Monday, February 20, 2006

Army Guys Need Answers!

Cross-posted from The Stupid Shall Be Punished:

The guys from Castle Argghhh!!! posed a question to us bubbleheads that should pose a good challenge for us. They linked to a picture over at StrangeMilitary.com (re-printed below, so those who want to avoid the pop-up adds that got through my pop-up blocker can skip them) of a sub at PD, and want to know what kind of boat it is:

I said that I though it might be a Permit-class boat, due to the large fairwater planes that look to be fairly close to the top of the sail. Anyone else have any ideas? As always, the best comparison shots for U.S. boats can be found over at NavSource.

8 Comments:

At 12:41 AM, Blogger Vigilis said...

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At 1:15 AM, Blogger Vigilis said...

BH, is it a model in a basin, though? Water is not right for the open ocean (no disbursed foam, breakers, little wave action, etc. (Is the Army setting us up?)

What is all the turbulence around the supposed bow? (simulated damage to San Francisco?) Periscope (angled forward 15 degrees implies dive not evident from position of visible planes). Speed from mast wake also appears rather low.

See the circular object on boat (lower right corner of photo): do not remember such from Permits I knew; also, the fairwater is too long, I think, for that class. Not Tulibee, either. A Russke?

 
At 2:04 PM, Blogger jeff said...

Awfully big conning tower - Kilo?

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger WillyShake said...

Updated my post HERE. The salient point is…how are we going to know the correct answer?

 
At 8:39 AM, Blogger xnavyct said...

The sail and the planes look like an India-class...

 
At 9:16 PM, Blogger Rob said...

Vigilis said...Water is not right for the open ocean

It does look a bit...unreal. Photoshop?

 
At 4:34 AM, Blogger soa100 said...

It's a RAN COLLINS boat; probably COLLINS or RANKIN operating off Hawaii during RIMPAC.

 
At 2:45 AM, Blogger xochal said...

I agree It is a collins class, perhaps the Duschaux or the sheena, I have seen them up close the Sail and planes look right, the bow is more blunt then our current subs, the aussy's
(french made boat) use alot more composite construction for superstructure, it could also account for the discoloration on the bow If I could see the stern planes it would be a dead give away, they are rotated 45 degrees and the shape of a X with a fairing extending beyond the planes by about 10 ft. front of the sail is not perpendicular to the hull, it slopes kind of like the seawolf.

 

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