30-Year Old French Sub Evades Arleigh-Burkes, Penetrates and Sinks (simulation) USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Near Florida

[SEE:  French delete evidence US carrier was ‘sunk’ by sub in drill ]

aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt,
aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt battle group

This is after two weeks of patrol in the North Atlantic that the nuclear-powered attack submarine (SNA) Sapphire arrived in the waters of Florida to participate in a major exercise ten days with the US Navy. The objective of this exercise was to train a US carrier battle group (CSG 12 Carrier Strike Group 12) composed of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, several Ticonderoga or Arleigh Burke-class frigates and a type of submarine Los Angeles, prior to operational deployment.

The exercise scenario involved an assault of American economic and territorial interests by fictitious statements. In response, a naval force, led by Theodore Roosevelt was established to deal with any eventuality.

During the first phase of the exercise, the Saphir was integrated into the navy girlfriend in direct support with the mission to make anti-submarine warfare in SOUMAIR cooperation with maritime patrol aircraft type P3-C Orion P8 Poseidon. He had to postpone all contacts obtained on enemy submarines and share them with other anti-submarine means of theater (maritime patrol aircraft, helicopters and frigates ASM).

In a second phase, the Sapphire, was integrated with enemy forces and mission was to locate the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt and other buildings friend naval force and be ready to attack. The political situation deteriorating by the day, the Saphir has quietly slipped in the heart of the screen formed by the American frigates protecting the aircraft carrier, while avoiding detection against-pervasive air assets. On the morning of the last day, the order of fire was finally given, allowing the Sapphire fictitiously sink the Theodore Roosevelt and most of his escort.

After the year ended, the Saphir won Norfolk largest naval base in the world, for a stopover for maintaining links with the US Navy. There were many discussions with the crews of Los Angeles, especially with sailors from Newport News SSN designated host building during the stopover.

The admiral commanding the submarine forces and strategic oceanic force (ALFOST) joined the Sapphire stopover to meet with the commander of the Sapphire, the Rear Admiral Butler, commander of Carrier Strike Group 4 (CSG4) and Vice Admiral Tyson, deputy commander of USFFC (US Fleet Force Commander). This meeting allowed for a first debriefing exercise and to reaffirm the need for interoperability between the two navies.

This is essential for effective integration theaters of operations, particularly in the Arabian Gulf. This exercise has again shown the added value of the employment concept in multi-struggles / multi-sensor of French ANS.

Waiting for the next fiscal year as say the underwater US forces “happy hunting!”
The SNA Sapphire training with the US Navy off the coast of Florida

Mise à jour : 04/03/2015 10:33  – Auteur :  LV Quentin Savary

Le SNA Saphir en entraînement avec l’US Navy au large de la Floride

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C’est après deux semaines de patrouille en Atlantique Nord que le sous-marin nucléaire d’attaque (SNA) Saphir est arrivé dans les eaux de la Floride pour participer à un exercice majeur de dix jours avec la marine américaine. L’objectif de cet exercice était d’entraîner un groupe aéronaval américain (CSG 12 pour Carrier Strike Group 12) composé du porte-avions Theodore Roosevelt, de plusieurs frégates de type Ticonderoga ou Arleigh Burke et d’un sous-marin de type Los Angeles, avant leur déploiement opérationnel.

Le scénario de l’exercice prévoyait une agression des intérêts économiques et territoriaux américains par des états fictifs. En réaction, une force navale, dirigée par le Theodore Roosevelt était mise sur pied pour parer à toute éventualité.

Durant la première phase de l’exercice, le Saphir était intégré à la force navale amie en soutien direct avec pour mission de faire de la lutte anti sous-marine en coopération SOUMAIR, avec des avions de patrouille maritime de type P3-C Orion P8 Poséidon. Il devait donc reporter tous les contacts obtenus sur les sous-marins ennemis et les partager avec les autres moyens anti-sous-marins du théâtre (avions de patrouille maritime, hélicoptères et frégates ASM).

Dans une seconde phase, le Saphir, était intégré aux forces ennemies et avait pour mission de localiser le porte-avions Theodore Roosevelt ainsi que les autres bâtiments de la force navale amie et de se tenir prêt à l’attaque. La situation politique se dégradant de jour en jour, le Saphir s’est glissé discrètement au cœur de l’écran formé par les frégates américaines protégeant le porte-avions, tout en évitant la contre-détection des moyens aériens omniprésents.  Au matin du dernier jour, l’ordre de feu était enfin donné, permettant au Saphir de couler fictivement le Theodore Roosevelt et la majeure partie de son escorte.

Une fois l’exercice terminé, le Saphir a gagné Norfolk, plus grosse base navale du monde, pour une escale destinée à entretenir les liens avec l’US Navy. Nombreux furent les échanges avec les équipages des Los Angeles, notamment avec les marins du SSN Newport News désigné bâtiment hôte durant l’escale.

L’amiral commandant les forces sous-marines et la force océanique stratégique (ALFOST) a rejoint le Saphir en escale pour rencontrer, en compagnie du commandant du Saphir,  le Rear Admiral Butler, commandant du Carrier Strike Group 4 (CSG4) et le Vice Admiral Tyson, adjoint au commandant du USFFC (US Fleet Force Commander). Cette entrevue a permis d’effectuer un premier débriefing de l’exercice et de réaffirmer le besoin d’interopérabilité entre nos deux marines.

Ce point est en effet essentiel pour une intégration efficace sur les théâtres d’opérations, notamment dans le golfe Arabo Persique. Cet exercice a de nouveau illustré la plus-value du concept d’emploi en multi-luttes / multi-senseurs des SNA français.

En attendant le prochain exercice et comme disent les forces sous-marines américaines : « happy hunting » !

Droits : Marine nationale


America’s ‘Full-Spectrum’ Failure

[Outstanding analysis.  It’s Russian, but it it is a mirror of many of my own observations (SEE:  The Planned Collapse of America–Part 1 and Part 2 ; The Ideological Struggle of the Twenty-first Century).  Anyway, thanks Dmitry Orlov, for this fine opinion piece.]

America’s ‘Full-Spectrum’ Failure

Military success is unimportant, because failure is even better than success for stirring up panic and justifying Draconian ‘security’ measures

Dmitry Orlov

The US military posture is designed to insure America’s full spectrum dominance over the entire planet.

This article originally appeared at Club Orlov 

Scanning the headlines in the western mainstream press, and then peering behind the one-way mirror to compare that to the actual goings-on, one can’t but get the impression that America’s propagandists, and all those who follow in their wake, are struggling with all their might to concoct rationales for military action of one sort or another, be it supplying weapons to the largely defunct Ukrainian military, or staging parades of US military hardware and troops in the almost completely Russian town of Narva, in Estonia, a few hundred meters away from the Russian border, or putting US “advisers” in harm’s way in parts of Iraq mostly controlled by Islamic militants.

The strenuous efforts to whip up Cold War-like hysteria in the face of an otherwise preoccupied and essentially passive Russia seems out of all proportion to the actual military threat Russia poses. (Yes, volunteers and ammo do filter into Ukraine across the Russian border, but that’s about it.) Further south, the efforts to topple the government of Syria by aiding and arming Islamist radicals seem to be backfiring nicely. But that’s the pattern, isn’t it? What US military involvement in recent memory hasn’t resulted in a fiasco? Maybe failure is not just an option, but more of a requirement?Let’s review. Afghanistan, after the longest military campaign in US history, is being handed back to the Taliban. Iraq no longer exists as a sovereign nation, but has fractured into three pieces, one of them controlled by radical Islamists. Egypt has been democratically reformed into a military dictatorship. Libya is a defunct state in the middle of a civil war. The Ukraine will soon be in a similar state; it has been reduced to pauper status in record time—less than a year. A recent government overthrow has caused Yemen to stop being US-friendly. Closer to home, things are going so well in the US-dominated Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador that they have produced a flood of refugees, all trying to get into the US in the hopes of finding any sort of sanctuary.

Looking at this broad landscape of failure, there are two ways to interpret it. One is that the US officialdom is the most incompetent one imaginable, and can’t ever get anything right. But another is that they do not succeed for a distinctly different reason: they don’t succeed because results don’t matter. You see, if failure were a problem, then there would be some sort of pressure coming from somewhere or other within the establishment, and that pressure to succeed might sporadically give rise to improved performance, leading to at least a few instances of success. But if in fact failure is no problem at all, and if instead there was some sort of pressure to fail, then we would see exactly what we do see.

In fact, a point can be made that it is the limited scope of failure that is the problem. This would explain the recent saber-rattling in the direction of Russia, accusing it of imperial ambitions (Russia is not interested in territorial gains), demonizing Vladimir Putin (who is effective and popular) and behaving provocatively along Russia’s various borders (leaving Russia vaguely insulted but generally unconcerned). It can be argued that all the previous victims of US foreign policy—Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, even the Ukraine—are too small to produce failure writ large enough to satisfy America’s appetite for failure. Russia, on the other hand, especially when incentivized by thinking that it is standing up to some sort of new, American-style fascism, has the ability to deliver to the US a foreign policy failure that will dwarf all the previous ones.

Analysis have proposed a variety of explanations for America’s hyperactive, oversized militarism. Here are the top three:

1. The US government has been captured by the military-industrial complex, which demands to be financed lavishly. Rationales are created artificially to achieve that result. But there does seem to be some sort of pressure to actually make weapons and field armies, because wouldn’t it be far more cost-effective to achieve full-spectrum failure simply by stealing all the money and skip building the weapons systems altogether? So something else must be going on.

2. The US military posture is designed to insure America’s full spectrum dominance over the entire planet. But “full-spectrum dominance” sounds a little bit like “success,” whereas what we see is full-spectrum failure. Again, this story doesn’t fit the facts.

3. The US acts militarily to defend the status of the US dollar as the global reserve currency. But the US dollar is slowly but surely losing its attractiveness as a reserve currency, as witnessed by China and Russia acting as swiftly as they can to unload their US dollar reserves, and to stockpile gold instead. Numerous other nations have entered into arrangements with each other to stop using the US dollar in international trade. The fact of the matter is, it doesn’t take a huge military to flush one’s national currency down the toilet, so, once again, something else must be going on.

There are many other explanations on offer as well, but none of them explain the fact that the goal of all this militarism seems to be to achieve failure.

Perhaps a simpler explanation would suffice? How about this one:

The US has surrendered its sovereignty to a clique of financial oligarchs. Having nobody at all to answer to, this American (and to some extent international) oligarchy has been ruining the financial condition of the country, running up staggering levels of debt, destroying savings and retirements, debasing the currency and so on. The inevitable end-game is that the Federal Reserve (along with the central banks of other “developed economies”) will end up buying up all the sovereign debt issuance with money they print for that purpose, and in the end this inevitably leads to hyperinflation and national bankruptcy. A very special set of conditions has prevented these two events from taking place thus far, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t, because that’s what always happens, sooner or later.

Now, let’s suppose a financial oligarchy has seized control of the country, and, since it can’t control its own appetites, is running it into the ground. Then it would make sense for it to have some sort of back-up plan for when the whole financial house of cards falls apart. Ideally, this plan would effectively put down any chance of revolt of the downtrodden masses, and allow the oligarchy to maintain security and hold onto its wealth. Peacetime is fine for as long as it can placate the populace with bread and circuses, but when a financial calamity causes the economy to crater and bread and circuses turn scarce, a handy fallback is war.

Any rationale for war will do, be it terrorists foreign and domestic, Big Bad Russia, or hallucinated space aliens. Military success is unimportant, because failure is even better than success for maintaining order because it makes it possible to force through various emergency security measures. Various training runs, such as the military occupation of Boston following the staged bombings at the Boston Marathon, have already taken place. The surveillance infrastructure and the partially privatized prison-industrial complex are already in place for locking up the undesirables. A really huge failure would provide the best rationale for putting the economy on a war footing, imposing martial law, suppressing dissent, outlawing “extremist” political activity and so on.

And so perhaps that is what we should expect. Financial collapse is already baked in, and it’s only a matter of time before it happens, and precipitates commercial collapse when global supply chains stop functioning. Political collapse will be resisted, and the way it will be resisted is by starting as many wars as possible, to produce a vast backdrop of failure to serve as a rationale for all sorts of “emergency measures,” all of which will have just one aim: to suppress rebellion and to keep the oligarchy in power. Outside the US, it will look like Americans blowing things up: countries, things, innocent bystanders, even themselves (because, you know, apparently that works too). From the outside looking into America’s hall of one-way mirrors, it will look like a country gone mad; but then it already looks that way. And inside the hall of one-way mirrors it will look like valiant defenders of liberty battling implacable foes around the world. Most people will remain docile and just wave their little flags.

But I would venture to guess that at some point failure will translate into meta-failure: America will fail even at failing. I hope that there is something we can do to help this meta-failure of failure happen sooner rather than later.