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Posted on 05/02/2011 7:54:39 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
Nuke-powered USS Michigan made public
May 2, BUSAN, South Korea -- Seen here are torpedoes installed at the U.S. nuclear-powered submarine USS Michigan, which made a port visit to South Korea's largest port city of Busan on April 30. The USS Michigan, one of the largest submarines in the world, was disclosed to South Korean reporters on May 2. (Yonhap)
GO GREEN! Sorry I am a state fan. LOL
May 2, BUSAN, South Korea -- Philip G. McLaughlin (L), commander of the U.S. nuclear-powered submarine USS Michigan, introduces the sub's missile control center to South Korean reporters. The USS Michigan, one of the largest submarines in the world, made a port visit to South Korea's largest port city of Busan on April 30. (Yonhap)
U.S. nuclear-powered submarine makes port call in S. Korea
May 1, BUSAN, South Korea -- The U.S. nuclear-powered submarine USS Michigan is docked at South Korea's southeastern port city of Busan on May 1. The Michigan, one of the largest submarines in the world, arrived on April 30 with more than 150 crew members aboard as part of a regular deployment to the Pacific area. (Yonhap)
Wow- Great pics! Thanks.
Torpedoes are fun.
WAY TA GO NAVY!
Your link just goes to a pic of the torpedoes.
Nuke torpedos? How far away can you be when they go off? Assuming they don’t miss and wind up on the ocean floor. Wouldn’t the shock wave under water slam you pretty hard too?
The times, they are a changin’. The boomers used to be highly classified, try to imagine this happening 25 years ago.
I was a bit concerned about the public photos of interior equipment, but then I recalled the Russian Astronaut’s quote from the movie Armageddon:
“Russian components, American components, it doesn’t matter, all are made in Taiwan”.
I thought about that, too. While I see that this is most likely intended as a veiled threat conveyed to N. Korea, which I think serves good purpose, I wondered if going public is a good idea.
The torpedos are conventional. I don’t believe we have ever made a nuclear torpedo.
The Mk 45 Torp did carry a W34 Nuclear Warhead.
With drawn from service in 1976 as the much more precise Mk 48 replaced it.
Many of the Mk 45’s were converted to the Mk 45 mod 1 (conventional warhead) “Freedom” Torp for sale/export.
What is that black tank behind the conning?
Ooops! Should have read conning tower. My bad.
Advanced SEALS Delivery System - Mini Sub.
Thanks for the info.
Don't ask. 8<)
This is not a SSBN (any more) but a converted Trident submarine whose missile tubes (the vertical tubes labelled with numbers in the photo's - and the ones who (used to) launched the trident missiles being shown on the TV/digital monitors on the photo's of the sub in the conning “tower” - are supposedly converted to support SEAL Teams and UDT ops in shallow water.
I will not recommend that you read the (unauthorized, illegal, un/not-quite-classified-but-actually-top-secret) book about black ops and submarine secret ops back in the “real” Cold War.
From this site:
“In the aftermath of the START-II arms control treaty, some of the USAs nuclear-powered Ohio Class SSBN nuclear missile submarines were converted to become long range conventional strike and special operations SSGN Tactical Tridents. Four ultra-stealthy Ohio-class SSBNs had their 24 Trident II D-5 nuclear ballistic missiles removed. They were replaced with up to 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles, 66-102 special forces troops, special attachments for new Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS) or older Seal Delivery Vehicle (SDV) mini-subs, and a mission control center. Unmanned Underwater Vehicles and even UAVs for aerial operations are expected to become equally important options over the fleets career.”
Turn right to 3.1.5.
I am very impressed how ship shape and clean this boat is inside. The crew is similarly sharp. Our USN is doing a great job and is a key part of our protection, security and offensive capability.
Good point, "Hey Kim, look what just popped up out of the water in range of your funny hair, a sub with 150 Tomahawk cruise missiles, as much as an entire battle group."
I hear they have SpecOps ability as well, and can launch UAVs. Sweet.
With 150 crew aboard, I bet the bunks never get cold.
Customer: A slightly used Submarine that includes a 42” Flat Screen TV and all the options.
Rick: I can give you $500, cash. $100 Dollar Bills.
Customer: Is that the best you can do?
Rick: It could take me years to sell and it will take up a lot of room in the store.
Customer: Well. OK. I was hoping for more, but hey, it was a gift from my Brother Barack Obama.
Rick: Chumley, write him up.
Combat tactics, so that’s it?
This is a fast attack boat rather than a boomer, highly classified nonetheless. You can be quite sure that anything of any intelligence value was carefully covered up during the tour and photo session.
It’s an Ohio class boomer converted to fire Tomahawks by stuffing seven down each of 22 tubes, the other two left over for SpecOps purposes.
That little boat would get real crowded, real quick.
I can envision you at an air show, pompously telling all who will listen as a P-38 goes by...."now that's a B-52 medium bomber, you can tell because it only has two jets."
Paddle steamer (1843 - the first iron-hulled ship in the US Navy.)
Battleship Michigan (1910 - BB-27)
I was in Holy Loch Scotland on a 616 Class SSBN about the time the Ohio class boats were coming out. The Squdron Training Officer was eating lunch with the captain and they were discussing the new SSBNs.
Cmdr XYZ was describing the boats, the improvements etc. but then he made a statement that scared me:
.... but Jim with so few people and such a big ship, how are they going to keep it clean?
My first patrol I was given RC Division (instruments etc) and on the first inspection I of course persented our level. The Captain got down on his hands and knees and reached way back into a panel and his white glove came out dirty. The look that followed.....
I complained to the RC Div Chief
The Chief complained to the RC DIV LPO (who was 1st Class)
The 3rd Class PO made sure it didn't happen again.
Friday mornings were Field Day
Ain’t no chief gonna be standing watch on the dive planes.....
Thanks for the information. I stand corrected.
If I were to say how I envision you, I'd be banned. It just ain't worth it.
And all of them with a 'North of the 38th' as a delivery address.
Say away, Mr. Sub Expert.
By the way, the next time you want to expound on "fast attack" boats, you might wanna study a little bit....just a little.
Look up US sub nomenclature and how they are named....notice which ones are named for states.
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