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Photo Essay: Run silent, run deep - The regional sub rivalry in pictures

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A few months ago, Defence Connect provided an in-depth analysis of the regional submarine environment of the Indo-Pacific, which generated significant debate with you, our audience. This photo essay will serve to expand upon this topic, providing imagery on the regional players’ undersea capabilities.

If you missed that first piece, you can read it here


A quick overview can be found below.

United States Navy: 

Attack Submarines (SSN): 

  • Los Angeles Class 
  • Seawolf Class
  • Virginia Class

Ballistic Missile and Cruise Missile Submarines (SSBN/SSGN): 



  • Ohio Class

People's Liberation Army - Navy

Attack Submarines (SSN):

  • Type 091 Class
  • Type 093 Class
  • Type 039/A Class
  • Kilo Class

Ballistic Missile Submarines (SSBN): 

  • Type 092 Class
  • Type 094 Class

Russian Navy

Attack Submarines (SSN): 

  • Akula Class

Attack Submarines (SSK):   

  • Kilo Class

Ballistic Missile and Cruise Missile Submarines (SSBN/SSGN):

  • Oscar I/II Class
  • Borei Class 

Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force

Attack Submarines (SSK): 

  • Oyashio Class
  • Soryu Class

Republic of Korea - Navy

Attack Submarines (SSK)

  • Chan Bogo (Type 209) Class
  • Sohn Won-Il (Type 214) Class
  • Dosan Anh Changho Class

Royal Australian Navy: Australia has a long history operating submarines, ranging from the AE1 and AE2 to the highly capable Oberon Class and now, the somewhat maligned Collins Class.

Scroll through the photo gallery above for imagery on the submarine capabilities of the Indo-Pacific.

Photo Essay: Run silent, run deep - The regional sub rivalry in pictures
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