Under the radar ... underwater drone strapped with explosives found near gas pipelines:
"An unmanned military underwater vehicle rigged with explosives was spotted on the seabed in the vicinity of the Nord Stream gas pipeline in the Baltics on Friday, Swedish media report. The device is expected to be disarmed on November 9.
An abandoned expendable remotely-operated mine clearance underwater vehicle allegedly with explosives onboard has been detected in multinational waters of the Baltic Sea by the Swedish Navy, Svenska Daglabet reports.
The discovery was made during a routine check of the Nord Stream pipeline. Since it was discovered in the Swedish economic zone, north of the island of Gotland, the Nord Stream pipeline operator immediately notified the Swedish military."
"The type of ROV (remote operated vehicle) found near Gotland is typically used to disarm big unremovable munitions found on seabed, as the drone is blown up along with the dangerous object.
Although there is every indication that the UUV carries an explosive charge, the Swedish military believe it cannot do any harm.
“We don't consider it to be dangerous to merchant vessels or the pipeline at this point,” Jesper Stolpe, Swedish Armed Forces spokesman, told Radio Sweden. According to Stolpe, the cable used to control the drone and to set off the explosive was cut off, so at the moment the vehicle is relatively harmless.
The national identity of the drone has not been verified so far, as many countries use UUVs of a similar construction, Stolpe said.
The Swedish military precludes the possibility of sabotage against the pipeline, Stolpe said.
An attempt to disarm the UUV or take it away from the pipeline is going to be made on Monday, November 9.
The Nord Stream pipeline connecting Russia and Germany was constructed by energy giant Gazprom in close cooperation with companies from Germany, France and the Netherlands."
Wow, with all the focus being on what goes on above and not below :
A guide to Trident: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-13442735 - there are currently 4 - one armed and dangerous, one in dock and two at port or on training manouvres (sounds like my siblings) : the assumption of one being sat in the east med for quite a while ... somewhere someplace secretly under the waves to protect the UK "Only one submarine is on patrol at any one time and it needs several days' notice to fire." Erm to fire what ?
One recently sprung up in LA : https://twitter.com/search?q=trident&ref_src=twsrc^google|twcamp^serp|twgr^search
Not quite South Pacific ... Anyhow the Trident debate rumbles along but its not those that are particularly of interest here but the Trident support vessels - made in Barrow, by BAE systems, (Marconi & BA, formerly Vickers - the tank builders in Leeds) ... cute ... Astute. Yes the Astute submarines are quite dinky and specifically built to support Trident and replace the Vanguard boats. They have no other purpose, which is a shame really because the loss of Trident would mean a loss of the Astutes would mean the loss of about 6000 jobs in and around Barrow alone.
Ambush, Artful & Audacious ...
Can you imagine one of these being towed down the road in LA ? What on Earth would they do with their Ufology folks ...
Back in Barrow (2011) : "It looks like a James Bond set, only bigger" ... "The Northern economy is supposed to be dour and in the doldrums, but here are young people helping to create the marine equivalent of the space shuttle."
Yep, who needs LA.
Oh I gotta sea that again ;-) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/epic/badot/11803318/New-...
Hmmm ... kinda looks familiar ... muscle ...
Oh could they be floating Nucleur power stations ...
Vanguards are steam powered : http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/the-equipment/submarines/vanguard-ballistic
Vanguards v Astutes: http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/nov/15/astute-hunter-killer-submarine...
OK, so why this 'sudden' interest in U-Boats ... Remembrance Day
Poppy day .... North Atlantic Crossings ... U boats ....
This ones for my Uncle - Great :-))
Services to be held in Skardiburg this year ...?
Up the Mount or .... erm bless:
"Cadets will meet up at 09:00 outside of Queen Street Methodist Church, near 'Boyes'. After the Remembrance Service we will march down Eastborough to the Sea Front and hold our 2 mins silence on the 'West Pier'. There will be the traditional Ceremony followed by two of our Cadets taking a boat out to Sea to place a wreath of Poppies on the water. Please remember immaculate Number 1's and poppies in your caps. This is our annual opportunity to show thanks and to pay respects to those who have paid the ultimate price."