10-22-2008, 11:54 AM
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- Aug 2005
I doubt that they will ever get that close again.The Navy let their guard down once and that Admiral Commanding and Carrier Captain are now working at the Pentagon behind desks !
Those Carrier Attack groups all now have 688's forward and astern on in constant 'Sprint and Drift' maneuvers plus the new Chinese designed boats aren't that quiet .
The new sonar that the West Coast commies are all raising hell about because of the poor whales are designed to pick up those quest diesel boats quick . Seems to me that the West Coast Maoists are always on the side of Americas enemy's ?
10-22-2008, 12:14 PM
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- Aug 2005
Tracking The Russian Boombers and why they aren't that quiet !And if we could track the Russians we Sure As Hell can Track the Chinese !
While almost all Cold War operations remain classified, two declassified missions showcase Submarine Force capabilities. USS Guardfish (SSN-612) silently tracked a Soviet cruise missile (SSGN) submarine which was following U.S. aircraft carriers off Vietnam in the 1970’s - ready to protect American ships should the SSGN launch her missiles. In 1978, in the Atlantic, USS Batfish (SSN-681) tracked a Soviet ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) sailing off the East Coast of the U.S.- learning Soviet SSBN patrol areas and operating patterns and providing early indications of any potential surprise attack on the US.
This particular Yankee trailing operation – given the code name Evening Star – began on March 17, 1978 when USS Batfish (SSN-681) intercepted a Yankee SSBN in the Norwegian Sea. Batfish, towing a 1,100-foot sonar array, had been sent out from Norfolk specifically to intercept the SSBN, U.S. intelligence having been alerted to her probable departure from the Kola Peninsula by the CIA-sponsored Norwegian intelligence activities and U.S. spy satellites. These sources, in turn, cued the Norway-based SOSUS array as the Soviet missile submarine sailed around Norway’s North Cape. After trailing the Soviet submarine for 51 hours while she traveled 350 nautical miles, Batfish lost contact during a severe storm on March 19. A U.S. Navy P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft was dispatched from Reykjavik, Iceland, to seek out the evasive quarry. There was intermittent contact with the submarine the next day and firm contact was reestablished late on March 21 in the Iceland-Faeroes gap. The trail of the SSBN was then maintained by Batfish for 44 continuous days, the longest trail of a Yankee conducted to that time by a US submarine.
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