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In the United States, February 11 is (unofficially) National Inventors Day —not exactly a Hallmark Holiday in most segments of American society.  In Russia, however, the spirit of inventiveness is still quite strong (Necessity stubbornly performs her maternal duties there):

Sevmash shipyard will convert the multirole Project 949AM nuclear submarine Belgorod for a “series of special missions,” the navy’s head Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky said on Thursday.  Construction of the Belgorod had been suspended since the [accidental] sinking of its sister ship, the Kursk, in 2000.  “Belgorod will be completed as a special project. The boat will have many special tasks ahead of it,” Vysotsky said.

The Russian Navy has several submarines for what it terms “special missions,” but information about them remains classified.

For those of you who need a broader hint about what the Admiral might mean by “special tasks,” consider these remarks from last week:

Russian strategic nuclear submarines will resume routine extended patrols in international waters around the world in June 2012, Russian Navy Commander Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky said.  “On June 1 or a bit later we will resume constant patrolling of the world’s oceans by strategic nuclear submarines,” Vysotsky said at a meeting with naval personnel on Friday.

credit: Anatoli Zhdanov

So, while Lunghu has noted a sharp drop in the number of sudden, unforeseen breaks in undersea fiber optic cables since the G W Bush administration left office, international telecom carriers (particularly European and American ones) might want to begin budgeting now for repair and replacement of their transoceanic fiber links.  Just sayin’.  AT&T: are you listening?  Of course you are.

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