Bear Attacks Submarine?!?!

Check it out. One cannot make this stuff up, no matter how hard one tried. It’s too darned funny, IMO. Enjoy.

Rumsfeld to Mother Nature: the United States demands that you come into full compliance with U.N. Resolution 661 and disband these weapons of mass distraction.

I think the bear would win. Thanks for linking this article, as it conclusively proves that, since a submarine would destroy a shark and the bear can handle the sub, the bear would totally kick a shark’s ass.

It just goes to show that Sid Meier was right all along. If a polar bear can sink a nuclear submarine, a phalanx can sink a battleship.

If anything, I think this polar bear attack is a clear sign that the US has to go into Iran next.

Nice.

Real life is sooo wacky. :)

Awwww… that bear had to gnaw on a Seawolf-class sub… those things are like $2 billion apiece! Plus, we only built 3 of them, including the Jimmy Carter!

Seawolf
Connecticut
Jimmy Carter

(And if you have to ask, Jimmy may be a peacenik, but he is ironically the only President we’ve had with a degree in nuclear engineering and who used to serve on a nuclear submarine.)

Heck, to me, those facts make him THAT much cooler. ;)

He also tricked the USSR into invading Afghanistan, intentionally trying to give them their own Vietnam. Funny stuff.

Well, the only reason the Seawolf was built at all (from a military standpoint, not a pork standpoint) is not because the platform was needed, but that it’s kind of important to not lose the ability and knowledge to make such things.

That said, it is a cool boat.

hums “what would you do for a SSN 22 bar…”

Seawolf was the last of the great Cold War submarines, designed to stalk and kill the Red Navy (and more importantly, Red Navy SSBN’s tucked deep in Soviet waters). It’s about as advanced a submarine that has ever been made, and it’s supposedly so quiet that it makes a i688-class submarine sound like a rock concert.

The only problem is that it’s a “deep ocean” type sub and it is expensive as hell… it works best out in the middle of the North Atlantic and such. Get into littoral warfare, where the water is a lot more shallow, and it loses a lot of edge. And in this day and age with special ops supreme, submarines need to be used for covert insertions and such.

The Navy is currently converting a handful of Ohio-class SSBN’s from Trident missile carrying to Special Ops missions. They’ll strip out all the missile tubes and make more room for Seal accomodations and equipment.

Plus there is the Virginia-class submarines in development. They’re very advanced, but they’re attack subs designed for shallow water in mind… lurking next to a coast and unleashing cruise missiles and special ops teams. It’s quiet, but probably not as quiet as a Seawolf. It also won’t be able to dive as deeply or carry as many weapons. But the plus is that they are nowhere near as expensive. This will probably be the replacement for the Los Angeles-class, many of the oldest of which have already been retired, and the rest were built a couple of decades ago.

Of course, this is all kinda moot, as with the total collapse of the Russian submarine force, there really isn’t anyone (at least, aside from the Brits) who could play hunter killer with any of our subs. The Chinese and NK’s have a lot of diesels, but they don’t venture out far into the ocean. And, institutionally, they do not have any of the six or seven decades of experience we have amassed in submarine warfare.

Yeah, I read about the upcoming Virginia class in Tom Clancy’s Submarine book. Looked like a great class of sub that can better deal with the new threat of terrorism, rather than the old cold war threats that the Los Angeles’ and Seawolves were meant to deal with.

The Navy is currently converting a handful of Ohio-class SSBN’s from Trident missile carrying to Special Ops missions. They’ll strip out all the missile tubes and make more room for Seal accomodations and equipment.

There’s a lot more to them than special ops. They are being redesignated as SSGNs where the “G” is for guided missile. Those missile silos will be converted to hold a large amount of Tomahawk missiles making the boats floating arsenals.

Is this so they can actually launch the Seals at the enemy?