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Submarines can operate invisibly to enemy units because they travel beneath the waves. They remain invisible until they attack a surface ship, after which they again disappear. However, other submarines and AEGIS Cruisers can see them plainly.

A coastal city needs oil in its Strategic Resource box to build a sub.

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A submarine is a submersible warship, designed to attack enemy vessels while remaining hidden underwater. Although defensively weak, submarines are feared because of their ability to make a stealthy approach and attack without warning. Often, the presence of a submarine is not detected until the first of the sub's torpedoes strikes its target. The Germans first used submarine warfare extensively during World War I. Developments after the war, such as sonar, made the submarine even more effective. During World War II, submarines were used extensively by all the world's naval powers. Today's submarines, in addition to their role as fast attack vessels, also carry nuclear weapons that can be fired from underwater positions just off the coast of an enemy country.

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Civilization III Units
Land Ancient CavalryAnsar WarriorU PArcherArmyArtilleryBerserkU PBowmanUCannonCatapultCavalryChariotChasqui ScoutU CConquistadorU PCossackUCruise MissileCrusaderEnkidu WarriorU CExplorerFlakCGallic SwordsmanU PGuerillaHopliteUHorsemanHussarU CHwachaU PICBMImmortalsUImpiUInfantryJaguar WarriorUJavelin ThrowerU CKeshikU PKnightLeaderLegionaryULongbowmanMarineMech InfantryMedieval InfantryMobile SAMCModern ArmorModern ParatrooperMounted WarriorUMusketeerUMusketmanNumidian MercenaryU PPanzerUParatrooperCPikemanRadar ArtilleryRiderURiflemanSamuraiUScoutSettlerSipahiU PSpearmanSwiss MercenaryU CSwordsmanTactical NukeTankThree-Man ChariotU CTOW InfantryCTrebuchetCWar ChariotUWar ElephantUWarriorWorker
Sea AEGIS CruiserBattleshipCaravelCarrackU CCarrierCruiserCCurraghCDestroyerDromonU CFrigateGalleonGalleyIroncladMan-O-WarUNuclear SubmarinePrivateerSubmarineTransport
Air BomberF-15UFighterHelicopterJet FighterStealth BomberStealth Fighter
U: Unique unitP: Added in Play the World expansion • C: Added in Conquests expansion