US Navy To Get Two New Nuclear-Capable Attack Sumbarines

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US Navy To Get Two New Nuclear-Capable Attack Sumbarines

A photo illustration of the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Vermont (SSN 792). (U.S. Navy photo illustration/Released)

On October 20, two new Virginia-class nuclear-capable attack sumbarines were christened as the USS Vermont (SSN 792) and the USS Delaware (SSN 791).

The USS Delaware is the 18th Virginia-class attack submarine and the eighth and final Virginia-class Block III submarine. The USS Vermont is the 19th Virginia-class attack submarine and the first of ten Virginia-class Block IV submarines. Each of the subs carry 12 Tomahawk cruise missiles, which can carry a nuclear warhead.

“Virginia-class submarines are built to operate in the world’s littoral and deep waters while conducting anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface ship warfare; strike warfare; special operation forces support; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare missions. Their inherent stealth, endurance, mobility and firepower directly enable them to support five of the six maritime strategy core capabilities – sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security and deterrence,” the US Navy said in its statement on these development.

Both the USS Delaware and the USS Vermont will be delivered to the Navy in 2019, according to the Pentagon.

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  • Jesus

    It is 12 VLS ….not 12 Tomahawks, each VLS has multiple cells that hold ready to fire missiles.
    Tomahawk being the only long range attack weapon US posses, these subs effectiveness are limited to the junk Tomahawks they deploy.
    A capable vessel costing $3 billion armed with ineffective weapons.

    On the other hand a Russian Yassen sub will deploy 8-10 VLS, using supersonic Oniks, Kalibr, Kh101, and hypersonic Zircon missile mix.
    Kalibr and KH 101 outclass the Tomahawk in performance and range.

    • Sinbad2

      They will continue to spend every cent they can borrow until the very end.
      They’re psychopaths don’t expect rational thought.

  • Tommy Jensen

    Military attack sub “christened”. What a despise for God´s law and the universal creation.