The United States submariners are proud of their challenging work deep under the sea. The crew of USS Asheville, consisting of 130 men, showcased their confined lifestyle aboard a Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine to politicians, diplomats, journalists, and Royal Australian Navy brass. The submarine is equipped with over 20 torpedoes, Tomahawk missiles, and a nuclear reactor-powered engine that occupies about half of the vessel. This is similar to the Virginia-class submarines that Australia will use from 2033 under the AUKUS deal with the US and the UK. The submariners work in tight conditions, but they adapt to the confined space for months, however, the training is not suitable for everyone. The submariners are divided into two categories-“nukes” who maintain and monitor the nuclear power plant and others who work in essential systems. The crew’s life is broken into three eight-hour segments, with equal time for work, relaxation, and sleep. They have access to the latest games and movies. Sonar technicians analyze sounds underwater through their job. The commanding officer of the US submarine group, Rear Admiral Rick Seif, said that the sailors are the “secret weapon” of the complex submarine. The US navy consists of men and women of action who work hard to keep the vessel in action.
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