The nuclear-powered Virginia [SSN-774]-class attack submarine and guided-missile submarine programs will give the Navy the capability to covertly collect intelligence and then act quickly and decisively across a range of missions in the world's oceans and littorals.
In 2002, when Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Vern Clark issued his vision for the 21st-century Navy, "Sea Power 21," he set a goal for the sea service to transform to meet current and future requirements. Like the rest of the Navy, the submarine force is answering the call. Its newest platforms—the Virginia (SSN-774)-class attack submarines and the converted Ohio-(SSBN-726)-class guided-missile submarines—both support the nation's need for flexible, surge-ready, and responsive forces.
The Virginia Class