Archive for July 30, 2010
New Stealthy Submarine
Almost every day, visitors have come to the 4GWAR Blog looking for articles or pictures of submarines. According to the wordpress.com gizmo that collates such things, the searches have been in Russian or Greek or Arabic. Just yesterday, there were 19 submarine-related searches that led to the 4GWAR site. Another 23 came the day before. Searches have also been conducted by Hebrew, Serbian, Spanish and Turkish speakers.
We haven’t had a photo of a sub since March when we featured a Dutch submarine participating in winter war games in Norway. So fans of the Silent Service, this one’s for you:
This photo shows crew members of the-soon-to-be-commissioned USS Missouri standing topside as the new sub pulls into Submarine Base New London, Conn., on July 22. The commissioning ceremony is slated for July 31, 2010.
The 7,800-ton Missouri is the seventh submarine of the Virginia class and the fifth U.S. warship to be named after the Show-Me state. Construction duties on the Virginia subs are being split between the General Dynamics Electric Boat facility in Groton, Connecticut — where the Missouri was built — and the Northrop Grumman shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia.
Submarines — especially the Virginia class — play a critical role in unconventional and asymmetric warfare, ranging from surveillance and intelligence-gathering in shallow (littoral) waters to the covert delivery of Navy SEALS and other special forces operators into hostile or restricted shoreline areas.
The Federation of American Scientists Web site has a detailed review of the Virginia Class program’s acquisition history, capabilities and technology innovations.