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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Submarine Conspiracy Theories In The "News"

An alert reader sent in an article from the "Northeast Intelligence Network" that offers a new "explanation" of how the C-802 missile was able to hit INS Ahi Hanit last week. The theory? Well, I'll let it speak for itself for now:
What has not been widely reported, however, is that an Iranian submarine, which I believe to be a Russian-made SSK Kilo-class electric-diesel boat, was nearby at the time. Did this Iranian sub provide some form of terminal guidance to the C-802 missile? It’s possible. That the sub was in the area of combat operations prior to the execution of the battle plan also speaks to the detailed preparations made by Iran. There are no reports that I am aware of which reported this sub transiting north-bound through the Suez Canal. The lack of this information in open-sources means that the Iranian sub had quite a long voyage around the African continent to arrive on station prior to hostilities. My theory is that upon reaching the Strait of Gibraltar the Iranian sub performed a maneuver that is known as “degaussing.” It parked itself directly underneath an eastbound commercial freighter and made the run through the strait completely under electrical power. It then continued along a 100 fathom line along the North African coast to the area of Tunisia and on to the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
Just about 48 hours ago I learned of the first open-source report on the detection of this submarine. The CBN report stated that a U.S. Air Force RC-135V/W "Rivet Joint" reconnaissance aircraft detected the Iranian submarine with its very sensitive Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) sensor array. The CBN report then commented on the full-extent of the electronic surveillance capabilities of the “Rivet Joint” aircraft by noting its sensors had also detected Iranian ballistic missile activities and shipments of these missiles to Lebanon.
Fascinating! I guess all of us submariners who spent time in the degaussing pens were wasting our time when we could have done our "degaussing" in the open ocean. Seriously, though, this just plain isn't possible -- I seriously doubt the Iranian subs are in any material condition to make this transit, let alone do so much of it submerged. I was also interested in the author's mention of an "open source" report from CBN -- I have to assume he's referring to the Christian Broadcasting Network, and not the news organization in the Philippines. I did a search at the CBN website, and didn't find any matches to back up his "story" -- sorry, guy. The guy is right, though, that if someone wants to send a ship from south Asia to the Med without the Israelis finding out, they would have to avoid the Suez Canal.

Last year, I did an "analysis" on a theory that HMCS Chicoutimi had been hit by a Russian "scalar weapon" that caused the fire to break out. After I wrote about that, the author of that particular theory (and many others like it) was kind enough to put me on his mailing list. Recently, he sent out his "behind the scenes" version of what was really going on when the Ecuadorian Navy arrested the operators of a mini-sub carrying Russian tourists to the Galapagos Islands. Without further comment, here's his theory:
Recently a group of eco-tourists were arrested en route to the Galapagos Islands. Of immediate concern was the fact that they were carrying a submarine with them. The mixed Russian English nationalities attracted attention to this author as well. The Ecuadorian Navy arrested the ships, the sub and the men.
The submarine was a mini-sub operated by Silvercrest Submarines of the UK. Their website revealed that they are underwater specialists. They have research subs, tourist subs, ROV's, etc. They can travel anywhere in the world. However, there tourist sub was not on the crane of the mother ship the Cebaco Bay. In fact the sub dangling on the end of the cable was remarkably alike the ComSub which is a two man sub. However, there were 24 Russian tourists paying for an eco-adventure in the Galapagos Islands. Fitting 24 men in a two man sub would probably be the adventure of a lifetime.
I smell a covert ops extraordinaire. In the Indian Ocean tsunami there is has been a strong opinion that the tsunami bomb developed in WWII was used in a deep trench. USS San Francisco came to the service later with severe bow damage. Was it involved in black-ops? Remember Exposed revealed that Glomar Explorer was refitted and sent out to sea for oceanographic research. That ship was a specially fitted CIA ship make to retrieve a Russian sub lost in the Pacific. In early 2004 the commander of the Gibraltar naval base Commodore David White died in his swimming pool. Shortly thereafter HMS Sceptre returned to port with damage. Gibraltar is the nearest base to the Canary Islands where another piece of real estate is extremely vulnerable to a blast created tsunami that could take out the whole east coast of North and South America.
The Galapagos Islands are no different. They are situated on a major fault line. There are six active volcanoes on the island of Isabella. There is a caldera that is vulnerable to collapse that could precipitate another tsunami.
Silvercrest Submarines used Panama Yacht Tours to acquire the mother ship Cebaco Bay. She was fitted out to do the ultimate in deep sea fishing – the reeling in of the big fish. Panama Yacht Tours have an uninhabited island named Cebaco Bay as well. Eight British citizens were in control of the mother ship and sub. The Russians were on another ship called the Constellation. They fled and were arrested in Panama. I speculate any evidence was deposited into the sea as they fled. They have a great cover story. Hardly anyone knows about the research and development of the tsunami bomb. Hardly anyone could speculate that such weapons could be used, but in the days of extreme covert wars such weapons are dreams of the forces competing for global control.
In a related coincidence the head of the Russian Navy Admiral Vladimir Masorin was involved in a plane crash in the Crimea while en route to Black Sea Fleet manoeuvres involving the rescue of a sunken submarine. There were 24 Russians involved in this eco-manoeuvre remember.
So as a result of actions by the Ecuadorian Navy, this summer's tsunami season has been cancelled. The 'rogue' elements of the intelligence agencies are best kept on a tight leash. Exposed is that leash. However, that was no protection because a volcano has erupted in Ecuador today as I finally got to writing this. Maybe covert actions were completed and these guys were the diversionary mission. Saturday the Tungurahua volcano erupted near Quito causing thousands to flee. It's not nice to screw with the intelligence agencies especially if they possess scalar weapons.
As I said, no further comment is necessary -- the theory speaks for itself.


Anonymous Paul said...

Didn't Mel Gibson play this guy in a movie once?

7/25/2006 5:55 AM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

The difference is that the guy Gibson played ended up being "right" at least once.

7/25/2006 6:58 AM

Blogger lazlong said...

Haaa, yes, the SSN-711 was the one that caused the Tsunami, I remember it well. We pulled into port on December 22nd, and didn't leave until Jan 7th-ish, so we must have placed the nuke, went home, and detonated it while drunk at a bar celebrating our Excellent ORSE score. That was how it happened...and the shock ruptured our bow, because it took the shock wave 1 1/2 weeks to reach us when we got underway again. What an idiot!

7/25/2006 10:58 AM

Blogger lazlong said...

Yah, this dude has read "State of Fear" by Michael Crighton one too many times.

7/25/2006 11:00 AM

Blogger Vigilis said...

Gentlemen, are you aware of HMS Gotland's onboard degaussing system (95% effective) made by Polyamp and being installed on surface as well as underwater vesels? Retro-fitted to an Iranian Kilo? Doubtful, nevertheless.

Want to know the real story of the mini-sub carrying Russian tourists off the Galapagos Islands? Simple, the USCG captured and sunk a 5-ton capacity cocaine submersible there last August. The area is on a major drug smuggling route from South America to the US.

7/25/2006 12:57 PM

Blogger RM1(SS) (ret) said...

"Fitting 24 men in a two man sub would probably be the adventure of a lifetime."

The whole article was worth reading just for that line alone.

7/25/2006 3:55 PM

Blogger SMASH said...

Iranian Kilos only ocassionally leave port, and then only to do local area operations in the Strait of Hormuz and vicinity.

This theory is not even remotely credible.

7/26/2006 11:56 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who are these people, and what do they want?
Really Happened to the Kursk

7/26/2006 1:26 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was this story a press release from MockMood ImANutJob?

If an Iran sub was in the area, why hit it with a missle? Torpedoes are much much cheaper.

No wait it was a HissBooLahLah submarine built and launched in Syria.

Oh I got it now , it was that Egyptian crewed third nation flagged freighter which turned into a submarine. Now it all fits.

7/27/2006 8:42 AM

Anonymous said...

The writer is totally fair, and there's no doubt.

11/04/2011 12:34 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

who wrote this shit about silvercrest submarines and cebaco bay?
I WAS the submarine technician that worked with the Pilot of the sub!
Also the crew of Cebaco bay were from Panama NOT British crew! We weren't CIA agents. We were arrested by the Ecuador navy! Why because capt Danilov of M/Y Constellation fucked up! he stated that he had diving permits from Galapogas authorities so that the submarine could be used to dive the rich Russian passengers on board! We dived off Santa Maria Island. The sub was only in the water for 2 hours! Only 8 people dived that day. We were arrested 60 miles out of Galapagos Island the next morning and held under armed guard at San Christobel Harbour for 1 month! so get your facts right PAL before you tell fairy stories.

1/05/2012 8:35 AM


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