Are all involved...
getting that sinking feeling?
India is investigating a security breach affecting its French-built Scorpene-class submarines after more than 22,000 pages covering its secret capabilities were leaked. First reported in The Australian, the documents offer details on the designs of the submarines, which were put together by French company DCNS. Based on the …
DCNS beat out the Germans and the Japanese for the new Australian Submarine contract (although its a different class of submarine) not on the Indian contract.
But most importantly you some how missed out on making a headline along the lines of French Submarine Develops Leaks! For shame el Reg, for shame!!!
What is deployed operationally and what is available are two entirely different things.
A ship can be in port for crew rest and or training. Or to save money.
Why have half of your fleet out and about doing nothing if there isn't a mission for them to do? This would be a huge waste of money and resources.
You guys are smarter than this. Before engaging your mouth prematurely, stop and think for 5 minutes why something is the way it is... believe it or not, you're not the smartest person on the planet. Especially when it comes to naval deployments/operations.
With all the different leaks of government/military secrets, I wonder if this is a new form of e-warfare. Not just stealing you enemy's secrets, but "leaking" them to cause confusion and disarray in the enemy's camp. The leaks cause citizens and journalists to ask questions that governments would rather not answer. So they spend time covering up, evading questions, sweeping things under rugs, and generally waiting for any publicity to blow over.
How could we be sure that the leak is from a genuine hack of real data rather than a deliberately leaked bogus document full of fictitious specifications? Of course, the enemy might know that the specifications are bogus. But then we may know that the enemy knows that they are bogus. Of course, the enemy might know that we know that they know ...
I can't see any strategic importance of this contract. That diesel/electric submarine was good against fishing boats (or maybe some cargo ships) and not adversary capable of/interested in hacking DCNS. It's odd that India even bothered, unless waste of money was the only purpose.
"I can't see any strategic importance of this contract."
Then ask yourself why the US Navy is so scared of D/E submarines despite being, allegedly, the most technologically advanced navy in the world.
One reason is D/E subs are very quiet and hard to detect.