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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

USS Georgia Responds To Russian Caribbean Deployment!

The news is full of the reports that 4 Russian naval vessels, two of which are actual warships and only one of which is a tugboat they felt they needed to bring along for some reason, have arrived in Caracas for exercises with the Venezuelan "Navy". Some people are trying to make it seem like a Big Deal that the Russian Navy is deploying in our backyard, and I agree -- I'm impressed they were able to make it all the way almost to the equator with the same number of ships they started with. As I said earlier, I'm sure this provided an excellent training opportunity for U.S. Navy forces.

In any event, even though naval professionals will recognize that this "show of force" is about the same as that of a mouse running through the den of some well-fed sleepy lions, it's still important that we make the Russians feel like they've accomplished something for their efforts -- that we've taken some notice of the fact that they can steam several thousand miles with 4 ships and are therefore somehow "respectful" of them. The Navy has responded in the most appropriate way -- by choosing this week to just happen to "release" some pictures of one of the most feared weapons in the U.S. Navy arsenal. Check it out:

Experienced naval experts the world over were, I'm sure, shocked by the evidence of this latest Yankee advance in nautical superiority -- USS Georgia (SSGN 729) shown with a working B1rD system! In the past, the Navy has only released pictures of SSNs with B1rD (CGu-11 mod). Now that we've combined Special Forces operations, a couple hundred Tomahawks, and the most diabolical Aw-Sh*t paint-fouling system imaginable, other navies will just want to pack it in -- you haven't got a chance.

(You can find more pictures of USS Georgia here, here, and here.)

Bell-ringer 1221 27 Nov: A commenter remembers that the Georgia already has experience in getting rid of tugboats, so she could be considered even a greater potential counter to the Russian ships.


Blogger a_former_elt_2jv said...

Do you sometime miss the old SB-406?

11/26/2008 10:43 AM

Blogger cheezstake said...

When the Skipper did GMT on the future of the Michigan, I almost had a puddle of drool under my seat! I really wanted to get back on the Michigan to complete refuel and conversion.

I am eager to see the SSBNs show their new abilities in the next year.

11/26/2008 2:35 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

MICHIGAN is a great boat. Best SSGN in the fleet. Both crews, blue and gold.

11/26/2008 4:53 PM

Blogger cheezstake said...

She was the best SSBN back then, too! 4 E's in 5 years. If you're currently on the 727, take good care of her.

11/26/2008 5:13 PM

Blogger David said...

Gotta concur with cheezstake!
727G, 8 runs between 86 and 90.
Formerly ET1/SS nav flavor. The SSGN is almost enough to make me want to go back to sea:)
727 will take you there and back, and I love what they've done to my car.


11/26/2008 5:52 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to here MICHIGAN is still going strong!

Go SSGN's!!!

11/26/2008 6:04 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Georgia could sink the Russian tugboat since Georgia is good at sinking tugboats!!!

(Does anyone have a link/copy to/of the "there's goes the mail!" video?!)

11/27/2008 11:12 AM

Blogger Ethan said...

Most tonnage for a submarine since WWII right? A tug and a helicopter right?

11/28/2008 8:48 PM

Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

I so happened to be searching the news on this story, and finally found this blog that tells the truth without any BS.

I too am amazed the Russians actually made it this far. People at work think I'm lying when I tell them the Russians have a hard enough time feeding themselves and distributing food in Russia besides pulling off silly stunts like going to the Caribbean to "show their forces" that are to be "reckoned with."

I too am former navy, retired as an IT in 2000, but I am from the target navy and I am sure the blogger here is laughing by now but we're all on the same side.

12/03/2008 2:12 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

Thanks for visiting, Steve. Yes, we Submariners do occasionally make some jokes at the expense of our surface brethren, but we do know that we're all on the same side when it's all said and done.

12/05/2008 10:46 PM

Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

If I could ever do it all over again, I'd come in as a bubblehead. What was I thinking. Even the chow is better on a sub. After reading books like "Red Tide" or "Blind Man's Bluff" I realize the excitement I missed out on.

12/10/2008 12:55 PM

Blogger Gerry said...

There goes the mail indeed. I remember that video very well. I was on the HMJ (SSBN730-Blue) from 88-92.

Also, lagend had it on the USS Simon Bolivar (my first boat) that we had peacetime tonnage sunk record, for having surfaced under a freighter back in the 70's. Something about an under-ice sail being stronger than Japanese steel *shrug*. Anyway, that was the explanation on why our fairwater planes were 3feet lower and 5 feet aft of standard for the class - they had to be moved during repair.

12/10/2008 1:43 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry guys, but I believe that SSBN 632 Von Steuben has you all beat with two liberty ships chopped up and in the holds of a cargo ship headed for scrap off of Spain in '68. Dead-in-water seagoing tug making no noise, steel cable slacked into water deep caught between fairwaters and sail. Gave a jambed dive so 632 Em. blew right into the SS Sea Lady and put her rapidly on the bottom. I wasn't on board, but have the repair photos - one month in and out of Rota for full repair, back on station.

4/10/2009 2:50 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The HMS Conqueror sank the Argentine battleship Belgrano in 1981?

The Belgrano was a former USN Cruiser

8/04/2009 8:57 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would love to see the Georgia sinking the tug video again. I haven't see it since the late 80's.

So, no links to it anywhere?

10/16/2009 11:08 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Von Steuben comment is correct. I was onboard in 1979 when the CO (NSCarns)got a letter from some govt legal outfit informing him that the lawsuit which followed the VS "incident" had been resolved. But the info we had made it sound like the forward motion of the VS pulled the tug into its tow, and the tow was, by that time, pretty thin hulled. The collision between tug and tow sank the tow which was a Liberty ship, inside of which were the pieces/parts of two other Liberty ships.

Afterwards, they installed 'cow-catchers' ahead of the gap between the fairwater planes and the sail. As if it would happen again!

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