Saturday, August 06, 2005

Russian Deception, Again - AS-28 Updated at 11:06 AM EDT

Not Caught in Fishing Net, Afterall

Peteropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia Associated Press

Russian crews looped cables under an underwater antenna snaring a mini-submarine on the Pacific floor Saturday and would try to lift them closer to the surface before air ran out for seven trapped sailors, a navy spokesman said.

Capt. Dygalo said two ships had worked a cable beneath the sub entangled in an underwater antenna assembly that is part of Russia's coastal monitoring system. Officials initially said the sub's propeller was snarled by a fishing net as it participated in military exercises Thursday.

[Soon, we will learn Russia's veracity in regard to oxygen reserves. Hope it is positive for the ENTIRE crew.]


At 11:06 AM, Blogger PigBoatSailor said...

Interfax mentioned something along these lines earlier as well. My take?
The "Coastal observation aerial" sounds like an antenna, perhaps one that is independent in some way of the boat? Would explain the need for it having its own anchor. If they were trying to test some type of remote intel gathering antenna, that just sits there on its own and gathers data, perhaps when they were deploying it its anchor got fouled on the mini-sub? Maybe this is what is trapping the AS-28, and not fishing nets? It would also explain the extra crew on board - techs to deploy and run the antenna.

We will find out for sure once we hear reports from the Brits and Americans on scene - they will have a clear view with their ROVs, and will have no motivation to cover anything up. Might be why the Russians are trying so hard to drag the sub away from the scene of the entanglement?

At 11:24 AM, Blogger Vigilis said...

PBS, my thoughts exactly.


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