The Loss of USS Scorpion Submarine

USS Scorpion (SSN-589) was a Skipjack-class nuclear-powered submarine of the USN (United States Navy). It was commissioned on July 29, 1960, however, was declared lost on June 5, 1968. It was not at war that time. Brief Background After initial assignments of training and other short operations, Scorpion's home port became Norfolk in 1962 and remained so for rest of her career. The Scorpion specialized in the development of [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:06:34+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Categories: Modern War|Tags: , , |0 Comments

World War II: Gato Class Submarine

In 1939, designs for a new class of submarine, closely resembling the Tambor Class were submitted and approved in response to President Roosevelt’s statement of “limited emergency”. By 1940, the designing phase for the new class of submarine was complete, and the first boat of the new Gato Class Submarine, the USS Drum, was laid down for construction in September of that year. Drum was completed by November of [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:23:45+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

World War II: German Submarine U-234

German submarine U-234 was a Type XB U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II. Her first and only mission into enemy or contested territory consisted of the attempted delivery of uranium oxide and German advanced weapons technology to the Empire of Japan. After receiving Admiral Dönitz' order to surface and surrender and of Germany's unconditional surrender, the submarine's crew surrendered to the United States on 14 May [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:56:20+00:00 March 15th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

World War II: German U-Boat Type XXI

German U-Boat Type XXI reached the battlefield too late to have a profound effect on the course of the war, but it was one of those weapon systems which had completely revolutionize the face of submarine warfare. Had she been launched two years earlier, it would have caused considerable problems to the Allies in the Battle of the Atlantic. Before the Type XXI, submarines would have been more accurately [...]

By | 2017-10-30T10:14:22+00:00 March 4th, 2017|Categories: World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

World War II: Otto Kretschmer German U Boat Ace

Otto Kretschmer was born in Heidi, Neisse. At the age of seventeen, he spent eight months living in England at Exeter, where he learned to speak English fluently. He joined the Reichsmarine in April 1930, attaining the rank of Seekadett (naval cadet) after completing officer training courses as well as three months aboard the training ship Niobe (1 July 1930 – 9 October 1930). He then spent a little [...]

By | 2017-10-30T10:47:06+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Russian K-19: Nuclear Submarine The Widowmaker

July 4 is considered to be a traditional day to commemorate the tragedy of the K-19 nuclear submarine that took place in 1961. The submarine crew managed to prevent a nuclear explosion on board the cruiser and, as a possible consequence, a third world war. Not one of the sailors, (there were 139 crew members on board at the time), received a reward from the state and the families [...]

By | 2017-10-30T10:56:24+00:00 February 12th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Modern War|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Cold War: USS Nautilus SSN-571

In July 1951, after several years of experiments with marine applications for nuclear power, Congress authorized the US Navy to build a nuclear-powered submarine. This type of propulsion was highly desirable as a nuclear reactor makes no emissions and does not require air. Design and construction of the new vessel was personally overseen by the "Father of the Nuclear Navy," Admiral Hyman G. Rickover. The new ship featured a variety [...]

By | 2016-12-28T16:40:15+00:00 October 2nd, 2016|Categories: Modern War, Wars|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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