Daily Archives: December 28, 2012

US nuclear submarine to dock in N. Philippine port

A US nuclear-powered attack submarine, USS Bremerton (SSN 698), will arrive in the northern Philippine port of Subic Bay for a “routine port call” on Saturday, the United States embassy said Friday.

The US embassy said the visit will allow the submarine to replenish supplies as well as give the crew an opportunity to rest.

The nuclear-powered attack sub carries 12 officers and 98 crew members.

The USS Bremerton (698) is named in honor of the city of Bremerton in Washington, home to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

It is the second US ship to bear the name. The first USS Bremerton (CA 130) was a heavy cruiser of the Baltimore Class commissioned at the close of the second World War.

Source – Global Times

Submarine Escape Training Tank “SETT” – Video clip

The Royal Navy Submarine Escape Training Tank in Gosport is a 30 metre deep pool with hatches to “escape” from at 9m, 18m and a mock submarine tower at 30m. The purpose of the training is to give submariners the confidence to escape from a stricken submarine if it has sunk. The escapees do not use any diving equipment to breathe but due to the expanding volume of gas in their lungs as the pressure reduces, it is possible to continue breathing out all the way from 30m to the surface. This video also shows a demonstration of the Submarine Escape Immersion Suit that would be worn.

Find out more about SETT: Submarine Escape Training Tank

Indian Submarine launched ballistic missile ready for production

India’s submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) is ready for production. Its pre-production test flight on Wednesday from a pontoon off the coast of Visakhapatnam was successful.

The missile is ready for integration with the country’s nuclear submarine ‘INS Arihant’. The capability puts India among the elite club of nations possessing such weapons. These include the US, Russia, France, UK, Israel and China.

The underwater-launched ballistic missile was tested for the minimum range as per the requirement of the user. It achieved all its objectives, said Avinash Chander, Chief Controller R&D (Missiles & Strategic Systems).

The missile system for the nuclear-powered Arihant platform will give the country the complete cycle of possessing options to deploy nuclear weapons from air, land and under sea. This is the tenth flight test of the missile.

The missile has a maximum range of 700 km , according to defence experts.

Source – Business Line