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Why are Military Submarines Black and Cruise Ships White? (Video) – NewsEverything | Technology

Isn’t this a simple question – why are most military submarines black instead of making them white, like typical cruise ships? The answer is a little bit more intricate than you may think.

The specific surface coating of a submarine can be seen in this picture.Image credit: U.S. Navy (still image from the video)

The specific surface coating of a submarine can be seen in this picture. Image credit: U.S. Navy (still image from the video)

It’s a fact: military submarines are predominantly black. And not because the paint of this color is the cheapest, as in times when Ford made its hugely successful Model T. Certainly, this engineering decision is clearly motivated by a very specific objective – to remain stealthy. Low optic visibility is important parameter, but still not the main factor leading to a black color.

The video below provides a brief but informative explanation. Quick hint: those tiles in the image above are made of rubber. But did you know that natural rubber is nearly white? So why to they make it black, and why rubber in the first place?

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