Watch the U.S. Coast Guard Take Down This Narco Sub
With pistols drawn, members of the U.S. Coast Guard approached an odd-looking vessel sitting in the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. After pulling alongside, the Coast Guardsmen from the cutter USCGC Bertholf jumped aboard what turned out to be a drug-running submarine. During the bust on March 3, the Coast Guard seized... Read more
Russia’s Next Submarine Could Be Much Stealthier
Next-generation Russian nuclear submarines may use composite structures — imagine something akin to a cutting-edge carbon fiber — in an attempt to drastically reduce their acoustical signatures. But this wouldn’t be the first time Moscow has experimented with novel materials to build submarines. Before its collapse, the Soviet Union... Read more
India Prepares Its First Nuclear-Armed Submarine
New Delhi’s first indigenous nuclear-powered submarine has passed all of its sea-trials and is ready to be formally inducted into the Indian Navy. According to Indian media reports, the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine has been undergoing a series of diving tests and weapons trials over the past five months.... Read more
Secretive U.S. Navy Submarine Went on a Dangerous Mission
On Jan. 20, 2013, the Seawolf-class attack submarine USS Jimmy Carter left her home port in Bangor, Washington. Less than two months later, the submarine appeared at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii for repairs. It was all quite mysterious. During her time at sea, we don’t know where Jimmy Carter... Read more
Giant Submarines With Huge Guns
A century ago submarines presented as much of a challenge for naval war planners as drones do today. Like airborne and surface stealth decades later, underwater stealth was a game-changer — but how to use it? Until the missile age, a wide variety of naval missions and vessels tried... Read more
Britain’s Nuclear Arsenal Is a Hazardous Mess
Is the United Kingdom’s nuclear deterrent, the Trident ballistic missile submarine program, worth keeping? For the British Parliament and much of the media, the problem is mainly the vast amounts of money spent to keep it going. According to the U.K. Ministry of Defense, the program’s total cost is... Read more
His Majesty’s Scary Steam Subs
Like the airplane, the submarine evolved in the early 20th century into a real weapon. But for the British Royal Navy, this posed a dilemma. The Admiralty’s battle plan for its revolutionary new dreadnoughts foresaw high-speed clashes between rival fleets armed with very-long-range guns. The new dreadnoughts and battlecruisers launching from... Read more
U.S. Navy Packs Firepower Into Shrinking Sub Fleet
The U.S. Navy’s latest shipbuilding plan underscores what service leaders and lawmakers have long known — the Navy is going to have too few attack submarines. To compensate, the sailing branch wants to pack more firepower into the subs it will have. The Navy’s goal is to maintain at... Read more
Soviet Nuke Attack Could Have Cut Off U.S. Missile Submarines
A key component of the U.S. doctrine of mutually assured destruction — commonly and appropriately known as MAD — was that American troops would still be able to retaliate if the Soviet Union launched a nuclear attack. But for a time, the Pentagon was seriously worried that its own nuclear missile... Read more
Pentagon Worried Soviet Subs Might Wipe Out Bombers
Throughout the Cold War, the United States worried the Soviet Union might launch a nuclear sneak attack and escape American retaliation. The Pentagon was particularly worried about the threat of Soviet submarines sneaking up on American forces undetected. In one instance, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Scientific Advisory Committee specifically... Read more
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