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  1. Undersea_Cables

    Updated: DG-450 and DG-350 added. Originally posted 10th June 2017.
    Russian capabilities against undersea cables
    Flag A recently published article by British Member of Parliament Rishi Sunak shows the growing awareness of a new fundamental weakness of NATO countries (and many other countries around the world). The concern is that an adversary could gain a strategic advantage by interrupting internet and telecommunications between countries at a critical moment by attacking the numerous Submarine Communications Cables (SCC) which litter the sea floor between countries. The ground truth of this new naval arena clearly favors Russia both in terms of naval investment and the circumstances of geography.

    This article summarizes my own thoughts and analysis on the topic.

    Corrections and comments welcome.
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  2. DRASS

    Updated: DG-450 and DG-350 added. Originally posted 10th June 2017.
    Drass SDVs and midget submarines
    Flag The secrecy surrounding Italian Swimmer Delivery Vehicle (SDV) manufacture is legendary. Drass are an established name in the defense industry, supplying hyperbaric chambers for diver decompression, but are less open about their SDVs...
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  3. Borei-A

    Updated. Originally posted 17th Nov. 2017
    Count Vladimir: Russia's first pr.955A Borei-II SSBN
    Flag The Russian Navy recently launched its 4th Pr.0955 BOERI Class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), Count Vladimir (Князь Владимир). It was the first of the improved Pr.0955A (aka 09552)BOREI-II sub-variant.... Read More >....


  4. ARA_San_Juan

    Appeal
    The sense of loss when a submarine is lost during peace time transcends national boundaries and politics. Submariners have a sense of community so it is no surprise that, absent any suitable charity appeals already being established by others, a former submariner has taken it upon himself to organize one. Details yet to be published.

    Watch Twitter or Reddit for details on how to donate.

    I have agreed to donate signed copies of WORLD SUBMARINES: Covert Shores Recognition Guide for larger donations – see above links for details of this and other offers.... Read More >....


  5. SSNs

    World SSNs


    This graphic is compiled from some of the graphics in the WORLD SUBMARINES book. I included all SSN classes currently in service, plus the French Suffren Class (Barracuda) and Brazilian Álvaro Alberto Classes which are not yet in service. India also operates a single AKULA SSN on lease from Russia.



  6. CSIC_MS200


    China reveals new midget submarine design: MS200
    Flag China recently revealed the MS200 midget submarine design at the Defense & Security 2017 defense exhibition in Bangkok, Thailand. ...
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  7. UDS18_1

    Underwater Defense & Security 2018
    Threat of OSINT to Fleet survivability

    I will be joining a distinguished speaker line up to talk about the Russian Pr.09852 Belgorod submarine program and then, about the threat of open source intelligence (OSINT) to Fleet survivability. Specifically, how to track submarines using OSINT, and thoughts on how to reduce your own fleet’s exposure to these risks.


    20th - 22nd March 2018,
    Portsmouth, UK
    UDS-18 Website


  8. Target_Quiz

    There are only two types of vessel; submarines, and targets.


  9. Spy Subs -Project 09852 Belgorod

    Updated with refined cutaway. Originally posted 25th June 2016
    Flag Russia is building a new military complex deep under the Arctic, and is bringing the new KANYON strategic nuclear weapon into service. As one of the largest submarines in the world, the new Project 09852 Belgorod submarine will play a key role in both projects.

    "Belgorod" is an unfinished OSCAR-II cruise missile submarine which is being converted to serve as a Special Missions mother submarine. It will be crewed by the Russian Navy but operated under GUGI, the secretive Main Directorate Deep Sea Research organization.

    In order to conduct covert special missions, it will carry a deep diving midget submarine, large payloads and the new KANYON (Status-6) strategic nuclear torpedo weapon.... Read More >....

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