18th nuclear strike submarine was commissioned into US Navy
WASHINGTON, (BM) – The 18th Virginia-type strike submarine was commissioned on April 4. The submarine received its own name USS Delaware (SSN 791) and became the eighth and last in class III of this type of submarine. Next, the production of class IV boats will begin, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The traditional official ceremony was canceled due to the epidemic. Nevertheless, the navy introduced USS Delaware administratively, putting the ship in normal operation.
“The sailors of the American Delaware ship come from all over the country and from all walks of life. This crew and the crews that will follow it will respond to every challenge with unrivaled courage and perseverance, so as to maintain the guarantee that the US submarine forces remain the best in the world,” said the commander of the submarine forces, Vice Admiral Daryl Coudle ( Daryl Caudle).
The submarine has a length of about 115 m (377 ft), beam (transverse beam) 10 m (34 ft), can dive to a depth of more than 240 m (800 ft), and also move at speeds above 25 knots under water.
The armament of class III boats includes, as follows from the description, 12 missiles of the Tomahawk type. The main difference between class IV boats will be “a reduction in the period of overhaul from four to three, which increases the total service life of each ship by one.”
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