Why We Need Nonnuclear Subs

Edmiston, Allen L.
January 2004
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Jan2004, Vol. 130 Issue 1, p53
Conference Proceeding
Advances in power technology— such as those in the new German U31, employing a silent fuel-cell system in conjunction with air-independent propulsion— are making nonnuclear submarines more combat effective. Adding some nonnuclear submarines to the U.S. Navy would offer new flexibility in submarine production and operations. Given the mission requirements laid out in" Sea Power 21" and in the Quadrennial Defense Review Report, nonnuclear submarines bring nearly the same unique intelligence-gathering capability as nuclear submarines, especially against less capable adversaries. e.


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