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The Los Angeles-Class Attack Sub Was Built For A War with the USSR

The Los Angeles-Class submarines, while old compared to today’s standards, are still the spine of the U.S. Navy‘s undersea fleet. And they had one mission: to beat the then-Soviet Union in a war: Since its introduction in the mid-1970s, the has been the mainstay of the United States Navy‘s attack (SSN) fleet. The submarines were developed to escort carrier task groups and were designed to be capable of making high speeds underwater in order to keep up with surface forces.

The boats are among the most advanced undersea vessels of their type in the world. Though anti-submarine warfare (ASW) is still their primary mission, the inherent characteristics of the submarine’s stealth, mobility and endurance can also be used to meet the challenges of today’s changing global geopolitical climate. In addition, the boats have proven capable in a number of secondary roles including intelligence gathering, show-of-force missions, insertion of special forces, strike missions, mining and

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