They’re back

August 4, 2009 · Posted in ASW, submarine · Comment 
Akula I

Akula I

Seems Russian Submarines have returned to the US East Coast.  The Story courtesy of the NY Times and the money quote courtesy of the US Navy.

“We’ve known where they were, and we’re not concerned about our ability to track the subs,” the official added. “We’re concerned just because they are there.”

If you’re interested in this stuff Gary E Weir’s Rising Tide: The Untold Storyof the Russian Submarines that Fought the Cold War is where you want to start. You’ll find a few cases where the Bear was able to outfox the Eagle just a bit..

RSS Archer Launched

June 22, 2009 · Posted in ASW, submarine · Comment 

The first Västergötland class AIP capable sub was launched in Sweden to begin trials for IOC sometime in 2010. RSS Archer and her soon to be launched sister ship, RSS Swordsman will complement Singapore’s aging Sjöormen/Challenger class submarines and Formidable class Frigates most likely dominating the approaches to Singapore and the Straits of Malacca.

Alright maybe a little over the top but here’s a little perspective on submarines in the region courtesy of Kelvin Fong and the Asian Defense Journal.