US MILITARY TECHNOLOGY – The Los Angeles–class nucIear-attack submarines were the most successful American submarines of the Cold-Battle. The United States built sixty-two Los Angeles–class subs, more than any class except for the Gato class of World-War II. Fast, powerful and heavily armed, the submarines are slowly being replaced by Virginia-class attack boats.
The Los Angeles–class submarines, also known as the 688 class, were first designed in the early 1970s. The first ship, Los Angeles (SSN-688), was laid down in 1976. The submarines were produced at a ColdWar pace, with production averaging three to five submarines annually, significantly higher than the current pace of two Virginia-class submarines produced annually. The Navy sustained this rate of production until 1992. Over the twenty years the class was produced, various systems, including propulsion, bow and towed sonar, and even hull material were upgraded to reflect the latest technology.
Latest: March 17, 2018. AMAZING SCENE as Seawolf-class fast-attack SUBMARINE surfaces THROUGH ARCTIC ICE!
Official release: BEAUFORT SEA, Arctic Ocean (March 17, 2018) – The Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) surfaces in the Arctic Ocean in support of Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2018, March 17. ICEX 2018 is a five-week exercise that allows the Navy to assess its operational readiness in the Arctic, increase experience in the region, advance understanding of the Arctic environment, and continue to develop relationships with other services, allies and partner organizations.
Credit: Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Lee, United States Navy.
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