Sibutu Strait

Posted by Rebekah
Aug 13 2010

I finally got to meet so many of you today, and WOW!  It was so amazing!  I loved every minute of it, even though there were times that I barely could breathe for running around meeting everyone.  (and there were several I hoped to meet and couldn’t, so I’m sorry, hopefully, I’ll catch you tomorrow.)

The books arrived and look great.  I’ve already seen places where I could do some revisions after some of the stories I’ve heard today, so we’ll have to see where that goes.

Today, Flier is heading through Sibutu Strait entering the Sulu Sea (and last night’s post was supposed to read, into the CELEBES Sea not Sulu, oops.)  Now she’s heading due north for a little island called Bancoran.  She will loop around Bancoran to the north, then head for Balabac Island.

There she is, on schedule and heading for Bancoran, all's well, thus far.

My husband asked me, several weeks back, why did Flier go through Nastubata Channel when it appears like Balabac Straits are about 30 miles across of open water.  The answer, once I looked at the charts, was simple.  What you can’t see from Google Earth or most maps is the fact that running across the Straits is a series of coral reefs that block that Strait from all but a few channels, the deepest and most reliable of which is Natsubata.  Even today, Natsubata is frequently used by freighters and such.

Thus far, all’s well, and the Flier is on the schedule determined for her back in Fremantle.

I won't be returning to Flier for a few days, so we'll cover this quickly. Flier and Redfin were going to patrol nearby areas, so they were routed there through different routes. This way, the enemy wouldn't know where was the most traveled route in a submarine's traffic patterns. Since Flier was sent through Makassar, Redfin was sent around the east side of Borneo, and she'll pop out on the western side of Balabac, where the Fliers were headed.

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