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Why are early submarines faster on the surface, while later types are faster when submerged?

It's not correct that all early designs were faster on the surface rather than submerged. (Nor was it always true that being submerged offered better stealth than being surfaced.) The focus on engine ...
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Why are early submarines faster on the surface, while later types are faster when submerged?

In the vein of Mark's more or less apt characterization of PhillS's reasoning (" ...but approaches it backwards... "), I would say his answer needs a slight adjustment of point of view. ...
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