The USS Pennsylvania can wipe out entire continents
Thursday, January 10, 2019
USS Pennsylvania is silent and invisible. Under the hull, some of America’s greatest military secrets hide – and an incredible amount of explosive power.
You can’t see her. She can go to depths of 250 meters and stay under water for six months. You can’t hear her and she can keep going for 20 years without refueling.
She is the most effective murder weapon ever designed, an apocalypse machine capable of destroying the entire continent.
No, we’re not talking about a twisted Nazi weapon to take over the world, but the USS Pennsylvania nuclear submarine. She is one of 14 vessels in the Ohio class and the largest submarine in the US Navy.
The 165-man crew is hand-picked and must meet high physical and, not least, mental requirements.
“Sailors on my ship have to cope with being locked in during the entire voyage, which can last ten weeks straight,” said Bradford S. Neff. Neff was former captain of Pennsylvania’s “blue” team.
The USS Pennsylvania nuclear reactor is one of the most secretive military technologies in the United States, and is much more advanced than the Nautilus prototype.
Uranium fuel the size of a fist is all it takes to power the 1700-tonne ship that can maintain a speed of 45 km / h under water.
– Pennsylvania was in service in 1989 and is not yet refilled with fuel. The only thing that limits how long we can be at sea is access to food, says Bradford S. Neff.
The ship has supplies for three months.
With a length of 171 meters, the USS Pennsylvania is still the largest submarine in the Western Hemisphere. She is one of 14 similar ships in the Ohio class.
The submarine is as good as impossible to detect, and under the hull there are 24 Trident missiles that each have more explosive power than all the bombs released during both world wars.
NUCLEAR WATER: Here a Trident missile is fired from underwater. The USS Pennsylvania submarine is equipped with 24 such nuclear warheads, each of which has more explosive power than all bombs detonated during World War I and World War II.