I STUMBLED ACROSS

THIS—

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https://insightful.co.in/2019/01/24/chinese-information-warfare-a-threat-to-free-world/

 

—which may (or not) be of interest to anyone with a few hours to spare. I have no idea how true it is or even if the writer is just a wee bit paranoid. (For all I know it could be American counter-counter-propaganda~?)*

NOW:

A Chinese battlejunk—

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And totally unrelated, a wee while ago I came across this sample pic of the latest Chinese battlejunk—

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—nearing completion. But do not fret … they will only ever use it in home waters, where it can be of no threat to anyone complying with international law. AND—

—even if it did stay afloat long enough to reach international waters, any crew aboard would all be unwilling conscript paddy farmers, quite unable to see enough through those hooded slitty eyes to reliably land safely anyway—

“Mr Argus!”

(Oops) “Yes, Little Virginia?”

“Mr Argus, Sir! Your racist comments read like racist World War 2 racist propaganda!”

(Bugger …) Do not fret, Pet. I’m sure that any other nice reader out there will divine my drift—?”

  … … (Or maybe not.)

Anyway, I’m off to look up all possible meanings of the word ‘hubris’ … so I shall leave you wondering if this, too, may be relevant?   CLICK HERE

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* Naaaaahhhh … si vis pacem parabellum

I FORGET WHERE

3 gerbils

I READ IT …

A quote from an RN submariner —

“…and there I was, Kirov square in my sights … with sonar that ensonifies the entire ocean but never tells its operators a thing!” etc etc.

So?

SO READ ON, AND

make your own connections.

The Brits have just taken delivery of their lovely new aircraft carrier. Two such when the dust and feathers have settled. I’m quite impressed.

BUT

being in no position to form judgement I’m still allowed unfounded ‘gut feeling’ feelings of misgivings.

POSSIBLY GERMANE

I seem to recall that on two different occasions Chinese submarines popped up unexpectedly in the middle of US carrier fleets. Possibly a variation on the old “Oops, I think I’m a bit lost, can you show me where I am on the map, please?”

I ALSO READ

that the Yanks borrowed a Swedish submarine with crew for some exercises and the (Gotland class?) submarine made a mockery of their defences—


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I looked it up and will re-read the article. (Could even be tail-tweaking by some prankish blogger.)

Pretty little thing.

Cute—

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—but enough admiring, let’s move to my point:

Floating airfields are all very well and good for projecting power against some inoffensive little oik who can’t fight back. Vietcong chappies shivering under trees being pounded by naval Phantoms dropping napalm all over them … ideal, no?

BUT WHAT IF

the oik has Gotlands or something comparable, in the right place at the right time?

Ouch.

I’M NO BEAN COUNTER

but I imagine that one could get half a dozen subs for the cost of one seagoing metropolis.

But there is a drawback—a lovely big freshly washed and brushed super-carrier coming in shows an awesome amount of flag compared to any number of submerged submarines ‘out there somewhere‘.

BETTER MINDS THAN MINE

rightly or wrongly voted ‘big and visible is better’.

Hence the new QE—

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I GUESS

that one day we may get to find out. I hope not.

Personally I’d vote submarine—but then, I don’t have to live in the blasted things …

 

 

… although living in the other things could get a bit unpleasant too. Bugger, it’s a tough call.

But I still vote submarine … unless, of course, you actually can protect your investment in many acres of steel.

 

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