Four Knots to Nowhere contains the recollections and current experiences of the life of an active duty Missile Technician, currently stationed on Shore Duty at the Naval Ordnance Test Unit, Cape Canaveral, FL.

Friday, November 25, 2005

USS Dolphin Ready For New Missions

As most of you know, back in May, 2002, the USS Dolphin, the only diesel submarine in the US inventory, experienced flooding and electrical fires at sea after ingesting 75 tons of water down her only hatch.

Now, the US Navy has spent $9 million on repairs and an additional $41 million for upgrades to the research ship, which will be going on it's first mission next month.

The upgrades included:
  • An inflatable boot in the ship's entryway to stop water from flowing in should a door fail.
  • A shield to keep the door from accidentally opening at sea.
  • More emergency breathing units.
  • Four additional pumps to "dewater" the ship in the event of flooding.
  • An improved, maintenance-free battery.
  • Wiring and electronics raised higher in the submarine, where they're less likely to be exposed to flooding.
  • A faster, clearer radar system.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Mini-Sub Mystery may be Solved

One of the great mysteries of World War II - the fate of the missing Japanese midget submarine that attacked Sydney Harbour - could be revealed next week.

The State Government's Heritage Office will investigate the almost four years of research handed to them by the makers of M24: The Last Sunrise.

And in a live telecast on Fox 8 on November 28, cameras will explore what is believed to be the location of the missing two-man submarine.

M24 was part of a force of three midget subs that torpedoed one ship and killed 21 Allied sailors on the night of May 31, 1942.

"Over the past four years we've looked at all of the existing evidence and theories of where M24 might be," producer Damien Lay of Animax Films said.

Mr Lay said he was not "100 per cent" sure their new theory was right but viewers could make up their own minds.

$8.1 Billion for Testing Facility at PNS

A total of $8.1 million is on its way to the Seacoast to support construction at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

The funding will be used to construct a new acoustic test and calibration facility.

According to Rep. Tom Allen, D-Maine, on Friday the final report for the Fiscal Year 2006 Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill was completed and it included funding for the shipyard.

Acoustic test and calibration? I sure hope we aren't giving in to too much political pressure.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

2005 MilBloggies

Well, a quick thanks to the three people that have voted for Four Knots to Nowhere on the 2005 MilBloggies competition at the above link!

Check out the link above to vote for your favorite MilBlog(s) (pssst.. Ultraquiet No More). Looks like you can vote for more than one, too (pssst.. The Sub Report).

Thanks to Bubblehead for pointing this out to everyone.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

USMC Birthday Luncheon

Just got back from the USMC Birthday luncheon. Got a copy of the latest press release.

Semper Fi,

****Press Release****

President Bush may send up to 5 Marines for French Military assistance. President Bush has authorized the Joint Chiefs to begin drawing up a battle plan to pull France's ass out of the fire again. Facing an apparent overwhelming force of up to 400 pissed off teenagers, President Bush doubts France's ability to hold off the little pissants. "Hell, if the two world wars are any indication, I would expect France to surrender any day now." said President Bush.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Peter Pace, warned the President that it might be necessary to send up to 5 Marines to get things under control. The General admitted that 5 Marines may be overkill, but he wanted to get this thing under control within 24 hours of arriving on scene. He stated he was having a hard time finding even one Marine to help those ungrateful bastards out for a third time but thought that he could persuade a few women Marines to do the job before they went on pregnancy leave.

President Bush asked Gen. Pace to get our Marines out of there as soon as possible after the order was restored. He also reminded Gen. Pace to make sure the Marines did not takes soap, razors, or deodorant with them. The less they stand out the better.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Protection of Information

This needs to be reiterated today. I know that most of you guys are already conscious of OPSEC, INFOSEC, and the control of classified material. For those of you that aren't, please take a look at the following links.

OPSEC = The premise of OPSEC is that the accumulation of one or more elements of sensitive/unclassified information or data could damage national security by revealing classified information.

INFOSEC = The protection of information and information systems against unauthorized access or modification of information. INFOSEC includes those measures necessary to detect, document, and counter such threats.

CLASSIFIED = Information that has been determined pursuant to this order or any predecessor order to require protection against unauthorized disclosure and is marked to indicate its classified status when in documentary form.

When you're posting information on the internet, if there's any question as to the classification level of the information, don't post it until a subject-matter-expert approves it.

Read the information over at the Hundreds of Fathoms weblog if you want more information on protecting open-source information.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Four arrests linked to Chinese spy ring

Well, THIS doesn't look good.

Four persons arrested in Los Angeles are part of a Chinese intelligence-gathering ring, federal investigators said, and the suspects caused serious compromises for 15 years to major U.S. weapons systems, including submarines and warships.

China covertly obtained the Aegis technology and earlier this year deployed its first Aegis warship, code-named Magic Shield, intelligence officials have said.

The Chinese also obtained sensitive data on U.S. submarines, including classified details related to the new Virginia-class attack submarines.

Officials said based on a preliminary assessment, China now will be able to track U.S. submarines, a compromise that potentially could be devastating if the United States enters a conflict with China in defending Taiwan.

More information at The Washington Times.


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