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Difference Between SSN and SSBN


For countries that are considering to strengthen their military power in preparation for an invention or a detected threat, they have a lot of planning to do when ammunition is brought to subject. The likes of chemical weapons, nuclear weapons and missiles are likely to top the list. We look at the two major submarines owned by the military of the world’s superpowers like USA, Russia, France, China and the others.

The present life submarines SSN and SSBN are perhaps a guaranteed source of powers, as they are known for their intense power of destruction. The SSN, commonly referred to as the fast attack submarine, is an abbreviation for Submersible Ship Nuclear, while the SSBN stands for the Submersible Ship Ballistic Missile Nuclear. The SSN and SSBN are powered by nuclear reactors. Perhaps the biggest similarity between the two and this clearly explains the N that stands for Nuclear in their acronyms SSBN and SSN. The major difference between these two is majorly the primary functions that they are designed to undertake.


The Submersible Ship Ballistic Missile Nuclear is designed to launch in the structure of fast missiles and mainly of a state’s nuclear system.

It also referred to as “the sailor” by the Ballistic missile and it’s solely used in the strategic attacks. On a regular basis, the SSBN goes into the waters and takes an undetected position in state of a nuclear attack. Two crews are usually in operation of the SSBN where one of the crews takes it into the waters and the other crew is situated at the ports. However, the SSBN carries not the strategic missiles but the other collection of ammunition which include the Tomahawk cruise missile. In the game of Tom and Jerry, the SSBN are the Tom killers of the submarine world and they do go under waters for a lengthy period of time of nearly half a year. All this time in the sea, the SSBN avoids any contact or being detected by any submarines or surface ships. During the World War II, the Submersible Ship Ballistic Missile Nuclear was the most credible due to the ability to survive a nuclear attack from the USA. The Submersible Ship Ballistic Missile Nuclear could fight back through the launch of the Trident missiles.


These are designed to track down and defeat both the SSBN and the assailant aggression and also the surface warheads by aid of the cruise missiles. These submarines also are used in the attack of particular targets on land by the launch of the fast missiles by use of the torpedo tubes. The Submersible Ship Nuclear does carry the cruise missile with explosives used to attack the assailants within the shores. The other purpose of the Submersible Ship Nuclear is to conduct surveillance and intelligence missions, so they can offer aid in highly classified operations.


Submersible Ship Ballistic Missile Nuclear is the size of two football fields while the Submersible Ship Nuclear as conveniently of a moderately big size.

The SSBN is used to launch missile attacks to a far distance while the SSN is used to make attacks to assailants in the nearby distance.

While the SSN confronts, the war prone are looking for the enemies and destroying them, and the SSBN keeps its where about secretive from other ships or submarines


The SSBN are designed to carry long-distance missiles.

Strategic attacks are mainly carried out by the SSBN.

SSN are mainly used in shot range assailant attacks and are also used to conduct classified operations like surveillance, intelligence and any other highly classified missions.

The Submersible Ship Nuclear does carry cruise missile and other ammunitions that are used in carrying out attacks.

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  1. One thing seems anachronic in this article; because I do not think that any SSBN was built before 1950, unlike mentioned hereabove :

    “During the World War II, the Submersible Ship Ballistic Missile Nuclear was the most credible due to the ability to survive a nuclear attack from the USA. The Submersible Ship Ballistic Missile Nuclear could fight back through the launch of the Trident missiles.”

    The author probably meant “during Cold War” ?

  2. It’s a football pitch, not a football field, and watch how you reply to that if you don’t want abuse, what do i mean,? well i support Liverpool FC if that gives you a hint…..

    in short SSN uses nuclear reactor engines to power the vessel, allowing it to remain submurged for months rather than hours as is the case with battery operated underwater engines, whilst SSBN have nuclear warhead tipped missiles loaded on board..both vessels would be invaluable in preventing a pre-emptive attack to destroy a nations nuclear capability, as these “invisible defence vessels would be able to retalliate in a pre-emptive attack situation, and the SSN would hunt down enemy SSBN’S

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