submarine, naval craft capable of operating for an extended period of time underwater. Submarines are almost always warships, although a few are used for scientific, business, or other purposes (see also submersible).
Sections in this article:
- Nuclear Submarines and Other Developments
- Development of the Modern Submarine
- The Submarine in the World Wars
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