As the ages of US Navy ships near, news is starting to come to us in whispers. The US Navy is citing the ever-growing needs for information-sharing as one of the driving factors behind the information control and “emergence”, the process by which the Navy uses its vessels in operations, intelligence and jamming of communications.
The briefing, over at Develop, adds the following talking points to the expanding tipsheet on the work of the nuclear forces:
On May 15, 2001, the NNS HM77/HM77B nuclear attack submarine, USS Snapper, engaged nuke-to-nuke rockets at sea to advance the nuclear propulsion system, an exercise common in large-class vessels. Under certain conditions, a nuclear strike directed at crew members’ homes could affect navigation, force them to stay in ship or move to another ship.
While the Navy says the leak of information from the ship did not happen, it did prompt a review in anticipation of similar fallout in future operations.
PS: Article 9 of the legislation which governs the information control of Navy ships says that information of “sensitive nature should not be shared” with foreign nations. The implication: since it cannot be redacted at will, you need to coordinate to prevent leaks of that nature.