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Tango0116 Apr 2018 9:19 p.m. PST

…All on Its Own.

"In 2005, the USS Ronald Reagan met its match in the form of a single, diesel-powered Swedish submarine. During war games, the plucky submarine was able to sneak through the passive sonar defenses of the Ronald Reagan and its entire accompanying group to score a few precious torpedo hits, (virtually) sinking the cruiser and getting away without so much as a scratch.

How? As Real Engineering explains, it's all thanks to a very old-school engine. Instead of using its diesel to power an internal combustion engine (which is quite loud, what with the explosions and all), the Gotland-class sub instead uses highly-optimized Sterling engines, not unlike what you might find as a desk toy, but considerably more high tech. These exceedingly quiet engines are used to charge batteries which in turn can directly run the engines. The result is a sub that's quieter than any other diesel, and even quieter than its nuclear cousins which require a constant churn of coolant that can give away their position…."
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Lion in the Stars17 Apr 2018 6:37 a.m. PST


It's always fun getting to hoist the Jolly Roger and go hunting big game!

(My sub took pictures, though it's apparently policy to never center the crosshairs on the numbers…) I wanted to send a letter with at least one of the time/date-stamped pictures to that carrier.

Tango0117 Apr 2018 10:47 a.m. PST



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