The submarine has a long history in the United States, beginning with the Turtle, the world’s first submersible vessel with a documented record of use in combat. Almost 200 years later, the Nautilus became the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine, revolutionizing the strategic military role played by the world’s navies. Currently, the U.S. Navy operates three types of nuclear-powered boats – fast attack (SSN), ballistic missile (SSBN), and cruise missile submarines (SSGN).
Today’s attack submarine is one of the most lethal weapons in the nation’s arsenal, while the ballistic missile submarine constitutes a very important component of the country’s strategic deterrent. The original stealth weapon, the submarine cruises the world’s oceans unseen, carrying out a variety of missions. The diving submarines featured in this video include two Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered fast attack submarines, two Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines, and one Virginia-class nuclear-powered fast attack submarine. The interior view at the end was taken inside a diving Virginia-class sub.
A thrill for sure: