Fast Attack Submarines (SSNs)
Swift, Silent and Deadly, these boats are the most lethal weapons in the Navy's
inventory. Capable of a wide variety of missions, these boats are Forward Deployed,
responsive and ready for action.
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The most versatile platform in the Navy, the Fast Attack Submarine is the first on the
scene in any major world event. Major categories of operations include:
The traditional role of the modern Attack Boat, Anti-Submarine
Warfare remains the basis
of every Submariner's training. Using their inherent stealth, the modern attack submarine
is the only effective ASW platform. Submarines, ours and theirs, use the environment to
their best advantage, and only a platform operating in the same environment stands a
chance of finding a modern submarine.
The traditional role of the submarine
since WWI, the stalking and sinking of surface ships remains a basic skill of the
submariner. With their ability to loiter and observe surface ship operations, the mere
possibility that a submarine is in the area is enough cause the surface ship commanders
ulcers to flare up.
A relatively new mission for the United States Submarine Force, strike warfare has become a cornerstone of the force. The addition of the Submarine launched Tomahawk missile has made an already potent weapons platform even more devastating. The range of the Tomahawk allows the submarine to strike deep into any potential adversary's territory, while the stealth of the submarine allows the U.S. to preposition a solid weapons load without pre-alerting the adversary. Most submarines are capable of firing the tube launched variant of the Tomahawk, but the latest Los Angeles class submarines are equipped with 12 vertical launch missiles.
Battle Group Support
The wheel has come full circle for this mission. When initially designed, the 688 class submarine was to act primarily as a Battle Group escort. But her main missions continued to be ASW, and the Battle Group Support role was all but forgotten. In recent years, each CVBG has been assigned one or more submarines to act as both ASW platforms and in wider support roles. This makes for a very exciting deployment as the Carrier Battle Group Commanders and Submarine Commanding Officers learn what incredible interoperability the forces enjoy. Communications remain the biggest challenge, but every CVBG Commander feels much better if he knows that a submarine is protecting the depths.
The submarines stealth allows the U.S. to
insert and extract various Special Warfare Teams, including SEALs, USMC Force Recon, USA
Rangers and other specialized groups. All submarines are capable of these missions, but
some submarines are specially modified.
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