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The Bellinghman
Date: 2009-01-29 11:41
Subject: Confusing referent
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The following comes from an article on the BBC News site:

Its main armament - The Principal Anti Air Missile System (PAAMS), known as Sea Viper - weighs as much as a small car, can accelerate to twice the speed of Concorde (Mach 4, about 2700 mph) in under 10 seconds, and has a range of more than 400km.

It also has its own hospital facilities - complete with operating table - 44 showers, 54 heads and 100 wash basins. However, it has just one bath.


Is it just me, or is that quite a missile? And though it's good for the missile to deliver not just death and destruction but also hospital facilities, is there really a need to provide 54 lavatories too?

(I'd not have misread this if that second quoted paragraph had started 'The ship' rather than 'It'.)
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Sarcasticia Nitpickerson
User: tisiphone
Date: 2009-01-29 11:47 (UTC)
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That second sentence is annoyingly structured as well, implying that the hospital facilities include 44 showers and so on. A devotion to sanitation is a positive in a hospital, but I think that's really a bit much.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-01-29 14:13 (UTC)
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Certainly over-the-top for a hospital intended for the care of 190 crew.
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Erik V. Olson
User: erikvolson
Date: 2009-01-29 12:03 (UTC)
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Obviously, it's a kinetic energy weapon.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-01-29 14:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Porcelain shrapnel is not something I'd want to encounter as a warhead.
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Simon Bradshaw
User: major_clanger
Date: 2009-01-29 12:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Doing some digging it seems that PAAMS (which has been around for years) has only been known as 'Sea Viper' since, er, yesterday, when the MOD presumably decided it needed a cool and punchy name.

Mind you, it's a darn sight more likely to induce fear in the enemy than Sea Slug.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-01-29 14:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Viper seems to be a popular name for a missile. At least this one is reaching deployment, unlike some of the projects that had this name.
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