LOOK OUT - It's housing for the poor! RUUUUNN!

GROTON, Conn. (AP) - The USS Jimmy Carter entered the Navy's fleet Saturday as the most heavily armed submarine ever built, and as the last of the Seawolf class of attack subs that the Pentagon ordered during the Cold War's final years.

The 453-foot, 12,000-ton submarine has a 50-torpedo payload and eight torpedo tubes. And, according to intelligence experts, it can tap undersea cables and eavesdrop on the communications passing through them.

It can reach speeds of more than 45 knots and carry Tomahawk cruise missiles and anti-submarine torpedoes, and it is engineered to be quieter than the other Seawolves, making it better for surveillance.

To be fair, Jimmy Carter served in the Navy on a sub, so it's not completely off-base to name an awesome machine of death after him.


J.Po said...

Any comments from Jimmy about how he feels regarding his namesake? This thing smacks of 'distracting the public from the fact that there are impending cuts in domestic programs because of the war by attaching the name of the house-builder-for-the-poor to a machine of distruction'. The whole this is so full of oxymoronishness, I can't stand to think about it any longer.

J.Bro said...

Apparently he was at the ribbon-cutting (or bottle-smashing, or whatever it is they do to christen a war machine), and had this to say (from the AP):
"The most deeply appreciated and emotional honor I've ever had is to have this great ship bear my name," he said during the ceremony at the Naval Submarine Base in New London.

Carter, who was greeted by a 21-gun salute, said he expects the crew will use the submarine's "extraordinary capabilities _ many top secret _ to preserve peace, to protect our country and to keep high the banner of human rights around the world."