had previously posted about the sudden paradigm shift in Navy destroyer acquisition, and now that the dust has settled somewhat more information has come out concerning the rapid change in policy.
The sudden reversal from a decade long shipbuilding policy left heads turning on Capital Hill, forcing the Navy to provide some information as to their reasoning.
For a while, it looked like USS Narwhal SSN-671 was going to be saved by the National Submarine Science Discovery Center in Newport, Kentucky. The group planned on removing the reactor compartments of the submarine and installing empty plugs, which could be used for an orientation center, display area, gift shop, or anything else you could have needed inside the boat. The project would have cost approximately $2 million, but only one fourth of that amount could be raised. As such, the Navy placed the submarine back on the list to be scrapped.
While it is unlikely that Narwhal will be saved, there is still hope for another nuclear submarine, USS Drum SSN-677.
Janes is reporting that the US Air Force is currently looking into studies to modify some B-52H Stratofortresses for standoff electronic-attack missions. The size, range, and loiter time – you know, those things built into nuclear bombers – would allow it to hover over an area long enough to jam enemy electronics and deploy all of the weapons carried on board. Since we are talking about the B-52, we know that a wide range of goodies could be placed in the bomb bays of these beauts.
According to the article,
Speaking of the Millville Army Air Field Museum, they are currently seeking donations to restore the mural that is currently painted on the Millville City Hall building. The mural was created through the hard work of George Curio, and dedicated in 1998. It took over $30,000 to create the mural, which was all received through donations. It is now time to restore the mural, which depicts P-47 Thunderbolts that trained at the Millville Air Field. It will cost approximately $10,000 to restore the mural, and any donations raised above that amount will be placed in an account for future restorations.
If you are interested in donating, go to their webpage here.
Construction for the 2012 London Olympic Games has been slowed by bombings – which occurred in 1939 and 1940. It is estimated that the Germans dropped approximately 19,000 tons of bombs on London, of which ten percent were thought to be duds. This equates to the possibility for 5,000 unexploded bomb sites in the city. Needless to say, costs have already tripled.
Two stories regarding U-boats in Europe:
* – U-864, the first submerged submarine to be sunk by another submerged submarine, is currently leaking mercury into the ocean at alarming rates. The submarine was transporting 65 tons of mercury, engineers, and plans and parts of jet aircraft to Japan when it was sunk by a British submarine in the North Sea near the Norwegian island of Fedje. In order to stop the poison from further contaminating seafood in the area, the Norwegian Navy plans to bury the wreck in 12 meters of sand, and then entomb the area in concrete. Apparently this has worked before.
* – U-534, which was raised in the 1990s by a millianaire hunting for lost Nazi gold, will soon be cut into three or four sections in order to be moved and housed as a permanent museum attraction. The submarine, one of four U-boats left above water in the world, was sunk by depth charges in 1945.