Is the US Navy Big Enough?

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It seems to be time for another round of the periodical “is the U.S. Navy big enough?” debate, which sweeps across the American defense commentator community at least once a year and usually fails to yield any significant new insights.

As I noted here, the U.S. Navy is requesting $161 billion (a $11.8 billion increase) in funds for the next fiscal year. Some of the procurement highlights outlined in the budget include three new Littoral Combat Ships, and two Virginia-class attack submarines, among other things. At the end of the decade the fleet will number greater than 300 ships, according to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

The usual modus operandi in the “is the U.S. Navy big enough” discourse is that an outsider or “non-expert” puts forward the sweeping proposition that U.S. naval forces are adequate given their likely opponents in a future conflict. Meanwhile, an insider (a retired naval officer or former Pentagon official now working for a DC-based think tank) urges readers to take heed of the Cassandra-like warnings from him and his peers about the true state of the United States Navy, religiously noting its unique contribution in upholding the current international order while simultaneously emphasizing the growing technical capabilities of naval competitors.



Source: Is the US Navy Big Enough? | The Diplomat
 
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If having 11 CBG is not enough, i don't know what will be enough.
 
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The technical attributes of the US navy is not large enough. The ship power, well the only other navies that I know that were stronger were doing war time. However, you have to remember out of those 300 ships they are spread all over the place.
 
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I think that we ought to be going with the advice of the outsiders. As you noted,Naval veterans seem to have a religious-like devotion to a particular line of reason. This is obviously because they spent many years being trained this particular line. I would say that there is no branch of the military that needs to be larger. Instead, maybe we could reduce the size of our Navy and encourage other countries to pick up the slack. American military might is what has turned other countries against us. Even if they agree with what we are doing, they will point at our military and talk about how it is just a tool for building an empire. We need to spread the military forces that are currently fighting over to more countries so that they can be our equals and they can no longer accuse of us being a bully.
 
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I think it's quite huge. With all the warships spread all over the world, you don't need so much convincing to see that the US navy is the largest in the world.
 
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I find it funny with the large number of Americans in this board yet failed to tell us a bit about US naval units.


  • CARRIERS

  • CRUISERS, DESTROYERS & FRIGATES

  • SUBMARINES

  • AMPHIBIOUS CRAFT

  • USS NEW YORK

  • LITTORAL COMBAT SHIPS

  • HOSPITAL SHIPS


Let us start with Carriers and go from there.

Nimitz class


General Characteristics, Nimitz class
Builder:
Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding Co., Newport News, Va.
Date Deployed: May 3, 1975 (USS Nimitz).
Unit Cost: About $8.5 billion in constant year FY 12 dollars.
Propulsion: Two nuclear reactors, four shafts.
Length: 1,092 feet (332.85 meters).
Beam: 134 feet (40.84 meters); Flight Deck Width: 252 feet (76.8 meters).
Displacement: Approximately 97,000 tons (87,996.9 metric tons) full load.
Speed: 30+ knots (34.5+ miles per hour).
Crew: Ship's Company: 3,000-3,200, air wing: 1,500, other: 500.
Armament: Multiple NATO Sea Sparrow, Phalanx CIWS, and Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) mounts.
Aircraft: Approximately 60+.
Ships:
  • USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Bremerton, WA
  • USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), San Diego, CA
  • USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Newport News, VA
  • USS George Washington (CVN 73), Yokosuka, Japan
  • USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), Bremerton, WA
  • USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), San Diego, CA
  • USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), Norfolk, VA

General Characteristics, Enterprise class
Builder:
Huntington INgalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding Co., Newport News, Va.
Date Deployed: November 25, 1961 (USS Enterprise).
Propulsion: Eight nuclear reactors, four shafts.
Length: 1,101 feet 2 inches (335.64 meters).
Beam: 133 feet (39.9 meters); 252 feet (75.6 meters).
Displacement: 89,600 tons (91,040 long tons) full load.
Speed: 30+ knots (34.5+ miles per hour).
Crew: Ship's Company: 3,350 - Air Wing 2,480.
Armament: Multiple NATO Sea Sparrow, Phalanx CIWS, and rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) mounts.
Aircraft: Approximately 60+.

Gerald R. Ford class


General Characteristics, Gerald R. Ford class
Builder:
Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va.
Propulsion: Two nuclear reactors, four shafts.
Length: 1,092 feet
Beam: 134 feet, Flight Deck Width: 256 feet.
Displacement: approximately 100,000 long tons full load.
Speed: 30+ knots (34.5+ miles per hour)
Crew: 4,539 (ship, air wing and staff).
Armament: Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile, Rolling Airframe Missile, CIWS.
Aircraft: 75+.
Ships:
PCU Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)
PCU John F. Kennedy (CVN 79


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General Characteristics, Ticonderoga Class
Builder:
Ingalls Shipbuilding: CG 47-50, CG 52-57, 59, 62, 65-66, 68-69, 71-73
Bath Iron Works: CG 51, 58, 60-61, 63-64, 67, 70.
Date Deployed: 22 January 1983 (USS Ticonderoga)
Unit Cost: About $1 billion each.
Propulsion: 4 General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines; 2 shafts, 80,000 shaft horsepower total.
Length: 567 feet.
Beam: 55 feet.
Displacement: 9,600 long tons (9,754.06 metric tons) full load.
Speed: 30 plus knots.
Crew: 30 Officers, 300 Enlisted.
Armament: MK41 vertical launching system Standard Missile (MR); Vertical Launch ASROC (VLA) Missile; Tomahawk Cruise Missile; Six MK-46 torpedoes (from two triple mounts); Two MK 45 5-inch/54 caliber lightweight guns; Two Phalanx close-in-weapons systems.
Aircraft: Two SH-60 Seahawk (LAMPS III).

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Ships:
  • USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), San Diego, CA
  • USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), San Diego, CA
  • USS Antietam (CG 54), Yokosuka, Japan
  • USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), Norfolk, VA
  • USS San Jacinto (CG 56), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), San Diego, CA
  • USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), Mayport, FL
  • USS Princeton (CG 59), San Diego, CA
  • USS Normandy (CG 60), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Monterey (CG 61), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), San Diego, CA
  • USS Cowpens (CG 63), San Diego, CA
  • USS Gettysburg (CG 64), Mayport, FL
  • USS Chosin (CG 65), Pearl Harbor, HI
  • USS Hue City (CG 66), Mayport, FL
  • USS Shiloh (CG 67), Yokosuka, Japan
  • USS Anzio (CG 68), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Vicksburg (CG 69), Mayport, FL
  • USS Lake Erie (CG 70), Pearl Harbor, HI
  • USS Cape St. George (CG 71), San Diego, CA
  • USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Port Royal (CG 73), Pearl Harbor, HI
 
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DESTROYERS - DDG

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Description
DDG 51 and DDG 1000 destroyers are warships that provide multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities. Destroyers can operate independently or as part of carrier strike groups, surface action groups, amphibious ready groups, and underway replenishment groups.

Features
Guided missile destroyers are multi-mission [Anti-Air Warfare (AAW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), and Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW)] surface combatants. The destroyer's armament has greatly expanded the role of the ship in strike warfare utilizing the MK-41 Vertical Launch System (VLS).

Features unique to DDG 1000:
  • Eighty peripheral vertical launch system (VLS) cells, two Advanced Gun System (AGS) 155 millimeter (mm) guns, and two 30mm Close In Guns (CIGS).
  • A stern boat ramp for two 7 meter (m) Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs), designed with room for two 11m RHIBs.
  • Aviation capacity for two MH-60R or one MH-60R and 3 VT Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
  • It will be powered by an Integrated Power System (IPS) with an Integrated Fight Through Power (IFTP). This is created by an Advanced Induction Motor (AIM).
  • A superstructure with integrated apertures and low signature profile.
  • Advanced sensors including a SPY-3 Multi-Function Radar.
  • A wave-piercing "Tumblehome" hull form.
General Characteristics
Ships:

  1. USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), Norfolk, VA
  2. USS Barry (DDG 52), Norfolk, VA
  3. USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), San Diego, CA
  4. USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), Yokosuka, Japan
  5. USS Stout (DDG 55), Norfolk, VA
  6. USS John S McCain (DDG 56), Yokosuka, Japan
  7. USS Mitscher (DDG 57), Norfolk, VA
  8. USS Laboon (DDG 58), Norfolk, VA
  9. USS Russell (DDG 59), Pearl Harbor, HI
  10. USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60), Pearl Harbor, HI
  11. USS Ramage (DDG 61), Norfolk, VA
  12. USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), Yokosuka, Japan
  13. USS Stethem (DDG 63), Yokosuka, Japan
  14. USS Carney (DDG 64), Mayport, FL
  15. USS Benfold (DDG 65), San Diego, CA
  16. USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), Norfolk, VA
  17. USS Cole (DDG 67), Norfolk, VA
  18. USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), Mayport, FL
  19. USS Milius (DDG 69), San Diego, CA
  20. USS Hopper (DDG 70), Pearl Harbor, HI
  21. USS Ross (DDG 71), Norfolk, VA
  22. USS Mahan (DDG 72), Norfolk, VA
  23. USS Decatur (DDG 73), San Diego, CA
  24. USS McFaul (DDG 74), Norfolk, VA
  25. USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), Norfolk, VA
  26. USS Higgins (DDG 76), San Diego, CA
  27. USS O'kane (DDG 77), Pearl Harbor, HI
  28. USS Porter (DDG 78), Norfolk, VA
  29. USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79), Norfolk, VA
  30. USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), Mayport, FL
  31. USS Winston S Churchill (DDG 81), Norfolk, VA
  32. USS Lassen (DDG 82), Yokosuka, Japan
  33. USS Howard (DDG 83), San Diego, CA
  34. USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), Norfolk, VA
  35. USS McCampbell (DDG 85), Yokosuka, Japan
  36. USS Shoup (DDG 86), Everett, WA
  37. USS Mason (DDG 87), Norfolk, VA
  38. USS Preble (DDG 88), San Diego, CA
  39. USS Mustin (DDG 89), Yokosuka, Japan
  40. USS Chafee (DDG 90), Pearl Harbor, HI
  41. USS Pinckney (DDG 91), San Diego, CA
  42. USS Momsen (DDG 92), Everett, WA
  43. USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), Pearl Harbor, HI
  44. USS Nitze (DDG 94), Norfolk, VA
  45. USS James E Williams (DDG 95), Norfolk, VA
  46. USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), Norfolk, VA
  47. USS Halsey (DDG 97), San Diego, CA
  48. USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), Norfolk, VA
  49. USS Farragut (DDG 99), Mayport, FL
  50. USS Kidd (DDG 100), San Diego, CA
  51. USS Gridley (DDG 101), San Diego, CA
  52. USS Sampson (DDG 102), San Diego, CA
  53. USS Truxtun (DDG 103), Norfolk, VA
  54. USS Sterett (DDG 104), San Diego, CA
  55. USS Dewey (DDG 105), No homeport
  56. USS Stockdale (DDG 106), San Diego, CA
  57. USS Gravely (DDG 107), Norfolk, VA
  58. USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108 ), San Diego, CA
  59. USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), Norfolk, VA
  60. USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), San Diego, CA
  61. USS Spruance (DDG 111), San Diego, CA
  62. USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), Pearl Harbor, HI
  63. PCU John Finn (DDG 113), Under construction
  64. PCU Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), Under construction
  65. PCU Rafael Peralta (DDG 115), Under construction
  66. PCU Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), Under construction
  67. PCU Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) - under construction
  68. PCU Daniel Inouye (DDG 118)

General Characteristics
Ships:

PCU Zumwalt (DDG 1000), Under construction
PCU Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), Under construction
PCU Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002), Under construction
 
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FRIGATES - FFG
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Description
Frigates fulfill a Protection of Shipping (POS) mission as Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) combatants for amphibious expeditionary forces, underway replenishment groups and merchant convoys.

General Characteristics, Oliver Hazard Perry Class
Builder:
Bath Iron Works: FFG 50, 55, 56, 58, 59 Todd Shipyards, Seattle: FFG 48, 61
Date Deployed: 17 December 1977 (Oliver Hazard Perry)
Propulsion: Two General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines; 1 shaft, 41,000 shaft horsepower total.
Length: 445 feet (133.5 meters); 453 feet (135.9 meters) with LAMPS III modification.
Beam: 45 feet (13.5 meters).
Displacement: FFGs 41, 56, 59, 60 displace 4,300 long tons full load (4,369 metric tons) , all other FFGs displace 4,100 long tons (4,165.80 metric tons) full load.
Speed: 29 plus knots (33.4+ miles per hour).
Crew: 17 Officers, 198 Enlisted.
Armament: Six MK-46 torpedoes(from two triple mounts); One 76 mm (3-inch)/62 caliber MK 75 rapid fire gun; One Phalanx close-in-weapons system.
Aircraft: Two SH-60 (LAMPS III) in FFG 8, 28, 29, 32, 33, 36-61 One SH-2 (Lamps Mk-I) in FFG 9-19, 30, 31.
Ships:
  • USS Halyburton (FFG 40), Mayport, FL
  • USS McClusky (FFG 41), San Diego, CA
  • USS De Wert (FFG 45), Mayport, FL
  • USS Nicholas (FFG 47), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Vandegrift (FFG 48), San Diego, CA
  • USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49), Mayport, FL
  • USS Taylor (FFG 50), Mayport, FL
  • USS Gary (FFG 51), San Diego, CA
  • USS Ford (FFG 54), Everett, WA
  • USS Elrod (FFG 55), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Simpson (FFG 56), Mayport, FL
  • USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58), Mayport, FL
  • USS Kauffman (FFG 59), Norfolk, VA
  • USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60), Everett, WA
  • USS Ingraham (FFG 61), Everett, WA
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SUBMARINES

ATTACK SUBMARINES (SSNS)

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General Characteristics, Virginia class
Builder:
General Dynamics Electric Boat Division and Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. - Newport News Shipbuilding.
Date Deployed: USS Virginia commissioned October 3, 2004
Propulsion: One nuclear reactor, one shaft
Length: 377 feet (114.8 meters)
Beam: 33 feet (10.0584 meters)
Displacement: Approximately 7,800 tons (7,925 metric tons) submerged
Speed: 25+ knots (28+ miles per hour, 46.3+ kph)
Crew: 132: 15 officers; 117 enlisted
Armament: Tomahawk missiles, twelve VLS tubes, MK48 ADCAP torpedoes, four torpedo tubes.
Ships:
USS Virginia (SSN 774), Portsmouth, NH
USS Texas (SSN 775), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS Hawaii (SSN 776), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS North Carolina (SSN 777), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS New Hampshire (SSN 778), Groton, CT
USS New Mexico (SSN 779), Groton, CT
USS Missouri (SSN 780), Groton, CT
USS California (SSN 781), Groton, CT
USS Mississippi (SSN 782), Groton, CT
USS Minnesota (SSN 783), Norfolk, VA
North Dakota (SSN 784), No homeport - Construction began March 2009. Christened 2 November 2013.
John Warner (SSN 785), No homeport - Construction began March 2010
Illinois (SSN 786) - Construction began in March 2011.
Washington (SSN 787) - No homeport, construction began in September 2011
Colorado (SSN 788) - No homeport, construction began in March 2012.
Indiana (SSN 789) - No homeport, construction began September 2012.
South Dakota (SSN 790) - Under contract.
Delaware (SSN 791) - Under contract.

General Characteristics, Seawolf class
Builder:
General Dynamics Electric Boat Division.
Date Deployed: USS Seawolf commissioned July 19, 1997
Propulsion: One nuclear reactor, one shaft
Length: SSNs 21 and 22: 353 feet (107.6 meters)
SSN 23: 453 feet (138.07 meters)
Beam: 40 feet (12.2 meters)
Displacement: SSNs 21 and 22: 9,138 tons (9,284 metric tons) submerged;
SSN 23 12,158 tons (12,353 metric tons) submerged
Speed: 25+ knots (28+ miles per hour, 46.3+ kph)
Crew: 140: 14 Officers; 126 Enlisted
Armament: Tomahawk missiles, MK48 torpedoes, eight torpedo tubes.
Ships:
USS Seawolf (SSN 21), Bangor, WA
USS Connecticut (SSN 22), Bangor, WA
USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23), Bangor, WA

General Characteristics, Los Angeles class
Builder:
Newport News Shipbuilding Co.; General Dynamics Electric Boat Division.
Date Deployed: Nov 13, 1976 (USS Los Angeles)
Propulsion: One nuclear reactor, one shaft
Length: 360 feet (109.73 meters)
Beam: 33 feet (10.06 meters)
Displacement: Approximately 6,900 tons (7011 metric tons) submerged
Speed: 25+ knots (28+ miles per hour, 46.3 +kph)
Crew: 16 Officers; 127 Enlisted
Armament: Tomahawk missiles, VLS tubes (SSN 719 and later), MK48 torpedoes, four torpedo tubes.
Ships:
USS Bremerton (SSN 698), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS Dallas (SSN 700), Groton, CT
USS La Jolla (SSN 701), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS Albuquerque (SSN 706), San Diego, CA
USS San Francisco (SSN 711), San Diego, CA
USS Houston (SSN 713), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS Norfolk (SSN 714), Norfolk, VA
USS Buffalo (SSN 715), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS Olympia (SSN 717), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS Providence (SSN 719), Groton, CT
USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720), Groton, CT
USS Chicago (SSN 721), Guam
USS Key West (SSN 722), Guam
USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723), Guam
USS Louisville (SSN 724), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS Newport News (SSN 750), Norfolk, VA
USS San Juan (SSN 751), Groton, CT
USS Pasadena (SSN 752), San Diego, CA
USS Albany (SSN 753), Norfolk, VA
USS Topeka (SSN 754), Portsmouth, NH
USS Scranton (SSN 756), Norfolk, VA
USS Alexandria (SSN 757), Portsmouth, NH
USS Asheville (SSN 758), San Diego, CA
USS Jefferson City (SSN 759), San Diego, CA
USS Annapolis (SSN 760), Groton, CT
USS Springfield (SSN 761), Groton, CT
USS Columbus (SSN 762), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS Santa Fe (SSN 763), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS Boise (SSN 764), Norfolk, VA
USS Montpelier (SSN 765), Norfolk, VA
USS Charlotte (SSN 766), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS Hampton (SSN 767), San Diego, CA
USS Hartford (SSN 768), Groton, CT
USS Toledo (SSN 769), Groton, CT
USS Tucson (SSN 770), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS Columbia (SSN 771), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS Greeneville (SSN 772), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS Cheyenne (SSN 773), Pearl Harbor, HI
 
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BALLISTIC MISSILE SUBMARINES (SSBN)

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General Characteristics, Ohio Class
Builder:
General Dynamics Electric Boat Division.
Date Deployed: Nov. 11, 1981 (USS Ohio)
Propulsion: One nuclear reactor, one shaft.
Length: 560 feet (170.69 meters).
Beam: 42 feet (12.8 meters).
Displacement: 16,764 tons (17,033.03 metric tons) surfaced; 18,750 tons (19,000.1 metric tons) submerged.
Speed: 20+ knots (23+ miles per hour, 36.8+ kph).
Crew: 15 Officers, 140 Enlisted.
Armament: 24 tubes for Trident II submarine-launched ballistic missiles, MK48 torpedoes, four torpedo tubes.
Ships:
  • USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730), Bangor, WA
  • USS Alabama (SSBN 731), Bangor, WA
  • USS Alaska (SSBN 732), Kings Bay, GA
  • USS Nevada (SSBN 733), Bangor, WA
  • USS Tennessee (SSBN 734), Kings Bay, GA
  • USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735), Bangor, WA
  • USS West Virginia (SSBN 736), Portsmouth, VA
  • USS Kentucky (SSBN 737), Bangor, WA
  • USS Maryland (SSBN 738), Kings Bay, GA
  • USS Nebraska (SSBN 739), Bangor, WA
  • USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740), Kings Bay, GA
  • USS Maine (SSBN 741), Bangor, WA
  • USS Wyoming (SSBN 742), Kings Bay, GA
  • USS Louisiana (SSBN 743), Bangor, WA
 
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GUIDED MISSILE SUBMARINES (SSGN)

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General Characteristics, Ohio Class
Builder:
General Dynamics Electric Boat Division.
Propulsion: One nuclear reactor, one shaft.
Length: 560 feet (170.69 meters).
Beam: 42 feet (12.8 meters).
Displacement: 16,764 tons (17,033.03 metric tons) surfaced; 18,750 tons (19,000.1 metric tons) submerged.
Speed: 20+ knots (23+ miles per hour, 36.8+ kph).
Crew: 15 Officers, 144 Enlisted.
Armament: Up to 154 Tomahawk missiles, Mk48 torpedoes; 4 torpedo tubes.
Ships:
  • USS Ohio (SSGN 726), Bangor, WA
  • USS Michigan (SSGN 727), Bangor, WA
  • USS Florida (SSGN 728), Kings Bay, GA
  • USS Georgia (SSGN 729), Kings Bay, GA
 
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DEEP SUBMERGENCE RESCUE VEHICLES (DSRVS)

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Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicles perform rescue operations on submerged, disabled submarines of the U.S. Navy or foreign navies.

Features
DSRVs are designed for quick deployment in the event of a submarine accident. DSRVs are transportable by truck, aircraft, ship, or by specially configured attack submarine. At the accident site, the DSRV works with either a "mother ship" or a "mother submarine." The DSRV dives, conducts a sonar search, and attaches to the disabled submarine's hatch. DSRVs can embark up to 24 personnel for transfer to the "mother" vessel.

The DSRV also has an arm to clear hatches on a disabled submarine and a combined gripper and cable cutter. The gripper is able to lift 1,000 pounds.

General Characteristics, DSRV
Builder:
Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., Sunnyvale, CA.
Propulsion: Electric motors, silver/zinc batteries, one shaft, 15 shaft horsepower, four thrusters, 7.5 horsepower.
Length: 49 feet (15 meters).
Beam: 8 feet (2.4 meters).
Displacement: 8 feet (2.4 meters).
Speed: 4 kts.
Depth: Maximum: 5,000 feet (1524 meters).
Crew: Two pilots, two rescue personnel and the capacity for 24 passengers.
Electronics: Sonar: Search and navigation.
Ships:
Mystic (DSRV 1), No homeport
Avalon (DSRV 2), No homeport
 
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NAVY LITTORAL COMBAT SHIPS (LCS)

1-FREEDOM-CLASS
2-INDEPENDENCE-CLASS


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LCS is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric "anti-access" threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.

The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant - designed and built by two industry teams. The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin (for the odd-numbered hulls, e.g. LCS 1). The Independence variant team is being led by General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works (LCS 2 and LCS 4) and Austal USA (for the subsequent even-numbered hulls).

The LCS seaframes will be outfitted with reconfigurable payloads, called mission modules (made up of mission systems and support equipment), which can be changed out quickly. These modules combine with crew detachments and aviation assets to become complete mission packages, which will deploy manned and unmanned vehicles and sensors in support of mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare, or surface warfare missions.

General Characteristics, Freedom variant
Builder:
Lockheed Martin
Length: 387.6 ft. (118.1 meters)
Beam: 57.7 ft. (17.6 meters)
Displacement: approximately 3,400 MT full load
Draft: 14.1 ft. (4.3 meters)
Speed: 40+ knots
Ships:
USS Freedom (LCS 1), San Diego, CA
PCU Sioux City (LCS 11) - under construction
PCU Wichita (LCS 13) - in pre-production phase
PCU Billings (LCS 15) - in pre-production phase
USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), San Diego, CA
PCU Milwaukee (LCS 5) - under construction
PCU Detroit (LCS 7) - under construction
PCU Little Rock (LCS 9) - under construction

General Characteristics, Independent variant
Builder:
General Dynamics (LCS 2 and LCS 4), Austal USA (LCS 6 and follow)
Length: 418.6 ft. (127.6 meters)
Height: 103.7 ft. (31.6 meters)
Beam: 103.7 ft. (31.6 meters)
Displacement: approximately 3,100 MT full load
Draft: 14.4 ft. (4.4 meters)
Ships:
PCU Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) - under construction
PCU Omaha (LCS 12) - under construction
PCU Manchester (LCS 14) - in pre-production phase
PCU Tulsa (LCS 16) - in pre-production phase
USS Independence (LCS 2), San Diego, CA
USS Coronado (LCS 4), San Diego, CA
PCU Jackson (LCS 6) - under construction
PCU Montgomery (LCS 8) - under construction
 
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Yep, our navy is definitely big enough. Compared to other superpowers, our navy is extremely massive and we've spent billions of dollars continually improving it. Sometimes, it feels like the government is spending too much money trying to improve our navy, when we could use that money to help other cores of our nation (education?). I believe a few years ago the government spent a few billion dollars buying some nuclear submarines, even though we have no use for them right now.
 
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