Chief of Naval Operations
Submarine Warfare Division
- An essential attribute of modern nuclear-powered submarines. A submarine's stealth derives from its ability to submerge and remain there, virtually invisible in the ocean's depths. They can operate undetected for weeks or months, even in contested waters. Stealth gives the submarine the many advantages of covertness.
- Nuclear-powered submarines can remain on station for months and do not rely on forward bases, logistic trains or prepositioned supplies. The freedom to operate anywhere in world from resupply and logistic support requirements reduces the demands on the theater commander and is a major advantage of the submarine.
- U.S. Submarines have an unmatched array of weapons that ensures their ability to strike with precision high value land targets as well as anything on or below the sea's surface. This firepower provides submarine's with the ability to hold target's on land, and on or under the sea, at risk.
- Nuclear power provides sustained high speed for an unlimited time without the requirement to refuel at frequent intervals. This virtually unlimited propulsion power means that submarines can arrive quickly where needed, stay as long as required and rapidly relocate if there is an emerging operational requirement.
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