So, were the submarines made by the satellite dudes?

Well, not only are we butting heads in space, but it’s getting crowded under the waves, as well.

Many have already heard about the collision of American and Russian satellites over Siberia (and, as my brother-in-law kindly informed us, some Texans are wondering if some debris from that is what has been falling on their heads recently).

However, on February 3 or 4, two nuclear submarines recently collided, as well: one British and one French.  On separate and unrelated missions, the British Trident class (specifically, the HMS Vanguard) and French Le Triomphant class submarines — both of which contain both nuclear reactors and nuclear missiles — accidentally smashed into each other in the Atlantic Ocean.  Damage occurred to both, though there are no reports of loss of life or radioactive leakage.

Read what details are currently available here: “British, French nuclear submarines collide in Atlantic”; and thanks to Mr. Davis for passing on the news.  (UPDATE: AP article here, and FOX news video here.)

Up next: An Australian kangaroo accidentally runs head long into a Chinese panda at the San Diego zoo.  Film at 11:00…

4 thoughts on “So, were the submarines made by the satellite dudes?

  1. gary

    I don’t know about you but I’m beginning to think the oceans are a lot smaller then we have been led to believe. Or maybe we’re larger than we thought. It might be a conspiracy to make us think that the world is bigger than it really is. I know one thing I’m going to check into the flat earth concept again, maybe them thar scholars have misled us.

    Well you’re the math guy what are the chances of this happening? This kind of thing should be right up your past professions alley. Just be careful the alley might be much narrower than the picture implies.

  2. Ha! Thanks for the laugh this morning, Mr. Wiles!

    Actually, I was thinking that it may not be so unlikely as we would normally think. For instance, the ocean is vast, but that doesn’t mean that there are not common or routine lanes of traffic under the waves, especially if traveling close to the very bottom.

    Perhaps there is a submariner lurking out there who can weigh in.

  3. I’m not a submariner, but I’ve never met a submarine movie I didn’t like…and for perhaps not unrelated reasons, my eyes and ears always perk up when I read about submarine collisions. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard about a submarine colliding with something or other, although maybe yes with another submarine. Maybe. What’s happened between NATO and Soviet submarines has tended to be kept secret.

    You have the right idea about lanes of traffic and such; the ocean isn’t just a big fishbowl where one may travel as easily or as stealthily in one place as in another. Besides what’s on the bottom (and how close it is to the surface), there are thermoclines (boundaries between temperature gradients), pressure as a function of depth, where submarines have to be stationed in order to fulfill their patrol and deterrence functions, etc.

    The article may have the best summary:

    > As inquiries began, naval sources said the collision was a millions-to-one unlucky chance as both the subs were in the same patch of sea. Warships have sonar gear which locates submarines by sound waves.

    > But modern anti-sonar technology is so good it is possible that neither of the submarines “saw” the other.

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