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The Bellinghman
Date: 2008-05-27 23:34
Subject: The BBC reveals that the RN has very flexible equipment
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HMS Superb was first launched in 1976. Most recently she has been deployed to Afghanistan to provide support for troops there.

(From http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7422774.stm).

HMS Superb is a nuclear submarine. Deploying her to Afghanistan might explain how she managed to hit a rock. It's called Asia, guys.

ETA: The final sentence has now been removed from the report.

An anonymous comment took me to task for finding the original amusing. I'm sorry for that - I'm not laughing at the fact that the submarine had a (thankfully minor, except in repair bills) accident. I'm laughing at the mental image of a submarine cruising the dry plains and high mountains of a landlocked country. Somehow, in my imagination, it's floating above the landscape like a very solid airship.
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Earth-bound misfit
User: captainlucy
Date: 2008-05-27 23:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Truly, the RN operates some amazing machinery!

(It looks like the original article has been edited to remove the blooper. Shame.)
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Erik V. Olson
User: erikvolson
Date: 2008-05-27 23:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Smell that?

That's the smell of a naval career ending.
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User: ewx
Date: 2008-05-28 08:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The sentence about Afghanistan seems to have disappeared, the article now ends with HMS Superb was first launched in 1976.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2008-05-28 08:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
So I see. captainlucy also noted that. But it was a spectacularly silly bloopper, and the BBC does clean them up when it notices.
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User: sphyg
Date: 2008-05-28 08:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Or when you tell them about it ;)
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The Magician
User: the_magician
Date: 2008-05-28 13:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Of course being a nuclear-submarine, one presumes it has "our" Trident defence on it (throwing chewing gum?) and so getting it within short range of Afghanistan may be what they meant ... or they could have just got it wrong :-)

As I understood it this morning, the sonar was damaged by rocks ... parents have been saying for years that rock would damage your hearing, I guess they weren't listening!
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2008-05-28 13:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Nuclear powered, not nuclear armed.

According to Wikipedia, she was due to be decommissioned this year anyway.
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