Hello Die-Hard Patriots! Today I would like to talk about the ASDS. “The what?” you say. The ASDS. Here are two short clips from my first novel, Time Bomb Ticking.
“The ASDS—Advanced SEAL Delivery System—was a 65- foot long, 8-foot wide minisub designed to ride piggyback on the Charlotte’s hull. It attached to specially built docking pylons with a collar that allowed underwater access between the vessels.”
“She can move a 16-member SEAL team, complete with equipment, to land or sea locations we couldn’t reach otherwise. And then we have the lock-in, lock-out chamber. Being able to quickly enter and exit at will while we’re submerged without making any noise is like waking up in the Playboy Mansion for us SEALs.”
So now you know what the ASDS is, but here are a few interesting tidbits you might not know. The contract for the first ASDS was awarded in 1994. In 2002 the USS Greenville successfully launched and recovered the mini sub. But technical problems with the lithium ion batteries delayed its deployment. In 2005 the mini sub suffered a propulsion system casualty, which caused further delays to the program. Time Bomb Ticking takes place in the spring of 2008. On November 9th 2008, the Navy announced the ASDS was destroyed by fire during a routine battery charge. Eight months later the Navy canceled the entire program.
But did it really catch fire? And if so, was the fire accidental? Choosing Sides, the sequel to Time Bomb Ticking will make you think twice.
And one last question: has anyone read another novel that features the ASDS?
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