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Old 01-26-2019, 06:53 AM   #1
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radar Navy’s stealthy Columbia subs set to launch first patrol in 2031

Designed to be 560-feet– long and house 16 Trident II D5 missiles fired from 44-foot-long missile tubes, Columbia-class submarines will use a quieting X-shaped stern configuration.’

The “X”-shaped stern will restore maneuverability to submarines; as submarine designs progressed from using a propeller to using a propulsor to improve quieting, submarines lost some surface maneuverability, Navy officials explained.
This and there are some other significant design changes from years of US nuke subs. Interesting.

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Old 01-30-2019, 01:34 PM   #2
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I'm sure they know what they are doing better than I do, but that topside sail sure looks too far forward ... I hope they can come up with a drone with wings that fold on top of the periscope too

A drone could look fwd for 300 miles and report back before heading home like a messenger pigeon in WWI (unless the enemy could capture the drone that is)
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