Virginia class submarine
(SSN) are the first U.S. submarines to be designed for battlespace dominance across a broad spectrum of regional and littoral missions. They complement the Seawolf class submarine
's capabilities for open-ocean, "blue water" missions.
- Builders: Electric Boat and Newport News Shipbuilding
- Length: (114.91 meters) 377 feet
- Beam: (10.36 meters) 34 feet
- Displacement: 7,800 tons
- Propulsion: S9G reactor
- Speed: 25+ knots
- Cost: about US$1.65 billion each (based on FY95 dollars and 30-ship class)
- Crew: 134 Officers and Enlisted
- Armament: Tomahawk missiles, VLS tubes, MK-48 torpedoes, four torpedo tubes, advanced mobile mines, and unmanned undersea vehicles.
- USS Virginia, under construction; delivery in 2004
- USS Texas, under construction; delivery in 2005
- USS Hawaii, under construction; delivery in 2007
- USS North Carolina, named December 11, 2000; delivery in 2006