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Ernie Villamil on December 31, 2006

USS Boise (SSN 764) surfaced through ice in November 2006. Polynya was circular, about 500 yds diameter. Temperature was -7 degrees F, time 1200 UTC.

Kastrulya001 on January 14, 2007

Зачотное фото. А Русские подлодки могут стрелять из подледного состояния! Бугога!!

Victor Morozov (rdfr… on January 25, 2007

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/212421 what could you say about this picture. how it was taken ?

boegh on April 7, 2007

Victor: Submarines configured for sailing under ice, are usually equipped with a vertical upright looking light sensitive camera. The americans calls this a Submarine Remote Video System (SRVS) and the british call it a Polynyas Upward-looking Camera (or something like that, i can'r remember the precise terms, but they shouldn't be to difficult to google). This cameras - combined with ice-sonars - are used to find the thin spots of ice, so that the damage on the submarine, while breaking the ice, can be kept to a minimum or prefferebly totally avoided. These cameras can probably be configured to create stills as well.

KR, Henrik

Denis Campbell on April 9, 2007

Cool. How do they get through the ice? They "crash through"?

boegh on April 9, 2007

D.C.: Yeps. That's why they look for the thin ice :) It should be a rather impressive sight (from above) and a similar terrifying experince, from inside the sub the first time (because of the noice) :D

KR, Henrik

Tadej Tomc on April 10, 2007

Vov, beautifull picture!!!

Ernie Villamil on April 12, 2007

To surface through the ice the sub first achieves a zero bubble, zero knot trim (stop the boat under the ice with the displaced seawater equal to the weight of the ship so that the ship neither floats up or sinks). Then pump about 4000 lbs of water from forward to aft tilting the boat up about 4 degrees. Then gradually "blow" off water until the ship achieves 0.5 feet/sec upward vertical velocity at ice impact. 6900 tons of submarine is now coming up through the ice with all force being applied to the very front top of the sail. I was the DOOW (diving officer of the watch) during the surface and heard nothing at impact, though I did hear the ice slide off the top of the sail as it came further through the ice.

Celso Arsénio on April 28, 2007

I didn't understand one thing. Couldn't this photograph just been taken by a common Digital Camera?

duro on April 28, 2007

Slika je fantastična. Vsaka čast avtorju. Lepo ga pozdravljam!

Reynald.d.Chatillon on May 4, 2007

VERY beautiful!!!

p.Omelchenko on May 8, 2007

забавно :) мне понравилось.. кто фоткал?

sasan davoudifar on May 21, 2007

very very good & beautiful .................*1000 I amm sasan from iran plz send new pic

Gheorghe Pitran on June 14, 2007


bak on June 29, 2007

Красиво :) Мне тоже интересно, кто фоткал?

atombg on July 9, 2007

Stvarno nesvakidasnje, nice picture :-)

Peťo Rosík on July 9, 2007


Habib Atınç on February 15, 2008

Very interesting experience. Really beautiful photo. Thanks for your sharing.

claudio.cirinei on March 13, 2008


Huehnchen on June 23, 2009

wonderful! YS

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  • Uploaded on December 31, 2006
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Ernie Villamil
    • Taken on 2006/11/14 05:59:52
    • Exposure: 13.000s
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.500
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • Flash fired