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Ferry and submarine in near miss

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Good spot Ed, thanks.  That will make a fascinating MAIB report.  I’ve often wondered how civilian shipping is supposed to avoid submarines, but I presume the onus is on the submarine to stay out of the way.

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A near miss,just wonder what bbc class a near miss is?with th radar and other detecting gear on board on both vessels ,I feel this story is a bit over the top.i don't know how far offshore where this happened And if she was   underwater Iam sure  this would have never been reported in the first place.if she was on the surface they might of seen each other and altered course but a near miss .i have my doubts and have bf said anything about it or any passengers?

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It won’t be the BBC that has categorised it as a near miss, it will have been the MAIB.  Clearly someone, probably from the bridge of the Stena ferry, felt it was a serious enough situation to make a report to the MAIB.  And the MAIB felt it was serious enough to launch a full investigation (which they don’t do unless they consider it warranted).  The BBC is just reporting the MAIB press release (without which they would not even know about it).  What BF has to do with this I have no idea!

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8 minutes ago, nodwad said:

i have my doubts and have bf said anything about it or any passengers?

Before we tackle the other points raised in your post, can you please explain why BF would feel the need to make a comment about a near miss involving a ferry belonging to a totally different company and operating in waters that their ferries never venture into. Ed

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Total failure by the sub Commander. The object of the exercise is to remain undetected by the target vessel... or face the ensuing MAIB and a negative training mark as it's tantamount to an enemy kill. The area is a notorious training ground for subs with many also running under the keel of passing large vessels and snagging trawler nets. I know both the Yanks and Norwegians use the area so I suppose others do too. It's an occupational hazard.

Look on the bright side...At least it wasn't a Russian Yasen Class attack sub.

There's also a huge training area in the southern area of the Bay of Biscay, where it's around 14000 ft deep. During the night in the summer if you stay on deck of a ferry long enough there's an even chance of catching sight of a periscopes wake. It's a bit like whale watching although those who used to board the Pride of Bilbao specifically to enjoy the pastime had shinier anoraks!

It has a following a bit like those who camp around Aberystwyth & Machynlleth waiting for the fighter jets training the Mach loop, I did it as a kid during school summer holidays, it's the only land based area where jets can go supersonic. The RAF now publish the flight times as there are now a lot of enthusiast groups.

 

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