The introduction of Dry Deck Shelters (DDS) on US Navy submarines has significantly enhanced the capabilities of special operations forces, particularly the Navy SEALs. These cylindrical modules, attached near the sail of select submarines, enable the covert deployment of SEALs and their equipment, marking a pivotal advancement in underwater military operations. The USS Jimmy Carter, a Seawolf-class attack submarine, epitomizes the pinnacle of DDS technology with its advanced features and extended hull section, known as the Multi-Mission Platform, allowing for more complex and extensive missions. This evolution underscores the critical role of DDS in expanding the operational reach and effectiveness of America’s undersea warriors.
The DDS system, first installed on the USS Cavalla in 1982, has evolved to become a cornerstone of the Navy’s strategic capabilities, enabling a wide range of missions from reconnaissance to counterterrorism. With its three main compartments, including the hyperbaric operations bay and the lockout chamber, the DDS facilitates the seamless entry and exit of personnel and equipment, significantly reducing mission detection risks.