A few months ago, a Chinese military commander boasted that he thinks China’s military is strong enough now that if they wanted to invade Taiwan, the USA could no longer do anything to stop them. As a rebuttal to that statement, an American commander quickly reminded them that there were several Virginia class attack submarines hidden under the waters of the vast China Sea that could respond in a moment’s notice to any acts of aggression in the area with massive amounts of firepower; enough firepower to make any enemy pause to think about their actions. Well that class of submarine’s newest vessel has become even more powerful with some new upgrades on the latest Virginia class vessel to be commissioned.
In August, the USS John Warner Virginia class submarine was officially commissioned to join the fleet at Norfolk Naval Station. It is a 2 billion dollar war machine that is capable of dealing a heavy blow to any adversary that it is used against. At 7,800 tons and 337 feet long, it is capable of launching up to 12 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles or 4 MK-48 Torpedoes in a matter of seconds; it has additional storage capability for another 28 cruise missiles or torpedoes. It can not only launch surface attacks with the cruise missiles, but its torpedoes can also take out even the most sophisticated surface vessels and submarines. It is one of the most feared weapon systems in any country’s military arsenal at the present time.
What makes this upgraded version even better than the older one? The answer lies in these upgrades:
- There is no periscope on this vessel, as that is being replaced with a sophisticated high definition/infrared video system. It is a feature that will add to the ship’s ability to remain hidden because it does not have to go close to the surface to see its targets.
- In addition to being able to launch cruise missiles and torpedoes, it is also capable of launching underwater unmanned vehicles and deploying a full SEAL team without having to surface also.
- The ability to drive and dive the submarine can now be performed by a crew of two; previously this required a crew of four to be able to do this.
- There is a large command center on the vessel with all sorts of information that is displayed on several large screens. The different displays can be accessed by using a control similar to a computer game joystick.
- The electronic systems have built in simulators so the crew can constantly train to respond to different threat scenarios.
Those in the Navy who have taken a look at this ship describe it as something that is unrivaled in sophistication in the world today. It is just the type of vessel the US Navy needs to keep itself on top as the actual number of total naval vessels continues to go down. Even more remarkable in this day and age of military hardware delays and cost overruns, the USS John Warner was delivered on time and under budget. Americans will sleep better at night knowing this type of weapon system is guarding our many national interests.
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