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HMS Astute Submarine, 1m model

“A Beacon of Maritime Excellence”

In the world of naval supremacy, the HMS Astute stands tall as a testament to cutting-edge technology, strategic prowess, and an unwavering commitment to security. This formidable submarine, a jewel in the Royal Navy’s crown, exemplifies the epitome of maritime excellence.

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USS Nautilus (SSN-571) 3d model

USS Nautilus (SSN-571) was the world’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine and the first submarine to complete a submerged transit of the North Pole on 3 August 1958. 

Nautilus being launched

Sharing a name with Captain Nemo‘s fictional submarine in Jules Verne‘s classic 1870 science fiction novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea[8] and the USS Nautilus (SS-168) that served with distinction in World War II,[9] the new nuclear-powered Nautilus was authorized in 1951. Construction began in 1952, and the boat was launched in January 1954, sponsored by Mamie EisenhowerFirst Lady of the United States, wife of 34th President Dwight D. Eisenhower; it was commissioned the following September into the United States NavyNautilus was delivered to the Navy in 1955.

Because her nuclear propulsion allowed her to remain submerged far longer than diesel-electric submarines, she broke many records in her first years of operation and traveled to locations previously beyond the limits of submarines. In operation, she revealed a number of limitations in her design and construction. This information was used to improve subsequent submarines.

Nautilus was decommissioned in 1980 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982. The submarine has been preserved as a museum ship at the Submarine Force Library and Museum in Groton, Connecticut, where the vessel receives around 250,000 visitors per year. More info on Wikipedia.

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Vanguard Class Submarine

The Vanguard class is a class of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) in service with the Royal Navy. The class was introduced in 1994 as part of the Trident nuclear programme, and comprises four vessels: Vanguard, Victorious, Vigilant and Vengeance, built between 1986 and 1999 at Barrow-in-Furness by Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering, now owned by BAE Systems. All four boats are based at HM Naval Base Clyde (HMS Neptune), 40 km (25 mi) west of Glasgow, Scotland.

Since the decommissioning of the Royal Air Force WE.177 free-fall thermonuclear weapons during March 1998, the four Vanguard submarines are the sole platforms for the United Kingdom’s nuclear weapons. Each submarine is armed with up to 16 UGM-133 Trident II missiles.

model’s missile doors are operational, missile and torpido files are also available.

Well, let’s dive into some fun facts about these fascinating underwater behemoths.

  1. Silent Giants: Vanguard class submarines are often referred to as “silent giants” because of their remarkable stealth capabilities. These submarines are designed to be incredibly quiet, allowing them to navigate through the depths of the ocean without being detected easily. They move so quietly that some marine creatures might mistake them for the “James Pond” of the sea!
  2. Underwater Hide and Seek: Vanguard submarines play an epic game of underwater hide and seek with other naval vessels. Equipped with advanced detection systems, they can sneak up on unsuspecting ships without being noticed until they want to reveal their presence. It’s like a real-life game of “Where’s Waldo?” but with submarines!
  3. Deep Sea Party: While Vanguard submarines are primarily used for strategic defense, they’re not all business. These submarines have crew members who spend months underwater, and they find creative ways to keep themselves entertained during their downtime. Rumor has it that they’ve perfected the art of deep-sea karaoke, with renditions of “Under the Sea” that would make even Ariel jealous!
  4. “Sea-nanigans”: Being submerged for long periods can sometimes lead to a touch of cabin fever. So, to keep things light-hearted, the crew of Vanguard submarines often engage in friendly “sea-nanigans” (sea shenanigans). These may include pranks, impromptu talent shows, or even the occasional underwater dance party. It’s all about maintaining morale and having a good laugh while sailing the deep blue.
  5. Submarine-Speak: Life aboard a Vanguard submarine comes with its own unique jargon. Crew members have developed a distinctive lingo to communicate in their tight-knit environment. They’ve come up with creative terms like “depth charges” for snacks, “sonar serenades” for singing in the shower, and “submarine shuffle” for dancing in the limited space. It’s like having a secret language that only submariners can truly understand.
  6. Submerged Sightseeing: While most people associate submarines with battles and secrecy, Vanguard submarines also get to explore the stunning underwater landscapes. Their crews often have the opportunity to observe mesmerizing marine life, underwater canyons, and even shipwrecks during their patrols. It’s like having a front-row seat to nature’s own aquatic ballet.

So, there you have it! The Vanguard class submarines, not only masters of stealth and defense but also hosts to a world of underwater entertainment and adventures. It’s a unique blend of serious business and fun-filled moments beneath the waves.

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Columbia Class Submarine Model.

The Columbia-class submarine, formerly known as the Ohio Replacement Submarine and SSBN-X Future Follow-on Submarine, is an upcoming class of nuclear submarines designed to replace the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines in the United States Navy. The first submarine officially began construction on October 1, 2020, and is scheduled to enter service in 2031.

This model is made according to the public renderings, artists’ impressions and other images of the vessel.

The model has movable front dive planes, a rotating propeller and opening-closing missile doors.

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