Sunday, November 11, 2007

Conn, sonar: Oops


A Chinese Song class sub at dockside

Chinese Sub Pops Up Undetected in U.S. Navy Exercise
The Cleveland Leader
Nov. 11, 2007

Recently, when a Chinese submarine popped up undetected in the middle of a Pacific Ocean exercise, dangerously close to the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk, American military chiefs were left dumbfounded and red-faced, according to a UK newspaper, The Daily Mail.

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"By the time the Chinese sub surfaced, the 160 ft Song Class diesel-electric attack submarine sailed within viable range for launching torpedoes or missiles at the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk, a 1,000 ft. supercarrier with 4,500 military personnel on board.

"According to senior NATO officials, the incident caused a sense of sudden fear in the U.S. Navy, as officials realized the seriousness of the encounter. The U.S. apparently had no idea just how sophisticated China's fast-growing submarine fleet had become, or that they even posed such a threat."

Armed, by the way, with C-80X anti-ship missiles. - grp

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2 comments:

Jonathan said...

i dont think thats true.... hehe imagine how the china's sub. become undetected, and there was destroyers there! i dont believe this, sonars are very accurate U.S. navy has the most sophisticated weapons in the world i think this is just a chinese joke story... ty!

G. Randy Primm said...

Thanks for the moral support, Jonathan. I spent 5 years in the US Navy submarine service, thank you very much.

It's not an easy trick to sneak anything into a flotilla of warships, but it can be done. In fact, our own submarines do it all the time.

The secret to it is very simple in principle, but difficult to accomplish in practice, which is, make your submarine very, very quiet.

Unfortunately, most people, when they think of China, think of poisoned meat and lead-painted children's toys, and this applies even to Navy intelligence on occasion. But the Chinese are not stupid, you know.

The surprise to our side was that the Chinese seem to have done what we didn't think they were capable of doing, which is to say, produce high precision, quality boats and super-duper soundproofing.

"Run silent, run deep." The rest of it is a piece of cake.