: Brothers beneath the waves: Groton Subvets celebrates 50 years Submitted by: Office on 5/4/2014
Submitted by: Office on 5/11/2014
That means no electronic book reading devices (like iPads or Kindles). Thats annoying to the crew, who like to read in what little spare time they have. Space is limited on a sub and you cant bring that many books (even paperbacks) on board. So the navy came up with a solution, a book reader with no networking capability and no data connectors (like USB).
Called the NeRD (Navy eReader Device) it is pre-loaded with 300 books and only has a port to have its battery recharged. Five are being sent to each nuclear sub so the crews can try them out.
Books can be added or but you have to disassemble the device and replace the NAND Flash data chips. This does not make it impossible for a spy on a nuclear sub to use a NeRD device to store data stolen from submarine systems, but it would be impractical.
For the effort required there are easier ways to take data. That appears to be the thinking behind the way NeRD was designed. If the user tests are a success a device like NeRD has space for thousands of books.
The navy runs surveys to find out reading preferences of its submariners and thus periodically updilable on the NeRDs.
Submitted by: Office on 5/13/2014
Volunteer Base Cdr Vinny McCrum reports "We are submitting the application this week to allow our USSVI base sponsored USS Darter memorial to be placed on the Legislative Plaza in Nashville next to the WWII Lost Submarines memorial. Tennessee was assigned to memorialize the Darter by the US Submarine Veterans of WWII but we are 1 of 3 states that has not placed a memorial for their designated submarine."
One of the issues we're facing is how to keep kids [especially] from climbing on it and graffiti off of it.
The USS Snook Base Commander asked that we put this out on a POC broadcast as a question and ask comments/suggestions come back to him at the email address below.
USS Snook Base Commander
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