Distinguished by their compact dimensions and high speeds, the United States Navy has officially introduced a new generation of miniature submarines.
In response to orders from the US Navy and the Special Operations Forces Command, the development and construction of ultra-compact submarines capable of transporting combat divers are underway, as reported by Sarbaz.kz, citing American media sources.
The inaugural vessel of this new generation of mini-subs, named the Dry Combat Submersible (DCS), has recently completed all requisite testing and has been commissioned for active service.
Currently, the US Navy possesses several types of ultra-compact submarines, differing in size, passenger and cargo capacity, and operational performance. However, not all existing models meet the US Navy's requirements.
The three ordered submarines belong to the first series, designated as DCS Block I. Subsequently, an enhanced design will be presented based on testing outcomes.
In early 2023, the lead DCS submarine successfully completed all tests, garnering high marks from experts. By May, the US Navy had commenced the initial operational readiness procedures for the DCS, including the initiation of operational training. It is now eligible for training exercises and is expected to attain full operational capability in the near future.
It is worth noting that two additional DCS Block I units have already been constructed and are currently in the final phase of testing.