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Unformatted text preview: SSBN SSBN USS George Washington USS George Washington (SSBN 598) The USS George Washington (SSBN 598) was the world’s first nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine. Arguably, it can be considered the submarine that has most influenced world events in the 20th Century. With its entry into service in December 1959 the United States instantly gained the most powerful deterrent force imaginable a stealth platform with enormous nuclear firepower. USS OHIO (SSBN 726) USS OHIO (SSBN 726) USS OHIO (SSBN 726) USS OHIO (SSBN 726) The USS Ohio (SSBN 726) is the lead ship of the current fleet of eighteen ballistic missile submarines. This class incorporated tremendous improvements in noise quieting, ease of maintenance and performance over earlier designs. In addition, this class introduced a more accurate and longer range missile that eliminated the need for these submarines to be homeported overseas. SSN SSN USS DRUM (SSN 677) USS DRUM (SSN 677) STURGEON CLASS STURGEON CLASS STURGEON CLASS This class of 37 submarines became the workhorse of the fleet from the mid 1960’s through the 1980’s when the Los Angeles class entered the fleet in large numbers. Slower and noisier than Los Angeles class subs, but more maneuverable. Currently being decommissioned USS Los Angeles USS Los Angeles (SSN 688) USS Los Angeles USS Los Angeles (SSN 688) The Los Angeles class currently serves as the "backbone" of the submarine fleet and is likely to remain so well into the 21st Century. These submarines are faster, quieter and far more capable than any of their predecessors. Later ships in the class have incorporated design improvements especially in sonar and electronics areas as well as the addition of external cruise missile launch tubes. Emergency Emergency Surface USS SEAWOLF USS SEAWOLF (SSN 21) USS SEAWOLF USS SEAWOLF (SSN 21) Commissioned on July 19, 1997, the USS Seawolf (SSN 21) is the latest submarine to enter the fleet, and the first completely new design in approximately thirty years. It is the fastest, quietest and most heavily armed submarine in the world. The Seawolf class can carry up to 50 torpedoes/missiles, or 100 mines. Armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles, Seawolf can target about 75 percent of the earth’s land mass for strike missions and can target surface ships at long range. The USS Seawolf is significantly quieter and faster than any Los Angeles class submarine, and has twice as many torpedoes tubes and a 30 percent increase in weapons magazine size. Only 23 will be built due to cost USS VIRGINIA USS VIRGINIA (SSN 774) USS VIRGINIA USS VIRGINIA (SSN 774) The USS Viriginia (SSN 774) will be the lead ship in the newest class of fast attack submarines. The Navy team responsible for the Virginia class, previously known as the New Attack Submarine (NSSN), has been working closely with the Advanced Research Projects Agency, Navy and national laboratories, and industry to incorporate leadingedge technology into every facet of the design at an affordable price. This technology insertion will provide the Virginia class with the tools necessary to fight in the world’s seashores. Still fully capable of openocean ASW, Virginia will also be equipped with weapons, sensors, and some special new equipment that optimize joint operations in shallower coastal regions, including land attack, intelligence gathering, mine reconnaissance and supporting special forces. ...
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- Spring '01