First widely used in World War I for their stealth capabilities, submarines today play a major role in nearly every Navy. Their uses range from simple surveillance to seek and destroy missions, all the way up to nuclear deterrence.
Los Angeles Class aka 688 class-The Los Angeles Class submarines are fast attack subs equipped with Mk 48 torpedoes, Tomahawk land attack missiles, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, Mk60, and Mk67 Captor mines. Using a nuclear reactor, two turbines, one auxiliary motor, and one shaft, the Los Angeles class submarine can reach speeds of 20 knots while surfaced and 33 knots while submerged. 41 of these submarines are currently still in commission, and they are stationed in Pearl Harbor Hawaii, Groton Connecticut, San Diego California, Guam, and Portsmouth New Hampshire.
Virginia Class are the newest subs in the fleet, and they will eventually replace the older Los Angeles Class submarines. These newer submarines are expected to remain in service until 2060, and are outfitted with Mk 48 torpedoes, Harpoon missiles, new advanced mobile mines, and acoustic device countermeasures.
- USS Newport News (SSN 750), Commissioned June 3, 1989
- USS Albany (SSN-753), Commissioned April 7, 1990
- USS Boise (SSN-764), Commissioned November 7, 1992
- USS Helena (SSN-725), Commissioned July 11, 1987
- USS Pasadena (SSN-752), Commissioned February 11, 1989
- USS New Hampshire (SSN-778), Commissioned October 25, 2008
- USS John Warner (SSN-785), Commissioned Augst 1, 2015
- USS Washington (SSN-787), Commissioned October 7, 2017
- USS New Mexico (SSN-779), Commissioned March 27, 2010
Los Angeles Class Submarine outbound off Norfolk Naval Station