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India Joins the Nuclear Sub Club – INS Arihant, First Indian Built Nuclear Sub Ready for Sea Trials

Until recently only China, France, the United States, Britain and Russia have built and operated nuclear submarines. With the 6,000-ton INS Arihant ready for sea trials, India has joined this elite club.  The submarine will be the first Indian-built nuclear submarine to … Continue reading

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More Woes for the HMS Astute: Rusty, Slow & Leaky

HMS Astute, the first of seven new submarines, was delivered two years late, was well over budget and thus far is not yet in service, despite being delivered in 2009.  Her career has been marked by elements of both comedy and tragedy.  In … Continue reading

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Aegis Cruiser USS San Jacinto Collides with Nuclear Sub USS Montpelier in Atlantic off Florida

This has not been a good few months for Aegis missile cruisers.  In August, USS Porter collided with a VLCC (a large tanker) near the Strait of Hormuz. Yesterday at around 3:30 PM, during routine operations, the Aegis cruiser USS … Continue reading

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Update: Shipyard Worker Charged with Arson in USS Miami Fire

We apologize to industrial vacuum cleaners. (They may not be the national security threat we once thought.)   In a previous post we repeated a statement by the Federal investigators that the fire on the nuclear submarine USS Miami, undergoing repairs in … Continue reading

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Vacuum Cleaner Victims – the Clipper Ship Cutty Sark and Now the USS Miami !

There is a new threat to our nautical heritage and our nation’s defense!  In 2007, the composite tea clipper Cutty Sark, built in 1869, was ravaged by fire.  An investigation revealed the culprit - an industrial vacuum cleaner.   Now, it appears … Continue reading

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Fire on Nuclear Submarine USS Miami in Maine Shipyard

Crew responded to a fire on the nuclear submarine, USS Miami,  at around 5:40 PM last night at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.  This morning, the Navy reports that the fire has been put put. Three shipyard firefighters, two civilian firefighters … Continue reading

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HMS Astute Towed Back to Port After Hydraulics Failure

HMS Astute, the Royal Navy’s most advanced  nuclear submarine, was delivered 43 months behind schedule and £900 million over budget.   Then during trials in October,  it  ran aground off the Isle of Skye.   It was also in a collision … Continue reading

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