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Friday, February 22, 2008

Identify This Submarine!

A while back I made fun of people who theorized that Israeli submarines were standing off the coast of Iran ready to attack; I pointed out that diesel boats would take a long time to circumnavigate Africa, and would be seen if they went through the Suez Canal. I bring this up because I now have proof that people along the Suez do in fact notice submarines driving by; the only problem is, they don't have very good submarine identification skills.

Check out this video posted yesterday on YouTube; the caption describes it as an "American Submarine Going to iraq in a secret mission caught by mobile camera in Egypt":

So, what kind of sub do you think it really is? I'm guessing a British Swiftsure-class boat, most likely HMS Superb (S 109).


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like a French Rubis Class SSN

2/22/2008 4:45 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

Good call! The non-vertical trailing edge of the sail makes your ID more likely than mine.

2/22/2008 7:15 PM

Blogger Jay said...

Wait, how does the poster know it's a secret mission? Did someone violate OPSEC?

Definitely not one of ours.

2/22/2008 8:20 PM

Anonymous Fast Nav said...

Definitely RUBIS Class... probably the Amethyste, it's the only one that ever seems to come out these days.

PIC here

2/22/2008 8:43 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I concur with the Rubis classification. The key identifiers are the short length, the shape of the sail, the extreme-forward location of the fairwater planes, and the slanted looking rudder. Good find!

2/24/2008 6:01 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely not Superb, she was at home at that time and being an old lady doesn't get out so much these days

5/08/2008 9:05 AM


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