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Twitter round-up: U.S. Navy’s tweet on deployment of submarine USS Asheville in Western Pacific top tweet in Q4 2020

10 Feb 2021 (Last Updated February 10th, 2021 13:27)

Naval Technology lists five of the most popular tweets on naval tech in Q4 2020 based on data from GlobalData’s Influencer Platform.

Twitter round-up: U.S. Navy’s tweet on deployment of submarine USS Asheville in Western Pacific top tweet in Q4 2020
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These top tweets were chosen from influencers as tracked by GlobalData’s Influencer Platform, which is based on a scientific process that works on pre-defined parameters. Influencers are selected after a deep analysis of the influencer’s relevance, network strength, engagement, and leading discussions on new and emerging trends.

Top tweets on naval tech in Q4 2020

1. U.S. Navy’s tweet on deployment of submarine USS Asheville in Western Pacific

U.S. Navy, the official account of the US Navy, shared an article on the deployment of the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Asheville in Western Pacific. The submarine was deployed to conduct a series of at-sea submarine exercises with the French Navy’s Rubis-class submarine FS Émeraude.

The two submarines practiced high-end maritime skills to improve interoperability between the two maritime forces. The maritime exercises are expected to help during forward deployment in the Indo-Pacific Area of Responsibility (AOR).

Username: U.S. Navy

Twitter handle: @USNavy

Retweets: 317

Likes: 1,279

2. Tyler Rogoway’s tweet on anti-submarine missile tested by India

Tyler Rogoway, editor at The War Zone, shared an article on a very long range anti-submarine missile successfully tested by India. The Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo or SMART carries a lightweight torpedo as its warhead. The missile can release the torpedo over a designated target area with a range of 400 miles (643km).

The missile was tested by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) using a ground-based, truck-mounted launcher. The new missile can prove to be vital asset for submarines as well as shore-based units for addressing the growing submarine threats from enemies especially China.

Username: Tyler Rogoway

Twitter handle: @Aviation_Intel

Retweets: 82

Likes: 282

3. U.S. Naval Institute’s tweet on narco submarine seized in Colombia

U.S. Naval Institute, an independent forum, tweeted on an electric narco submarine being seized in Colombia. The submarine was found after a raid conducted by the Colombian Navy, along with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and local law enforcement agencies. The submarine is estimated to cost $1.5bn to build and was scheduled to carry six tonnes of cocaine worth $120m towards the US market.

The submarine is capable of remaining under water for short periods of time and is powered by two electric motors. It includes a towing ring implying that it would be towed by a larger vessel to a point close to the actual location from where it would make the final journey on its own.

Username: U.S. Naval Institute

Twitter handle: @NavalInstitute

Retweets: 115

Likes: 251

4. U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet’s tweet on USS Hershel “Woody” Williams

U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, official account of the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, shared an article on expeditionary sea base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams conducting unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) demonstration with the Nigerian Navy in the Gulf of Guinea.

The base worked with Nigerian Navy ships including NNS Prosperity (P21), NNS Okpabana (F93), NNS Ekulu (P188), and NNS Nguru during the demonstration. Exercises conducted during the demonstration included tracking and intercepting vessels of interest within Nigeria’s Economic Exclusion Zone (EEZ).

Username: U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet

Twitter handle: @USNavyEurope

Retweets: 40

Likes: 131

5. Royal Navy’s tweet on HMS Albion joining NATO on maritime security mission

Royal Navy, the UK’s naval force, tweeted on the flagship HMS Albion vessel joining the NATO’s Sea Guardian mission along with the amphibious vessel RFA Lyme Bay. The Sea Guardian mission aims to monitor shipping in the Mediterranean sea and curb illegal activities such as smuggling and arms trafficking.

HMS Albion performed helicopter deck landing training involving a Seahawk and the Sea King helicopter with strict Covid-19 precautions in place. HMS Albion along with RFA Lyme Bay are a key part of the UK’s Littoral Response Group, which is on the final leg of its three-month experimental deployment to the Mediterranean, North Africa and Black Sea regions.

Username: Royal Navy

Twitter handle: @RoyalNavy

Retweets: 28

Likes: 129