Tuesday, January 11, 2011
OK this thing is so last year but I can't help writing it here. While eating a packet of nasi lemak for breakfast, I noticed a particular comment in a readers' column of a local newspaper (used as the nasi lemak packing material). It reads (translated):
"Diesel powered submarines use obsolete technologies which require scheduled and continuous maintenance and repair. It incurs a highly prohibitive costs in the long run as compared to nuclear submarines. A lot of problems will be suffered by the two Malaysian submarines. The government should have consulted the real experts before embarking on any projects - Marine Engineer"
So, using nuclear propulsion means LESS maintenance then? Are you sure Mr Marine Engineer? And if the diesel propulsion method is so 50 years ago, I wonder why the United States Navy, the Royal Navy and Marine Nationale are the only navies exclusively operating nuclear subs whilst the majority of the world stick with diesel-electric?