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Michael Fabey writes:The Navy denies a contention by the Pentagon Director, Operational Testing and Evaluation (DOT&E) that the service has security rules prohibiting the operation of Virginia-class submarines in the vicinity of foreign SSKs (conventional submarines) or diesel-electric subs.But the Navy did acknowledge this week that it does enforce such a rule “during exercises with allied forces” as steps “taken to protect the submarine force’s greatest asset, its stealth, from being compromised.”Isn’t that a bit like saying you’ve got this Cy Young-caliber lefthander with an awesome curve ball – but you won’t pitch him against righthanders because they might be able to figure out how to hit him?What the DOT&E said was needed to see how Virgnias fare against SSKs was more testing – and what better way to do that than with U.S. allies with those kinds of subs?
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