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Submarine Technology Overview

Come aboard and step into the exciting world of submarine technology.  Learn the transformation from crude containers designed to keep the water out to the nuclear powered steel underwater sharks of today!

Capture the leaps of technology including:

Image of the TurtleRevolutionary War

David Bushnell created the Turtle that delivered his new, improved underwater bomb against the British warships in New York Harbor with surprising effects in the American War of Independence.


Hunley Submarine PhotoCivil War

The human powered Confederate submarine Hunley sunk the Union warship Housatonic, one and a half miles at sea off Charleston harbor in February 1864. Lost for over a hundred thirty years, this submersible was discovered and raised in 2000 from her resting place in the sand where she sank after her attack.

World Wars One and Twobowfin-pearl-harbor

With the battle fleet on the bottom of Pearl Harbor, the modern high speed surface raider, the Fleet submarine, one exampe of which is the USS Bowfin, destroyed the bulk of Imperial Japanese shipping. Walk through the submarine in the steps of those heroes who scored the amazing victories as a small team while suffering devastating losses.


Ohio Class SubmarineCold War to Present

Capable of electronically picking your pocket or destroying an enemy's submarines, these sleek, neuclear powered sharks of steel are currently our front line of defense.

Understand the need for stealth and quiet as these submarines accomplish their missions around the sometimes hostile world while surviving deep underwater.

USS Ohio

USS Hawaii



Secrets of the Sub

Submarine Rescues

Submarine Rescues

A critical task performed by the US submarine force during World War II, was the rescuing of downed pilots and air crews; They were so efficient at it, that they rescued 520 US airmen from the Pacific Ocean waters. One of those rescued, went on to become President of the United States.

Rescueing George H. W. Bush

Former US President George H. W. Bush Sr. He was rescued by the USS Finback after being shot down while he was on an air strike mission over Chichi Shima in the Bonin Islands during 2 September 1944.

USS Tang Group Photo

Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Richard H. O'Kane (center), poses with the twenty-two aircrewmen that Tang rescued off Truk during the carrier air raids there on 29 April-1 May 1944. The photograph was taken upon Tang's return to Pearl Harbor from her second war patrol, in May 1944.