Sunday, August 07, 2005

Of Hope and Jealousy

Hearing the happy ending to this story of the stranded Russian mini-sub, I must confess that my first reaction was to quote Sean Connery in Hunt for Red October and not Shakespeare! (note: link is to sound file!)

Ramius: "And the sea will grant each man new hope, as sleep brings dreams of home"... Christopher Columbus.

Now, don't all you engineer types go getting all critical and un-poetic--yes, I know that technically the sea had nothing to do with it, it was good ol' Yankee, er, Brit know-how.

Speaking of which, I've had the same thought as Bubblehead (et al) since this whole thing wrapped up, which is:

How did we let the Brits beat us?

Trivial perhaps, and yet in light of future emergencies, I think we best be sure we have it "all in one sock" so to speak.


At 8:34 AM, Blogger Vicky said...

Maybe if the USN kept more of their DSRV's they would have been more helpful. Aren't they down to just one in the world now?

At 8:45 AM, Blogger PigBoatSailor said...


While I agree that the US dropping down to one DSRV is unwise, in this case it wouldn't have mattered. The AS-28 was not equipped to mate with a DSRV, so the only way of rescuing those sailors was to either get them shallow enough to let them swim out, or to do what was done, and free the bathyscaphe and bring it up to the surface.

At 10:31 AM, Blogger forendy said...


Does it really matter that the Brits beat the USA to the scene? Surely the overriding priority was the saving of life, and I personally thank God that they all kept the scorecard even, number of surfaces =number of dives.

"Fore-ndy" retired UK Submariner

At 2:04 PM, Blogger Rob said...

I think it matters not in a competitive sense, but in a sense of figuring out why we weren't able to get there in a more timely manner. There were obviously some logistic issues and it would be best to learn from them and fix the problems so the next time there isn't a delay. See, next time the Brits may run into "traffic jams", and we'd certainly want to have their back.

At 4:17 AM, Blogger WillyShake said...

Well said, Rob. Perhaps my original statement was poorly phrased: I don't care who "won" so long as the men were saved...BUT, I want to make sure that our teams were performing optimally.


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