Nuclear-Powered Fast Attack Submarine Virginia-Class ⚔️ US Navy [Review]



The Virginia class, also known as the SSN-774 class, is a class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarines in service with the United States Navy.
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Virginia-class #Submarines are designed for a broad spectrum of open-ocean and littoral missions. They were conceived as a less expensive alternative to the Seawolf-class attack submarines, designed during the Cold War era. They are replacing older Los Angeles-class submarines, many of which have already been decommissioned. Virginia-class submarines will be acquired through 2043, and are expected to remain in service past 2060. Based on recent updates to the designs, some of the Virginia-class submarines are expected to still be in service in 2070.

SPECIFICATIONS

Name: Virginia
Type: Nuclear attack submarine
Operators: United States #Navy
Preceded by: Seawolf class
Cost: $2.688 billion per unit (FY2016)
Built: 2000–present
In commission: 2004–present
Building: 5
Planned: 48
Completed: 16
Active: 14

Builders:
General Dynamics Electric Boat
Newport News Shipbuilding

Length: 114.91 m
Beam: 10.36 m
Displacement: 7,900 t

Payload:
40 weapons, special operations forces, unmanned undersea vehicles, Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS)

Propulsion:
The S9G nuclear reactor delivering 40,000 shaft horse power. Nuclear core life estimated at 33 years.

Test depth:
greater than 240 m, allegedly around 490 m.

Complement: 135 (15:120)

Speed:
Greater than 46 km/h allegedly up to 65 km/h

Range: unlimited

Endurance:
Only limited by food and maintenance requirements.

Planned cost:
about US$1.65 billion each (based on FY95 dollars, 30-boat class and two boat/year build-rate)

Actual cost:
US$1.5 billion (in 1994 prices), US$2.6 billion (in 2012 prices)

Annual operating cost: $50 million per unit
Crew: 120 enlisted and 14 officers

Armament:
Block I-IV:
12 × VLS (Tomahawk BGM-109) tubes
4 × 533 mm torpedo tubes (Mk-48 torpedo)
37 × torpedoes & missiles (torpedo room)

Block V:
VPM module (28 Tomahawk BGM-109)
12 × VLS (Tomahawk BGM-109) tubes
4 × 533 mm torpedo tubes (Mk-48 torpedo)
65 × torpedoes & missiles

Decoys: Acoustic Device Countermeasure Mk 3/4
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For enemies of the United States, the U.S. Navy is a frightening adversary; but perhaps the most frightening thing about it is the fact that at any given moment, the Navy’s submarine force is patrolling the deep, carrying deadly weapons and skilled crews anywhere they are needed. The submarine force can operate in any environment, from the icy seas of the Arctic to the deep oceans of the world. It can accomplish a variety of missions as well, including long-range missile attacks, special forces delivery, anti-ship and submarine warfare, and many top secret missions. (U.S. Navy video edited by Austin Rooney)

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