Frustrations of a Sub-Blogger
This is not a whiny post (see below for that). This is a post that explains one of the biggest frustrations of being a submarine blogger -- normally you only see the "bad" things about the Sub Force in the paper, and we can't blog about all the good things, because of the classified nature of the business.
In today's New London Day, Bob Hamilton has a good report on the first day of the Naval Submarine League symposium (registration req'd after tomorrow, then that doesn't even work after a week; you have to pay for it -- "damn you, New London Day!"). VADM Munns talked about some of the stuff that we can't talk about (and since he's
"Last year, submarines helped intercept smugglers' ships carrying a combined cargo of more than 40 tons of drugs, the head of Naval Submarine Forces said Wednesday.
“That's enough to affect the price of drugs in New York City,” Vice Adm. Charles L. Munns said on the opening day of the Naval Submarine League annual symposium at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center.
"It was an unusually candid address for a submariner. In fact, Munns told those in attendance that he had to get the information declassified before he could pass it along to them. While he couldn't give them specifics, he said, “We're doing similar things in the global war on terror.”
"Munns said the submarine force has been spending hundreds of operating days working with navies in Brazil, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Colombia on anti-drug and anti-terrorist operations. Since terrorists often use the sale of drugs to raise money for their campaigns, the two missions often overlap.
"Munns asked his listeners to help him spread the word, because, he said, it's time the submarine force started to get more credit for its achievements."
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