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New Navy Nuclear Sub Debuts in Atlantic
The Associated Press ^ | Aug 26, 2006 | TRAVIS REED

Posted on 08/26/2006 8:42:31 AM PDT by george76

The Navy debuted its newest nuclear-powered submarine Friday in an Atlantic Ocean swing off the Florida coast, the second in the latest fast-attack class that marks a broad departure from the Cold War-era deterrence boats.

The Texas, which will officially earn a "USS" designator in a commissioning ceremony in two weeks, weighs 7,800 tons, measures 377 feet long and can remain submerged on covert surveillance up to three months. It travels faster than 25 knots underwater and dives farther than 800 feet.

"It's much more effective than any ship I've been on before," said Capt. John Litherland, who has been on more than 50.

"It's not the fastest, but the difference is that it's quiet even at its top speed."

Perhaps the biggest improvement is the ability to travel with a small special forces submarine, nine commandos and their gear. Previous subs would have carried only three Navy SEALS.

That kind of space is premium on a vessel designed to hide and spend most of its life underwater.

Its maximum time submerged is limited only by the amount of food it can carry, because the boat generates its own power and oxygen.

Sailors sleep twelve to a room, on 6 1/2-foot beds with about 3 feet of top-to-bottom sleeping space, the 4-inch deep compartment under it the only place to stow belongings.

That's why they spent four weeks in basic training learning how to fold, crew members joke.

And they've grown to carry less stuff, after training to spend up to six months at a time in the middle of the ocean.

(Excerpt) Read more at examiner.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: navy; submarine; submarines; texas; thetexas; uss; virginiaclass
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To: RightWhale

I don't believe they build them in that manner any more. When I worked for Newport News Shipbuilding, they and Electric Boat were perfecting the modular construction - basically, building an entire compartment and it's systems, then welding them together.


101 posted on 08/29/2006 5:55:20 PM PDT by Rafterman ("Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so." - Bertrand Russell)
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To: Unrepentant VN Vet
No, that's not an Akula, that there be a Typhoon-class SSBN, boys!

Thar she blows !!

But where was this photo taken? Damn, I never heard of anyone cruising a boomer past a public beach! Although the boomers sortieing from Norfolk had to remain surfaced past Cape Henry, and people at Fort Story could look out and watch them, as I did one day when a boomer was headed out...... very, very sinister-looking boats, they were, even the older Poseidon boats, because you knew what they were.

102 posted on 08/29/2006 10:06:57 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus ("Whatever." -- sinkspur)
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To: rottndog
It's about 77 feet longer that the 300 foot pig I used to work on.

You were in SSN's? Or are you talking about the original "pigboats", the diesel boats?

I was a rider aboard the USS Pargo, SSN-650, for four days once on a cruise down to Tongue of the Ocean for early trials of the Mark 48 wire-guided ASW torp..... they put me in a six-man with some other JO's, cramped as hell, but that was the Sheraton compared to some of the quartering arrangements on those SSN's. I didn't ride along when the Pargo went back to the Barents a few weeks later for another Presidential Unit Citation.

103 posted on 08/29/2006 10:12:10 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus ("Whatever." -- sinkspur)
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To: F15Eagle
Russian subs, at least one model, was capable of, I think, 45+ knots and 3000 feet. Their titanium-hulled one...Can't remember her name, though.

Alpha Class (NATO desig. :)

104 posted on 08/30/2006 7:02:01 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just b/c your paranoid; Doesn't mean they're NOT out to get you. :^)
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To: W. W. SMITH
Please keep in mind, to us airdales, subs are targets.

Only when we let you think we are. ;)
105 posted on 08/30/2006 7:06:16 AM PDT by rottndog (WOOF!!!)
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To: lentulusgracchus
You were in SSN's? Or are you talking about the original "pigboats", the diesel boats?

I was on a 637 "Sturgeon" class boat. We called her the pig because she hogged up all of our "free" time (other reasons too but I have to be nice here).
106 posted on 08/30/2006 7:08:15 AM PDT by rottndog (WOOF!!!)
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To: BIGLOOK
+*%&#&@# frame 106....and where was that? ....secret? :D
107 posted on 08/30/2006 7:12:43 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just b/c your paranoid; Doesn't mean they're NOT out to get you. :^)
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To: Rafterman

That might be. When I worked in these it was Polaris and the George Washington, which is probably medieval tech already.


108 posted on 08/30/2006 7:42:12 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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Britain launches nuclear sub that can hear a ship from across the Atlantic

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1847119/posts?page=1


109 posted on 06/08/2007 10:55:40 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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