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2006-06-29 18:25:29

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain could scale back its nuclear arsenal now that the Cold War is over, lawmakers concluded on Friday in a report that will set the tone for months of debate over the fate of Britain's nuclear weapons. British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said he will decide later this year whether or how to replace the fleet of Trident missile-carrying submarines that form Britain's nuclear arsenal. The issue has stirred up debate within Blair's left-leaning Labour Party....

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2006-04-24 19:09:47

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A team of scientists from Tennessee, including experts from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, are looking at the mystery of the sinking of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship. The group, which also includes scientists from the University of Tennessee and the Y12 National Security Complex, was here Monday examining the sub. The visit is the result of the university's relationship with best-selling crime author...

2006-04-03 10:33:36

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran test fired a new torpedo in the Strait of Hormuz off its south coast, the world's main nexus for shipping oil, state television reported on Monday. Iran rarely gives enough details of its military hardware for analysts to determine whether Tehran is making genuine advances or simply producing defiant propaganda while pressure ratchets up on its nuclear program. Although Iran can draw on huge manpower, its naval and air force technology is largely dismissed as...

2006-04-03 10:27:55

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran test fired a new torpedo in the Strait of Hormuz off its south coast, the world's main nexus for shipping oil, state television reported on Monday. Iran rarely gives enough details of its military hardware for analysts to determine whether Tehran is making genuine advances or simply producing defiant propaganda while pressure ratchets up on its nuclear program. Although Iran can draw on huge manpower, its naval and air force technology is largely dismissed as...

2005-08-09 02:07:20

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will buy from Britain two Scorpio underwater rescue vehicles of the type used to rescue a stranded Russian mini-submarine from the Pacific last Sunday, Itar-Tass news agency reported on Tuesday. It took less than four hours for the unmanned British Scorpio-45, airlifted to the Kamchatka peninsula off Russia's Pacific coast, to free the AS-28 mini-sub, stranded for three days with its seven-man crew 190 meters (625 feet) down. "The (Defense) minister has also...

2005-08-08 11:28:12

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's military faced tough questions on Monday about its handling of a mini-submarine accident amid media speculation that the head of the navy could be axed. Seven Russian sailors were freed on Sunday with British help after three days trapped in an AS-28 rescue mini-submarine 600 feet down in the Pacific with dwindling air supplies. As the crew received hospital treatment after their ordeal, when they huddled together to endure temperatures of 5 degrees Celsius,...

2005-08-07 01:30:22

By Oliver Bullough MOSCOW (Reuters) - Rescuers cut free a Russian mini-submarine ensnared in deep-sea cables on Sunday, saving its seven crew with British help, after a three-day ordeal at the bottom of the Pacific with dwindling oxygen. "The operation is finished. At 7:17 a.m., the submarine broke the surface. The crew opened the hatch on their own," Rear Admiral Vladimir Pepelyaev said on state television. He said the seamen were put on a rescue ship to be taken to hospital in the far...

2005-08-06 19:28:34

By Meg Clothier MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian navy, backed by a British deep-sea rescue machine, struggled on Sunday to free a trapped mini-submarine from the Pacific depths and save its crew before their air supply ran out. Naval officials warned they may only have Sunday left to rescue the seven men stuck on board the AS-28, which is snarled up in heavy metal debris 600 feet below the surface, because of dwindling oxygen. A British Scorpio, an unmanned undersea rescue vehicle that...

2005-08-06 18:57:29

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A British Scorpio rescue vehicle has started cutting free a Russian mini-submarine trapped 600 feet down in the Pacific, Interfax news agency reported on Sunday. "It (the Scorpio) arrived at the AS-28 mini-submarine and at 0305 Moscow time (1905 EDT) started to cut the main cable keeping the underwater machine in the deep," Interfax quoted Alexander Kosolapov, the head of the Russian Pacific Fleet press service as saying.

2005-08-06 17:41:54

By Richard Balmforth MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian navy, backed by U.S. and British hi-tech, deep-sea rescue gear, was poised on Sunday to try to free a trapped mini-submarine from the Pacific depths and save its seven-man crew before their air supply ran out. Naval officials made clear they may only have Sunday left to save the crew of the AS-28, tangled up in heavy metal debris 190 meters (600 feet) down, because of dwindling oxygen on board. A British Scorpio, an unmanned undersea...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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