Always Silent and Strange, Sometimes Spurious and Entertaining(cross-posted from Molten Eagle)
Consider this report (U.S.N buys Ruskie sub), brought to my attention by an upstanding contributor to UQNM who correctly questions its authenticity. Ask yourself why the fiscally stressed submarine service would spend $4 million to buy the soviet hulk, K-123:
(Soviet Alfa Class /When: August 8, 1982 / Where: Barents Sea ): A liquid-metal reactor on K-123 nuclear attack sub sprung a leak, allowing the liquid metal to seep out, solidify, and create a large mass that damaged the internal mechanisms of the reactor. The sub was forced out of commission for eight years.
Such a purchase would have to involve a sound militay value or level of subterfuge (examples suggested in the next paragraph).
Perhaps UBL has been captured and this is the means of expatriating him to the U.S. for "debriefing'. Perhaps another, high order, submarine espionage event will soon surface and this is a way to harmlessly explain the otherwise implausible. In either case, or in those similar $4 million would be a mere pittance from some "black" budget.
The odd rumor is presented without a verifiable news link. A sampling of comments by regular readers of the reporting site are, well, entertaining:
A rusty bucket from the 70's is a strategic asset 30 years later? (goldorak)
And I hope none of the USN blokes they get to man her want to have anymore children. (diver)
"Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash" (Winston -Wales)
Abandoning such seriousness (turn on your sound): this payback scenario, instructs how to turn the tables on annoying telemarketers we have all encountered.