the US Navy, the first thing the public has seen are super aircraft carriers, nuclear-powered submarines or Aegis warships. I am afraid that few people will think of armored trains on land railways. However, a mysterious special train with blue paint (pictured) appeared on American social media recently, but it was specially customized for the U.S. Navy. This heavily armored train, dubbed the “land nuclear fleet”, is specifically responsible for transporting the heart of the most important nuclear-powered ships of the US Navy-nuclear reactors.
According to reports, this armored train will be delivered by the end of this year to transport nuclear reactors and sensitive nuclear materials used by US Navy ships. The report mentioned that the U.S. Navy is currently the main U.S. nuclear power user, operating 100 nuclear reactors in service, which is even more than the 99 nuclear reactors owned by nuclear power plants in the United States. The most important ships, including 11 aircraft carriers and 78 submarines, all use nuclear power, so the task of transporting these nuclear reactors and nuclear fuel rods is quite heavy. According to reports, the train usually consists of a caboose carriage and several specially designed sealed carriages or flat carriages. They depart from nuclear plants in New York and Virginia to transport nuclear materials to naval bases on the east and west coasts of the United States. Unlike civilian nuclear facilities, the US Navy uses high-concentration weapon-grade nuclear fuel, so once these nuclear materials are lost or leaked, it will cause extremely serious consequences. For this reason, the most important part of the train is the airtight caboose. The carriage is surrounded by heavy armor. Only the middle of the car has a few small windows with shooting holes. Armed escorts can shoot terrorists who threaten the safety of the train. “. At the same time, the train has very high safety, and the special internal design ensures that even if it encounters a rollover accident, it will not cause the leakage of nuclear materials.
The reason why this special train has attracted attention is not just because of its special transportation purpose. According to reports, more than 30 years ago, the U.S. Department of Energy used similar armored trains to transport nuclear materials and nuclear weapons, but because of protests from the outside world, it has long been changed to special road trailers. Today, only the U.S. Navy still insists on using this slow and highly targeted rail transportation method. The report mentioned that in the 1980s, the US military planned to install the most advanced “Peace Guardian” intercontinental missile on a special train, relying on railway maneuvering to improve survivability. It is speculated that the U.S. Navy now insists on using this railway transportation method, which may be related to the possible similar modification of the train.