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Sat Dec 1, 2012, 06:19 AM

Iran unveils unusually colored blue submarine

It looks like the Iranian Navy really wanted people to see its new submarine. In a live broadcast on state TV on Wednesday, the Islamic Republic showed off a new Sina 7 submarine that is painted in an unusually bright turquoise blue hue.

So, why exactly would any military want to design its ship in a color that can be easily spotted ? The Daily Mail speculates that the ship's designers mistakenly chose the color, believing it would help the craft blend in with the ocean's waters.

Launched from Bandar Abbas, near the Strait of Hormuz, the Sina 7 and two Ghadir-class submarines represent the first wave of the country's "indigenously built" warships, Iran said.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/iran-unveils-unusually-colored-blue-submarine-211724188.html

We all live in a Yellow Submarine?

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Sherman A1 Dec 2012 OP
obxhead Dec 2012 #1
Volaris Dec 2012 #10
ananda Dec 2012 #12
Volaris Dec 2012 #13
muriel_volestrangler Dec 2012 #2
Strelnikov_ Dec 2012 #5
Enrique Dec 2012 #9
bluedigger Dec 2012 #11
Bosso 63 Dec 2012 #3
Bonhomme Richard Dec 2012 #4
hedda_foil Dec 2012 #6
greytdemocrat Dec 2012 #8
edhopper Dec 2012 #7

Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 06:56 AM

1. Is that the entire crew standing there?

 

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Response to obxhead (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:50 AM

10. LOL The other 3 are below decks....

that thing looks like a Bathtub toy compared to an American Hunter-Killer, and my bet would be that any American Air-Carrier Group within a hundred miles would know EXACTLY where that thing was the moment it submerged...

They get points for trying though, maybe??

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Response to Volaris (Reply #10)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:58 AM

12. Here's one of ours.

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Response to ananda (Reply #12)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:47 PM

13. yeah...EXACTLY.

and since were on the subject, I'll say this--I'm no fan of the ridiculous levels of Pentagon and Defense spending that we have reached, but I will concede the following:

To build shit the RIGHT way, costs more
We don't ALWAYS build the right things for the right reasons (F-22 Raptor/JSF, anyone?)
When we DO decide that something needs to be built, and built right, HOLY GOD do we build some impressive shit...WHALES have trouble finding our Submarines. Iran's Pastel Navy won't be a problem, I don't care HOW impressed they are with it.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 09:18 AM

2. Crappy reporting by Yahoo and the Daily Mail

"Sina 7" is a "missile-launching frigate":

Along with submarines, Iran also unveiled the main structure of the Sina 7 missile-launching frigate

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/11/28/274963/iran-can-meet-defense-demands/


according to the Iranian TV story that Yahoo linked to themselves. The submarines are called 'Ghadir' or 'Qadir'.

I wouldn't read too much into the colour, either. At about 1:10 into the Press TV video, you see the turquoise one beside 2 similar submarines, but in sea green. It's possible they painted the superstructure brightly on this one just so it stood out well for this ceremony, where they're showing it off to remind politicians they should be given some more money. The video at the Daily Mail shows it's only the top section painted turquoise.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:30 AM

5. "I wouldn't read too much into the colour, either."

Couldn't agree more with your comments.

Another demonstration that mainstream media today has descended to the level of secondary school gossip.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:38 AM

9. silly cheap shots against the enemy

"ha ha they painted it the wrong color."

Calling the Iranians stupid, but stupidly overlooking the obvious reason for the color, as you point out, so people can see it on TV.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:54 AM

11. They paid extra for the two tone paint.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 09:43 AM

3. I remember that we used to have a pink submarine back in the day.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:24 AM

4. Either that's photoshopped or the worst....

submarine paint job ever.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:33 AM

6. Pretty color ... photo below

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Response to hedda_foil (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:38 AM

8. AaaHA!!!!

I knew it! They are planning on invading the Caribb!!!!

Keep an eye out malaise!!!!

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:37 AM

7. Color and light are quite different underwater

it might have less visibility when submerged.
It is a small anti-ship sub. Perhaps the blue is harder to spot from planes.

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