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(Jalopnik)   To be fair, no one would expect a submarine base in Idaho   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, U.S. Navy, Idaho  
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2014-06-15 01:43:23 AM  
6 votes:
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One potato only, please.....
2014-06-15 04:06:27 AM  
4 votes:
Montana on the other hand.

/I would like to have seen that
2014-06-15 02:13:23 AM  
4 votes:
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2014-06-15 01:55:14 AM  
2 votes:
The Navy's main weapon is fear and surprise - wait, their TWO main weapons are fear, surprise, and stealth - THREE main weapons are fear, surprise, stealth, and a fanatical devotion to the lash...

AMONGST the Navy's many weapons ARE such things AS fear, surprise, stealth, and a fanatical devotion to the...

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Oh, bugger.
2014-06-15 01:42:27 AM  
2 votes:
As a bonus: no whales to screw up with their sonar testing.
2014-06-15 01:28:44 PM  
1 vote:
I tried very hard to get a job out there. I wanted to start my farm while I was still in the middle of my career, and it would be easy way out there in the wilderness. Finally, about 2003, I cornered the Director of Bayview when he was visiting Carderock Lab in Maryland. I was working an Innovation center project at the time. I told him how badly I wanted to transfer out there. He told me that once the SSN-21 test work was done, he had no idea what they would have left to do. He couldn't assure me I'd have a job out there for long. Later they threw them a bone and gave them a sub scale DD-21 boat drone to play with to keep them alive. The place really has outlived it's usefulness. It'll go in the next round of base closings.

Carderock in Maryland is also beyond it's sell by date. It was a great facility during the high stakes, super power cold war, but there's really no use anymore for its facilities. They haven't designed a Navy ship there in years. The  DDG-51 class was the last, I think. Maybe some Seawolf/Virginia Class stuff. Everything since then has been farmed out to contractor facilities. Australia designed the LCS's. DDG-1000 was taken away from Carderock and handed to contractors to design and build. Which personally screwed me over since I was helping design the ship's deck systems. The Tow tank and Wave tank don't get used. (except for the International Human Powered Submarine Races they hold each year in the tow tank).

Fun Fact: Wikipedia did an analysis of where most of their Contributor web traffic was coming from. Carderock was number three. Mostly spent updating sports entries. That's how bored out of their skulls the scientists and engineers are down there. Carderock has powerful protectors in Congress, but it doesn't change the fact they ain't doing much of anything there at the moment....
2014-06-15 02:29:41 AM  
1 vote:
This will come in handy if Idaho ever has a naval war with Nebraska.
2014-06-15 02:15:58 AM  
1 vote:
Sandwich class trifecta in play
2014-06-15 02:08:43 AM  
1 vote:
Just put the subs in a big slingshot and fling them into the ocean when they are needed.
2014-06-15 01:06:25 AM  
1 vote:
Waste of money.  Shut the program down and send the cash to schools, the debt, and roads.

Subs are virtually useless against terrorists and we have enough land launched ICBMs to blow any state away that threatens us.  Keep a few diesel powered ones for inserting SF types, and get rid of the rest.

Okay, okay, since you protest I'll allow a half dozen of the ballistic ones as a nuclear deterrent, the way the Brits use 'em.  But sink the rest.

Military industrial complex boondoggle.
2014-06-15 01:06:16 AM  
1 vote:
CON, SONAR. Crazy Jehoshaphat!
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