Not all history is based on fact and not all fiction is based on imagination. After the development and testing of thermonuclear weapons the Pentagon – through a civilian publishing company – paid for a series of “fictional” accounts of the United States after an attack. While we are by no means suggesting that the practice continues, nor that this work is in any way associated with such a program, the tenor of the work is much the same. Since most of us would not be around to read about an exchange involving nuclear submarines on the doorstep of Beijing we suppose this is a close as we will get – which is close enough for us.
Attack of the Seawolf New York : D.I. Fine, c 1993 Michael DiMercurio Submarines (Ships) Naval battles Bo Hai (China) Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. 352 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
The Chinese president has urged the faster modernisation of the navy after 70 sailors died in a mysterious submarine accident. The loss of the crew of submarine No. 361 is the worst declared peacetime military disaster in the history of the People’s Republic of China.
Military analysts are puzzling over what caused the deaths on board the Ming-class submarine, which China said suffered “mechanical difficulties” off its north-eastern coast. While the Ming class boats are entirely obsolete by modern standards, they are a relatively inexpensive option for patrol and coastal defence duties.
It remains unclear why none of the crew were able to escape, why the boat was recovered so quickly, and exactly when and where the accident took place. This is the worst communist submarine accident since August 2000, when the Russian nuclear-powered Kursk sank with its 118 crew in the Barents Sea.
The brief statement announcing the accident from China’s official news agency left many questions unanswered, and some experts are speculating that the deaths may have been the result of a gas leak. The submarine’s batteries may have leaked acid which mixed with seawater, producing toxic chlorine that could have killed the crew. The Chinese submarine did not sink during the accident and it has now been towed to an unnamed port. A fire or a collision is a possibility. If it was a torpedo that blew up, it probably would have sunk it.
The Chinese were reportedly negotiating with Russia to buy eight 636 Kilo-class vessels, equipped with anti-ship missile systems. According to reports, China’s own submarine manufacturing programme is in difficulty, particularly its efforts to develop the Song class guided-missile submarine. Jane’s Defence Weekly says the first Song started sea trials but proved a failure. China’s navy has also reportedly experienced operating problems because of inadequate crew training.