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  • Put In The Virginias!
    Posted by Sean Meade 6:11 PM on Mar 10, 2011

    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?

    Tags: ar99, submarines, Virginia

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