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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Moving In Or Moving Out?

[Intel Source: The Sub Report] The story accompanying this picture at Yahoo News says that the continued presence of U.S. subs in La Maddalena, Italy, was discussed today at a meeting between the U.S. SecDef and the Italian Defense Minister:

"Italian Defense Minister Antonio Martino said after a meeting in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005, with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, that the United States was withdrawing its submarines from La Maddalena. The move is part of a general reshuffling of U.S. military forces and resources throughout Europe, and the timing of the move will be decided later."

I'm surprised I haven't seen anything else on this. Maybe Rumsfeld was giving into the intrepid protestors who demonstrated earlier this month against a hallucination that the U.S. was going to base a sub there; or, maybe we're giving in to the Sardinian regional president, who wanted our boats to leave. More than likely, if the tender really does move out (since there's no reason for the USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) to stay there if boats aren't pulling in), we'll see whining about the loss of money and jobs, like we saw in Rosie Roads.

Going deep...

Update 2104 22 Nov: Via The Sub Report, here's more on the eventual removal of U.S. forces from Sardinia.

On an unrelated note, while looking for backup information, I came across a Google hit for the Commander's bio on the SubGru 8 website. Here's what I found... it's not too impressive. When you move your mouse over the SubGru 8 logo, you can see it will try to send you to the C: drive of someone's computer. Anyway, here's Rear Admiral Mauney's bio on the Navy website. (He was my Squadron CO when my old boat USS Connecticut was commissioned.)


Anonymous Byron Audler said...

BH, I worked for 3 months down at Rosie, after Hurrican Huga did a number on the base, working on a YD and a landing craft that got banged up. We had to use base crane service to do some lifts one day, and discovered that the folks who ran all the infrastructure there didn't speak a lick of English. Thankfully, he understood the same rigging sign language that I did, and things worked out.

Point is, that these folks SHOULD have spoken English, it was a US Naval Base. Someone should have had the stones to tell them that. And to tell the truth, I was glad when they closed the base....then got to see all those blithering idiots wake up one morning and realize half their family no longer had a job making killer bucks. Time to sign a TS chit...

11/23/2005 2:50 AM


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