Every once in a while it seems when studying the news and current events patterns begin to emerge. It might be planned promotion or it might be cosmic coincidence, but sometimes themes begin to develop in the news cycle. Lately, one particular theme, which may or may not have to do with anything, is appearing. In the news it seems stories about submarines have been coming up for one reason or another. We don’t question it when the universe sends me a message. We just listen and see what happens. So let’s have a look at some of the more recent stories regarding submarines.
The Strange Tale of Nazi Germany’s Super Submarines (That Never Fired a Shot)
At the end of World War II, facing the grim prospect of massively depleting resources, Germany was becoming quite desperate. And, out of desperation, aided by some of the most brilliant minds in science and engineering, the Germans invented technology that we still use to this day. One of those technological advancements was the introduction of the modern submarine. This article tells the tale of U-2511, one of Germany’s new Type XXI-class. She was a marvel of modern technology. She also represented one of the Third Reich’s biggest failures.
The Nearly Forgotten Story of a Super-Secret U.S. Navy Spy Submarine (And What It Did to Russia)
The American submarine, USS Halibut, was another ship well ahead of its time. Quite simply, the halibut was one-of-a-kind. One of America’s first long-range spy subs, the Halibut was specifically designed to launch ballistic missiles. Later, it was rebuilt to house and operate two large remotely operated vessels which could search the ocean floor at great depths. During the Cold War, this aided the United States military greatly when it was used in the salvage operation of a lost Soviet nuclear sub.
Russia Tests Nuclear-Capable Drone Sub
The headline and some of the information in this story might be a little misleading, but it is still worth a read anyway because of the significance of the technology involved. It has been revealed recently that Russia has developed an unmanned submarine capable of deploying megaton class warheads, the largest thermonuclear devices known to mankind. If this isn’t scary enough, the story says that the vessel, known to American officials as the Kanyon, is a drone. But that is not the case. It is a remotely operated vehicle. If that puts your mind to rest at all.
This last story is not so much an informational piece but a call for donations, ha ha. Seriously, who would not want to see this thing under their Christmas tree? Well, maybe it wouldn’t fit under the tree, but you get my drift. The Undersea Aquahoverer looks like a race car and is the ultimate dream of every little boy who never grew up. Probably a lot of girls too. And at only a cool 1.5 million dollars, it is actually a steal.