Hawaii, United States nuclear submarine operations in the South China Sea shallow regions
United States Navy, “Virginia” class SSN-776 “Hawaii” nuclear attack submarine arrived in Yokosuka, Japan. Wu
newspaper correspondent on the scene put the reporter Hao River
September 7 for the first time the U.S. Navy confirmed that the U.S. military, “Virginia” class nuclear submarine, “Hawaii” on September 3 visit Yokosuka, Japan Hong Kong, this is the first-class nuclear submarine into the western Pacific Ocean, the purpose is to drill offshore capability.
“Virginia” class nuclear attack submarines are under construction in the United States the most advanced attack submarine, will gradually replace the existing fleet of attack submarines. The Navy plans to build a total of 30 “Virginia” class nuclear submarine, “Hawaii” is the first three-class nuclear submarine, commissioned by the Navy in 2008.
the U.S. military, “Stars and Stripes” reported on September 7, said, “Hawaiian” dive depth of 240 meters, although there is no “Ohio”-class strategic nuclear submarines carrying missiles capability, but with shallow waters operations, advanced technology, these waters, “including the South China Sea and the disputed waters surrounding the Korean peninsula.”
reported that “Virginia” class submarines arrived in Asian waters, the U.S. Navy task focus shifted from offshore ocean a performance. With high hopes the U.S. military’s “LCS” project out into the plight of cost overruns, “the submarine began to leak out from the deep sea, taking on more offshore combat missions.”
submarine bulky difficult to cover in shallow water, not traditional military theory that nuclear submarines in the shallow waters. However, “Virginia” class is tailored to the U.S. for the offshore operations of the submarine. “Hawaii” Mike Commander Stephen ? 7 said, “Hawaiian” with auto-cruise capability, self-balancing waters at different depths to try to ensure quiet, not to be found. The submarine boat is also the first submarine installation can be found under the threat of mines and other sonar, which is the traditional nuclear submarines do not have the function.
? U.S. Seventh Fleet spokesman Jeff Davis said Wednesday, “Los Angeles” class submarine is very powerful, but it is primarily designed for deep sea operations, “Virginia” class nuclear submarine is a lot more useful features, especially in offshore operations functions. Such as “Virginia” class with the release of divers in the water’s ability to conduct special operations offshore.
Davis said, “Hawaiian” was not prepared to participate in the Yellow Sea anti-submarine South Korea joint military exercises. This exercise is currently being delayed because of typhoon. Davis said that in 2015, 12 “Virginia” class nuclear submarines will be built to complete the class submarines in the Seventh Fleet to play an increasing role, “‘Hawaii’ was only the first one, more similar submarine will follow from. “
7 Li Jie Chinese naval experts of the” Global Times “reporter that during the Cold War, the United States had developed a” Sea Wolf “class nuclear submarine, dive depth is very deep, cold , due to loss of the opponent, the United States stop “Sea Wolf” class submarines and replace them with smaller dive depth of the “Virginia” class submarines, which further improvement in acoustic performance, and inherited the advantages of the previous generation of submarines. United States publicly stated were “Hawaii” submarine to sea drill offshore operations in Asia, which should attract close attention to China.
(“Global Times” September 8, 2010 No. 08 version)
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