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32 in 44 - Building the Portsmouth Submarine Fleet in World War II

   In 1944 Portsmouth Navy Yard launched three submarines and a fourth shortly thereafter. Prior to this, no shipyard had ever accomplished either feat. Those three first submarines, called Ronquil, Redfish, and Razorback were delivered at 1:00 PM and the Scabbard fish slid down building way into the Piscataqua River at 2:30 PM. These four submarines would be included in the record-setting thirty-two submarines that the yard completed in 1944. No american shipyard has ever built so many submarines during one year, this is where the name of this study is coming from. Prior to that triple launching. Fred White, the shipyard's master rigger, had concerns about floating three 1.800-ton submarines off their blocks at the same time. Three above mentioned submarines were jammed into the dry dock with little separation, and White and his line handlers were the ones responsible for ensuring that the submarines did not damage each other as they floated free of the blocks...  

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Silent Killers - Submarines and Underwater Warfare

   The premise and promise of the submarine as a means to reach Earth's last frontier, the depths of the ocean, has grasped public attention for hundreds of years, and in the last century the potential of the submarine as an instrument of war has increasingly commanded the attention of military minds. From hand-cranks, steam, electrical batteries and diesel to nuclear power, and from hand-set explosive charges to nuclear missiles, the submarine and the armaments it can deploy have made it the world's ultimate naval weapon. The earliest wooden submarines have given rise to modern, titanium-hulled, fast, deep-diving, and stealthy "silent killers" that can strike from anywhere in the world where there is deep water — even through thick Arctic ice. As an archaeologist with an interest in the role of technology in shaping society, I have long been fascinated by the development of the submarine.That interest has been honed by incredible experiences and opportunities to work with submarines. This has included archaeological and historical research into the Type A Japanese Midget submarines of the 1930s and 1940s and the detailed analysis of a misidentified Japanese submarine in the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia (US), said to be a sponge-diving craft but actually one of Japan's top secret prewar prototypes for its Midget submarine force.

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U-Boats in Action

   Here is the very first book in a long series of "Warship in Action" books from Squadron/Signal Publications. The emphasis has been given by authors, Robert C. Stern & Don Greer, on individual histories and physical description rather than an overall views of the underwater boat war. This publication is intended to fill the vacant niche in the marine literature on this subject available today, a type-by-type surveys of Kiegsmarine submarines, explaining the development of thiose boats and success/failure in meeting the demands of war. It gives so much valuable information for everyone interested in the history of fleet, sea wars, naval warships and submarines of the past. This information is supplemented by rare original photographs of various U-biats with their role in World War Two explained.

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U.S. Ballistic Missile Subs In Action

   During 1942, two Germans. Doctor Ernest Steinhoff, a Peenemunde rocket scientist working for Werner Von Braun, and his brother С APT Fritz Steinhoff. of the U-551 contrived a plan to install rockets on a U-Boat. A Type V1IC U-Boat was fitted with a rack that could hold six 300мм Wurfkoper42 Spreng tactical rockets. The tests were successful and a launch was made from a depth of twelve meters. The test results were shown to ADM Karl Donitz and his staff, but the idea was turned down as impractical and of no value to the German war effort. Additionally, it was felt that it would tie up a fleet of U-boats that could be used to sink allied convoys. During 1943. a plan was devised to place German A-4 (V-2) rockets in floating containers and then tow them by U-Boat to the United States. Once offshore, their ballast tanks would be filled with water, righting the container. Then the missiles would be fired at major cities on the U.S. East Coast. Contracts were actually let to the Stettin Shipyard in Poland for three such containers for test purposes, but by the time the war ended none had been produced. Following the end of World War II. many German scientists fell into the hands of the Americans and Soviets and a number of them were brought to the United States and the Soviet Union. The Soviets experimented with the containerized rocket idea, while early U.S. tests focused on the German FZG-76 (V-l) Buzz Bomb. Called the Loon in Navy service, the captured Buzz Bombs were as dangerous to the sub's crew as to the enemy and many missiles exploded during launch. In 1947, the Navy began to experiment with the launching of the Loon and later Regulus I and Regulus II missiles from the decks of surfaced submarines...

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U.S. Subs in Action

   This publication prepared by Robert C. Stern together with Don Greer contains more than a hundred of good quality pictures of World War Two submarines plus paintings and diagrams of United States submarines, radars, armaments and conning tower variations. There are many details the reader will not find in more conventional books dedicated to the subs, that easy. It addresses such famous boats as Argonaut, Cachalot, Tambor, Narwhal, Sargo, Dolphin, Gato, Balao classes and many others.

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Submarine Power Cables - Design, Installation, Repair, Environmental Aspects

   This book was written by Thomas Warzyk, who is the author of numerous journal articles and holder of patents in his field. The publication was released with the intention to convey a basic knowledge of the design, manufacture and installation aspects of submarine power cables. The following major issues were addressed in this book - Application of submarine power cables; Design elements of submarine power cables; Accessories of the cables; Manufacturing and testing; Marine survey; Installation and further protection of SPC; Damages and their repair; Operation, maintenance, and reliability reliability; Environmental issues; Some anecdotes; Useful tables.

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U-Boats - History, Development and Equipment 1914-1945

   This book looks al the various classes of U-boat and their various weapons and sensors, and at the men who manned them and conducted this very protracted and hard fought campaign. It is divided into four parts: Part One - covers the U-boat in German naval service from the very earliest days, through its first great test in World War I to the clandestine campaign between 1919 and 1935, which was designed to keep U-boat technology and practice alive, despite the terms of the Versailles Treaty. Part Two - covers the major technological areas in the period 1935-1945, including descriptions of the various types of U-boat, their weapons, communications, sensors, and propulsion systems. Part Three - describes the campaigns, the men, their training, the sorry saga of Luftwaffe co-operation, U-boat losses, and the end of the campaign. Appendix at the end of the book is devoted to the U-boats lost at sea in the perioe 1939-1945.

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Grey Wolves of the Sea - German U-Boat Type VII

   This revised edition of Grey Wolves of the Sea is devoted by the author, Heinz J. Nowarra, to the history of the most frequently built German types of submarine. The book is somewhat similar to the Squadron Signal giving the reader a brief history of the Typy VII underwater boats and all subtypes. Though all illustrations inside the book are black-and-white, they give people quite clear idea of how deadly and efficient those machines were.

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A High-Rate Virtual Instrument of Marine Vehicle Motions for Underwater Navigation and Ocean Remote Sensing
   Introduction; Instrumentation and data acquisition system; Motion observation and experimentation results; At-sea experiment and data acquisition system; Data processing; Native output of the instruments; Setup and acquisition of the ADCP.
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Sink Em All Submarine Warfare in the Pacific
   The present volume - Sink `Em All - is the first edition of the war memoir of the famous Admiral Charles Lockwood, who commanded the United States submarine force in the Pacific for most of the Second World War. This great man started out commanding the Southwest Pacific submarines in Fremantle, Australia, just after the Asiatic Fleet retreated from the Philippines, and then went on to the command of Pacific submarines at Pearl Harbor, after Admiral Robert English was perished in a plane crash in February of 1943. The enthusiasts of the Pacific War who have read the comprehensive history of United States underwater operations by Clay Blair, named the "Silent Victory", may find find some surprised in this publication.
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The Japanese Submarine Force and World War II
   This book is dedicated to the performance of the submarines which belonged to the Imperial Japanese Navy Fleet and participated in World War II.
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Marine Robot Autonomy
   This book edited by Mae L. Selo, Department of Mechanical Engineering of Dalhousie University, Canada, provides a good update to select underwater autonomy areas and is intended for engineers and researchers new to the field of marine robot autonomy as well as to experienced specialists.
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The ROV Manual - A User Guide for Remotely Operated Vehicles
   This edition of The ROV Manual substantially expands upon the previous edition. This text is divided into five logical parts covering the industry and environment, the basics of ROV technology, payload sensors, intervention tooling as well as practical field applications. In the last chapter of the book, we look into the future in order to examine what industry analysts feel is the direction subsea technology is heading with a specific focus on the field of subsea robotics.

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Submarine - A Guided Tour Inside a Nuclear Warship
   New York Times Bestselling author's military reference. Following topics have been covered in this book: The Silent Service; Building the Boats; The Boat: A Tour of USS Miami (SSN-755); The British Boats: A Tour of HMS Triumph (S-93); Roles and Missions; The End of History: Submarines in the Post-Cold War World; Other People's Submarines; Glossary. Includes a chapter on Seawolf- and Virginia-class submarines.

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submarine warfare - past and present
   This is one of the rarest and unique books on the submarine warfare. Written in 1907 by Herbert C. Fyfe, sometime librarian of the Royal Institution, London, it comes with an introduction by Admiral the Honourable Sir Edmund Fremantle. It includes the description of the most progressive naval warfare at those times and some analysis of the possible ways of the development of the submarine warfare. Digitized by Microsoft.
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submarine in colour
   This volume consists of the following chapters: introduction, development of submarine technology, the colour plates, early submarines, submarine development 1918-45, the modern era, some typical anti-submarine weapons for surface ships, some submarine weapons, some airborne anti-submarine systems, comparative data, and index.
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Underwater Vehicles
   The present publication book offered to your attention, is dedicated to UUV - unmanned underwater vehicles. The unmanned underwater vehicles family has two separate branches; first is the ROV (remotely operated vehicles) and the second - AUV (autonomous underwater vehicles). Each branch has its advantages and limitations, as well as some specific tasks. There are not too many books on the subject matter and this one will be very useul for everyone who is interested in underwater vehicles as it covers all aspects of this industry.

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A Century of Submarines
   The submarine changed the surface of naval warfare, though at the very beginning of the twentieth century it would have required a person of considerable imagination and foresight to have predicted this.
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hitler's u-boat bases
   Many U-boat bunkers still dominate their surroundings, so anyone wishing to explore these fascinating relics from Europe's turbulent past will have no great difficulties in finding them. Entering such stalwart fortresses while standing on the deck of a small U-boat that must have been an awe-inspiring experience, yet very few photographs and only a small number of publications have ever appeared on these massive monstrosities. The U-Boot-Archiv holds well over 100000 photographs, but there are very few unpublished wartime pictures of the bunkers. Somehow, the fascination which grew up around U-boats did not stretch as far as embracing these impressive fortresses.

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Nuclear Submarine Disasters
   Disasters have always been a source of fascination and awe. Tales of a great flood that nearly wipes out all life are among humanitys oldest recorded stories, dating at least from the second millennium B.C., and they appear in cultures from the Middle East to the Arctic Circle to the southernmost tip of South America and the islands of Polynesia. Typically gods are at the center of these ancient disaster tales - which is perhaps not too surprising, given the fact that the tales originated during a time when human beings were at the mercy of natural forces they did not understand.
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Twenty-First Century Submarines and Warships
   The present military handbook contains the most potent submarines in service with the world's navies, supplemented by more than 180 images. Full specification table is provided for each ship and submarine in the book. The text entries in the book discuss the capabilities of great and modern naval vessels, such as their ability of ballistic submarines to destroy every capital city in the northern hemisphere using independently targetable nuclear warheads, in addition, the book also discusses the attributes of the weapons equipping modern naval vessels.

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U-Boat Combat Missions
   Twice during the turbulent years of the 20th century, German U-boats forged a reputation for aggressive action at sea. During World War I, U-boats came to be recognized as a potentially decisive weapon, capable of sapping their enemies' will and ability to fight by attacking not only their warships but also their vital merchant supply routes. Three decades later, as World War II began, U-boats were once again seen to be operating with an almost unparalleled aggression and determination. For, on the day that Britain and France declared war on Germany—September 3, 1939—a passenger liner was torpedoed in a tragic case of mistaken identity. The established image of the U-boat man was thus reinforced and perpetuated. During the early months of World War II, Britain became increasingly isolated as Nazi Germany swept victoriously through Western Europe, and once again merchant convoys, particularly those from North America, became crucial to the survival of the embattled island nation. What has now become famous as The Battle of The Atlantic began—and it was to cost the lives of thousands of men on both sides of the conflict.
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fleet submarines of world war II
   The comprehensive guide on the fleet submarines of the Second World War.
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Royal naval submarines 1901-1982
 
   In the closing years of the nineteenth century only France could claim near-parity in the sea power with Great Britain. The "Entente Cordiale" was a decade away and France was regarded as a potential naval threat. This hazard increased by successful French attempts to build "sousmarins". Four such vessels were in use in the French navy by 1897, electrically powered and with compressed air reservoir; the largest was 160 ft long and displaced 266 tons...
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U-boats vs Destroyer Escorts: The Battle of the Atlantic
 
   The battle of the Atlantic pitted Germany's U-boats against Allied convoys sailing from North America and the South Atlantic. The name itself is a bit of a misnomer as it was not one single battle but the longest continuous military campaign of World War II, lasting for six years, stretching over hundreds of miles and involving almost countless combat engagements. By the end of hostilities, the Kriegsmarines U-boats had sunk in excess of 2,900 ships, representing over 12 million tons of Allied shipping. Despite some post-war claims that the U-boat campaign had no real chance of being successful in the long run, it is clear that the Allied leaders at the time had a different view. By January 1943. such were the worries over the U-boat's successes that at the Casablanca conference, it was agreed that the defeat of the U-boats was to be a number one priority. Indeed, when summarizing his thoughts on the Battle or the Atlantic, Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously said, 'The only thing that ever really frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril'. The Battle of the Atlantic was not only a fight for the survival of Great Britain, but for the survival of real opposition to Hitler. If the U-boat campaign had succeeded and Britain had been starved into subjugation, the British Isles wouldn't have served as a base for the eventual bombing offensive and as a launching point for the invasion of Kurope. It is difficult to envisage how the stakes could have been higher...
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