The original on the website of The National Interest
Somewhere in August 2013, the nuclear submarine of naval forces of the United States Seawolf left the port of Bremerton in Washington state, and it was probably the fifth or sixth sea since its adoption in 1997.
After a month of 6th fleet of the USA, responsible for ships in European waters, posted a few photos on the website Flickr depicting the U.S. Ambassador to Norway Barry white (Barry White), inspects a 100-meter jetty with a moored submarine Seawolf on a military base haakonsvern located at the distance of thousands of miles away in Washington state.
Like a submarine Seawolf was in Norway and what she did on the way there? The answer to this question provides a rare and exciting opportunity to look at the most secret part worst understand aspects of American naval power.
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The fact that the submarine Seawolf apparently on the way to the coast of Norway was a very rarely used route under the Arctic ice.
Representatives of the naval forces of the United States don’t like to talk about its submarines. Of the roughly 70 American submarines, the Seawolf submarine, and two more boats of the same class Connecticut and Jimmy Carter are the secret.
If Google can run search using the name of one of the submarines of naval forces of the United States the most common class Los Angeles, you will get a great number of references: statement of the Navy Department and relevant photos, sometimes news reports. But try to find information about Seawolf-class submarine, and you almost won’t find.
Official site of the boats in this class are locked. The last time the image appearance of the submarine Seawolf appeared among the photos of the Navy Department in 2009.
All this is because the submarine Seawolf and other submarines in this class are something special. They are the newest, biggest, most high-speed and have on Board more powerful weapons than the standard shock sub. Each submarine of the Seawolf class is worth 3 billion dollars, they are equipped with unique equipment for hundreds of millions of dollars, and they are assigned to their own squad in Washington state. They spend months in the campaign, and often this is not visible to the public. The wife of one of the sailors serving on the submarine Seawolf, named the submarine “unpredictable”.
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A quiet drumbeat using quotes the Department of the Navy is a muted testimony to the successful performance of combat tasks. In 2007, 140 members of crew of the submarine Seawolf was awarded the medal of the armed forces of the “certificate of gratitude” (Meritorious Unit Commendation)— it roughly corresponds to the “Bronze star” (Bronze Star), which is awarded for military merit, and in 2009 received “certificate of appreciation” of the Navy (Navy Unit Commendation), comparable to the Silver star (Silver Star).
Do we know what the submarine fleet in General — we are talking about gathering information, the launches of cruise missiles at terrorists and rogue States, shipping units “commandos” ashore for reconnaissance and conducting offensive operations. But we do not know which of these areas are under the responsibility of the submarines of the Seawolf class.
We also can’t say exactly where do their mysterious work of the submarine of the Seawolf class. They are usually assigned to the Pacific fleet, but it can optionally be changed.
The elements of the mosaic
Here’s what we know. In March 2011, the submarine of the same class Connecticut had the rare privilege to conduct tests under the Arctic ice.
Submarine Connecticut, as well as completely new New Hampshire submarine of the Virginia class were in the waters North of Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, where they participated in the infrequent exercise called ICEX, which in 1958 put the submarine Nautilus when she became the first submarine to reach the North pole.
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Submarine Connecticut “working together with the Arctic laboratory of the naval forces of the United States on submarines (U.S. Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory) and also with the applied physics Laboratory of the University of Washington (University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory) during trials of new equipment and training of under-ice diving in the Arctic”, it was said in the message of the naval Department.
The new equipment included “high-frequency sonar for safe operations, as well as acoustic communications system for Deep Siren and developed by Raytheon,” — said the Navy.
We know that the submarine Seawolf spent almost three years in dry dock since September 2009. Contractors have completed work on $ 280 million. And when the submarine Seawolf in April 2012 returned to the cold waters of the Pacific ocean, “its possibilities and its efficiency was higher than at any other time in her 15 years of service,” said captain Dan packer (Dan.), who was then its commander.
Perhaps the submarine Seawolf received the same device for under-ice diving, and submarine Connecticut in 2011. Ultimately, the Arctic is a new area of interest for the naval forces of the United States.
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“We have a very fundamental interests in the Arctic — interests in security,” said in 2009, Admiral Gary Roughed (Gary Roughead), who at the time was the highest ranking officer in the Navy.
An icy reception
In any case, it is obvious that the submarine Seawolf went through the top of the world on the way to his place of deployment at present. In fact, there is no other way for a few weeks after leaving his home port in Washington State, the sub could be in Norway.
So what does a Seawolf submarine under the ice? Most likely, he spends the academic battle. As for her team, the trek to the Arctic “gives us the opportunity to test our combat systems, our navigation systems, our communication systems as well as all that can be used in such a complex environment,” said Raghed a few years ago.
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There is good reason for that, in addition to the traditional secrecy, to do so quietly. That’s what was the reaction of Moscow to host the 2009 ICEX exercises. “Any action by foreign submarines near Russia’s Maritime borders naturally require increased attention,” — said the official representative of the Kremlin.
Russian, too, want to know what do the American submarine.
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