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  •  I've read that the Viking was so efficient and.... (0+ / 0-)

    reliable that the Navy should have built two or three times as many, rather than sinking billions into far less useful things. Instead the insufficient number built were used until they were used up.

    But despite its virtues I still get the impression that it would not be that difficult for a quiet modern submarine to get within torpedo range of a carrier group.

    •  RalphDog: It used to piss me off when I ... (0+ / 0-)

      ... couldn't find the sub during the flight sims. I stormed into my CPO's office and asked what the hell am I supposed to do in the real world? Here's what he said:

      Don't worry. The sub has to come up to launch it's nuclear strike, so we'll get him them. Unbelievable. I told him that it's too late by then. He shrugged.

      Subs can take out the world; take it from a former sub-hunter.

      And yes, the S-3 was a pretty decent aircraft, and would have served the USN well in greater numbers.

      Always good talking with you, RalphDog!

      Reuse and commonality are the keys to a robust and profitable space program.

      by The NM STAR Group on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 05:00:15 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks much. I was a war-gamer and military... (0+ / 0-)

        history nut in school, so it's always a privilege to hear from folks who aren't just guessing but truly know.
        I can still vividly recall a good friend who was a gentle soul and a real pacifist, yet he joined the Navy ROTC program and spent a summer in Marine boot camp in California. He came back a changed and somber person. He was tasked with being the squad machine gunner. We asked him how it went. He thought for a long minute and then said..."Those things...they could really hurt someone."

        Best wishes.

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