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A rare photo of the USN nuclear-powered fast attack submarine USS Seawolf's forward sonar

Ali_Baba

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is that sonar "exposed" to the sea? or is it filled with water so that vibrations are transmitted from the outer surface/covering to the sonar itself?
 

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uh oh !!

Certain hyper nationalists will be triggered by your post :lol:
Its the truth, if that trigger them so its their problem no mine right :D
I am a strong critic of US on many fronts, you probably noticed that already, but about USN this something one can not overlook that USN is and will be unmatched by its primary adversaries for decades to come, I know some people might say PLAAN is catching up fast, no doubt they are but USN is also moving ahead in their own Advancements, so there will always remain a significant Power and Technological gap between the two.
 

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indeed it is rare

as a matter of fact a photo of a Seawolf is rare let alone the sonar

Good find

China has Type 093 SSN and Type 091 SSN and also a newer version of Type 093A SSN

unfortunately they have never carried out a deep sea patrol in 30 years, lack of experience lack of decent SSN capability and reliability issues
 

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The sub itself is beast, and can level an entire country with its nuclear arsenal. USN was/is/will be unmatched by its adversary for decades to come.
Seawolf is SSN, not SSBN. It can't level anything. :laugh:
indeed it is rare

as a matter of fact a photo of a Seawolf is rare let alone the sonar

Good find

China has Type 093 SSN and Type 091 SSN and also a newer version of Type 093A SSN

unfortunately they have never carried out a deep sea patrol in 30 years, lack of experience lack of decent SSN capability and reliability issues
Type 095 is similar to Virginia class, has pump jet.
 

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Type 095 is similar to Virginia class, has pump jet.
If that's the case, can you share a picture of 095?


Anyways, From Wikipedia

General characteristics
Class and type:Seawolf-class submarine
Length:353 ft (108 m)
Beam:40 ft (12 m)
Draft:36 ft (11 m)
Propulsion:One S6W reactor
Speed:25+ knots submerged, 18+ knots surfaced
Test depth:Greater than 800ft
Complement:15 officers and 101 men
Armament:eight 26-inch torpedo tubes, 40 torpedoes and missiles, or 100 mines
 

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These subs look absolutely AMAZING , China is catching up but they aren't as experienced as Americans are or Russians
The silent service job during the pacific WW2 campaign is not well known, but it literally scrapped all the commercial fleet of Japan. It help to recover many US pilots shot down.
Sure in case of a WW3 scenario, this weapon will be a deadliest one. USN has an incomparable skill and practice in it. No one can match. Specially China which is very late in Qty and more important, quality.
 

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These subs look absolutely AMAZING , China is catching up but they aren't as experienced as Americans are or Russians
Got to tour a couple while stationed in Hawaii and the stories are really cool.

We got to do a clearance level tour of one which was extra awesome. Especially when one guy freaked out seeing a me in civilian clothes wandering around back aft.
 

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