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Evolution of Subs

U.S. and Soviet Submarine Milestones of the Cold War


Terminology


Definitions of “beam,” “draft,” “displacement”

U.S. Submarines

Date and Name

Stats



1954: Nautilus
First Nuclear-Powered Sub



Length: 324 ft (99 m)
Beam: 28 ft (9 m)


Draft: 22 ft (7 m)
Displacement: 4,092 tons



1959: Skipjack Class
Power + Streamlining = Speed



Length: 252 ft (77 m)
Beam: 32 ft (10 m)


Draft: 29 ft (9 m)
Displacement: 3,513 tons



1959: George Washington Class
First Nuclear-Powered, Ballistic Missile Subs



Length: 382 ft (116 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)


Draft: 29 ft (9 m)
Displacement: approx. 6,700 tons



1961: Thresher/Permit Class
Faster, Stronger, Deeper, Quieter



Length: 279 ft (85 m)
Beam: 32 ft (10 m)


Draft: 29 ft (9 m)
Displacement: 4,300 tons



1976: Los Angeles Class
The Sub Hunters



Length: 360 ft (109 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)


Draft: 31 ft (9 m)
Displacement: approx. 6,000 tons



1981: Ohio Class
More and Longer-Range Weapons



Length: 560 ft (171 m)
Beam: 42 ft (13 m)


Draft: 38 ft (12 m)
Displacement: 18,750 tons


Soviet Submarines

Date and Name

Stats



1958: November Class
First Non-U.S. Nuclear-Powered Subs



Length: 361 ft (110 m)
Beam: 26 ft (8 m)


Draft: 21 ft (6 m)
Displacement: approx. 4,380 tons



1960: Hotel Class
First Soviet Nuclear-Powered, Ballistic Missile Subs



Length: 374 ft (114 m)
to 427 ft (130 m)
Beam: 30 ft (9 m)


Draft: 24 ft (7 m)
Displacement: 6,085 tons to 6,990 tons



1967: Victor Class
Streamlined for Speed



Length: 303 ft (93 m)
to 352 feet (107 m)
Beam: 35 ft (11 m)


Draft: 24 ft (7 m)
Displacement: 6,085 tons to 7,190 tons



1967: Yankee Class
Comparable Firepower



Length: 426 ft (130 m)
Beam: 38 ft (12 m)


Draft: 29 ft (9 m)
Displacement: 9,300 tons



1981: Typhoon Class
World’s Largest Submarines



Length: Approx. 564 ft
(172 m)
Beam: 75 ft (23 m)


Draft: 38 ft (12 m)
Displacement: 33,800 tons



1982: Oscar Class
Bristling With Missiles



Length: 469 ft (143 m)
to 505 ft (154 m)
Beam: 35 ft (18 m)


Draft: 24 ft (7 m)
Displacement: 17,000 tons to 18,000 tons


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