Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Defense Tech: JIMMY CARTER: SUPER SPY?

Defense Tech: JIMMY CARTER: SUPER SPY?: "JIMMY CARTER: SUPER SPY?

The rumors are that the Navy's newest nuclear sub, the USS Jimmy Carter, has been designed for spywork, with a 'special capability... to tap undersea cables and eavesdrop on the communications passing through them,' according to the AP.

jimmy_sub.jpgThe rumors are right, Military.com's undersea warfare experts believe. Here's what retired Rear Admiral Hank McKinney, the former commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet's submarine force, had to say:"
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In the case of USS JIMMY CARTER, all of the modifications were made before the submarine was delivered to the Navy. This submarine will be utilized to conduct many specialized missions, some of which will be routine unclassified oceanographic research operations which will advance our knowledge of the ocean. Some of the missions will be highly classified missions which I am unable to comment on.
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Thus Carter is able to do many different and exciting things with her 50 commandoes, her garage space, and her ocean interface for deploying and retrieving unmanned (and autonomous?) undersea vehicles and perhaps also aerial vehicles.

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