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Attack Center

The brain of a submarine is its attack center. Into this critical location flow data from the boat's sensors and status reports for evaluation; from it issue the commands that direct the submarine and its weapons. The commanding officer normally stands near the periscopes, one of which is purely optical, while the other includes electronics that allow it to function as a video camera. The commanding officer's orders are relayed to Sailors seated at the twin wheels of the ship control station, watching depth gauges and other indicators as they adjust the submarine's depth and heading. Other Sailors man the fire control system for launching torpedoes and steering them toward their targets.
 
 

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play videoSubmarine Attack Center:  This video on the attack center of Navy submarines is part of the Covert Submarine Operations Exhibit, located in the Cold War Gallery, Washington Navy Yard. The Cold War Gallery is the latest addition to the National Museum of the United States Navy.

play videoContact: "The Submariners" (1967):  This segment from the 1967 Navy documentary "The Submariners" follows the nuclear attack submarine USS Shark (SSN-591) as it tracks a simulated enemy contact. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, UMO-41.

play videoFire One! "The Submariners" (1967):  This segment from the 1967 Navy documentary "The Submariners" follows the nuclear attack submarine USS Shark (SSN-591) as it fires torpedoes at a simulated enemy contact. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, UMO-41.

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