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  • Enlisted Women to Join Sub Crews Starting in 2016

    07/30/2014 10:02:58 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 66 replies
    Military.com ^ | July 28, 2014 | Johanna Somers
    The Department of the Navy plans to add enlisted women crewmembers to seven Ohio-class submarines starting in 2016 and to four Virginia-class attack submarines beginning in 2020. "I think this is just the next step in a process that started a number of years ago to tap into a talented part of the Navy to help run very sophisticated vessels, and to me that's a real huge advantage that the Navy is capitalizing on," said U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District. "... Women sailors do a great job on surface ships. They have been doing it for a long time,...
  • Italy-Russia submarine project suspended over Ukraine crisis - Itar-Tass

    07/25/2014 6:46:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 25 Fri Jul 25, 2014 | Alissa de Carbonnel
    (Reuters) - An Italian-Russian project to build a new generation small submarine has been suspended because of the "political situation" following Western sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis, Itar-Tass news agency said on Friday. The decade-old deal between Russian company Rubin and Italian shipmaker Fincantieri to build a 1,000-ton diesel submarine, the S-1000, is part of President Vladimir Putin's plans to revamp Russia's fighting force. "To our regret, due to the well-known political situation this project has been suspended," Itar-Tass quoted Igor Vilnit, the head of Rubin's Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering, as saying. Rubin declined immediate comment...
  • US to Sell India Submarine-Launched Missiles

    07/02/2014 8:21:07 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | Zachary Keck
    On Tuesday, the Pentagon announced Washington will be selling India submarine-launched Harpoon missiles. On Tuesday, the U.S. announced its intention to sell India submarine-launched missiles. The announcement was made in a press release by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). “The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to India for UGM-84L Harpoon missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $200 million,” the press release said. It noted that it sent a certification of delivery to Congress on July 1, 2014. DSCA elaborated on the sale: “The Government...
  • Vessel Believed to be Russian Tsarist Submarine Discovered in the Baltic

    06/26/2014 10:41:11 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Jun. 26 2014 21:00 | The Moscow Times
    Estonian divers have discovered a watercraft in the Baltic Sea that they believe to be one of Russia's first battle submarines, Estonian media reported. The Shark, which was first launched in 1911, disappeared in 1915 at the height of World War I. It was carrying a crew of 35 at the time, whose fate has since remained unknown.
  • Russia Launches New Ultra-Quiet Submarine for Black Sea Fleet

    06/26/2014 12:13:15 PM PDT · by McGruff · 14 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Jun. 26 2014
    The Russian Navy launched a new and improved Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine today in St. Petersburg. Named the Rostov-on-Don, the sub will join the Black Sea Fleet and further bolster Moscow's naval presence in the region. "We expect that the Rostov-on-Don, following sea trials in the Baltic and Barents seas under its own power, will come to Sevastopol at the end of the year," a Black Sea Fleet representative said at the ceremony. "In the next two years, six submarines of this type will be built for the Black Sea Fleet," he added. Russia has shown a renewed strategic interest in...
  • Don’t Sweat Russia’s Newest Nuclear Submarine

    06/22/2014 9:31:25 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    Medium.com Blog War is Boring ^ | June 22, 2014 | Robert Beckhusen
    ‘Severodvinsk’ is too expensive for mass production It’s official. K-560 Severodvinsk, Moscow’s newest and most advanced nuclear attack submarine, has joined the Russian navy. That’s bad news for most countries that could conceivably face Russia in a conflict. The expensive, quiet, 13,800-ton Yasen-class submarine is arguably one of the most sophisticated in the world—and she’s just the first of her class. But the one country that doesn’t have much reason to worry is the United States, which has a significantly larger and more modern submarine force. The Yasen class is also an exception to the rule in Russia, where most...
  • Germans submarines now appear the safer replacement bet (Australia)

    06/19/2014 12:13:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Australian Financial Review ^ | 19 JUN 2014 | JOHN KERIN
    Within the space of a few weeks the Abbott government has presided over a shake-up of the options for a fleet of submarines to replace the ageing ­Collins class. While an evolved Collins class was a short-price favourite at the end of the Labor era, an almighty spat between the Swedish government and German industrial giant Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems means a German design could now fall over the line. The nuclear option remains off the table despite the US indicating it would be amenable to an Australian approach on the Virginia class submarines. Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s enthusiasm for...
  • Russia's new Yasen-class sub christened.

    06/17/2014 1:13:50 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 17 June 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has a new weapon at his disposal: a top-secret nuclear submarine named Severodvinsk. The fourth-generation vessel, the first Yasen K-560 nuclear submarine, was christened Tuesday, the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS reported.
  • China Displays World’s Largest Conventional Submarine

    06/12/2014 9:08:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | June 13, 2014 | Zachary Keck
    State media report that China’s new Type 032 Qing-class submarine was displayed at an expo last week. China’s state-run media is reporting that Beijing publicly displayed what is believed to be the largest conventional submarine in the world last week. According to Want China Times, which cited a Chinese-language report in the state-run Guangming Daily, China’s new Type 032 Qing-class test submarine was on display last week at the Sixth Shipping Expo held in Guangdong province in southern China from June 6 to June 8. IHS Jane’s also noted the report was carried in China’s state media outlets. The Type...
  • Japan, Australia agree on stealth technology deal

    06/11/2014 11:27:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Associated Press ^ | June 11, 2014 | MARI YAMAGUCHI
    TOKYO — Japan and Australia agreed Wednesday to jointly develop stealth submarine technology, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushes his country toward a more assertive global military role. The submarine technology was a top item at talks among the nations' foreign and defense ministers in Tokyo and was included in an agreement to step up cooperation in defense equipment and technology. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told a joint news conference after the talks that the ministers agreed to begin the research next year. It will focus on technology that is applicable to any vessel including submarines, he said, but...
  • Brazil building new nuclear submarine to safeguard offshore resources

    06/04/2014 8:11:55 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Brazil is constructing five new submarines, including one atomic-powered vessel, to boost patrolling across the South American country's 8,500km coast. The $10bn project is being undertaken by a joint venture comprising the Brazilian Navy, construction firm Odebrecht and French state-defence firm DCNS, reported AFP. The new submarines are expected to replace the navy's existing ageing fleet of five conventional vessels. "The new submarines are expected to replace the navy's existing ageing fleet of five conventional vessels." Construction on the nuclear submarine, named SNBR, is expected to commence in 2017 with its launch targeted for 2025. Brazil Navy official Gilberto Max...
  • Michelle Obama sponsors first-ever ALL-FEMALE nuclear submarine

    06/03/2014 8:51:52 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 117 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | May 28, 2012 | Snejana Farberov
    First Lady Michelle Obama has agreed to sponsor a future submarine named after her home state that will be staffed by an all-female crew. The White House has announced that Mrs Obama has accepted an invitation to be the backer of the USS Illinois, a Virginia-class submarine being built in Groton, Connecticut, and Newport News, Virginia. The new nuclear-powered boat is expected to join the fleet in late 2015.
  • PLA to up number of Type 041 submarines to at least 60 in 10yrs

    05/30/2014 9:40:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    WantChinaTimes ^ | 2014-05-31
    Experts have predicted that China is likely to increase the number of its type 041 conventional submarines to 60 or 70 over the next decade. The Japanese navy also plans to increase the number of its Soryu-class diesel-electric powered submarines from 16 to 22 in response to a perceived threat from China, reports our Chinese-language sister newspaper Want Daily. Soryu-class diesel-electric powered submarines are the latest model of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. The vessel has a displacement of 2,000 tonnes and is equipped with an air-independent propulsion system. Japan will purchase another five of the submarine and will get...
  • Subs divide: tale of two companies

    05/30/2014 8:22:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Australian ^ | MAY 31, 2014 | KYM BERGMANN
    THERE are only a few companies in the Western world that have the capacity to successfully design and build conventional submarines. That number will soon increase by one, with a dramatic demerger of Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and Kockums of Sweden being played out in Europe. This has major implications for the Collins-class and SEA 1000 as both companies jostle to take advantage of their changed circumstances even before the dust has settled. While the European defence industry went through a phase of consolidation in the 1990s, this seldom extended into the naval domain and rarely across national boundaries. A...
  • Nereus deep sea sub 'implodes' 10km-down

    05/12/2014 11:12:53 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/12/14 | Jonathan Amos
    One of the world's most capable deep-sea research subs has been lost.The robotic vehicle Nereus went missing while exploring one of the ocean's deepest spots: the Kermadec Trench, which lies north east of New Zealand. Surface debris was found, suggesting the vessel suffered a catastrophic implosion as a result of the immense pressures where it was operating some 10km (6.2 miles) down. Nereus was a flagship ocean explorer for the US science community. "Nereus helped us explore places we've never seen before and ask questions we never thought to ask," said Timothy Shank, from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI),...
  • Tomorrow’s Stealthy Subs Could Sink America’s Navy

    05/12/2014 8:51:01 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 05.12.14 | Bill Sweetman
    PH1 (AW/NAC) Michael Moriatis/Wikimedia Commons The U.S. military is relying on sub-hunting tech that’s decades old. Meanwhile, the targets they’re trying to find are getting quieter and more invisible by the day. Submarines are getting quieter, stealthier, and better armed. And that could mean major trouble for the U.S. Navy and its aging fleet of sub-hunters. The tactical balance between the surface warship and the submarine has strategic impact. The submarine is not made for a show of force. Its principal weapon is designed not to damage a ship, but to sink it—rapidly and probably with much loss of life....
  • Swedish firm Saab bids to design new Royal Australian Navy submarines

    04/15/2014 11:35:37 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    News Corp Australia ^ | APRIL 12, 2014 | By IAN MCPHEDRAN
    SWEDISH defence giant Saab is making a bold, secret play for a slice of Australia’s $30 billion future submarine project. As Federal Government placed all options for the navy’s future submarine back on the table this week, News Corp Australia can reveal that Saab and the Swedish Government have been engaged in secret talks with the Defence Department about the design of the new boats. A Swedish delegation travelled to Canberra in March for first round talks. Sweden has along history in submarines but it moved away from the business about 15 years ago when its shipbuilder Kockums — the...
  • MH370: UK submarine joins search for missing plane

    04/01/2014 12:34:38 PM PDT · by F15Eagle · 55 replies
    BBC via Yahoo! ^ | 1 April 2014 Last updated at 15:04 ET | BBC.Com
    British submarine HMS Tireless has joined the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The Ministry of Defence said the Trafalgar class submarine had arrived in the southern Indian Ocean and would help search for the plane's black box recorder. It will soon by joined by Royal Navy coastal survey ship HMS Echo. The aircraft disappeared with 239 people on board on 8 March while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Earlier on Tuesday, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston - the man co-ordinating the search from Australia - said the hunt was the "most challenging" ever seen and could...
  • For MSDF's newest 'ninja' submarines, it's all about stealth (Japan)

    03/31/2014 9:02:57 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    The Asahi Shimbun, Japan ^ | April 01, 2014 | FUMIAKI SONOYAMA
    Known as the “ninja of the seas,” Japan’s Hakuryu submarine carries enough firepower to knock out an aircraft carrier with a single blow. But the Type 89 torpedo is not the vessel’s most effective feature in strengthening Japan’s warning and surveillance operations in its waters. “A submarine’s greatest weapon is stealth,” Maritime Self-Defense Force Capt. Kaoru Yoshida said. “Our mere presence that makes (the enemy think) ‘there might be a powerful submarine out there’ is a deterrent.” In the National Defense Program Guidelines formulated at the end of last year, Japan decided to increase its submarine fleet from the current...
  • Major submarine accidents remain isolated but costly

    03/31/2014 3:40:25 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 32 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | March 30, 2014 | Jennifer McDermott
    When the periscope of the USS Montpelier rose from the water during training off the coast of Florida on Oct. 13, 2012, the submarine crew saw a Navy cruiser approaching a mere 100 to 200 yards away. The cruiser USS San Jacinto tried to reverse, but it was too late. The Montpelier-San Jacinto collision was one of 906 submarine accidents from late 2004 through 2013, according to data obtained from the Naval Safety Center by The Day through a Freedom of Information Act request. The submarine's commanding officer was relieved of duty, and the costly mistake also led to changes...
  • Dispute Threatens ThyssenKrupp's Submarine Business

    03/23/2014 9:10:11 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 23, 2014 | GUSTAV SANDSTROM and CHRISTINA ZANDER
    STOCKHOLM—A dispute between the Swedish armed forces and ThyssenKrupp AG TKA.XE +1.39% threatens one of the German industrial giant's most-profitable operations and could shake up the growing global submarine business. The row, which is partly over export possibilities, has prompted Sweden to yank contracts for the next generation of Swedish submarines from ThyssenKrupp, the world's largest exporter of nonnuclear submarines. Sweden has signaled that it instead is considering giving the work to Swedish defense company Saab AB. Currently, Saab doesn't build manned submarines, but it acknowledges it is trying to poach engineers from ThyssenKrupp's submarine unit, which is based around...
  • PHOTOS - circa 1927: Submarine Aircraft Carrier

    03/02/2014 10:54:01 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    Retronaut ^ | 1927 | Retronaut
    1927: Submarine Aircraft Carrier HMS M2 was a Royal Navy submarine monitor completed in 1919, converted in 1927 into the world's first submarine aircraft carrier. She was shipwrecked in Lyme Bay, Dorset, Britain, on 26 January 1932. She was one of three M-class boats completed. • Design and Career Four M-class submarines replaced the order for the last four K-class submarines, K17-K21. Although they were similar in size, the M class was an entirely different design from the K class, although it is possible that some material ordered for the K-boats went into them. In any event, the end of...
  • Sink or swim: Sweden’s new A-26 next-gen submarine in doubt

    02/22/2014 12:03:32 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    naval-technology.com ^ | 19 February 2014 | Grant Turnbull
    Concerns are growing over the lack of progress on Sweden’s A26 next-generation submarine programme, which is being developed to replace the Swedish Navy’s current Södermanland-class vessels. Despite the purchase of two submarines being approved by Swedish lawmakers in 2010, firm orders have yet to be placed. Kockums submarine Contract negotiations are still ongoing between Swedish shipbuilders Kockums, who will manufacturer the vessel, and Sweden's Defence Materiel Administration (FMV). Differences between the two parties have significantly slowed contract negotiations, but details of what those differences actually are remain unknown. Both sides are tight-lipped on the whole process. ""The company will be...
  • Pakistan likely to buy S20 submarines from China

    02/08/2014 12:59:41 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-02-08 | Chang Kuo-wei and Staff Reporter
    A senior Pakistani official recently told the UK's Jane's Defence Weekly that the country is likely to purchase six submarines from China. The official said the deal will be completed soon and an agreement is expected to be signed by both parties by the end of the year. The Sina news web portal also cited a Pakistani official who said Islamabad and Beijing had settled the details for the arms sales and only the payment issue needed to be finalized. The Pakistani source revealed that the S20 diesel-electric submarines, an improved model of the People's Liberation Army's Yuan-class submarines, may...
  • New Chinese submarine patrol puts Hawaii, Alaska within nuke range - report

    02/06/2014 9:57:17 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Russia Today ^ | February 06, 2014
    The Chinese are preparing to deploy submarines armed with nuclear missiles that will patrol the northern Pacific Ocean and come within range of at least two US states, according to a new report from the US Navy. The US Naval Institute (USNI) reported that the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has tapped the Jin-class nuclear ballistic submarines to begin patrols in 2014. The subs will carry intercontinental range missiles that are thought to have a range of no less than 14,000 kilometers (8,699 miles) and can deliver a single or multiple warheads. “With a range in excess of 4,000 [nautical...
  • Germany to 'sell Egypt two more subs'

    02/05/2014 6:46:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Local, Germany ^ | 04 Feb 2014
    EXCLUSIVE: Germany is “weeks away” from signing a contract with Egypt to provide the troubled Middle East country with two more submarines in a multi-million euro deal, a defence source told the The Local. The contract for two U-209 submarines follows on from a deal signed in summer 2011 for two of the same submarine types which was worth €920 million. A source said: “The new contract will be for two more U-209 to reach the target of four. “Two is not enough to have a permanent sea patrol. With four, you will have one for maintenance, one for training...
  • US Navy Explores Sub-Launched Hypersonic Missiles

    02/04/2014 12:15:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | February 04, 2014 | Zachary Keck
    The U.S. Navy is looking into developing a submarine-launched hypersonic missile as part of its conventional prompt global strike (CPGS) program. According to an Inside Defense article, the Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs office is soliciting proposals for “two-year industry trade studies to flesh out technology options and architecture for an intermediate-range conventional prompt global strike weapon.” The report said that the competition was part of the Defense Department’s “fiscal year 2014 plan to investigate a launcher, missile and glide body for a weapon with potential game-changing capabilities.” Top among these CPGS capabilities is to develop precision-guided ballistic missiles that can...
  • Navy Set to Accept First Virginia-Class Block III Sub

    01/29/2014 7:52:13 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | January 29th, 2014 | Kris Osborn
    Groton, Conn. – While floating partially submerged in icy waters along a dock at a General Dynamics’ Electric Boat facility here, the Navy’s first Block III Virginia-Class attack submarine is being readied for sea-trials, certifications and delivery. As a key step prior to formally handing the boat over to the Navy to begin service, Electric Boat engineers and Navy professionals are testing the electronics, wiring, missile tubes and propulsion system on-board the submarine, among other things, said Kurt Hesch, vice president of Virginia-Class submarines, Electric Boat. The USS North Dakota, the first Block III Virginia-Class submarine slated for delivery, is...
  • Russian navy boosted with new nuclear attack submarine

    12/31/2013 9:18:21 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Russia Today ^ | December 31, 2013
    Russia’s has received a New Year present with the hand-over of a cutting-edge nuclear attack submarine, the Severodvinsk, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said. The Severodvinsk had been under construction at the Sevmash shipyard in northern Russia since 1993. “Yesterday the parent nuclear submarine of the Yasen-project has been handed over to the navy for trial operation,” Rogozin wrote on Twitter, confirming an earlier report by RIA-Novosti news agency. The Severodvinsk is one of eight Yasen-class (Graney-class, according to NATO classification) attack subs ordered by the Russian navy. The second and third boats of the series, the Kazan and...
  • Military acquires submarine-launched Harpoon missiles

    12/26/2013 1:08:02 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 2013/12/26 | Claudia Liu, Chen Wei-ting and Sofia Wu
    Taipei, Dec. 26 (CA) The United States has begun delivery of submarine-launched Harpoon missiles this year, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) has said in a report to the Legislative Yuan. The anti-ship cruise missiles will become operational on Taiwan's two Dutch-built combat-capable submarines, the Tuesday report said. The NT$5.87 billion (US$195.46 million) deal, to be fulfilled between 2008 and 2016, is aimed at extending the country's undersea force's strike capability, the MND said. The deal reportedly includes 32 UGM-84L sub-launched Harpoon Block II missiles along with two UTM-84L exercise missiles and two weapon control systems, according to media coverage....
  • Murphy's Law: Crises In The Russian Nuclear Sub Industry

    12/24/2013 11:17:16 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 19 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | December 23, 2013
    December 23, 2013: In late 2013 the Russian navy announced that plans to refurbish its nine Akula class SSNs (nuclear attack subs) would take longer than expected. In fact, the first Akula will be out of service for three years for the upgrade. The other eight subs will get done more quickly, but the entire job will take at least a decade and probably closer to fifteen years. The refurb involves replacing most if the wiring and electrical systems as well as the missile handling equipment. Many mechanical systems will be replaced of upgraded. The end result will be a...
  • T'was the Night Before Christmas Submarine Style (SS)

    12/24/2013 6:29:07 AM PST · by New Jersey Realist · 22 replies
    USS GW Carver SSBN656 Newsletter | Unknown | Sean Keck
    T'was the night before Christmas, and what no-one could see, The men with the dolphins were under the sea. Most of the crew was flat on their backs, Snoring and dreaming all snug in their racks. Those men on watch were making their rounds, Some manning the planes or listening for sounds. Back in maneuvering or down in the room, They all hoped the oncoming watch would come soon. I'd finished some PM's whose time was now due, And hoped for some sleep, even an hour or two. Against better judgment I took a short stroll, And found myself wandering...
  • U.S. navy unveils secret Cold War submarine that could roll on ocean floor

    12/09/2013 7:30:29 AM PST · by canuck_conservative · 50 replies
    Vancouver Province / AP ^ | November 13, 2013 | Staff
    <p>It could dive deeper than any other submarine, and when it reached the ocean floor, the one-of-a-kind U.S. navy vessel could roll on wheels with lights illuminating the depths outside its windows.</p> <p>The nuclear-powered NR-1, launched in Groton in 1969, was one of the most secretive vessels in the U.S. undersea force.</p>
  • Japan asked to share submarine technology (with Australia)

    12/06/2013 11:25:44 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Australia ^ | DECEMBER 07, 2013 | BRENDAN NICHOLSON
    AUSTRALIA has asked Japan to consider providing highly advanced propulsion technology to be used in the navy's planned 12 new submarines. Defence Minister David Johnston has told The Weekend Australian Japanese officials had visited submarine maintenance facilities in Adelaide and talks were continuing. In a speech to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Senator Johnston spoke about the Abbott government's wish to cement closer defence ties with Japan, including much closer defence-industry ties. Senator Johnston said later he was particularly interested in the use of Japan's extremely effective submarine technology in Australia's future submarine, which is most likely to be an...
  • Iran launches new submarine class

    12/05/2013 8:42:50 AM PST · by dervish · 15 replies
    IHS Jane's 360 ^ | 11/26/13 | Jeremy Binnie
    One of the boats can clearly be seen in the water at the Bostanu shipyard on the Strait of Hormuz in Astrium imagery taken on 27 October. It measures 40.5 m long and 4 m wide at the waterline. A second can be seen under construction at the Bandar Anzali Naval Base on the Caspian Sea on 17 September. It is partially shrouded by scaffolding, but is approximately 48 m long and 6 m wide.
  • Singapore to acquire two submarines from German firm

    12/02/2013 11:42:59 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Agence France Presse ^ | 02 December 2013
    SINGAPORE: Singapore, which has Southeast Asia’s most modern military, said Monday it was acquiring two new submarines from German defence contractor ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. In a statement, the defence ministry said it signed a contract to acquire two “Type 218SG” submarines, which are projected to be delivered in 2020. It said the deal included a logistics package and a crew training arrangement in Germany, but did not reveal the total cost. The two new submarines, along with Archer-class submarines purchased from Sweden in 2005 will replace its Challenger-class submarines that were built in the 1960s and acquired by the city-state...
  • Star of 'Red October' returns from last deployment

    12/02/2013 1:23:44 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 29, 2013 | JENNIFER McDERMOTT
    GROTON, Conn. (AP) — The submarine that starred in "The Hunt for Red October," the USS Dallas, returned from its last overseas deployment Monday. Next year, after 33 years in the fleet, the Dallas will be inactivated. Tom Clancy's Cold War thriller made the Dallas famous, but in Navy circles it is better known for being the first attack submarine to carry a dry-deck shelter, which houses a vehicle for launching and recovering special operations forces. "Of all the submarines that would be finishing up their service life, there are a couple out there that people know by name, and...
  • Poland gives thumbs down to German subs

    11/29/2013 11:30:42 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Local, Germany ^ | 29 Nov 2013
    Poland believes German-made submarines are not up to the job of defending Polish shores, but sources have told The Local that on the back of a landmark naval deal between the two countries, Poland is likely to lease two subs anyway. On May 27th German Defence Minister Thomas de Maizière and his Polish counterpart Tomasz Siemoniak signed a “Letter of Intention” to increase co-operation between the two countries’ navies in 28 areas including through a “submarine operating authority”. The agreement pledged to “provide a sound foundation for the further enhancement of the German-Polish naval cooperation in the future,” in several...
  • Take Her Deep: Reforming the U.S. Silent Service

    11/05/2013 7:29:21 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Project On Government Oversight ^ | Oct. 31, 2013 | Roger Thompson
    By Roger Thompson, MA, FRSA In 1959, The U.S. Navy commissioned its final diesel-electric submarine combatant, the USS Blueback, which served until 1990. She was the last of her kind in the American Navy because of its insistence, or some would say, dogma, that all combatant submarines must be nuclear powered. After all, diesel-electric submarines are merely surface ships that can submerge only for short periods of time. They are too slow as well, and for these reasons primarily, they are thought to be inferior to nuclear submarines. At least that's the way the U.S. Navy thinks, but I would...
  • Japan launches newest submarine Kokuryu amid party atmosphere

    11/04/2013 12:47:23 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Japan Daily Press ^ | Nov 04, 2013 | John Hofilena
    It’s not the usual kind of fanfare you would associate with the launching of a nation’s cutting edge new submarine, but this is Japan – and they do things a little bit differently here. Amid balloons, party banners, the odd “rising sun” war flag here and there, and confetti (lots of confetti, there has to be confetti), the Japan Marine Self Defense Force (MSDF) launched its newest state-of-the-art toy – the submarine Kokuryu, which literally means “Black Dragon”. The submarine Kukoryu was made by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and is said to be made with leading edge technology, costing Japanese taxpayers...
  • Saudi Arabia 'plans to buy German submarines'

    11/03/2013 11:40:37 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 45 replies
    dpa, Reuters, AFP ^ | 03.11.2013
    Saudi Arabia 'plans to buy German submarines' A German newspaper has reported that Saudi Arabia plans to buy submarines from Germany. The news could intensify discussion on weapons exports during the current coalition negotiations in Berlin. The German weekly Bild am Sonntag said on Sunday that Saudi Arabia wanted to purchase five German Type 209 submarines for 12 billion euros ($16.5 billion). The paper said that in the long term, the kingdom was interested in buying altogether 25 of the vessels. The newspaper said it had information that the German chancellery had in the summer already signaled a willingness to...
  • China decommissions first nuclear submarine

    10/29/2013 10:05:15 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    China decommissions first nuclear submarine BEIJING: China has decommissioned its first nuclear-powered submarine after more than 40 years of service amidst the maiden display of its fleet of atomic submarines. The Long March No.1's nuclear devices were properly disposed of and scientists have decontaminated the warehouse where atomic items were stored during the past 40 years, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Daily reported today. The submarine will be used as an exhibit after it is released from military service. China yesterday displayed its nuclear submarines for the first time to showcase their "excellent safety" record as part of a naval...
  • India likely to acquire another nuclear-powered submarine from Russia on lease

    10/21/2013 1:16:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Oct 21, 2013 | Rajat Pandit, TNN
    NEW DELHI: India now seems all set to acquire a second nuclear-powered submarine on lease from Russia, at a cost of about $1.5 billion, to bolster its ageing underwater combat arm that took a major hit with the sinking of a conventional submarine in Mumbai in August. While the over 8,000-tonne new steel shark will have a miniaturized nuclear reactor at its core for propulsion, it will not be armed with long-range nuclear missiles because of international treaties like the Missile Technology Control Regime. But, much like the first leased submarine INS Chakra being currently operated by the Navy, it...
  • Israel to develop unmanned submarines

    10/16/2013 2:31:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Globes Online ^ | 15 October 13 | Yuval Azulai
    The Ministry of Defense's weapons development administration (Mafat) is targeting a global market worth $2 billion annually. The Ministry of Defense's Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure (Mafat) has set the next challenge for Israel's defense industry: do for unmanned submarines what it did for unmanned aerial warfare. If the defense industry moves quickly and purposefully in identifying this emerging market, and offers a well-functioning unmanned submarine, it could be riding the right wave in a decade from now: Mafat aeronautics division director Dr. Yuval Cohen estimates that the market will be worth $2 billion a year...
  • Exclusive glimpse behind the scenes of the Royal Navy's gruelling submarine command course

    10/13/2013 11:40:22 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Daily Record ^ | 12 Oct 2013
    Exclusive glimpse behind the scenes of the Royal Navy's gruelling submarine command course known as Perisher 12 Oct 2013 11:53 THE RECORD is the first paper to go behind the scenes as officers are put through their paces to test their talent and nerve in the exhausting and body-aching submarine command course nicknamed Perisher. Dan Simmonds is put through his paces Brad Wakefield LIEUTENANT Commander Dan Simmonds gave the order to raise hunter killer HMS Talent to periscope depth before launching his torpedo attack. This was his most dangerous mission yet. Admiral Corder was standing feet away, his eyes flicking...
  • PLA Navy to modify purchased Lada-class submarines with Russia

    10/02/2013 7:24:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2013-09-16
    PLA Navy to modify purchased Lada-class submarines with Russia A Lada-class submarine designed by the Russian Rubin Design Bureau. (Internet Photo) Sources from Russia's Rubin Design Bureau based in St Petersburg said that the Lada-class mini submarines sold to the People's Liberation Army Navy will be equipped with Chinese power and electronic fire-control systems, reports the Kanwa Defense Review operated by Andrei Chang or Pinkov (Andrei Chang), a military analyst in Canada. The purchase was confirmed in a report by the US-based Strategy Page, but it is said that the four Lada class diesel-electric submarines will be modified specifically for...
  • Restoring HMS Alliance ( WWII submarine UK )

    09/28/2013 2:29:54 PM PDT · by cutty · 4 replies
    Premier Construction ^ | 27 September 2013
    The project, which got underway in October 2011, was implemented to save and preserve the historic WWII era submarine, which is located at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, Hampshire. The project has so far seen the ship’s outer structure repaired and maintenance access around the site improved. Phase One of the project, which reached completion in summer 2012 focused on the construction of a cofferdam around the base of the submarine, ensuring easy access for regular maintenance. Phase Two, meanwhile, restored HMS Alliance’s exterior which had corroded so badly that sections of the submarine were in danger of...
  • Torpedoes and sandals: The daily life of a submarine's crew (Israel)

    09/26/2013 2:22:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Ynetnews.com ^ | 09.26.13 | Yoav Zitun
    Torpedoes and sandals: The daily life of a submarine's crew A half-billion dollars worth submarine carries IDF soldiers to covert ops thousands of miles away from home. What does keeping quiet has to do with missile precision? What do they do when a soldier needs surgery? And who's the lucky guy who gets a daily shower? Ynet gets rare glimpse into Israel's most covert unit Few IDF soldiers receive a personal thank-you from a major general when they return to their base after an operation. Thus, the importance of the submarine unit, one of the most covert units in the...
  • A daunting quest to save our subs (Australia)

    09/25/2013 11:15:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | September 25, 2013 | Cameron Stewart
    A daunting quest to save our subs "UP periscope" is the famed catchcry of submarine commanders in Hollywood war films, but even that basic command now poses a challenge for Australia's real-life Collins-class submarines. The periscopes on the Collins-class boats are riddled with electrical problems, are prone to breakdown and sometimes suck water into the submarine. Almost a third of their electrical components are obsolete and when they break, there are no spares, meaning they have to be sent to Germany to be fixed. A confidential Defence report, revealed in The Australian today, says the periscopes alone pose a "very...
  • Funding cuts would weaken U.S. submarine readiness: Navy

    09/12/2013 10:05:22 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Sep 12, 2013 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    Funding cuts would weaken U.S. submarine readiness: Navy (Reuters) - Top U.S. Navy officials warned Congress that any further delays or cuts in funding would undercut the readiness of the declining submarine fleet, already slated for reduction by nearly 30 percent to 52 ships from 73, before an expected 2030s' rebound. Even as missile threats grow, the Navy's ability to keep its attack and guided missile submarines deployed around the world will be lessened by 40 percent over the next 15 years, the officials told the sea-power subcommittee of the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee. They said military commanders...