The Virginia-class

Virginia-class submarines have the capability to attack targets ashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert long-term surveillance of land areas, littoral waters and other sea-based forces. Other missions include anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare; mine delivery and minefield mapping. It is also designed for Special Forces delivery and support. The 377-foot-long submarines are capable of submerged speeds of more than 25 knots and can stay submerged for up to three months at a time.

Newport News Shipbuilding is teamed with General Dynamics Electric Boat to build Virginia-class submarines. Components and parts for the submarines come from subcontractors across America. The team has been recognized as the best shipbuilding program in the Navy.

Photo: Minnesota (SSN 783) during sea trials in May 2013. Photo by John Whalen

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