For those who think about submarines, there’s a perception of life aboard that usually derives from those great WWII movies. Diesel fumes, body odor, humidity and stifling air, and the dank gray insides festooned with gears. valves, handles and switches too numerous to comprehend. That was submarine life in the analog age.
Welcome to the 21st century IT Submarine. Rather than reinvent the news, I encourage you to visit and read this article by Daniel Terdiman at CNET News.
GROTON, Conn.–In 2007, at the Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding yard in Newport News, Va.–where the first of the next-generation aircraft carrier class, the Gerald R. Ford, is currently under construction–the U.S. Navy rolled out the North Carolina, the fourth of the Virginia class of fast attack nuclear submarines.
Today, the North Carolina (SSN 777) is stationed at the New London Submarine Base here, commanded by Wes Schlauder. The Virginia is the first class of submarines to have true 21st century on-board communications, including a fiber optic Intranet, large digital screens placed throughout the ship that show what is being viewed through the periscope, and even a server room.
Absolutely amazing technology. Make sure you see the slide show of images. It’s definitely not your father’s submarine force.