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Old 03-04-2019, 05:10 AM   #1
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radar This Submarine Is "Invincible": Meet the Super Sub Headed to China's Doorstep

This Submarine Is "Invincible": Meet the Super Sub Headed to China's Doorstep

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On February 18, 2018, officials gathered to celebrate the launch of a new state-of-the-art submarine at a shipyard in Kiel, Germany. But unlike similar Type 212 submarines previously built there, the seventy-meter long diesel-submarine isn’t destined to shadow Russian submarines in the cold waters of the Baltic Sea.

Instead, the Invincible will lurk in the warmer Pacific waters around the Straits of Malacca in the service of the Republic of Singapore Navy. In so doing, the 2,000-ton submarine and her three forthcoming stablemates will become new factors in the ongoing multi-national competition for influence over the South China Sea.

The Invincible, also designated the Type 218SG, joins the growing numbers of air-independent propulsion (AIP) submarines active in the Pacific Ocean in the navies of China, Japan, Singapore and South Korea. AIP allows a comparatively cheap diesel-electric submarine to cruise underwater at slow speeds for weeks at a time, instead of having to surface or snorkel every few days.
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Old 03-04-2019, 08:24 AM   #2
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Default USA needs AIP subs too

We should be building these type of submarines too.
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Old 03-04-2019, 11:26 AM   #3
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I tell ya guys what... that type 212a is a beautiful boat. Deadly too.

German engineering brain power... they still come up with awesome things. Always reinventing stuff!
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Old 03-04-2019, 12:00 PM   #4
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The 212 types and follow on's are very good boats the only draw back for the German navy is too few crew to man their own fleet.

One thing you can say is Germany does know how to build a boat
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The Type 218 reportedly has top underwater speed of 15 knots, or 10 knots surfaced.
I must admit I thought this a little slower than expected.
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I must admit I thought this a little slower than expected.
True speed will be classified but i would estimate 23-25knots submerged
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I'm ok with a slow coastal boat. Obviously more for forward surveillance and defense, not good for hunting.
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Thank God nothing ironic has ever befallen a warship named invincible.
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Nice looking boat.
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The title is a bit cheesy.
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