posted on Mar, 24 2016 @ 02:32 PM
a reply to: BASSPLYR
A lot of times they use civilian ships as target practice, to practice those techniques for tracking surface vessels and hiding in their acoustic
signature to get close enough to them so that they can ripple off the first salvo with so little warning that it will hit the target before they can
even get countermeasures in the water.
And also, remember that the 688's and 21's, when opened up, can hit speeds that are reportedly in excess of 40kts, or faster than the flank speed of
most surface combatants. So if the commander doesn't care about being quiet, they can chase down any surface ship this side of an LCAC using speed
It's the kind of stuff that keeps Navy surface commanders awake at night in cold sweats.
And that's before we get to the Ohios, which can do all of that, all while running even more quietly than the SSN's thanks to their
natural-circulation reactors that can operate at >80% power without any of their reactor pumps running. All while carrying up to 24x14 MIRVs that can
each hit the same CEPs as a Minuteman or MX at ranges in excess of 7,500 miles.
That's the stuff that keeps Beijing or Moscow up in cold sweats at night.
As a kid I more or less wore out the VHS copy I had of the NOVA episode where they went out on a patrol with the USS Michigan, and visiting Groton and
Portsmouth to tour the Nautilus and the Albacore was one of my absolute favorite things to do. Grabbing glances of the SSN's in dock wasn't bad
either, and I remember once seeing the USS Maine making a port call in Portsmouth shortly after her commissioning. You haven't truly lived until
you've seen a sub the length of a Panamax container ship, they're THAT big compared to a Los Angeles. They're just about the only piece of
white-world military technology that's even more exotic than the B-2.
As to your Ninja silently unsheathing his sword analogy Bass, Google "swim-out torpedo tubes".
edit on 24-3-2016 by Barnalby because: (no