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https://warontherocks.com/2017/11/somethings-wrong-surface-fleet-arent-talking/

 

Interesting article talking about different systemic issues with the USN than what the reports about the McCain/FitzGerald incidents are talking about.

 

I think this quote is particularly interesting:

 

"Most training is completely outside the purview of the ship captain, his boss, or Adm. Rowden. The Navy’s vast array of schoolhouses plan out five years in advance. And they plan for available seats based on arcane math and incantations. They do not plan out based on Fleet need. If there are 300 ships who need four sailors trained to Navy Enlisted Classification Code 24601 for four-year sea tours, then annual throughput needs to be at least 300. If the Navy only has 250 seats because of physical plant capacity or budget, then the fleet is left with a shortfall and the school commanders are not held accountable for the discrepancy.

One historical solution is to reduce the requirement. In the Navy Enlisted Classification 24601 example, reducing the ship requirement from four to three solves the school throughput problem. Everything looks great on paper, but the ship ends up |manned to 75 percent of what it was intended to have in that particular code. Multiply that by 20, 30, or even 100 and you end up with ship’s playing five card draw with three cards."

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20 hours ago, Belesarius said:

Oh shit. Argentina has lost contact with one of its submarines.

 

http://www.janes.com/article/75782/argentina-loses-contact-with-one-of-its-submarines

 

Still no sign, which is concerning - if it were on the surface it ought to be easier to find. Not being on the surface isn't terrible news, the ocean off the coast of argentina looks to be about 100m deep for quite some distance from the land so it's not impossible that they're sat on the sea floor awaiting rescue

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On 11/17/2017 at 5:17 PM, Belesarius said:

Oh shit. Argentina has lost contact with one of its submarines.

 

http://www.janes.com/article/75782/argentina-loses-contact-with-one-of-its-submarines

 

HMS protector, an icebreaking hydrographic survey vessel, has joined the search:

https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2017/november/18/171118-protector-joins-submarine-search-2

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