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Meet USS Barb: The Navy's Special World War II Submarine That Terrified Japan

Meet USS Barb: The Navy's Special World War II Submarine That Terrified JapanIt sank the most Japanese vessels by tonnage.



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This Sunken Russian Submarine Has Buried 'Nuclear Treasure' (Think Nuclear Weapons)

This Sunken Russian Submarine Has Buried 'Nuclear Treasure' (Think Nuclear Weapons)They can be yours, if you can dive down to crushing depths.



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North Korea: Helping Iran's Submarine Force Threaten The U.S. Navy?

North Korea: Helping Iran's Submarine Force Threaten The U.S. Navy?Iran patrols the shallow waters of the Persian Gulf.



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America's Next Iran Nightmare: Could Tehran Build a Super Submarine Fleet?

America's Next Iran Nightmare: Could Tehran Build a Super Submarine Fleet?While Iran’s current roster of 33 submarines seems formidable by its sheer size, a significant portion of these are aging North Korean and Russian imports. Certain technical questions notwithstanding, the inauguration of the Fateh class suggests that Iran is moving ahead with its Naval modernization program despite the economic strain of a longstanding western sanctions regime.



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The 14 Russian sailors who died aboard a top secret spy submarine could have probably made it out

The 14 Russian sailors who died aboard a top secret spy submarine could have probably made it outRather than evacuate, the crew shut the hatch and fought the fire with everything they had it. An explosion is believed to have killed the crew.



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India Almost Sank Its Own $2.9 Billion Submarine by Leaving a Hatch Open

India Almost Sank Its Own $  2.9 Billion Submarine by Leaving a Hatch OpenWater “rushed in as a hatch on the rear side was left open by mistake while [the Arihant] was at harbor” in February 2017, shortly after the submarine’s launch, The Hindu reports. The modern submarine is not a simple machine. A loss of propulsion, unexpected flooding, or trouble with reactors or weapons can doom a sub crew to a watery grave.Also, it’s a good idea to, like, close the hatches before you dive.(This article originally appeared at Task & Purpose. Follow Task & Purpose on Twitter. This article first appeared in 2018.)Call it a lesson learned for the Indian navy, which managed to put the country’s first nuclear-missile submarine, the $ 2.9 billion INS Arihant, out of commission in the most boneheaded way possible.The Hindu reported yesterday that the Arihant has been out of commission since suffering “major damage” some 10 months ago, due to what a navy source characterized as a “human error” — to wit: allowing water to flood to sub’s propulsion compartment after failing to secure one of the vessel’s external hatches.



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North Korea: A Submarine Superpower or Total Joke?

North Korea: A Submarine Superpower or Total Joke?North Korea’s latest submarine is a step in a different direction, the so-called Sinpo or Gorae (“Whale”) class ballistic-missile submarine (SSB). The SSB appears to blend submarine know-how from previous classes with launch technology from the Soviet Cold War–era Golf-class ballistic-missile submarines; North Korea imported several Golf-class subs in the 1990s, ostensibly for scrapping purposes. Both the Golf and Gorae classes feature missile tubes in the submarine’s sail. The tubes are believed to be meant for the Pukkuksong-1 (“Polaris”) submarine-launched ballistic missiles currently under development. If successful, a small force of Gorae subs could provide a crude but effective second-strike capability, giving the regime the opportunity to retaliate even in the face of a massive preemptive attack.North Korea should by all rights be a naval power. A country sitting on a peninsula, Korea has a long naval tradition, despite being a “shrimp” between the two “whales” of China and Japan. However, the partitioning of Korea into two countries in 1945 and the stated goal of unification —by force if necessary—lent the country to building up a large army, and reserving the navy for interdiction and special operations roles. Now, in the twenty-first century, the country’s navy is set to be the sea arm of a substantial nuclear deterrent.Recommended: America Has Military Options for North Korea (but They're All Bad)



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Kim Jong-un inspects new submarine as North Korea sends message to US

Kim Jong-un inspects new submarine as North Korea sends message to USKim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has inspected a new submarine, potentially signalling continued development of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) programme. North Korean state media has released images of Mr Kim admiring the submarine in a covered fabrication building. The reports have not identified the location of the facility, but satellite images in recent months have shown the construction of new facilities at the Sinpo South Shipyard, on the east coast, and components being stockpiled nearby.  The Korean Central News Agency reported that Mr Kim expressed “great satisfaction” after being informed to the vessel’s capabilities, and that it will “perform its duties in the operational waters of the East Sea of Korea, and its operational deployment is near at hand”.  The North Korean dictator also “stressed the need to steadily and reliably increase the national defence capability” through the development of naval weapons. The release of the photographs coincides with the arrival in Tokyo of John Bolton, the US national security adviser, and is likely to be a signal to Washington that Pyongyang is continuing to develop its military capabilities in the face of international sanctions.  “It’s a typical North Korean tactic; to talk tough and to show that they are not intimidated by the US, that they don’t care that Bolton is in the region and that they are going to continue to take a hard line,” said Robert Dujarric, a professor of international relations at the Tokyo Campus of Temple University.  North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a submarine factory in an undisclosed location, North Korea Credit: Reuters “The other message that they are sending is that if the US does not hurry up and do a deal soon, then the North will have even more weapons and an even better military capability”, he said.  North Korea has a large submarine fleet but only one known experimental submarine capable of carrying a ballistic missile. North Korea has made rapid progress in the submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) programme and in 2016, after a few years of development, successfully test-fired a ballistic missile from a submarine, while pursuing an intercontinental ballistic missile programme (ICBM). Talks on the denuclearisation of North Korea have stalled since the collapse of the Hanoi summit in February. Washington says it is committed to the complete, verifiable and irreversible elimination of the North’s nuclear weapons capabilities and insists that sanctions will stay in place until that happens.  Pyongyang is standing firm in its demand for the lifting of sanctions in return for phased moves towards denuclearisation – a tactic that some believe will enable the North to ultimately avoid abolishing its nuclear arsenal.  Lance Gatling, a Tokyo-based military analyst, said that while it is impossible to state categorically based on the photos that this is the North’s first submarine built specifically to deliver nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, that fact that it is in an “enclosed facility to frustrate overhead reconnaissance” indicates that the regime is trying to keep it away from prying eyes.  “They have gone to a tremendous amount of effort and expense to build this thing and to keep it hidden and the only way that we are going to find out exactly what it is will be when they have to bring it out to start doing sea trials”, he told The Telegraph. Experts have expressed concern in the past about North Korea deploying a submarine that is capable of traversing the Pacific ocean and threatening the continental US with ballistic missiles, although Mr Gatling is confident that US and Japanese forces are devoting a lot of time to assessing the new vessel’s capabilities and will be able to monitor its movements very closely if it ever ventures outside North Korean waters.  Analysts said that based on the apparent size of the new submarine it appears designed to eventually carry missiles. "We can clearly see that it is a massive submarine – much larger than the existing one that’s been well known since 2014," Ankit Panda, senior fellow at the US-based Federation of American Scientists, told Reuters. "What I find significant about the political messaging here is that this is the first time since a February 2018 military parade that he has inspected a military system clearly designed to carry and deliver nuclear weapons." "I take that as an ominous signal that we should be taking Kim Jong-un’s end-of-year deadline for the implementation of a change in US policy with the utmost seriousness."



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North Korea's Kim inspects new submarine, signals possible ballistic missile development

North Korea's Kim inspects new submarine, signals possible ballistic missile developmentNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected a large newly built submarine, state news agency KCNA reported on Tuesday, potentially signaling continued development of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) program. Kim inspected the operational and tactical data and combat weapon systems of the submarine that was built under “his special attention”, and will be operational in the waters off the east coast, KCNA said. KCNA said the submarine’s operational deployment was near.



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French submarine lost in 1968 found at last in Mediterranean

French submarine lost in 1968 found at last in MediterraneanA French submarine that went missing in the western Mediterranean in 1968 has been found, officials said Monday, ending a 51-year wait for families of the crew who continue to seek answers to the naval disaster. The diesel-electric Minerve submarine was lost off France’s southern coast with 52 sailors on board on January 27, 1968. “We found the submarine Minerve last night located 45 kilometres (30 miles) south of Toulon, about 20 kilometres further south than where it was searched for in 1968,” the French maritime prefect of the Mediterranean, Vice Admiral Charles Henri du Che, told reporters in Toulon.



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