Keeping the blogosphere posted on the goings on of the world of submarines since late 2004... and mocking and belittling general foolishness wherever it may be found. Idaho's first and foremost submarine blog. (If you don't like something on this blog, please E-mail me; don't call me at home.)

Saturday, October 08, 2005

One Of The Good Guys

Word on the street (OK, Rontini's BBS, which is kinda the same thing) says that New London Day military writer Bob Hamilton is leaving for the sunny climes of the Groton side of the Thames, over at EB. He really is probably the most knowledgable writer on submarine issues in the MSM, and he'll be missed (if the rumor is true).

One potentially interesting (and sad) item... while looking for a biography of Bob to put up, I stumbled across what looks to be an advance copy of an article for today's paper about a Sailor on USS Virginia (SSN-774) passing away due to natural causes while the ship is on deployment. If so, you should be able to see the whole story later today in the military section of The Day.

Staying at PD...

Update 0526 08 Oct: The article, about the death of STS1(SS) Eric Skinner, is here. He leaves behind a wife and four children. Sailor, rest your oar.

Update 0926 09 Oct: Here's a longer-lasting version of the article on the untimely death of Petty Officer Skinner.


Anonymous EW3 said...

submarines in that area are participating in drug-interdiction missions.

How often does this go on? Or is this likely a generic cover story?

Seems to me using a nuclear sub to chase after drug dealers is a bit over the top.

10/08/2005 1:28 PM

Blogger MT1(SS) said...

It's not 'over the top' at all, actually, though I have my doubts as to the author's guess of what Virginia's deployment consists of.

I should be getting a tour in the next couple weeks of the new boat, I'll try and blog some of the new stuff that I'm allowed to.

10/08/2005 9:00 PM

Blogger D.P. Guettler said...


Nuclear subs do drug smuggling information gathering.It's a on going thing in the sub world today but in small numbers. Thats as much info that I can put out. My credentials? Been there, done that.


10/09/2005 9:03 AM

Anonymous ew3 said...

No problem with no details, understood. I just wonder if in an era where we leave missions undone due to lack of boats that chasing drug runners is a good use of a very valuable resource.
I also don't think it's a good idea to do drug ops with an Arleigh Burke either. We need those LCSs soon.

10/09/2005 8:14 PM

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