Virginia-Class Submarines

Using expertise from building attack submarines over four decades, Newport News Shipbuilding is one of two builders of the nation's newest attack submarine—the Virginia-class, the most advanced submarines in the world. Designed to meet the Navy's requirements in a post-Cold War era, they use advanced technologies to increase firepower, maneuverability and stealth. 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.

Photo: New Mexico (SSN 779) returns to NNS after Bravo sea trials, December 5, 2009. Photo by John Whalen

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Multi-Mission Ready

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, a subject Senator Warner worked on throughout his career in the U.S. Senate.

Photo: Navy divers and special operators conduct Lock Out Training on USS Hawaii (SSN 776), October 26, 2007. Photo by U.S. Navy

Teaming Arrangement

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

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