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You've lost another submarine?
The Russians had another sub sink in the Barents Sea over the weekend. This one was a decommissioned nuclear attack sub that was under tow to port to be broken. It went down in a storm taking 7 crew with it - and now the concern is the reactor might leak. So they're going to try to raise it. The Russian Navy is in sorry shape - you go from being the largest naval force to having less funding than most 2nd tier powers and shit starts breaking down.

I am: saddened
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solipsistnation From: solipsistnation Date: September 2nd, 2003 07:36 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

the winter boys
drinking heavy water froma stone

bye-bye, empire, bye-bye
blarglefiend From: blarglefiend Date: September 2nd, 2003 08:10 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
There was a comment from one of the senior Russian guys about this on the news the other day (this happened a few days ago). I don't recall his exact words, but he said that the cause was that someone left the conning-tower hatch open, and that the ultimate problem is that Russians do things in an incredibly half-arsed manner.

Clearly a man who hasn't had a run-in with their crime gangs. :)
From: arcticelf Date: September 3rd, 2003 03:55 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Glomar Explorer

Well, they can always get the Glomar out of moth balls to go get her. She was a partial success the first time.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: September 3rd, 2003 08:12 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
No they can't - the Glomar Explorer isn't in mothballs. She was purchased some years back and refitted as a deep sea drilling vessel. Most of her moon pool was hulled over, and most of the complex auto-leveling gear was disabled and/or removed since it isn't necessary for her new mission.
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: September 3rd, 2003 08:17 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Or at least, that's what they want you to think.

What about the Glomar Challenger? I remember the name, but not what that ship was actually (ostensibly) for.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: September 3rd, 2003 08:34 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
That was a genuine deep sea survey vessel built for, um, the International Geophysical Year? Something like that. A lot of world governments cooperating to explore the geosphere for 18 months. (Yeah, 18 months, but they called it 'year' - government in action.) She was scrapped in 1983.

Challenger:
http://www-odp.tamu.edu/glomar.html

The Explorer was a bit bigger:
http://www.fas.org/irp/program/collect/jennifer.htm

Explorer's new life:
http://www.casgen.com/pr/pr970004.htm
From: arcticelf Date: September 3rd, 2003 08:44 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

I did not know

I didn.t know that.

::ponders:: I wonder if my grandfather still has that russian titanium paper weight. You see, he was invovled in teh arm construction for the Glomar, adn after it .Failed. my father came back from coledge, and found the Time arcticle about it, and the chunk of Sub hull my grandfather had gotten as a sovenier...

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