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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Does Size Matter?

Over at military.com, Joe Buff is writing a series comparing diesel/AIP boats with nuclear boats, focusing on the advantages inherent in a larger submarine. Excerpt:

"It seems inarguable that SSNs possess substantial advantages over SSKs (whether the latter are augmented with AIP systems or not), regarding a) rapid stealthy transit to and from the theater of operations, and b) continued rapid submerged movement during tactics in the OPAREA. The top quiet speeds of Seawolf and Virginia equal or exceed the absolute maximum speeds of any SSKs! "

Without going into too much detail, he's right -- but I'm not sure how much data I'll be able to use to verify this without crossing certain lines. For now, we'll just read the column, and see if we can get some good back-and-forth going in the comments.

Staying at PD...

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was on the Miami during the initial testing of the AN/BSY-1 sonar system against Upholders in the north atlantic. We also developed hunt/kill tactics for ssk's during the period. The brit's are good sub drivers, and their diesel boys are some of the best. If a nook can identify, classify, and snapshot a ssk, all advantages are lost.
SSK's are only good for one shot losses in most areas, and that's only if they are not identified while charging their batteries.

7/15/2005 1:03 AM

 
Blogger PigBoatSailor said...

One of the unfortunate reasons that SSKs have such a good reputation against SSNs is the nature of the excercises in which they are pitted against each other. In order to provide "training for all" a close encounter is forced - usually with the SSN screaming in at high speed from a distance - immediately giving the SSKs at an advantage.
Again, without going into too much detail, I have done both the afore mentioned excercise (blew), and a week-long one with a diesel in which we were just hunting in a big chunk of ocean. In the second, more realistic, excercise, we wiped the ocean floor with the diesel. And these guys were not sloutches.
Also, US SSNs have gotten a lot better at combined ops with surface and air assets. That will absolutely end an SSK right there.

7/15/2005 4:39 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Anonymous, I was on Miami for that event. We did pretty good then, didn't we!

The Armadillo.

7/18/2005 7:56 AM

 

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