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2012-11-25 Science & Technology
Pentagon Developing Underwater Sub Drones
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Posted by Au Auric 2012-11-25 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [304 views ]  Top

#1 Doing the job seals and porpoises PETA won't. So long and thanks for all the fish.
Posted by Procopius2k 2012-11-25 12:10||   2012-11-25 12:10|| Front Page Top

#2 Lemme know when they come up with an anti-swimmer version.
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#3 As I recall, many warships have a built in anti swimmer device called sonar. Since active sonar has a range of miles, if you ping every few minutes, any swimmers near by will be severely affected.
Posted by Rambler in Virginia 2012-11-25 14:07||   2012-11-25 14:07|| Front Page Top

#4 Explains all the whales washing up on the Atlantic side of Florida during WWII, well, that and the random depth charges.
Posted by Shipman 2012-11-25 15:39||   2012-11-25 15:39|| Front Page Top

#5 As I recall, many warships have a built in anti swimmer device called sonar.

Some ports, notably foreign ones, also take a dim view of sonar pinging. It creates difficulties for them. Places like Bahrain already have problems with Shiites. Imagine Shiite fishermen claiming that active sonar is driving away fish and killing their livelihood. May or may not be true, but it does put the host in a difficult situation. Other places might allow US warships to dock, but don't want attention called to that. Active sonar kinda draws attention. Not a good idea to piss off one's hosts. Especially when there are so few of them left.

Sometimes it's better to quietly slip in a few anti-swimmer units into a harbor. It's quiet, low key, and effective. The host nation can exercise plausible deniability. It doesn't call attention to the visiting warships.

Seems there a word for that also starts with an 's'... oh, yes. 'subtle'.

Look it up.
Posted by Pappy 2012-11-25 15:52||   2012-11-25 15:52|| Front Page Top

#6 sharks with laser beams on their heads - that's what we need
Posted by Frank G 2012-11-25 16:34||   2012-11-25 16:34|| Front Page Top

#7 Seems there a word for that also starts with an 's'

I was gonna guess shand grenade. Yeah, the 's' is silent.
Posted by SteveS 2012-11-25 17:39||   2012-11-25 17:39|| Front Page Top

#8 We have one, caller a Torpedo.
Posted by Redneck Jim 2012-11-25 20:15||   2012-11-25 20:15|| Front Page Top

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