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(The Chive)   Not News: The US Navy has an advanced submarine/ship testing facility. News: It's a heavily-guarded secret installation, akin to Area 51. FARK: In Bayview, ID, on Lake Pend O'Reille   (thechive.com) divider line
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2022-04-28 1:37:03 PM  
There's one near Winnemucca, NV too. Those big lakes with all that bedrock would be nice and quiet compared to the ocean.
Yes, I've been to Winnemucca
 
2022-04-28 1:46:29 PM  
Well, not really. They test the stealthiness of submarine hull designs in a deep and relatively quiet lake in the middle of nowhere.

More akin to wind tunnel testing
 
2022-04-28 1:54:36 PM  
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I would have liked it to have been Montana.
 
2022-04-28 1:57:55 PM  
There is a lake, not unlike that one, near Vilnius where my grandfather taught me to fish.
 
2022-04-28 2:11:50 PM  
It's not really surprising. The Naval Reactor Facility is in Idaho and it's where Naval reactor operators were trained for several decades.
 
2022-04-28 2:16:39 PM  
I've never understood the alien thing with Area 51.  It's an Air Force base where they test new and prototype aircraft.  Then people see weird aircraft flying around.  Must be aliens.  Can't possibly be the stated mission of the base.
 
2022-04-28 2:24:13 PM  
Fun fact, that area of Idaho had one of the largest Navy bases in the country for a couple of years during WW2.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farragut_Naval_Training_Station
 
2022-04-28 2:25:45 PM  
My grandfather helped build the base up there. It's a state park now. I camped there many time when I was a kid in the 70's and early 80s'.
Lake Pend O'Reille is an incredible area. It's huge, deep and surrounded by beautiful mountains.
 
2022-04-28 2:40:36 PM  
Don't tell subby about Andros Island.
 
2022-04-28 2:44:32 PM  
it can't be THAT secret, look at all the pictures!
 
2022-04-28 2:49:26 PM  
I was stationed here in the mid 1990s. the locals believed there was a big underwater cave under the building where nuclear submarines could come in and get refueled.

HINT: there wasn't.
 
2022-04-28 2:54:01 PM  
Other countries use similar lakes as well. Issyk Kul in Kyrgyzstan is used by Russia and India for submarine and torpedo research/testing.
 
2022-04-28 2:54:15 PM  
It's like having your own Private Idaho.
 
2022-04-28 3:08:39 PM  

BretMavrik: Other countries use similar lakes as well. Issyk Kul in Kyrgyzstan is used by Russia and India for submarine and torpedo research/testing.


CSB: My grandpa was a sonar guy in the 50s. They were doing a big test for the admirals one day and the entire test went perfectly well. Because they were not planning on blowing anything up, test torpedoes have balloons in them to bring them to the surface when they finish the testing run. After this one went back up to the surface, something happened and it turned back on. Pointed directly at the boat with the bigwigs on it. They managed to get out of the way but the fishing boat behind them, not so lucky. And no, they never did figure out what went wrong with it
 
2022-04-28 3:25:11 PM  

lifeslammer: BretMavrik: Other countries use similar lakes as well. Issyk Kul in Kyrgyzstan is used by Russia and India for submarine and torpedo research/testing.

CSB: My grandpa was a sonar guy in the 50s. They were doing a big test for the admirals one day and the entire test went perfectly well. Because they were not planning on blowing anything up, test torpedoes have balloons in them to bring them to the surface when they finish the testing run. After this one went back up to the surface, something happened and it turned back on. Pointed directly at the boat with the bigwigs on it. They managed to get out of the way but the fishing boat behind them, not so lucky. And no, they never did figure out what went wrong with it


What it a Mark 14 torpedo? I am going to guess it was a Mark 14 torpedo.
 
2022-04-28 3:27:07 PM  
It's to counter New Jersey's cornfield cruiser capability.

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2022-04-28 3:39:12 PM  
I don't know if this is secret or not, but someone I knew did training on a nuclear destroyer (IIRC) and the facility was totally landlocked.  The ship was inside a giant concrete ball.  I believe it was somewhere in NY.
 
2022-04-28 4:23:52 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: [Fark user image 850x361]
I would have liked it to have been Montana.


We came all this way to hide a submarine in a river.
 
2022-04-28 4:28:13 PM  
Indianapolis had the Naval Air Warfare Center.
It's now on its 4th or 5th owner.
 
2022-04-28 7:56:15 PM  
Whut? You're not transporting a submarine to Idaho, folks.
Nuke-only related.

Sorry. THAT guy.
 
2022-04-29 12:20:35 AM  

toetag: It's like having your own Private Idaho.


Underground like a wild yellow submarine
 
2022-04-29 6:52:19 AM  
The "author" tried way too hard to make his Area 51 analogy work
/he failed
 
2022-04-29 10:23:10 AM  
Bonus points if any of you know the proper pronunciation of "Pend O'Reille" ;)

/Farkers/Farkettes in/around/near North Idaho/Eastern Washington/Western Montana are ineligible :P
 
2022-04-29 1:55:39 PM  

mjbok: I don't know if this is secret or not, but someone I knew did training on a nuclear destroyer (IIRC) and the facility was totally landlocked.  The ship was inside a giant concrete ball.  I believe it was somewhere in NY.


NPTU Ballston Spa New York.  It's where the Navy sends nuke sailors to train and also the site of Knolls Atomic power laboratory.  You can see the ball on the googly maps.
 
2022-04-29 10:04:44 PM  

kb7rky: Bonus points if any of you know the proper pronunciation of "Pend O'Reille" ;)


Throat warbler mangrove?
 
2022-04-29 10:24:23 PM  

johnny_vegas: kb7rky: Bonus points if any of you know the proper pronunciation of "Pend O'Reille" ;)

Throat warbler mangrove?


Close enough :P

/we locals call it "Penned Oriole" (a play on the spelling)...and yes, it is REALLY DEEP
//it's actually pronounced "POND ORAY" (like the small town near Sandpoint)
///tres slashies (because why not?)
 
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