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The USS San Francisco

Via Boing Boing, a pair of photos of the bow of the USS San Francisco, showing what happens when a submarine strikes an underwater mountain at 40 knots (46 miles/hour):

USS San Francisco Damage 1

USS San Francisco Damage 2

Click on the images and then click on Flickr's "All Sizes" button to zoom in for a high-resolution view. The pictures are really quite amazing.

In the movie The Abyss, the fictional submarine USS Montana collides with an undersea wall at flank speed and then floods with water, killing all hands. The San Francisco did it for real, losing only one sailor in the process. I have newfound respect for Newport News Shipbuilding.

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