They were playing Chicken!
Uk And French Nuclear Submarines In Midocean Collision (from The Herald )
How the H3ll could something like that happen in this day and age
They were playing Chicken!
Apparently the state of the navy these days isent very good and the training is also very poor. Its very shocking to see things like this happening.
Not really - ignoring the idea that the ocean is huge (because while it is, operational requirements will be similar for England and France) but modern subs are designed not to be detected. Hence, we have 2 subs in a similar location both trying their hardest to be invisible to anyone else. To use active sonar would completely defeat the object of the nuclear deterrent, so meh. Unfortunate, and could've been bad, but not suprising and not shocking.
The only real way to avoid it is to share info with allies (like we do with the US), but again, that starts to defeat the object of having the nuclear warheads stationed on subs.
That's why we use aircraft to find subs, and not other subs.
The registers article actually explains how it happened Brit, French nuke subs collide - fail to 'see' each other â€¢ The Register
and to be fair there's not really any way to avoid this kind of thing with a stealth sub....
Flippant reply time;
Somewhat more seriously, I commend the book [ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lions-Donkeys-Dinosaurs-Blundering-Military/dp/0099484420/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1234810073&sr=8-1"]Lions, Donkeys and Dinosaurs[/ame] to anyone who's blood pressure will stand it. The author discusses why we insist on spending £billions keeping a fleet of destroyers working in the North Atlantic, patrolling the Iceland gap. Historically this was to keep the Red Banner Fleet from sneaking out; this fleet no longer exists as a military force, it is rusting to bits. His contention, is that the Navy protects these ships as they form part of the ladder to senior positions in the Navy. The Senior Service being self-serving? Never! (Oh, and don't think the other two branches get off scot-free; bombers- what a wonderful way to win hearts and minds)
Subs are used to hunt other subs, we have at least some "Hunter-Killers", as do other navies. The film Hunt for Red October wasn't entirely made up.
It galls me that the billions they just spent on some new aircraft carrier was the same amount it wuold have cost to run fibre to every single home in britain.
I don't believe it was an accident that they were in the same area. The ocean is literally huge and there is more likelihood of me winning the lottery every week for the next 1000 years than two random craft hitting each other.
That location has some strategic importance for nuclear subs (perhaps for the potential to fire missiles at several continents) or either Britain or France was trying to track the other sub and they got too close.
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