Commander-in-Chief submarine storyline unrealistic
Last night, ABC's "Commander-in-Chief" was about a U.S. submarine in trouble after doing covert operations off the coast of North Korea, forcing the President to ask the Chinese for help in performing rescue operations. The entire premise was laughable and insulting to the entire U.S. Submarine Force (to which I am currently assigned).
After the Russian submarine rescue this past Summer, you'd think the writers at ABC would do a little research. We have an organization called the International Submarine Escape and Rescue Liaison Office (ISMERLO), an organization created after the Russian submarine Kursk went down in 2000. ISMERLO is based here in Norfolk, Va., and consists of an international team of submarine escape and rescue experts. When a submarine, of any nation, is in trouble, the call goes out around the world. Through the internet, each country shows what assets they have available to assist in the rescue and sends help where needed. With such an organization in place, why would we need to go to the Chinese for help?
ISMERLO was all over the news when the Russian submarine went down last Summer. It's website, www.ismerlo.org, is easily assessible and has all this information I just mentioned.
With all this information at their fingertips, you'd think the writers would come up with a better storyline than something that is insulting and demaning to submariners, past and present, who VOLUNTEER for duty under the sea. Once again, this show sinks to a new low, insulting our military by showing them as incompetent for the purpose of their own ratings.