Chinese sub stalks US aircraft carrier

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by Devil_Dog, Nov 13, 2006.

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  1. in_the_cheapseats

    in_the_cheapseats LE Moderator

    Yeah - was it stalking or did it get lucky in where it was sitting when the carrier went past? My money's on the latter.

    Embarrassing either way, I suppose but if it was locked down tight, it would have been a pretty difficult target.
  2. Nope it would be stalking, the Chinese are building huge amounts of Song class subs, its the experience they lack. This crew (and others ) would be doing this to research drills.
  3. Are there any sites/articles worth reading about the massive amount China seems to be spending on their Military?
  4. Yep but most are in Chinese, or you can drive around the sub yards at Wuhan - takes days. My PLA chums say that the long term aim is about three carrier battlegroups and enough subs to starve Japan and Taiwan if they have to. The Navy is definately number one in the current five year military spend plan and will be in the next.
  5. Devil_Dog.

    Is that the video of the Iranian UAV seen on US stations.

    So is it the "new" video? with all the F14's on it. ?

    Got to love that arcraft...

    When was it retired again?
  6. I think the Navy call the latter "strategy".
  7. According to a mate of mine, who has a nautical slant, the one thing that’s putting the willys up the USN/RN is diesel subs. Apparently they are a right bugger to find compared to nuclear boats. So I can believe this.
  8. Kitty Hawk has an interesting habit of being spotted by Chinese submarines during October. Same thing happened in 1994...
  9. Is Navy life for RN submariners becoming more interesting then?
  10. Call me cynical, but perhaps the USN 'wanted' to be found by the sub? They probably gleaned as much from watching it, as the sub did from escorting it.

  11. Interesting. Did He say why this was - size of boat perhaps??
  12. 5 miles? What speed was the Kitty Hawk doing at the time and what was her escort comprised of?
    From what little I know, diesel boats can be pretty quite and can cause nuclear attack subs and surface groups problems. It depends on the conditions and situation.
    The maximum speed of the Song class is reputed to be about 22kts. Now if a sub is traveling along at that speed, it will be heard in Birmingham and will not be able to hear too much itself.
    Now if a diesel on batteries is just tooling along very slowly and the target approaches it, then there is a possibility (a reasonably good one as far as I know) that it will remain undetected. However if it has to close with the target a speed, then there is a good chance that it will be heard.

    Anyway, I'm sure you all already know this, so I'm off the the matelots section of the internet to see fi they have an informed opinion, as opposed to what I have picked up from Tom Clancy novels.
  13. That will be why we flogged all of ours then ?