Heralds of Destruction: Five Killer Submarines of the Cold War

February 24, 2021 Topic: Security Blog Brand: The Reboot Tags: Cold WarAkulaSoviet UnionSwiftsureType 209

Heralds of Destruction: Five Killer Submarines of the Cold War

The United States and the Soviet Union were the main players in the Cold War submarine campaign, but were hardly the only entrants.


The basic design concepts of Cold War submarines were, fortunately, never tested in direct combat. However, the long, quiet struggle nevertheless led to consistent technological innovation across several different countries. Many of the boats designed and built during the Cold War remain in service today, and concepts developed will continue to guide submarine construction for the foreseeable future.

Dr. Robert Farley, a frequent contributor to TNI, teaches at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of the Battleship Book and can be found at @drfarls. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

This article first appeared in April 2018. It is being republished due to reader interest. 

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