Can Fred, The Singing Sailor Keep Putin Away?

In October 2014, Sweden accused Russia of operating a submarine in its territorial waters. However, an investigation by the Sweden military discovered that the object suspected of being a Russian submarine was actually a Swedish vessel.

Yet, the Swedish government still decided to spend nearly $112 million on its defense, due to fears that Russia might increase its military presence in the Baltic Sea.

And now, neighbor Finland is concerned about three cables that were discovered recently on the bottom of the sea in their territorial waters.

Two of these cables were identified as hydrophone cables. These are specifically used to detect submarines. The Finnish Maritime Border Guard says these cables are a mystery. They were not placed there by the Maritime Border Guard.

Finland has not outwardly accused Russia, yet, but behind closed doors they probably suspect they placed the cables. The entire Scandinavian region is on high alert, fearing a Russian threat in the area. In this region of the world, Russia would most likely arrive by sea.

The Finnish Maritime Border Guard investigated another  incident in late April that allegedly involved a mysterious underwater object, believed to be a submarine in the Finland’s territorial waters. Alas, they were not able to determine the origin of the suspicious underwater sounds they detected. The investigation was closed, and the case will not be taken to the prosecutor’s office. However, the military said they cannot rule out the presence of a submarine or other kinds of underwater activity.

All this heighten fear (hype) of a Russian intrusion has precipitated a call to action by a Swedish peace activist organization. In May, members of the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (SPAS) used Puten’s opinion of the Gay movement to discourage Russian submarines from arriving on the shores of Sweden. This organization’s motto is “If weapons had functioned as a conflict solving method there would have been peace in the world a long time ago.”

SPAS placed, into Swedish waters, a subsurface sonar beacon they have named “Fred, The Singing Sailor,” Fred is a neon character. He dances and sends out a morse coded message that can be detected by any underwater visitor nearby. The message welcomes one and all to Sweden with the following message:

THIS WAY IF YOU ARE GAY

The idea behind the message is that Russian sailors would make a quick u-turn and avoid Sweden because of Putin’s animosity towards the gay lifestyle.

Take a look at their video. It’s really quite entertaining.

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