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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-08-10 03:38 PM
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Navy loses four unmanned mini-subs during exercise
UPDATE: The Navy says that as of 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, a search is still under way for the missing mini-subs.

NORFOLK

Four underwater unmanned vehicles went missing Sunday during training to conduct search, classify and map missions.

The Navy, Coast Guard and local authorities were searching for the missing vehicles in the Thimble Shoals Channel between the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, a Navy news release said.

Communication was lost with four of the 13 unmanned vehicles Sunday about 1 p.m. while the vehicles were using bottom-mapping sonar to look for mine-like contacts in the water as part of the training. Search and recovery operations began immediately.

Efforts continued Monday using small-craft, shore-based teams, air assets and marine mammal systems, which could include sea lions and dolphins trained to hunt mines.

The cause of the vehicles disappearance is under investigation. The missing vehicles do not pose a danger to civilians or the environment, the Navy release said, but if an unmanned vehicle is discovered floating in the water, boaters should avoid it as they would any other navigation hazard.

The unmanned vehicles were being used as part of a larger training exercise with about 2,500 personnel from Canadian and U.S. military forces and government civilian agencies. The annual training exercise will continue through Friday.

http://hamptonroads.com/2010/06/navy-loses-four-underwa...
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SidDithers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-08-10 03:39 PM
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1. Oops!...nt
Sid
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Chulanowa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-08-10 03:41 PM
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2. You say unmanned mini-subs, I say Cthulhu Snacks
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Codeine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-08-10 03:42 PM
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4. OOOH!
That's a fantastic Cthulhu image! :applause:
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petronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-08-10 03:49 PM
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10. Pretty close to the Bermuda Triangle, isn't it?
Poor little subs... :scared:
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proteus_lives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-08-10 05:04 PM
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15. Maybe they're playthings for the Deep Ones now.....
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Chulanowa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-08-10 05:30 PM
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17. Makes me want to break into song...
It's beginning to look a lot like fish-men
Everywhere I go;
From the minute I got to town
And started to look around
I thought these ill-bred people's gillslits showed.
I'm beginning to hear a lot of fish-men
Right outside my door,
As I try to escape in fright
To the moonlit Innsmouth night
I can hear some more.

They speak with guttural croaks and to hear them provokes
A profound desire to flee
Their eyes never blink and quite frankly they stink
Like a carcass washed up from the sea.

I wish I'd paid attention to that crazy drunken man.
He tried to warn me all about old Marsh's Deep One clan.

It's beginning to look a lot like Fish-men
Everywhere I go;
They can dynamite Devil Reef,
but that'll bring no relief,
Y'ha N'thlei is deeper than they know.
I'll continue to see a lot of fish-men
That I guarantee.
For the fish-man I really fear
is the one who's in the mirror
And he looks like me.
He looks just like me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFo4jbqe_2Y
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proteus_lives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-08-10 05:51 PM
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20. That's pretty awesome.
You need to see this one if you haven't already.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcLm_7Yip_E
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 11:23 AM
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23. Gotta love this comment:
"The HP Lovecraft Historical Society Singers are the best things to happen to me since Rhan-Tegoth climbed out of my fridge and offered to tidy up around the house."


:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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Codeine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-08-10 03:42 PM
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3. They have achieved sentience and gone rogue.
I for one welcome our new aquatic underlords.

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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 11:02 AM
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22. bound to happen sooner or later with an AI army...
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Macoy Donating Member (102 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-08-10 03:43 PM
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5. Sharks with Lazers
It was the sharks with lazer beams that got the subs. Soon, the sharks will move on to larger ships. :P


Macoy
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-08-10 03:46 PM
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6. I think they got Steve Irwined.
YEEEEAAAAAHHHHH!!!
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Chulanowa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-08-10 05:32 PM
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18. Sharks are already attacking 747's!
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-08-10 03:46 PM
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7. So, we should have the federal gov't. and the military stop the oil spill?
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-08-10 03:46 PM
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8. Psst...psst...BP Stole 'em! Look over in the Gulf.
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Statistical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-08-10 03:47 PM
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9. BP doesn't know anything about undersea repairs get the Navy in there quick.
Er wait ...
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galileoreloaded Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 11:28 AM
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24. HAHAHAHA ! Good post! n/t
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-08-10 03:50 PM
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11. .
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-08-10 03:55 PM
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12. They're probably in the MISSOURI trench! Wow! nt
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-08-10 04:01 PM
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13. Some of the comments with the article are pretty funny. nt
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DURHAM D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-08-10 04:39 PM
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14. Look in BP's garage. nt
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FarCenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-08-10 05:19 PM
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16. So how much did each of these cost the US taxpayer?
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hayu_lol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-08-10 05:35 PM
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19. Take the money out of the controlling Admiral's pay...
enlisted pay for anything they lose...why not the brass?
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-08-10 05:54 PM
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21. Some kid probably playing with his radio-controlled motorboat.
Now he has five wet toys to take home.

;-)
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edbermac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 12:03 PM
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25. He just ate a mini-sub!
Give it back!!

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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 12:25 PM
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26. Okay
Anything they can do to make BP look good, eh?
Why would the navy even advertise this? Even if true? The navy loses stuff we never read about. So why now?

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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-12-10 01:01 PM
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27. Another "coincidence" (?) on June 11, 2006 Philip Merrill went "missing" off his sailboat there
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 11:52 AM
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28. Former CIA Director William Colby (who helped manage the Phoenix assassination program) also was
"lost" in that region. Any more news about the missing "mini-subs"???
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 03:26 PM
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29. Kick
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