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Old 09-30-2020, 04:04 PM   #1
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It's Amazing What You Can Sometime See...

From your anchorage!
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Old 09-30-2020, 04:31 PM   #2
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We were traveling down the west coast when we saw things that looked like antennas zip past us going north up the coast. We didnít see the whole sub but several of us saw what looked like antennas.
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Old 09-30-2020, 05:50 PM   #3
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This is all to common a sight in the Puget Sound. They usually are accompanied with a whole fleet of smaller boats with big guns.
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This is all to common a sight in the Puget Sound. They usually are accompanied with a whole fleet of smaller boats with big guns.
We see the same a lot here in Connecticut on the Thames River.

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From your anchorage!

Near Cumberland I by chance?
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Near Cumberland I by chance?
Yup.

I'm told that's an Ohio Class with a couple of dozen tridents on board!
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Unfortunately, the Mare Island Naval Facilities where nuclear submarines were built/upgraded shut down before me berthing across the strait.
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We were traveling down the west coast when we saw things that looked like antennas zip past us going north up the coast. We didnít see the whole sub but several of us saw what looked like antennas.
estimated speed?
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estimated speed?
No idea, but they were moving.
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Old 09-30-2020, 09:20 PM   #10
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I've spent a lot of time on Dabob Bay in northern Hood Canal where the Navy has a torpedo test range. It's used for R&D shots as well as qualifying the subs for fitness for sea.

One time when north of the range and needing to transit to the south range control gave us permission to proceed but we were required to stay as close to shore as possible and make best speed. Up pops a periscope too close for comfort and tracks us for a while before disappearing again.

Another time we were hailed by range control and advised to look a certain direction at a certain time. A trident sub did an emergency surface, ran for a brief distance on the surface at high speed then did a fast dive. Very spectacular, just like a scene from a movie.

There were numerous times where range control hailed us and said with no preamble "Go all quiet NOW!" It doesn't take a lot of imagination to figure out what happened. The torpedos are wire guided until they aren't, then they are acoustic homing..... No, we weren't on the range but we were close by. With range control's knowledge and permission.

All of this was prior to 9/11. It's all different now.
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I've spent a lot of time on Dabob Bay in northern Hood Canal where the Navy has a torpedo test range. It's used for R&D shots as well as qualifying the subs for fitness for sea.

One time when north of the range and needing to transit to the south range control gave us permission to proceed but we were required to stay as close to shore as possible and make best speed. Up pops a periscope too close for comfort and tracks us for a while before disappearing again.

Another time we were hailed by range control and advised to look a certain direction at a certain time. A trident sub did an emergency surface, ran for a brief distance on the surface at high speed then did a fast dive. Very spectacular, just like a scene from a movie.

There were numerous times where range control hailed us and said with no preamble "Go all quiet NOW!" It doesn't take a lot of imagination to figure out what happened. The torpedos are wire guided until they aren't, then they are acoustic homing..... No, we weren't on the range but we were close by. With range control's knowledge and permission.

All of this was prior to 9/11. It's all different now.
That's sounds like a blast (well, hopefully not literally!)

BTW, there are no Trident subs. Those are the missiles some carry - like this Ohio class.
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I've spent a lot of time on Dabob Bay in northern Hood Canal where the Navy has a torpedo test range. It's used for R&D shots as well as qualifying the subs for fitness for sea.

One time when north of the range and needing to transit to the south range control gave us permission to proceed but we were required to stay as close to shore as possible and make best speed. Up pops a periscope too close for comfort and tracks us for a while before disappearing again.

Another time we were hailed by range control and advised to look a certain direction at a certain time. A trident sub did an emergency surface, ran for a brief distance on the surface at high speed then did a fast dive. Very spectacular, just like a scene from a movie.

There were numerous times where range control hailed us and said with no preamble "Go all quiet NOW!" It doesn't take a lot of imagination to figure out what happened. The torpedos are wire guided until they aren't, then they are acoustic homing..... No, we weren't on the range but we were close by. With range control's knowledge and permission.

All of this was prior to 9/11. It's all different now.
Pursuant to a treaty, area WG (Whisky Golf) in Georgia Strait is "active" when being used as a Torpedo testing range, by the US Navy.

Your stories suggest that we ought to be terrified by that state of affairs, that we should be lobbying our own government to stop the use of our peaceful waters by the Increasingly hawkish US gov.
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Had one following us coming out of port Townsend monday. We were ahead and the running at 10 knots but they were closing so we changed course and stopped then watched the group go by.
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Sort of funny because by the time you see the sub, they have seen you for a long long time and maybe even used you as a training target aka 'snap shot'
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We saw this ship a couple weeks ago on Tennessee River around mm44. R/S RocketShip. It carries three 160 ft long Delta IV Common Booster Cores.
We see the ship 2 or 3 times a year .
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We saw this ship a couple weeks ago on Tennessee River around mm44. R/S RocketShip. It carries three 160 ft long Delta IV Common Booster Cores.
We see the ship 2 or 3 times a year .
Well would you look at that. An actual rocket ship. huh.
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A perfect target for an RPG?
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Your stories suggest that we ought to be terrified by that state of affairs, that we should be lobbying our own government to stop the use of our peaceful waters by the Increasingly hawkish US gov.
Funny, I drew the exact opposite inference, thinking instead that we have a great military making me proud to be an american.
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Funny, I drew the exact opposite inference, thinking instead that we have a great military making me proud to be an american.
I remember being on one of the first generation FBM in the 60s. It was a deterrent and it worked out perfectly. Between our FBMs and fast attack submarines, we scared our enemies beyond belief. It took them years to catch up and meanwhile we were making progress towards the next generations of nuclear subs.

What surprised me is this ship was unescorted.
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Pursuant to a treaty, area WG (Whisky Golf) in Georgia Strait is "active" when being used as a Torpedo testing range, by the US Navy.

Your stories suggest that we ought to be terrified by that state of affairs, that we should be lobbying our own government to stop the use of our peaceful waters by the Increasingly hawkish US gov.

My first reaction to your post was to wonder what you are talking about. Nothing I said in post #10 was meant in anyway to be frightening or threatening. And further did not discuss US Navy activities in Canadian waters.

I do understand your unease with nuclear subs firing torpedo test shots in your home waters. That said Canada and the US have a long standing cooperative approach to national defense. Our nations have often fought in the same wars and conflicts.

However you have the right to oppose your governemnt's cooperation with your southern neighbor. Respectuflly I say that with your strong feelings that is what you should do.
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