Seawolf Class

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Seawolf Class Nuclear Powered Attack Submarines

Improvements in the design and capabilities of Russian ballistic missile submarines toward the end of the Cold War posed an increased threat to the security of the U.S.  The U.S. Navy's response to that threat was the Seawolf Class of nuclear-powered attack submarines.  Designed to augment, and eventually replace the venerable Los Angeles Class, the SEAWOLF program was truncated at just three boats (USS Seawolf SSN 21, USS Connecticut SSN 22, USS Jimmy Carter SSN 23) due to the break-up of the Soviet Union, and the decreased threat of attack from its ballistic missile force, allowing for the development and deployment of a less expensive, more versatile submarine, which became the Virginia Class.

Profile drawing of USS Seawolf SSN 21 by George BiedaSeawolf Class subs are the fastest, quietest, and most heavily armed subs in the World.  They carry an impressive array of attack weaponry, ranging from MK-48 ADCAP torpedoes and mines to Tomahawk cruise and Harpoon anti-ship missiles.  The third boat in the class, USS Jimmy Carter SSN 23, varies significantly in design and mission from the first two.  It is 100 feet longer,  much heavier, and configured for testing of a new generation of weapons, sensors and undersea vehicles.  Pictured on the left is the drawing of USS Seawolf SSN 21 by our noted naval and aircraft artist, George Bieda.  You can check out a larger view by clicking on the thumbnail, then click your brower's BACK button to return here.

 

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