Nice to see a bit of Down Under cunning beat two frigates, two destroyers and a nuclear sub:
When Conqueror was tracking the Belgrano she sat at 150 feet right under her for 2 days. Then moved into posn and sank her with WW1 modified torpedos.
Amazing, ay…! I tell you what, though… if I were on a Western ship nowadays, some of the anti-ship missiles that the Chinese and Russians have sound very nasty. Mach 2 or even more – it’d have to be an incredible defense-system to stop something going that fast.
I’ve got the DVD set of this from when I was looking at going in to the Aus Navy. Really really good watch.
The US sub commanders do everything by the book. They are trained as general service officers and can be navigators one ship and engineers on the next etc. The RN and RAN submarine officers are trained as navigators. In addition they do The PERISHER the hardest Command Course in the world. Fail and you are out of the submarine service.
The RN one is for nuclear sub officers only. The RAN do the Dutch one which is for conventional subs but run the same way as the RN.
Fewer people have passed the PERISHER than have been awarded the VC!!!
Great name for a sub command course.
During the PERISHER if one of the students isnt making the grade, his gear is packed without him knowing, he is called in toe the TEACHER’s office and told to leave and is given a bottle of Scotch!!
There is a good Nat Geo programme on this and there is an USN officer on the course.
Love the technique!
I am tempted to forward your messages to Hekia Parata’s Office.
The TEACHER is the Commanding Officer/Instructor of the course.
You fail the PERISHER and you are out of the submarine service. All CO’s and Ist Lieutenants of British nukes have done the PERISHER. It was been going since WW 1. It is amazing how many Submariners reach the HIGHEST levels of the RN. I mean 1st Sea Lord and CNS
Education methods that work. Top standards, relentless demanding execution. The students would go in there knowing this was make or break.
(One supposes TEACHER is also the brand of whisky?)
The US military appears to rely on their technology and it’s service personal are highly efficient button pushers. History shows time and time again that technology is only part of the answer, shit house rat cunning still proves a match for the greatest military machine in the world.
You’ve only got to look at Winston Peters to see the truth of that.
Good on ya cobbers (you with many a pommie accent). The story is poignant to me. I never met one Uncle, lost on the HMS Centaur, an Aussie Hospital Ship sunk by an enemy submarine. Field Ambulance, was young Jack.
The destroyer they sighted through the scope isnt USS O’kane.
Its a japanese frigate . So how much else is aussie bulldust
Take a look at the photo of the USS O’Kane on Wikipedia:
It’s clear that at least some of the images through the periscope in the video are of another vessel.
The tower isn’t the same on the blown up image (and the flag looks to be Japanese), another image shows two towers and another shows more than one deck gun.
To me, the pictures show two ships.
Around 1.13 before the end, there is a ship with those two bulky funnel things on deck aft of the tall tower. But about 0.53 from the end, I am seeing a ship with a flat deck area aft of the tower. (Sorry if naval terms wrong.)
However. The fact that the actual pictures of the triumphant photographing are so rapid and confused makes me suspect our identity-shy snail-sniffing scatological friend is right.
Aussies being Aussies, big-headed their default position, why haven’t they featured the actual winning photograph of the destroyer, dwelling on it for several seconds?