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Monday, May 30, 2005

Chinese Submarine Fire

An AFX report in Forbes says that a Chinese Ming-class submarine caught fire, apparently while submerged, while operating in the South China Sea. It sounds like they were in the middle of ASW exercises, as there were several Chinese surface ships in the area.
This is the second recent incident involving the Chinese Ming-class diesel boats (basically indigenously-produced Romeos); the earlier, and much worse, accident occurred just over two years ago, when Submarine #361 suffered a loss of her entire crew while conducting at sea; many articles say it was likely due to a diesel piping casualty, but I think it was more likely a carbon monoxide or other poisonous gas issue (an more general analysis is located here).

Staying at PD...


Blogger ninme said...

Why is China still using Diesel?

5/30/2005 11:17 PM

Blogger PigBoatSailor said...

From this story ( about the fire-
I love the line:
The Japanese and U.S. governments believe the accident will not affect surrounding areas because the vessel was not nuclear-powered
Because, you know, a fire on a nuke automatically means there could be an environmental problem...

That and the no kidding statement:
In the event of a military attack on Taiwan, China likely would use the area to block U.S. carrier-borne fighters from coming to the aid of the island.

Diesels are much better suited for coastal defense. Cheap, quiet (ok, China's, not so much), and the endurance and speed on a nuke is not as much of a need for that role.

5/31/2005 5:05 AM


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