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When the powerful Brazilian Navy submarine S34 Tikuna sank 2 US nuclear aircraft carriers in a secret military operation

Written by Flavia Marinho
Published 11/07/2024 às 08:38
Brazilian Navy shocks the world: the powerful S34 Tikuna submarine of the Brazilian Navy, in a military exercise, sank 2 US nuclear aircraft carriers in a secret operation
Brazilian Navy submarine defeats US aircraft carrier in secret operation. Discover the details of this mission that shocked the naval world!

Brazilian Navy submarine defeats US aircraft carrier in secret operation. Discover the details of this mission that shocked the naval world!

Did you know that the Brazilian Navy has a submarine that can “sink” one of the most powerful nuclear aircraft carriers in the United States? On a tense and strategic military exercise, the Brazilian submarine S34 Tikuna showed its superiority, leaving the US Navy on high alert.

Get ready to discover the details of this surprising operation and understand how the technology and competence of our navy placed Brazil on the radar of the great naval powers.

The Impactful Military Exercise of the Brazilian Navy that sank American nuclear aircraft carriers

In 2010, a military exercise by the Brazilian Navy made history. The S34 Tikuna submarine displayed its remarkable abilities in a simulation with the United States Navy, “sinking” a American nuclear aircraft carrier.

During Operation Parcex 2010, the US deployed two powerful warships: the CG 52 cruiser USS Bunker Hill and the CVN-70 nuclear super aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. Combining their advanced aircraft and weapons systems, they formed an anti-submarine warfare task force. The Tikuna, a highly stealthy diesel-electric submarine from the Brazilian Navy, was chosen to simulate the enemy.

The frigates F40 Niterói and F42 Constitution of the Brazilian Navy, equipped with anti-submarine missiles and torpedoes, also participated

The Brazilian Navy also participated with the frigates F40 Niterói and F42 Constitution, equipped with anti-submarine missiles and torpedoes. AH-11A Super Lynx aircraft supported the operation. On the first day, under adverse weather conditions and in total radio silence, US ships and aircraft attempted to locate the Tikuna submarine.

Tikuna, taking advantage of his stealth, successfully infiltrated. Despite the intensive use of radars and detection systems, the Brazilian submarine managed to approach the American ships and fire simulated torpedoes, “sinking” the USS Carl Vinson. This feat was repeated in the following days, demonstrating the effectiveness of the Brazilian Navy in naval operations.

Furthermore, Tikuna had already stood out previously. In 2007, she participated in readiness exercises with the USS Harry S. Truman, a US nuclear aircraft carrier. Once again, the Tikuna managed to stealthily approach to an ideal firing distance, showing the vulnerability of American ships to well-trained submarines.

Operation took place off the coast of Rio de Janeiro in a realistic naval warfare environment

This simulation took place off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, between March 1 and 3, 2010. During these days, the Brazilian Navy trained its crews in a realistic naval warfare environment, improving its maritime defense capabilities.

In the rainy dawn of the first day of the exercise, all surface ships, under submarine threat, maintained total radio silence and no lighting. On the horizon, the anti-collision lights of US SH-60F Seahawk aircraft searched incessantly for the Tikuna. However, despite all the efforts of American ships and aircraft, the Tikuna submarine managed to sneak past radars and escort ships, and with simulated torpedo fire, “sank” the United States nuclear aircraft carrier.

It was not the first time that the S34 Tikuna had sunk a powerful US nuclear aircraft carrier.

On the third and final day of exercises, once again the S34 Tikuna managed to dribble and sneak past the entire North American apparatus and “sink” the USS Carl Vinson. Furthermore, sources indicate that this was not the first time that the S34 Tikuna had sunk a powerful United States nuclear aircraft carrier.

In a real naval war situation, the Harry S. Truman and its more than six thousand crew members would hardly have emerged unscathed from this encounter.

In a real war situation, the Harry S. Truman and its more than six thousand crew members would not have survived

Three years earlier, in 2007, the United States Navy invited the Brazilian Navy to participate in exercises to prepare the USS Harry S. Truman's battle group, held before its departure for the Persian Gulf. Simulating an enemy submarine, the Tikuna managed to stealthily approach the American nuclear aircraft carrier to within 10 yards, an ideal firing distance. In a real war situation, the Harry S. Truman and its more than six thousand crew members would have been seriously threatened.

This experience was essential to improve the skills of Brazilian Navy crews. During these exercises, both the frigates and the Tikuna submarine demonstrated a high level of competence and efficiency in naval warfare operations. The lessons learned contributed significantly to the defensive capacity of the Brazilian Navy.

Operation Parcex 2010 showed the world the competence of the Brazilian Navy

The US Navy, known for its powerful fleet, was surprised by the skill and effectiveness of the Tikuna submarine. This exercise served as an important learning experience for both navies, highlighting the importance of stealth and technology in modern naval operations.

Operation Parcex 2010 showed the world the competence of the Brazilian Navy and the capabilities of its S34 Tikuna submarine. These exercises not only strengthened ties between the Brazilian and American navies, but also provided valuable insights into naval warfare tactics and strategies.

Tikuna's story continues to be an example of military excellence and technological innovation. The Brazilian submarine's success in simulations against some of the most advanced US ships demonstrates the value of rigorous training and naval strategy.

The Brazilian Navy showed the world that, even against formidable adversaries, its combat capacity is exceptional. The Tikuna remains a symbol of pride and a reminder of the importance of preparedness and innovation in maritime defense.

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Flavia Marinho

Flavia Marinho is a Production Engineer with a postgraduate degree in Electrical and Automation Engineering, with extensive experience in the onshore and offshore shipbuilding industry. In recent years, she has dedicated herself to writing articles for news websites in the areas of industry, oil and gas, energy, shipbuilding, geopolitics, jobs and courses, with more than 7 thousand articles published. Her technical expertise and communication skills make her a respected reference in her field. Contact us to suggest an agenda, advertise job vacancies or advertise on our portal.

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