[B]France probes Channel shipwreck mystery[/B]
[I]Published: 03 Mar 2015 14:03 GMT+01:00 [/I]
A French court on Tuesday began a probe into the case of a mysterious shipwreck 11 years ago that the families of the five victims believe was caused by a Nato submarine. The Bugaled Breizh sank suddenly off Britain’s Lizard Point in the Channel on January 15, 2004, in circumstances that have never been fully explained.
The case was closed in May but the families have launched a last-ditch bid in the appeals court in the western city of Rennes. Dominique Launay, head of an organisation that supports the families, said: "We cannot leave without knowing the truth."
The court could either confirm the decision to close the case or order further investigations. The families believe that a submarine could have been involved as traces of titanium – often used in the hulls of subs – were found on the cables of the Bugaled Breizh.
The families have appealed to President Francois Hollande, who has voiced sympathy but passed on the case to the justice ministry. Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has stressed that "courts have not established any link between these (Nato) manoeuvres and the shipwreck."
The families’ lawyer, Christian Bergot, said this appeal would be the final round of an 11-year legal fight.
[B]A Quiet USS Kentucky Returns to Patrol[/B]
[I]UnderSeaWarfare, Official Magazine of the U.S. Submarine Force[/I]
Near the end of an unusually long refit necessitated by major repairs to her fairwater planes, USS Kentucky (SSBN-737) has her starboard plane reinstalled at IMF Bangor. Accomplished while the ship was afloat, this delicate evolution required skillful coordination among crane operators, riggers, and the entire waterfront crew.
After spending more than nine weeks in an unusually complex refit, USS Kentucky (SSBN-737) slipped confidently into the open waters of Hood Canal on 19 April in preparation for her next patrol…
I’m not sayin’ we did this, but… we did this.