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Submarines: Cold War to Recent Disasters   

Come take a ride into the Cold War depths of nuclear submarines. This course will provide an inside look into what it was like to serve on a nuclear submarine in the Cold War. After covering the basics of design, equipment, weapons, and staffing of US submarines, the class will learn how submarines generate power and oxygen in order to stay submerged for months. We will also examine NATO and enemy submarines and delve into real world events and Cold War missions. The last session will cover the major submarine disasters and what caused them, including the two US nuclear submarines lost (USS Thresher and USS Scorpion) as well as Russian losses (K-219 and Kursk). A bonus topic will cover the recent submersible loss over the Titanic. No prior knowledge or reading is required.

 

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