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May 06, 2016
May 06, 2016
CNN Student News - May 06, 2016
CNN Visits Nuclear Submarine
OK. Now, we`re diving deeper. International maritime tensions aren`t limited to the Black Sea. We reported on China`s controversial buildup of manmade islands in the South China Sea. The U.S. is reportedly planning to use submarine drones to help keep tabs on that region.
And American officials say that Russian submarine is at levels that the U.S. Navy hasn`t seen in decades.
Russia has increased its patrols in the Atlantic, including in areas near U.S. waters, as the American military is trying to keep its upper hand by developing subs like the USS Missouri. And CNN recently got a chance to climb aboard.
JIM SCIUTTO, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL SECURITY CORRESPONDENT:
This is a very important time for submarine operations. They are way of projecting power across the planet really, silently. It`s called the "silent service". Their job is to hide really, so no one knows where they are.
I`m standing on the bridge of the USS Missouri. It`s a nuclear attack submarine. It`s a rare visit, really one of the most incredible things I`ve ever done as a reporter.
We`re going to show you what it is like to live and work on board here, where people sleep, where they eat, where they do their jobs, dangerous job at times.
COMMANDER FRASER HUDSON, USS MISSOURI:
The world is -- has quite a proliferation of submarines. And the best way right now to find another submarine is with a submarine.
The bad guys, whoever they are, have to assume that there`s a sub within range if they were to do anything. Is that a fact?
Well, stealth is clearly -- without stealth, a submarine could not do the missions it does.
COMMANDER OLLIE LEWIS, COMMANDER, SUBMARINE SQUADRON 12:
We operate in places where we didn`t have to rely on an adversary being there to challenge us. But that`s changing.
Since it`s worth going out, just on a training mission, most of these torpedoes are what are called practice shots. They don`t have actual ordnance on them. But you look at the green ones here, these are actual live torpedoes, and anytime a U.S. submarine goes out of port, it`s carrying at least a couple of these for self defense.
The firing order is, tubes five and eight. In the window, tube five and eight.
That was the huge rush of air pressure that fires out in this case, a water slog, a torpedo tube full of water. But you could feel the pressure change in your ears, not just down here in the torpedo room but throughout the entire submarine. It just shows you what kind of power is necessary to get that torpedo out of the tube.
This is the beginning of what they call angles and dangles, a series of steep descents and ascents designed to show the full capability of the boat, but also to test the crew`s readiness.
You hear that alarm as we approach 20 degrees. We`re going to get to 25- degree angle. Keep in mind, I`m standing up straight now. But as I`m leaning forward, that`s keeping me vertical in relation to the ground, as the angle ascend gets sharper.
Someone asked me today if U.S. submarine forces are preparing for war. We`re not at war, certainly not with another power that has submarine capability. But yes, they are preparing every day for that possibility, in case it were to happen. They want to be prepared if called upon to act.
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