Most submarines now are nuclear powered, so they do not burn fossil fuels like a normal ship does. In the US fleet, the carriers have nuclear propulsion as well. The advantage is that these ship do not have to be refueled, and the initial fuel usually lasts the entire commission of the ship. When they are decommissioned however, the nuclear fuel must be taken care of, and stored in a safe place because it is radioactive and can cause harm to people and the environment. Below is the EPA website and its take on how to deal with decommissioning a sub.
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