Tuesday, September 13, 2016
From a Strategy Page article place this one in the strange but true category. The Royal Navy not even having enough ships on occasion to maintain a constant patrol of home waters NOT EVEN NOW having an adequate number of volunteers to man those ships that are available?
Bring back the press-gang!!
"Morale: How The Internet Cripples SSBN Operations"
"September 10, 2016: In Britain the Royal Navy has found it impossible to attract enough qualified sailors to operate all its nuclear submarines, especially the SSBNs (nuclear powered subs carrying ballistic missiles). The reason is that SSBNs stay at sea for 90 days at a time wanting for a brief message to fire its missiles at pre-arranged targets. The problem is that too many otherwise qualified sailors and officers are not willing to spend 90 days without Internet access. This shortage has already reduced the number of days British SSBNs can spend at sea."
"This problem is not easy to fix because submarines are so effective because they are difficult to find and attack. For that reason they rarely use two-way communications while submerged and something like the Internet requires sending and receiving a lot of data constantly."
AND THESE SUBMARINERS CANNOT GO 90 DAYS WITHOUT THE INTERNET? MAYBE TO EXCHANGE A LOT OF E-MAILS WITH THEIR GIRL FRIENDS OR WIVES?
THEY ARE ALREADY GOING 90 DAYS WITHOUT SEX OR ALCOHOL!
Part and parcel of the military ethic is that you might have to go without food or water, be sleepless and tired, be hot or cold, stand in one position for a prolonged period of time without using the toilet. EVEN LOSE YOUR LIFE!
BUT 90 DAYS WITHOUT INTERNET AND FORGET IT? I UNDERSTAND TIMES CHANGE, BUT I AM OUT OF HERE?