Synopses & Reviews
Warships, by their very nature and purpose, are complex and dangerous machines. A warship designed to operate below the surface of the ocean is doubly intricate and perilous. Despite 150 years of submarine operations, many hazards still exist, and disasters can still occur. When they do, rescue operations are always difficult, frequently unsuccessful, and often end in tragedy.
Sailing aboard submarines is clearly a hazardous business. They operate in a
hostile environment and do constant battle with the sea. Sometimes there are survivors; but on occasion, the sea wins, and all the crew members perish.
To put into perspective the hazards of operating submarines, some sixty-five
submarines built for the United States Navy have been lost during their servicemore than 10 percent of the total number of submarines built by the U.S. Navy. Many were lost during declared wartime. Others were lost when the sea was the only declared foe, but the necessity of maintaining peace required that the submarines be put to sea.
Submarine Disasters provides a meticulously researched timeline of submarine disasters throughout the oceans during more than a century and a half of conflict. The book highlights in detail the circumstances of specific incidents, relates the heroic rescue attempts, discusses the evolving safety measures relating to the submarines themselves, details the programs dedicated to search and rescue, and describes the various surface and submarine craft and other assets that have been developed to save the crews and salvage the stricken boats.
Throughout their long histories, the submarine forces of the world have consistently striven to improve. Submarine Disasters is a compelling look at the worlds worst accidents that took place during this journey. It is a book that youll dive right into and wont be able to put down.
Submarine Disasters is a compelling look at the world’s worst disasters involving these underwater vessels over the last 150 years. The book highlights in detail the circumstances of specific incidents, and relates the heroic rescue attempts and the evolving safety measures relating to the submarines themselves, as well as the programs dedicated to search and rescue. Submarine Disasters examines the tragic loss of these underwater warriors, whether by an act of war, or when bad weather or bad luck were the only enemies.
An in-depth look at the worst submarine catastrophes of all time.
About the Author
is a former officer in the British armed forces and has seen service in the Falkland Islands, the Far East, and Europe. He is a noted historian who has written more than fifty books on naval affairs, military weapons, and warfare, ancient and modern. He has also contributed to many specialty and historical military magazines. For several years after leaving the forces he was a staff writer on the International Defense Revie
w journal and an Editor with the Jane's Group of military directory publishers. He is now a full-time defense author and commentator.
Table of Contents
I. Early Submarine Disasters (1850-1917), II. The Inter-War Years (1918-1939), III. World War II (1939-1945), IV. The Early Cold War (1945-1975), V. Toward a New Century (1975-2004), VI. Conclusions, VII. Search and Rescue Techniques, VIII. Rescue and Salvage Vessels and Equipment, Index.