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.)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Groundhog Day For Submarine "Breaking" News

Remember the story from last year about the Chinese Song-class submarine surfacing in the vicinity of USS Kitty Hawk? Well, it turns out a reporter from the Daily Mail in the UK did as well (he was probably looking up "what happened this week in history in 2006" in hopes of finding a story he could write quickly), and by the simple technique of saying the event was "recent" he started a blogswarm of fair-to-middlin' proportions. Even UPI picked up the story without adding any embellishing information. While various commenters in the forums -- as well as Vigilis and Galrahn at their own blogs -- have pointed out that the incident came to light in November 2006, the posts at Hot Air and Slashdot are generating lots of discussion (almost 400 comments so far at the last link).

While we're talking about it again, it's worth reiterating the main lessons learned from the whole incident: 1) Any submarine of even modest capabilities can get close to a carrier in peacetime, 2) Any submarine that surfaces near said carrier almost certainly isn't doing it because he wanted to, 3) It's important to give the U.S. Submarine Force more money to help it guard against the Chinese submarine threat, and 4) Submariners are really cool, and you should buy them a beer whenever you see one.


Anonymous he who yawns at shrill libs said...

The Daily Mail is basically a communist rag. They also referred to the USS Hampton chemistry-logs issue as a "major nuclear arms blunder." Intelligent they are not.

11/13/2007 7:05 AM

Blogger jemcgimpsey said...

Sadly, point number four is too often overlooked. Perhaps it should be moved to #1...

11/13/2007 8:31 AM

Blogger Rick "Doc" MacDonald said...

A little off topic, but I've been off line converting from a dead PC to a new, spry and hopefully chippy one. I wanted to congratulate you on your finalist position in the 2007 Weblogs Award. You'd have won if I had the final say, but your blog is so good that it speaks for itself. You'll be nominated again and next time we'll all pull more levers. Can we take the results to the United States Supreme Court? :-)

11/13/2007 11:38 AM

Blogger jeffox said...

Number four. Definitely. 'Nuff said. :)

11/13/2007 2:38 PM

Blogger Rick "Doc" MacDonald said...

I'm also in favor of number 4. Then number 3 then number 2 then number 1. Then, number 4 again. :-)

11/13/2007 3:11 PM

Blogger Jay said...

I love those comments over on Hot Air. People that stoooopid should not be allowed to vote (how do they know how to breathe?).

11/13/2007 4:50 PM


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