Yes. Take one and dress up the deck to look like a conventional surface ship, then sail around near Somalia. Wait for pirates to board, then submerge.Avimimus said:Is there any conceivable requirement for commercial submarines
Good idea ! This way even the old Type 206 subs, now to be decommissioned, could still serveOrionblamblam said:... Wait for pirates to board, then submerge.
Let's see ! Would be a lot more difficult for Somali pirates to board such a ship ! ;Dskyrider said:How much they are going to charge for insurance for commercial cargo submarine? It will never work.
The old Soviet Union may have been just as familiar with Canada's Arctic waters as Canadians.
Sections of Cold-War-era nautical charts obtained by The Canadian Press suggest that Russian mariners have for decades possessed detailed and accurate knowledge of crucial internal waterways such as the Northwest Passage.
Those charts, which may offer the first documentary proof of the widely held belief that Soviet nuclear submarines routinely patrolled the Canadian Arctic during the Cold War, are still in use by Russian vessels. In some places, they are preferred to current Canadian charts.
George Allegrezza said:While Searching For Something Else (WSFSE?), I came across this 1981 General Dynamics proposal for submersible LNG tankers:
The boats were intended to be 1470 ft long and could have nuclear or non-nuclear propulsion. The conops was to ship LNG from Alaskan waters to consumers in Europe and Japan.
General Dynamics proposed something similar in the 1970s, that being a nuclear powered LNG tanker to travel from Alaska’s North Slope to Europe under the Arctic ice cap.Russian engineers have proposed a massive submarine tanker capable of carrying 170,000-180,000 tons at a time. This would dwarf the mighty Typhoon Class ballistic missile sub, which is the largest submarine ever built.www.forbes.com