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Offline TomS

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Re: 'Tracked' Mini Submarines in Swedish waters - 1980's
« Reply #45 on: March 11, 2019, 12:49:51 pm »
Thanks, great article (sorry!)

I have more on tracked submersibles coming soon to Covert Shores

Interesting read.

One thought regarding the foot/boot prints. You write "However weighted driving boots are associated with old fashioned diving apparatus and you would expect a ‘frogman’ of the 1980s to wear swimfins, or comparatively slim rubber plimsolls. "

This is true of recreational scuba divers.  But working divers (either "surface supplied" divers using external air from a mother ship or with rebreeathers) continue to use weighted footwear like this to counteract the buoyancy of their legs when working on the bottom.  Your own article on USS Halibut shows weighted shoes as part of the kit for the saturation divers using rebreathers.

Here is a recent (2017) picture of a US Navy diver with weighted boots even more crude than the boots that might make the prints shown in your article.

https://www.strategypage.com/military_photos/201706082214.aspx


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Re: 'Tracked' Mini Submarines in Swedish waters - 1980's
« Reply #46 on: March 12, 2019, 03:05:00 pm »
Fair point.

I was thinking of a Soviet diver driving a wet submersible. In many navies swimfins would be required to be worn, but maybe they'd take them off, especially to step outside on a beach.
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Re: 'Tracked' Mini Submarines in Swedish waters - 1980's
« Reply #47 on: March 22, 2019, 03:58:54 am »
New article focusing on the Swedish naval intelligence illustration of a hypothetical tracked minisub. http://www.hisutton.com/Russian_Tracked_Submarines_Baltic_1980s.html
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