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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.”
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