The usSeawolf’s motto, “Cave Lupum” (“beware the wolf”) is acceptable, given its spectacular specs. Precise efficiency figures are recognized solely to the U.S. Navy, however formally, the submarine could make round 20 knots (~23mph) on the floor, and round 35 knots (~40mph) submerged.
Its working depth is given at 800+ ft, with a protected depth of 1,600 ft and a rated “crash” depth of two,250 ft, or nearly half a mile underwater. Its crew of round 140 sailors is in command of a fearsome arsenal of weapons, together with Tomahawk missiles, mines, and as much as 50 superior MK48 torpedoes.
The usSeawolf was launched in 1995, commissioned in 1997, and accomplished sea trials in 2001. After 9/11, Seawolf was deployed that very same yr, collaborating in a number of workout routines with NATO forces. Since then, the united statesSeawolf has been deployed a number of occasions on missions typically lasting a number of months.
When design work on the Seawolf began within the early Eighties, the intention was to construct a fleet of 29 vessels, however the finish of the Chilly Battle eliminated the necessity for thus many. In the end, solely three Seawolf-class submarines had been constructed, the united statesSeawolf, the united statesConnecticut (pictured above), and the united statesJimmy Carter.
The usJimmy Carter is a extremely modified model of the submarine and the final to be commissioned. It options an prolonged hull to accommodate a “multi-mission platform” (MMP) for categorised missions. All three Seawolf-class submarines are based mostly at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Washington State.