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The Collapse of the US Submarine Fleet

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The submarine fleet has traditionally enjoyed the special favors of the top leaders in the United States. It is even known that in 1993 former US Vice President Al Gore made a trip to the Arctic aboard the USS Pargo nuclear submarine.

According to The National Interest, the US Navy announced in December 2016 that it needed 66 submarines with submarine-launched cruise missiles and strike missiles deployed. But in early 2019, there were only 51 attack submarines in the fleet. And that number is projected to decrease. For example, dozens of Los Angeles-class submarines will be decommissioned in the next few years, and too few new Virginia-class submarines are being produced.

At the same time, during the entire period of the US Navy’s operation of nuclear submarines, in addition to two disasters resulting in the loss of nuclear subs, there have also been about 60 incidents and accidents. As a result, the ships sustained various damages to their hulls, mechanisms, and outboard devices. The most significant number of accidents was caused by navigational failures, including navigation safety violations, loss of situational awareness by operators in difficult hydrological conditions, errors in the use of technical means, and the lack of regulation of certain activities of nuclear submarines in coastal areas of other states.

However, trespassing other nations’ maritime borders does not usually bring glory to American submariners. Moreover, dangerous maneuvering in areas challenging to navigate could have catastrophic environmental consequences in........

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