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.
Even if it is Operation Petticoat Iranian-style (don’t forget that Islam seems fond of blues as colors) the thing is so small that a proper torpedo tube would run back to the sail. Add to that the safety rails, the fixed canister on the foredeck, and the big mast and the flow noises they create will be clearly audible to US sonar. This thing’s a joke.
Subs are like ice bergs, the big part is under the surface. So that one can have one or two torpedo tubes pretty easy.
If it lays quietly on or near the bottom of the Strait of Hormuz where that color might be close to matching what a air borne asset can visually see.
The range of modern torpedo is 10 miles plus or minus some.
Then that submarine then can cover 300 square miles, without moving.
So if things go all fubar, a trade of one these subs for one frigate size or larger surface ship is a plus for the sub.
The boats of the New Iranian Navy all have glass botoms.
That way they can see the boats of the Old Iranian Navy.
(an Old American Navy joke)
Reminds me of the “big blue dick” at Texas A&M.
For those who weren’t in the Corps or who don’t remember that bit of Campusology, this was a nickname for the blue water tower near the northern side of campus. Its blue hue was carefully chosen as an “average” of all the light blue colors of the sky on sunny days, the idea being it would “blend in” most of the time.
It never did blend in with the sky. They painted it beige toward the end of my time at A&M.