OT - World’s longest Nuc Sub

During one of my transit rides on a diesel boat long ago the the Chief pointed out that what goes up must come down when discussing flying in Sea Kings. I replied that what goes down doesn’t necessarily come back up. }};-D

Tim

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/security/2022/07/worlds-lo…

World’s longest nuclear submarine handed over to the Russian Navy

The “Belgorod” special purpose submarine, carrier of the so-called doomsday Poseidon drones, will be in experimental operation with the Northern Fleet before later to serve in the Pacific Fleet.

By Thomas Nilsen

July 08, 2022

An official press statement posted by the Sevmash submarine yard on Friday says the “Belgorod” (K-239) is a “research submarine”. In fact, the vessel is built to carry one of the craziest weapons of mass destruction mankind ever has seen: The Poseidon, an autonomous, nuclear-powered underwater drone that can deliver its nuclear payloads from deep under, at distances like crossing the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans.

Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov, said:”… this is a significant day for us” as ”… advanced achievements of science and the latest construction technologies were applied.”

With the U.S. developing an anti-ballistic missile defense system, Russia started to develop a deep-diving response capability. The Poseidon is a 24-meter-long torpedo-shaped vehicle with an estimated range of 10,000 km and can travel at speeds of 100 knots down to a maximum depth of 1,000 meters. It is powered by a small nuclear reactor and could be armed with a megaton nuclear warhead.

The submarine is likely to carry six Poseidon drones.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sunken_nuclear_submari…

List of sunken nuclear submarines

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I replied that what goes down doesn’t necessarily come back up.

All true. But…

Most ships are designed to sink only once. Submarines are designed to sink (and resurface) many times

Mike

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All true. But…

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ALL aviators strive to maintain an Equal Number of Take-offs & Landings!

Those guys who routinely VIOLATE this ideal "equality" are called parachutists.

sunray

ALL aviators strive to maintain an Equal Number of Take-offs & Landings!

Those guys who routinely VIOLATE this ideal “equality” are called parachutists.

sunray

While most aircraft land with the same number of passengers and crew that they took off with, helicopters regularly defy that silly rule.

The ‘normal’ … crew in an ASW (sub hunter) Sea King was four. Two pilots, a TacNav (all commissioned officers) and the AESop (Airborne Electronics Sensor Op) who was the only one who knew his job because officers were always doing career development stuff. TacNavs had a high turnover rate as most of them were flunked out pilots. This of course left the AESop (an NCO) as the only experienced professional in the back of the airplane.

The AESop trade didn’t need a whole lot of chiefs (usually one per squadron) so the vast majority were promoted to Sgt. (OR6) fairly quickly. Then they gave us Specialist pay, Sea pay or Sea Duty allowance and a few others to keep us living at a standard we wished to become accustomed to. We were often short of people so would arrive in port on one ship, move your kit over to a different ship and sail with it the next morning. We were formed into Air Detachments (aircrew and maintenance people) that stayed together but moved as a Det from ship to ship … doing far more Sea Time than the sailors did.

Of course the sea time was hard on families and at one point half the AESOps in my squadron were divorced. }};-@

Finally to fill the ranks we offered flunked out pilots direct training as Cpl AESOps and would run six week courses in the training squadron. A few of them tried to hang with their former pilot classmates and were tossed. One of my top students showed up in Germany as a Maj working back end on a NATO AWACs … by that time I was a NATO civilian employee and we and the wives became great friends.

Tim

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