US nuclear submariners give glimpse into life at sea
Highly trained US submariners live in tight and tough conditions aboard their nuclear-powered vessels but they’re immensely proud of the dangerous work they do deep below the surface of the sea.
Sailors from the USS Asheville this week gave politicians, Royal Australian Navy brass, diplomats and journalists a peek into their life aboard the stealthy attack vessel, as news of Australia’s plan to buy its own nuclear-powered submarines was announced.
The Asheville’s crew of 130 men share their 110 metre-long Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine with more than 20 torpedoes, Tomahawk missiles and a nuclear reactor-powered engine that takes up about half of the boat.
It’s a similar vessel to the Virginia-class submarines Australian sailors will crew from 2033 under the $368 billion AUKUS deal with the US and the UK.