I got really curious about this "Tatar language" nonsense and decided to find out more about this. The source of this claim was in this (fairly respectable) naval affairs blog: http://www.informationdissemination....n-defense.html
That blogpost led me to an "analysis" piece in Eurasia Review, some sort of two-bit journal (http://www.eurasiareview.com/analysi...-oil-shipments). The source cited there was some Islamic studies journal (http://islamportal.ru/novosti/105/1311/) and THAT finally led me to the original source: an article in the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper (http://www.rg.ru/2010/12/09/a439971.html).BTW, this little tidbit in the Eurasia Review article was interesting.
In the course of the ongoing discussion of Russia’s naval operations, one extremely curious detail emerged. Russian commanders are now using Tatars to communicate among naval operators to ensure that the Japanese and the Americans do not understand Russian intentions just as the US used Navaho speakers during World War II.I do wonder how effectively this would be against China.
So, there's the full story. Two pilots from the Pacific Fleet naval aviation (Il-38 or Tu-142) from Tatarstan spoke Tatar to each other on one random mission to inspect the activity of a US naval group. How all of that mutated into "Russian submariners use Tatar as an encryption code" is beyond me. But that's the Internet for you!Pilots are also going to all sorts of tricks. For example, veterans of the Pacific Fleet aviation remember well the case when the crews of two aircraft were ordered to reveal the defense system of the American ship. To achieve the effect of surprise, the pilots not only secretly approached object of inspection, but also communicated among themselves in a language unfamiliar to Americans - both pilots belonged to the Tatar nationality and communicated in their native tongue. While the sailors were trying to find out which aircraft were loitering over their board, the pilots completed the task and flew away.
The test missile launch A-135. Kazakhstan. October 2010.
Last edited by Konst; 12-14-2010 at 04:47 PM.