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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2020 12:51 p.m. PST

… Best is Just Too Expensive

"Designed to address the threat of Soviet ballistic missile submarines, and to replace the aging Los Angeles-class of submarines, the Seawolf­-class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarines (SSN) has been described as the best of the best. A total of 29 boats were to be constructed over a 10-year period – a number that was then reduced to 12 – but only three were launched.

The reason: the end of the Cold War and the breakup of the Soviet Union…"
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian24 Mar 2020 2:14 p.m. PST

Or no longer needed?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Mar 2020 11:53 a.m. PST

(smile)

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Choctaw26 Mar 2020 2:35 p.m. PST

Though aging, are the Los Angeles class subs still the best in the world?

arealdeadone26 Mar 2020 3:46 p.m. PST

Or no longer needed?[/quoted]

Or not regarded as needed in 1990s but now essential given Chinese and Russian rearmament.

Personal logo 15mm and 28mm Fanatik Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2020 4:28 p.m. PST

Though aging, are the Los Angeles class subs still the best in the world?

The newer Virginia Class (SSN-774) subs are now considered to be the best, though improved 688's still form the backbone of the US Navy's fast-attack fleet since there are many more of them.

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