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The billions of dollars spent on militaries in this world could be spent on much more righteous endeavors. However, past history and geopolitical strategy has determined that this is the direction countries take due to nationalism and self-interest.  Countries have a certain amount of paranoia, and strong militaries reduce these fears. The United States is always on the lookout for bad guys ready to attack, the U.S. often sees evil doers where none exist. But they do read the signals right most of the time, and the U.S. military is ready for any belligerent that wants to start a fight.

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The USS Seawolf, shown here in support of European operation in 2015, is the lead vessel in the three boat Seawolf class. The Seawolf and the USS Connecticut, the second boat in the class, displace 9,138 tons and are 353 feet long.

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The Seawolf-class attack submarine USS Jimmy Carter is moored in a Washington state facility that reduces a ship’s electromagnetic signature in 2006. The Jimmy Carter is 100 feet longer than the first two subs in its class. The extra space is for a “multimission platform,” the Navy says. “The hull section provides for additional payloads to accomodate advanced technology used to carry out classified research and development and for enhanced warfighting capabilities.” Possibly delivering Navy SEALS to hostile environments?

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A dolphin swims in front of the Navy’s newest submarine, the attack submarine USS John Warner, during sea trials this May. The Warner is a Virginia-class attack sub, these subs displace 7,800 tons and are 377 feet long, They “are designed to seek and destroy enemy subs and surface ships; project power ashore with Tomahawk cruise missiles and special operations forces (SOF); carry out intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions; support battle group operations; engage in mine warfare,” according to the Navy. Twelve subs are active, five are building and the class will eventually reach 48 submarines.

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The US Navy has 14 ballistic missile submarines, also called boomers, in service. The boomers, displacing 18,750 tons submerged and 560 feet long, can carry 24 nuclear-armed Trident II ballisitic missiles and serve as nuclear deterrents. Here, Ohio-class ballistic-missile sub USS West Virginia departs Norfolk Naval Shipyard in 2013 after an engineering overhaul.

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In addition to the 14 ballistic missile subs of the Ohio class, 4 subs of the class have been converted to conventional missile submarines. The 4 boats, Ohio, Florida, Michigan and Georgia are loaded with Tomahawk cruise missiles as well they are capable of deploying SOF soldiers, IE SEALS.

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The Los Angeles-class nuclear attack submarine USS Hampton surfaces through Arctic ice in March 2014. The Los Angeles-class is the biggest in the Navy’s sub fleet, with 41 now in commission. These subs displace 6,900 tons and are 360 feet long. The class was introduced in 1976.

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Posted August 31, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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