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Posted: 2/3/2006 12:53:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/3/2006 12:53:41 PM EDT by XeroSygnal]
Back when I was a teenager, I was a member of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps. In the summer of 1991, I was part of a foreign exchange program where I got to spend two weeks at the UK naval base at Portsmouth.

While there, we spent a day kayaking around Whale Island and stopped for lunch on a beach north of the island. From there, I was able to see what appeared to be a WWII vintage submarine, but it was rusty as hell. It was just sitting at a small pier as if it were waiting to be scrapped. Anyway, I never found out what sub it was or why it was there.

So, the other day, I'm looking on Google Earth and notice that Portsmouth, UK is very well detailed, so I zoom in and take a look around. And what do I find just a little north of where the old sub was? Something that appears to be a rusty old WWII vintage submarine. Coordinates are: 50.49'43.80"N by 1.05'32.60"W

Pic included for the Google Earth impaired...


Link Posted: 2/3/2006 12:53:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/3/2006 12:54:15 PM EDT by roboman]
Apparently your image-fu is impaired.

Nevermind, works now.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 12:54:45 PM EDT
man.,,.. he fixed it before i could say the same thing..
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 1:03:13 PM EDT
Almost has the hull outline of a German XXI boat, many boats after WWII copied features from that sub.


You may want to ask Andy (Vito113), he works at Portsmouth for the RN.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 1:11:05 PM EDT
That's my fishing boat. I'm having it painted.

CO
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 1:13:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/3/2006 1:20:23 PM EDT by AILapua]

What's this mystery sub in Portsmouth, UK?


The delivery vehicle for the newest batch of AS50's.



ETA: Perhaps this was to be the next high tech acquisition for the Canucks. If the Lieberals had of been elected it would, have been a done deal.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 1:15:04 PM EDT

Heh.... yeah, I accidentally doubled up on the IMG tags on both ends. Noticed the problem as soon as I posted it and fixed it.

One second glance, it doesn't look as rusty and as "old" as the one I saw 15 years ago. This one might be more 1950s era, where the other one was definitely WWII as it had those horizonal bars (haven't a clue what they're called or what they're for) coming out of the aft of the sub. I'm wondering if that's just a general scrapyard there.

Link Posted: 2/3/2006 1:15:28 PM EDT
Since the SBS moved to Whale Island @ Portsmouth, this could be something they use for training.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 1:19:23 PM EDT
I see they finally stripped the Red October down
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 1:20:12 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 1:26:09 PM EDT
They are waiting on the Canadians to pick up their latest purchase.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 1:35:58 PM EDT
Awfully big. If you look at the cars for scale the thing must be close to 500 feet long. It's not being scrapped either, Except for the light crane in the lower part of the pic there isn't any equipment to do so, and no useable work area between the buildings.

Maybe they are using it as a breakwater?
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 1:44:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/3/2006 1:50:07 PM EDT by madman_kirk]
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 1:46:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
They are waiting on the Canadians to pick up their latest purchase.


Link Posted: 2/3/2006 1:46:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Johninaustin: Awfully big. If you look at the cars for scale the thing must be close to 500 feet long. It's not being scrapped either, Except for the light crane in the lower part of the pic there isn't any equipment to do so, and no useable work area between the buildings. Maybe they are using it as a breakwater?
I think that's what they are using it for.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 1:47:42 PM EDT
From the looks of it, especially the bow, I would say its an Oberon class. They were all built and commission on the mid to late 60's. Some were sold to Canada.

They were replaced by the Upholder class. Of course, some of these were sold to Canada as well.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 2:05:48 PM EDT
mmmmmm......Oberon.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 2:14:29 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/3/2006 2:33:33 PM EDT by vito113]
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 3:06:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
They are waiting on the Canadians to pick up their latest purchase.



The holes in the hull are where they're going to put the screen doors...

Link Posted: 2/3/2006 3:10:28 PM EDT

Cool. Thanks for the reply Andy. I can see that it's an Oberon now. I should have looked closer at the bow.

There's some great shots on Google Earth of the Portsmouth base. Didn't think they'd have such detail. I get a kick out of seeing places like Portsmouth and Norfolk this way.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 3:14:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By vito113:
Yep, it's an old Oberon Class diesel electric boat. It was sold to a german museum last year.

She's tied up alongside in Harry Pounds Scrapyard at the top of Portsmouth Harbour. Harry Pound's found fame in the 60's when a load of 'agricutural machinery' they sold as scrap to Israel ended up invading it's arab neighbours.


You will find a museum sub at:

50;47;19.10N 1;07;11.89W

That's HMS Alliance outside the RN Submarine museum

And this is my car outside my office!

i1.tinypic.com/n48fmh.jpg

Andy



We need to add Andy's car to the Arfcom official Google Earth thread!

Link Posted: 2/3/2006 3:16:38 PM EDT
The Oberons were good boats. We had half a dozen of them. Replaced them with the Colllins Class over the last few years.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 3:23:02 PM EDT

official Arfcom Google Earth thread

There is one? Is my tank on it?

Andy, that looks depressingly like an old VW Polo Estate.

NTM

Link Posted: 2/3/2006 3:26:36 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 3:28:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By cyclone:
I see they finally stripped the Red October down



Damn. That was going to be my line when I saw the title :(
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 3:31:54 PM EDT
Go take look at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. You can see the people in the Arizona memorial through the skylites.

Awsome.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 3:33:55 PM EDT
How are you guys getting such detailed images?


All i could ever get was basic road maps. no cars or buildings.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 3:44:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By vito113:
Yep, it's an old Oberon Class diesel electric boat. It was sold to a german museum last year.

She's tied up alongside in Harry Pounds Scrapyard at the top of Portsmouth Harbour. Harry Pound's found fame in the 60's when a load of 'agricutural machinery' they sold as scrap to Israel ended up invading it's arab neighbours.


You will find a museum sub at:

50;47;19.10N 1;07;11.89W

That's HMS Alliance outside the RN Submarine museum

And this is my car outside my office!

i1.tinypic.com/n48fmh.jpg

Andy




Sorry Andy


BUT

With supierior airborn weapons platforms

RAF always trumps the Navy





Taffy
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 4:27:32 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 4:40:29 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 4:43:24 PM EDT
from 20,000ft a ship just looks like a ship......


Link Posted: 2/3/2006 10:29:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By vito113:

Originally Posted By Manic_Moran:

official Arfcom Google Earth thread

There is one? Is my tank on it?

Andy, that looks depressingly like an old VW Polo Estate.

NTM




Behave! It's one of these....

img.photobucket.com/albums/v133/macandy/1fhrv.jpg



In the U.S that is a woman's car... Do you have a pretty mouth Kidding guy.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 12:08:52 PM EDT

Little more fun with Google Earth... With all the talk about Iran I thought I'd run the images up the Iranian coast to see what's there. Found what appears to be a military airbase (hardened aircraft shelters and all) and at least one aircraft out in the open.

Would this happen to be one of the F-14s that we sold to them back in the 1970s?



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