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I don't know if it's just my good luck but I've encountered subs lots of times, especially in Block I. Sound just outside New London. This one is huge. I wonder how much water she draws, navigating into inlets? Recently, met subs coming into St. Mary's and into Norfolk. The USCG, of course "escorted" me closely as we passed at St. Mary's. I smiled and waved to the crew on the sub's deck who all waved back. These subs are awesome. Once had one surface way too close off Conn.
 

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Behemoth? Huge? That boat is barely 300 feet. An Ohio is huge. At 560 feet, it is almost twice as big. The Astute class is also smaller than the Virginia and Los Angles class attack boats. The Astute is only big when compared to conventionally powered littoral submarines like the Collins and the Type 209, 212, and 214's (200 - 250 feet LOA). Here is a Virginia Class boat running the start line a couple of years ago off of San Diego.

 

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Behemoth? Huge? That boat is barely 300 feet. An Ohio is huge. At 560 feet, it is almost twice as big. The Astute class is also smaller than the Virginia and Los Angles class attack boats. The Astute is only big when compared to conventionally powered littoral submarines like the Collins and the Type 209, 212, and 214's (200 - 250 feet LOA). Here is a Virginia Class boat running the start line a couple of years ago off of San Diego.

Wow, I never realized how big these are! Here's a run down on these little guys:The world's biggest submarines - Naval Technology The Brit ship is a virtual midget. I'm always hesitant to take pix of warships, thinking it might a security issue.
 

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impressive security control at the shipyard and over the design, when I was on submarine duty you couldn't even tell people the length of the boat but apparently in the UK you can take picture and put it in the news
 

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Behemoth? Huge? That boat is barely 300 feet. An Ohio is huge. At 560 feet, it is almost twice as big. The Astute class is also smaller than the Virginia and Los Angles class attack boats. The Astute is only big when compared to conventionally powered littoral submarines like the Collins and the Type 209, 212, and 214's (200 - 250 feet LOA). Here is a Virginia Class boat running the start line a couple of years ago off of San Diego.

George - believe that is an LA class boat. The VA class has a distinctive chin on the lower forward sail area.

Submarine Vehicle Ballistic missile submarine Cruise missile submarine Watercraft
 

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Reading the article linked above, the thing I find astonishing is how fast these things can travel underwater: 30+ knots!
 

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Isn't the spotting feature for the LA class boats dive planes on the sail? So, I "shot" a Seawolf? Wow, pretty lucky as I think there is only one in the Pacific at the time. I thought it was an early Block 1 version of the Virginia Class. Needless to say they never showed up in the protest room so I won my case. :D
 

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Isn't the spotting feature for the LA class boats dive planes on the sail? So, I "shot" a Seawolf? Wow, pretty lucky as I think there is only one in the Pacific at the time. I thought it was an early Block 1 version of the Virginia Class. Needless to say they never showed up in the protest room so I won my case. :D
The older 688s have planes on the sail. Later (improved) 688s (688I) have bow planes as do all SSN 21 (Seawolf) and Virginia class subs.
 

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