Military Factory

Submarines Throughout Naval History

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 8/10/2015

Since its inception, the submarine has proven the ultimate threat to surface ships.

There are a total of (111) Submarines of Naval History in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.

Alexander Nevsky (K-550)
The Alexander Nevsky (K-550) is a relatively new ballistic missile submarine commissioned by the Russian Navy as part of a ma...
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Ammiraglio Cagni
With coastline as long as that of Italy's, it behooved the nation to promote considerable naval firepower across the Mediter...
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Archimede (1939)
The Archimede was a diesel-electric powered attack submarine serving the Regia Marina of Italy during World War 2. She was bo...
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B-class (USA)
If the A-class of submarines were the beginnings of the submariner program for the United States Navy then the B-class could ...
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Biber (Beaver)
All of the major naval powers of World War 2 (1939-1945) utilized some sort of submersible "midget" submarine. These midget s...
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BNS Riachuelo (S40)
BNS Riachuelo (S40) is the lead ship of the emerging four-strong class of diesel-electric attack submarines for the modern Br...
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BNS Tikuna (S34)
Modern Brazilian naval capabilities has been slowly progressing with each passing decade and this is through necessity of def...
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Bushnell Turtle
The Turtle was the world's first submarine to ever be used in warfare. It was designed and built in Connecticut in 1775 by Da...
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CNS Type 039 (Song)
When introduced for active service in June of 1999 with the People's Liberation Army Navy, the Type 039 submarine became the ...
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CNS Type 091 (Han)
The Han was the first nuclear-powered submarine designed and built by the People's Liberation Army - Navy (PLAN) of China. T...
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CNS Type 092 (Daqingyu)
One oft-overlooked facet of the Chinese military is its underwater force consisting of a variety of attack submarines. China,...
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CNS Type 094 (Jin)
Beginning in 2010, the Type 094 ballistic missile submarine succeeded the Type 092 Xia-class in service with the Chinese Peop...
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CS General Carrera (SS22)
The Chilean government entered into an agreement with France and Spain to produce for it two conventionally-powered attack su...
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CS O'Higgins (SS23)
CS O'Higgins (SS23) is one of two Scorpene-class diesel-electric attack submarines fielded by the nation of Chile (the other ...
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CSS H.L. Hunley
The CSS H. L. Hunley was the first submarine in history to sink an enemy ship while submerged, this occurring on February 17t...
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Delta I (Project 667B Murena)
The Soviet Navy expanded considerably following the close of World War 2 (1939-1945), evolving from a relatively contained sh...
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Delta II (Project 667BD Murena-M)
The four Delta II (Project 667BD Murena-M) nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines followed the earlier Delta I-class as...
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E-class (Series)
When Britain committed to World War 1 in 1914, the E-class submarine formed the primary underwater fighting force. The group ...
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FS Rubis (1933)
During the latter half of the 1920s, the French Navy placed its mine-laying duties in the hands of the six-strong Saphir-clas...
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FS Saphir (S602)
The Rubis-class of nuclear-powered attack submarines for the French Navy was originally envisioned as an eight-strong group u...
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FS Surcouf (N N 3)
Surcouf (N N 3) was a mammoth French-built attack submarine developed and built during the interwar years between World War 1...
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HIJMS RO-100 (Kaisho / Type KS)
Development and production of the RO-100 series (sometimes referred to as "Kaisho" or "small" or simply Type "KS") of Japanes...
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HMAS Collins (SSG-73)
When compared to the leading naval powers in the world today, it is easy to overlook Australia's undersea commitment which c...
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HMAS Onslow (SS60 / SSG60)
Australia's first submarine was HMAS AE1 commissioned in 1914 just prior to World War 1 (1914-1918). This vessel's legacy bec...
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HMCS Victoria (SSK-876)
The Upholder-class were the last class of diesel boats built for the Royal Navy for a couple of reasons. Firstly, they were c...
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HMS Agamemnon (S124)
HMS Agamemnon (S124) is the sixth vessel born from the Astute-class of nuclear-powered submarines serving the modern British ...
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HMS Conqueror (S48)
HMS Conqueror nicknamed the "Conks" was a Churchill-class nuclear-powered fleet submarine that served in the Royal Navy from ...
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HMS Thames (N71)
HMS Thames led the new Thames-class (also "River-class") of attack submarines appearing during the early part of the 1930s fo...
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HMS Upholder (P37)
Ordered in 1936 HMS Upholder (P37) was the seventh U-class submarine built by the Vickers Armstrong company for the Royal Nav...
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HMS Vanguard (S28)
HMS Vanguard (S28) is similar in operational scope to the nuclear-powered, missile-laden American Ohio-class breed of boats. ...
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HMS X-class / X-craft (Series)
The British naval fleet had to keep their battleships and carriers near or in home waters to protect the vital shipping lanes...
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HNLMS Dolfijn (S808)
The HNLMS Dolfijn (S808) ("Dolphin") is a Walrus-class, diesel-electric attack submarine currently (2013) in service with the...
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IJN Ha-201 (Type STS)
As the Allied noose tightened evermore so around the Japanese mainland by the midway point of the war in the Pacific, there w...
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IJN I-15
The most numerous of all the World War II Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) submarine classes was the B1-Type, nicknamed the "I-15...
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IJN I-201
Amidst mounting losses to Allied warships and attack aircraft across the Pacific, the Japanese Navy was forced to enact as em...
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IJN I-21
As an island nation, much of Japan's immediate success heading into World War 2 (1939-1945) lay in her naval power projection...
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IJN I-351
During 1943 to 1945 - what would become the latter half of World War (1939-1945) - the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) put effor...
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IJN I-400 (STo / Sen-Toku)
At the time of their completion, the I-400 class of submarines serving the Imperial Japanese Navy were the largest submarines...
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IJN I-58
The last Japanese submarine built in the B-3 type series family became the I-58. She was laid down on December 26th, 1942, la...
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IJN I-7 (J3 Type)
When launched on July 3rd, 1935, IJN I-7 and her sister-ship, IJN I-8 ,represented the largest submarines ever put to sea by ...
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INS Arihant (S-73)
With a burgeoning military-industrial complex all its own, the nation of India has undertaken a myriad of programs to help be...
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JDS Oyashio (SS-511)
The Japanese Navy was stripped of much of its war-making capability following the close of World War 2 (1939-1945) and, as su...
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JDS Oyashio (SS-590)
As an island nation, it behooves Japanese authorities to provide its people with a powerful naval fighting force made up of m...
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K-141 Kursk
In the 1980's the East and West had been in a high-tech duel. While America built up her military forces, the Communist Sovie...
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The Kaiten (meaning "Reverse Destiny" or "Change the World") was based on the Japanese Navy Type 93 torpedo and was a top sec...
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KD Tunku Abdul Rahman
KD Tunku Abdul Rahman is a conventionally-powered attack submarine currently in active service with the Royal Malaysian Navy....
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Kilo (Project 877 Paltus)
The Kilo-class submarine was laid down by the Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering and officially commissioned in Apr...
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Le Triomphant (S616)
The Le Triomphant (S616) (translating to "The Triumphant") is a modern French Navy nuclear ballistic missile submarine develo...
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Maiale (Pig)
In 1935, it had become painfully obvious to Italian authorities that the Italian Navy maintained a weak position in the Medit...
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NRP Arpao (S161)
NRP Arpao (S161) is an active-service diesel-electric attack submarine of the modern Portuguese Navy. Her keel was laid down ...
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RFS Dmitri Donskoi (TK-208) / (Typhoon / Akula)
By the time of the 1970s, the West was firmly entrenched in a "Cold War" with the Soviet Union to the east. The Soviet Union ...
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SM U-106
Much is made about the German U-Boat scourge of World War 2 but the fleet was no less dangerous in its cause during World War...
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SM U-19
The German Navy undersea force was to play a major role in both World Wars but it was in the first grand conflict that the se...
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SM U-20 (U-XX)
In 1915 Austro-Hungarian authorities ordered construction of four submarines based on an outdated, though proven, Dutch desig...
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SM U-21
U-21 formed the third of the four-strong class of U-19 U-boats in service with the Imperial German Navy heading into World Wa...
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SM U-9
World War 1 allowed the "submarine" - essentially an undersea warship - to become as deadly a new weapon as the biplane and t...
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Type 212A
Germany today is ranked ninth in the world in terms of defense spending though with a much more moderate budget as compared w...
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Type I U-Boat
Prior to the more advanced classes of German U-boats to see service in World War 2 (1939-1945), the German government funded ...
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Type IX U-Boat
The German Kriegsmarine paid a heavy price for their actions in World War 2, with most of her Type IX class being lost to the...
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Type VII U-Boat
Type VII u-boats made up a large part of the u-boat fighting force in the Atlantic. This class of fighting ship helped the Ge...
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Type XXI U-Boat
The Type XXI series of German U-boats were a revolutionary design of fighting boats brought about in 1944. Their type was des...
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Type XXIII U-Boat
The Kriegsmarine Type XXIII were developed as smallish coastal submarines to operate in the shallow waters between England an...
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Type XXVII Seehund (Seal)
The Seehund (or "Seal") was the most successful of the several Nazi Kriegsmarine attempts to perfect a "midget" submarine. Mi...
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U-boat U-25 (Type IA)
Following World War 1 (1914-1918), the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 developed the Treaty of Versailles to formally restrict...
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U-boat U-505 (Type IXC)
U-505 served the German Kriegsmarine (Navy) during World War 2. She is infamously remembered for one of her captains committi...
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USS Adder (A-2 / SS-3)
Today the United States Navy fields the largest and most powerful naval force in recorded history capable of reaching any poi...
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USS Bowfin (SS-287)
The USS Bowfin earned herself a grand reputation for her sea-going prowess in the Second World War. The vessel accounted for ...
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USS Connecticut (SSN-22)
Before the end of the Cold War came in 1991, the United States Navy moved forward with a plan to produce a whole new class of...
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USS Drum (SS-228)
When the United States entered into war with the Empire of Japan, it understood its undersea fighting force would play a cruc...
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USS Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) (SSN-608)
The USS Ethan Allen represented the lead ship of her five-strong Ethan Allen-class ballistic missile submarines during the Co...
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USS Gato (SS-212)
The USS Gato (SS-212) was the lead ship of the large Gato-class submarine fleet which numbered 77 boats and, along with the B...
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USS George Washington (SSBN-598)
The Cold War became largely a tit-for-tat affair between the Soviet Union and the United States. For every single development...
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USS Growler (SSG-577)
USS Growler (SSG-577), a submarine powered by conventional diesel engines, carried nuclear cruise missiles and was built and ...
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USS Grunion (SS-216)
The USS Grunion (SS 216) is best known for her mysterious dissappearance. Until recently, little was known of the last wherea...
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USS Holland (SS-1)
Born as the Holland VI / USS Holland (SS-1), this early compact attack submarine was essentially the formal birth of the Unit...
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USS L-5 (SS-44)
America's late entry into World War 1 (1914-1918) meant that many indigenously-designed and developed war products failed to ...
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USS Ling (SS-297)
The Ling (SS-297) is a late model Balao-class and was the result of an improved Gato-class submarine of which 77 were produce...
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USS Los Angeles (SSN-688)
The nuclear-powered USS Los Angeles (SSN-668) attack submarine represented the lead ship of the largest group of vessels cons...
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USS Miami (SSN-755)
The USS Miami was part of the powerful Los Angeles-class of attack boats appearing in 1976 and onwards, the class numbering a...
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USS Nautilus (SSN-571)
The USS Nautilus was the world's first operational nuclear-powered submarine and the first vessel to complete a submerged voy...
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USS Ohio (SSGN-726 / SSBN-726)
The Soviet Union and the West were involved in a high stakes game of cat and mouse throughout the Cold War decades. For every...
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USS Piranha (SS-389)
Key to victory in the Pacific Theater during World War 2 was control of the vital waterways between the various islands makin...
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USS Porpoise (SS-172)
USS Porpoise (SS-172) led her 10-strong class prior to and during World War 2 (1939-1945). The boat was a conventional diesel...
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USS Scorpion (SSN-589)
USS Scorpion (SSN-589) was a United States nuclear submarine of the "Skipjack" Class. Scorpion was made by the Electric Boa...
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USS Seawolf (SSN-21)
The USS Seawolf was designed and developed during the Cold War though by the time she was made available, the Cold War was al...
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USS Tullibee (SSN-597)
USS Tullibee (SSN-597), then a "state-of-the-art" construction of the early 1960s, and was the smallest nuclear-powered attac...
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USS Virginia (SSN-774)
The USS Virginia (SSN-774) is a modern, nuclear-powered attack submarine in service with the United States Navy. The vessel i...
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Whiskey (Project 613)
Interestingly the Soviet Union managed a greater submarine fleet than Germany did heading into World War 2 (1939-1945). howev...
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Yuri Dolgoruky (K-535)
For 2013, the Russian Navy is continuing its programs that will see all-new nuclear-attack submarines, missile-minded frigate...
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