03 October 2005

Comparison Time

Time for a little compare and contrast.
Our subjects:
1)  Soldiers for the Truth Article that Bubblehead is already mocking
2)  Summary from The Strategy Page on the same subject (USS Philadelphia collision)

One is a fact-based, clean and clear summary.  The other delves into ridiculous speculation and absurd misunderstandings of submarine operations.  Can you figure out which is which?

As a note, I am no great fan of the Strategy Page.  They have some good points made there, and some asinine ones.  This happens to be one of the good ones.


At 10/03/2005, Blogger Vigilis said...

PBS, thanks for contrasting the articles for ease of reading. You were going to let me know why OODs no longer have to be topside fulltime during surface transits. From the photo in the SFTT article, the reason has to do with limited space on the micro bridge of newer designs. That is not convincing me yet, as the photo still shows at least 2 individuals.

At 10/04/2005, Blogger Bubblehead said...

There's also a "flying bridge" railing that can be rigged around the cockpit area, that leaves room for up to 10 guys. The thing with the Philly, I'm pretty sure, is not that they had problems seeing it; it's that they thought the M/V was going to maneuver to avoid them. A decent shot of a Seawolf flying bridge is here.

At 10/04/2005, Blogger Vigilis said...

Thanks Bubblehead. Nice shot. What is that thing with writing all over it in front of the headphone talker? Its as large as a teleprompter.

At 10/04/2005, Blogger Bubblehead said...

That's just the windshield. You right down contact information, upcoming course changes, and whatnot in grease pencil.

At 10/04/2005, Blogger PigBoatSailor said...


You misunderstood me - the CO or CDO no longer has to be on the bridge. The OOD in almost all cases does. There are a few exceptions, such as really bad weather. Not just "Oooh, I'm a pansy weather," but, "Oh carp! The OOD just got swept off the bridge! Good thing he has got a safety harness on!" weather. Yeah, that was my boat. Nope, wasn't me. Thank G-d.

But, as I said (poorly it seems) previously, there are usually 3 people up there nowadays: OOD, Lookout, and machine gunner.


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