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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Update On JDS Asashio

The Japanese training submarine JDS Asashio, which collided with a Panamanian-flagged chemical tanker yesterday, has pulled into port for inspection. From the article:
The Asashio was cruising submerged with its periscope up when the crew felt a shock. It made contact with the tanker at around 9:49 a.m. Because the sub crew did not immediately realize the cause of the impact, it maintained course, the MSDF officials said.
According to the Japan Coast Guard, the tanker also kept to its course, unaware that the impact it felt came from a submarine.
Later in the day, the tanker arrived at Shibushi port in Kagoshima Prefecture to undergo an inspection, and the Asashio arrived at Aburatsu port, as instructed by Japan Coast Guard, for questioning, the MSDF said.
The article also has a picture of the sub's damaged rudder; I wouldn't want to submerge in that thing until it gets fixed:

(Note for non-submariners: The rudder is supposed to be vertical.)

Staying at PD...


Blogger Fred said...

Hey, I ressent that note for non-submariners! I might be a non-submariner (heck, I'm not really even a skimmer yet) but I've spent countless hours playing submarine games (Jane's 688 comes to mind)--at least know that a rudder is supposed to be straight!

Besides, couldn't they just be their typical Japanese selves and invented something really, really cool and revolutionary like a diagonal rudder? Maybe it's quieter, or more hydrodynamic?

11/22/2006 7:17 PM

Blogger Robert Marble said...


11/24/2006 11:08 AM


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