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Friday, February 18, 2005

CNN Article on the Jimmy Carter

This is fairly interesting... this article from CNN that actually has people coming right out and talking about the Carter's potential capabilities as an intelligence-gathering platform. I, of course, have no idea what they're talking about, but it might make interesting reading for anyone who hasn't read Blind Man's Bluff. Here's are some excerpts:

"The Jimmy Carter, like other submarines, will also have the ability to eavesdrop on communications -- what the military calls signal intelligence -- passed through the airwaves, experts say. But its ability to tap undersea fiber-optic cables may be unique in the fleet.
"Communications worldwide are increasingly transmitted solely through fiber-optic lines, rather than through satellites and radios..."

"...To listen to fiber-optic transmissions, intelligence operatives must physically place a tap somewhere along the route. If the stations that receive and transmit the communications along the lines are on foreign soil or otherwise inaccessible, tapping the line is the only way to eavesdrop on it."...

"...During the 1970s, a U.S. submarine placed a tap on an undersea cable along the Soviet Pacific coast, and subs had to return every few months to pick up the tapes. The mission was ultimately betrayed by a spy, and the recording device is now at the KGB museum in Moscow."

I don't know... it sounds like a bad spy novel to me...

Staying at PD...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's always nice to see the Parche get a mention, but it does seem that rampant speculation in the press does the crew no favors.

2/18/2005 11:09 PM

Blogger ninme said...

Uhhhh, I have a really bad image of that scene in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea when they all get out and bob around under water in those silly suits.

How does one plant anything anywhere under water when one is inside a submarine? You don't get out with little bubbly suits and fish tanks on your heads and walk around with the fishies, do you?

Oh lookit that. A hanger bay. Well, I say.

2/18/2005 11:38 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

To be honest, I think that even before now, anyone who recognized that a sub with an extra 100 foot section was moving to the homeport of a sub that just got decommissioned after earning 19 PUCs and NUCs, that person could reasonably assume that something was up. The people who learned anything new from these articles are probably not the ones who would be worried about the Carter from a military point of view... plus, it could just all be a big disinformation campaign. As far as how you plant things -- some books out there claim that they do it just as Ninme suggested.

2/19/2005 8:19 AM

Blogger ninme said...

PUCs? NUCs? Huh?

2/19/2005 9:23 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

Sorry -- Presidental Unit Citation, Navy Unit Citation. The two highest unit awards a ship can get; actually, the PUC is for all the services, and is very rare. USS Parche earned 10 PUCs and 9 NUCs, more than any other unit.

2/19/2005 10:15 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The answer is EURO vs USD.

Ask yourself who benifits the cable problems and you find the purp.

Just remember what the the britts did in Sweden in the '80s.

2/20/2008 4:13 AM


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