Submarines: Current Fleet - Attack & Ballistic Missile Submarines
Today's submarine fleet looks much different than the fleet of
the early 1900s. Gone are the gasoline engines from the Holland
class and the submarines that had to surface every couple of hours
to recharge their batteries. Most of today's boats rely on nuclear
power for propulsion both surfaced and submerged.
Attack Submarines serve the Navy by finding and eliminating enemy surface
ships and submarines. The current classes of attack submarines are the Benjamin
Franklin, Sturgeon, Los Angeles and Seawolf classes. To learn more about these
submarines, visit the U.S. Navy's Fact File on
Submarines - SSN
. There, you can read more about the submarine's mission,
find general characteristics of each class and even take a virtual tour of the USS Springfield (SSN 761).
Also serving today's Navy are the Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines (SSBN).
The first of these nuclear-powered submarines was commissioned in 1981. Their
weapons include long-range strategic missiles with the purpose of "strategic
deterrence." To learn more about these submarines, which include the Ohio
class, visit the U.S. Navy's Fact File
Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines - SSBN