1. Careers
Send to a Friend via Email

Attack Submarines - SSN

Virtual Tour of USS Springfield (SSN 761)
from PBS's Nova web site

Submarine Centennial Page

Description: Attack submarine, designed to seek and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships.

Background: The concept of technical superiority over numerical superiority was and still is the driving force in American submarine development. A number of Third World countries are acquiring modern state-of-the-art non-nuclear submarines. Countering this threat is the primary mission of U.S. nuclear attack submarines.

Their other missions range from intelligence collection and special forces delivery to anti-ship and strike warfare. The Navy began construction of Seawolf class submarines in 1989. Seawolf is designed to be exceptionally quiet, fast well-armed with advanced sensors. It is a multi-mission vessel, capable of deploying to forward ocean areas to search out and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships and to fire missiles in support of other forces.
The first of the class, Seawolf (SSN 21), completed its initial sea trials in July 1996. Attack submarines also carry the Tomahawk cruise missile. Tomahawk launches from attack submarines were successfully conducted during Operation Desert Storm.
In late 1998, the contract was let for building the first of the New Attack Submarine. This class, the Virginia-class fully embraces the new strategic concept in ... From the Sea and Forward... From the Sea. It is the first U.S. submarine to be designed for battlespace dominance across a broad spectrum of regional and littoral missions as well as open-ocean, "blue water" missions. The Virginia-class achieves the right balance of core military capabilities and affordability.
The Benjamin Franklin-class were converted from Fleet Ballistic Missile submarines and carry drydeck shelters. They are equipped for special operations and support SEALs. The former missile spaces have been converted to accommodations, storage, and recreation spaces.

Point of Contact:
Public Affairs Office
Naval Sea Systems Command (OOD)
Washington, DC 20362

General Characteristics, Seawolf class

Builders: General Dynamics Electric Boat Division.
Power Plant: One nuclear reactor, one shaft
Length: 353 feet (107.6 meters)
Draft: 35 feet (10.67 meters)
Beam: 40 feet (12.2 meters)
Displacement: 8,060 tons (8,189.35 metric tons) surfaced; 9,150 tons (9,296.84 metric tons) submerged
Speed: 25+ knots (28+ miles per hour, 46.3+ kph)
Cost: about $2.1 billion each
Ships:
USS Seawolf (SSN-21), Groton, Ct.
USS Connecticut (SSN-22), Groton, Ct.
Jimmy Carter (SSN-23), (under construction)
Crew: 13 Officers; 121 Enlisted
Armament: Tomahawk missiles, MK-48 torpedoes, eight torpedo tubes.

General Characteristics, Virginia class

Builders: General Dynamics Electric Boat Division and Newport News Shipbuilding.
Power Plant: One nuclear reactor, one shaft
Length: 377 feet (114.91 meters)
Beam: 34 feet (10.36 meters)
Displacement: Approx. 7,800 tons (7,925.18 metric tons)
Speed: 25+ knots (28+ miles per hour, 46.3+ kph)
Cost: about $1.05 billion each
Ships:
Virginia (SSN 774)
SSN 775
SSN 776
SSN 777
Crew: 134 Officers and Enlisted
Armament: Tomahawk missiles, VLS tubes, MK-48 torpedoes, four torpedo tubes, advanced mobile mines, and unmanned undersea vehicles.

General Characteristics, Los Angeles class

Builders: Newport News Shipbuilding Co.; General Dynamics Electric Boat Division.
Power Plant: One nuclear reactor, one shaft
Length: 360 feet (109.73 meters)
Beam: 33 feet (10.06 meters)
Displacement: Approx. 6,900 tons (7010.73 metric tons) submerged
Speed: 20+ knots (23+ miles per hour, 36.8 +kph)
Ships:
USS Los Angeles (SSN-688), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
USS Philadelphia (SSN-690), Groton, Conn.
USS Memphis (SSN-691), Groton, Conn.
USS Bremerton (SSN-698), San Diego, Calif.
USS Jacksonville (SSN-699), Norfolk, Va.
USS Dallas (SSN-700), Groton, Conn.
USS La Jolla (SSN-701), San Diego, Calif.
USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN-705), Groton, Conn.
USS Albuquerque (SSN-706), Groton, Conn.
USS Portsmouth (SSN-707), San Diego, Calif.
USS Minneapolis-St. Paul (SSN-708), Norfolk, Va.
USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN-709), Norfolk, Va.
USS Augusta (SSN 710), Groton, Conn.
USS San Francisco (SSN-711), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
USS Houston (SSN-713), San Diego, Calif.
USS Norfolk (SSN-714), Norfolk, Va.
USS Buffalo (SSN-715), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
USS Salt Lake City (SSN-716), San Diego, Calif.
USS Olympia (SSN-717), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
USS Honolulu (SSN-718), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
USS Providence (SSN-719), Groton, Conn.
USS Pittsburgh (SSN-720), Groton, Conn.
USS Chicago (SSN-721), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
USS Key West (SSN-722), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
USS Oklahoma City (SSN-723), Norfolk, Va.
USS Louisville (SSN-724), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
USS Helena (SSN-725), San Diego, Calif.
USS Newport News (SSN-750), Norfolk, Va.
USS San Juan (SSN 751), Groton, Conn.
USS Pasadena (SSN-752), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
USS Albany (SSN-753), Norfolk, Va.
USS Topeka (SSN-754), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
USS Miami (SSN-755), Groton, Conn.
USS Scranton (SSN-756), Norfolk, Va.
USS Alexandria (SSN-757), Groton, Conn.
USS Asheville (SSN-758), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
USS Jefferson City (SSN-759), San Diego, Calif.
USS Annapolis (SSN-760), Groton, Conn.
USS Springfield (SSN-761), Groton, Conn.
USS Columbus (SSN-762), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
USS Santa Fe (SSN-763), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
USS Boise (SSN-764), Norfolk, Va.
USS Montpelier (SSN-765), Norfolk, Va.
USS Charlotte (SSN-766), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
USS Hampton (SSN-767), Norfolk, Va.
USS Hartford (SSN-768), Groton, Conn.
USS Toledo (SSN-769), Groton, Conn.
USS Tucson (SSN-770), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
USS Columbia (SSN-771), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
USS Greeneville (SSN-772), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
USS Cheyenne (SSN-773), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Crew: 13 Officers, 121 Enlisted
Armament: Tomahawk missiles, VLS tubes (SSN 719 and later), MK-48 torpedoes, four torpedo tubes (Seawolf has 8).
Date deployed: November 13, 1976 (USS Los Angeles)

General Characteristics, Sturgeon Class

Builders: General Dynamics Electric Boat Division; General Dynamics, Quincy Shipbuilding Division; Ingalls Shipbuilding; Portsmouth Naval Shipyard; San Francisco Naval Shipyard; and Newport News Shipbuilding.
Power Plant: One nuclear reactor, one shaft
Length: 292 feet (89 meters), (SSN 687-677); 300 feet (91.44 meters) SSN (678-687)
Beam: 32 feet (9.75 meters)
Displacement: Approx. 4,640 tons (4,714.46 metric tons) submerged
Speed: 20+ knots (23+ miles per hour, 36.8 +kph)
Ships:
USS Parche (SSN-683), Bangor, Wash.
USS L. Mendel Rivers (SSN-686), Norfolk, Va.
Crew: 12 Officers, 95 Enlisted
Armament:MK-48 torpedoes, four torpedo tubes; Tomahawk.
Date Deployed: March 3, 1967 (USS Sturgeon)

General Characteristics, Benjamin Franklin Class

Builders: Mare Island Naval Shipyard; General Dynamics Electric Boat Division
Power Plant: One nuclear reactor, one shaft
Length: 425 feet (129.5 meters)
Beam: 33 feet (10.1 meters)
Displacement: Approx. 8,250 tons (8,382.4 metric tons) submerged
Speed: 20+ knots (23+ miles per hour, 36.8 +kph)
Ships:
USS Kamehameha (SSN 642) (ex-SSBN 642), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Crew: 13 Officers, 107 Enlisted
Armament: MK-48 torpedoes, four torpedo tubes
Date Deployed: Oct. 22, 1965 (USS Benjamin Franklin)

Return

You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.