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. The submarines stationed in Norfolk are:

USS Norfolk (SSN-714)
USS Newport News (SSN 750)
USS Albany (SSN-753)
USS Scranton (SSN-756)
USS Boise (SSN-764)
USS Montpelier (SSN 765)
USS Helena (SSN-725)

LA Class outbound

Los Angeles Class Submarine outbound off Norfolk Naval Station