Royal Navy Sacks Coked-Up Submariners

(Reuters) - Britain’s navy has fired nine sailors serving on a nuclear-armed submarine after they tested positive for using cocaine, the country’s defense ministry said on Saturday. The crew were from HMS Vigilant, one of four Royal Navy submarines which operate the Trident nuclear missile system. “We do not tolerate drugs misuse by service personnel. Those found to have … [Read more...]

What Is Life Like Aboard A Ballistic Missile Submarine?

By Jim Garamone (DoD News) Impressive is the only word I can come up with to describe my impressions of the Naval Submarine Base at Kings Bay, Georgia. I accompanied Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as he visited sailors and toured the facilities at the base on the Georgia-Florida border. I have to admit that I … [Read more...]

Book Review — Seventeen Fathoms Deep: The Saga of the Submarine S-4 Disaster by Joseph A. Williams

Book Review by Rick Spilman - On the afternoon of December 17th, 1927, the US Navy submarine S-4 was surfacing near Provincetown, MA, when it was run down by US Coast Guard destroyer Pauling, sending the submarine to the bottom. Joseph William's latest book, “Seventeen Fathoms Deep: The Saga of the Submarine S-4 Disaster,” is a gripping account of the US Navy divers and salvors … [Read more...]

Sweden Confirms Sub Breach

By Niclas Rolander and Niklas Magnusson Nov. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister Stefan Loefven said Sweden will increase its military arsenal and step up border defenses after the navy found proof that Stockholm’s archipelago was infiltrated by a foreign submarine. The violation of Swedish territory “is completely unacceptable,” Loefven said today at a press conference in … [Read more...]

Submarine Hunters Lead Search For Malaysian Airliner

By David Stringer (Bloomberg) - Leaning on a window ledge of a Boeing Co. (BA) P-8A Poseidon, U.S. Navy aircrewman David Everly peered over the Indian Ocean and squeezed a button clasped between his hands. As ships 700 feet (213 meters) below sought signals from Flight 370’s black boxes, the 32-year-old acoustic warfare systems operator was marking the location of potential … [Read more...]