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AA-1 Class Submarine - History
... vessels, in closer collaboration with the surface fleet than the Navy's existing classes, which had been designed primarily for coastal defense ... be larger and better armed, but primarily, they would need a surface speed of some 21 knots (39 km/h) to be able to maneuver with the battleships and ... specified that one should "be of a seagoing type to have a surface speed of not less than twenty knots." This first fleet boat, laid down in June 1916 ...
1880s - Technology
... Montgomery switched to a curved wing surface glider ... The innovation in design was "hinged surfaces at the rear of the wings to maintain lateral balance" ... Like the Resurgam, it operated on the surface using a 100 HP steam engine with a maximum speed of 9 kn, then it shut down its engine to dive ...

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