United States Navy Submarines 1900–2019

Michael Green

This latest Images of War title provides a detailed insight into the many US Navy submarine classes.
Date Published :
December 2019
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Images of War
Illustration :
250 color & black and white illustrations
Format AvailablePrice
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526742063

Dimensions : 9.5 X 7.5 inches
Stock Status : Out of stockPages : 224
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In 1900 the US Navy took into its first submarine, the Holland VI, into service. With a single torpedo tube, it had a crew of six, weighed 82 tons and traveled submerged at 6.2mph at a depth of up to 75 feet.

Contrast this to the 18 Ohio Class nuclear-powered submarines which entered service in 1981. Weighing 21,000 tons with a crew of 155, its underwater speed is estimated at 30mph at a depth of some 1,000 feet. It carries 16 nuclear warhead ballistic missiles with a range of 4,600 miles.

This latest Images of War title provides a detailed insight into the many US Navy submarine classes. Particularly fascinating is the post Second World War program of nuclear powered submarines stating with the Nautilius and progressing to the Skate, Thresher, Sturgeon, Los Angeles and George Washington. Admiral Hyman G Rickover’s role as Father of the nuclear navy is examined in detail.

This superbly illustrated yet affordable book is a must for all naval enthusiasts.

About The Author

Michael Green is the author of numerous acclaimed books in the Images of War series. He lives in California.


"In addition to the text overview of each, the primary focus of this book is the photographs, and this book is packed with excellent examples throughout. It would be safe to say that this is the most complete photographic collection of US submarines in print today..."

- Internet Modeler

"There is no shortage of interesting photographs and their lengthy captions...Michael Green delivers a great summary on US Navy submarine development."


"....a really superb book on this fascinating weapon of war. Well worth picking up."

- ModelingMadness.Com

"...provides a trove of not only the sort of images one expects from this series but also useful commentary interspersed with the visuals which will appeal to the novice as well as the old salt."

- Naval Historical Foundation

"One hundred and nineteen years of submarine activity and development is covered to perfection in Michael Green's brilliant history of the USA's underwater exploits."

- Books Monthly

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