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Successors to the US Navy's Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarines (presented in volume 1), the Seawolf- and Virginia-class SSNs are presented here from their initial design and construction, through testing and trials, to current operations. From its debut in 1997, the nuclear-powered Seawolf (SSN-21) represented the lead ship of the deadliest submarine ever to be constructed for the USN during the Cold War. With the end of the Cold War, the Seawolf-class SSNs were limited to the three that were under construction at the time, and the program was terminated. With only three in the class, the super-secret USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) is virtually off-limits to any and all photography. The author's unprecedented access onboard a Seawolf-class SSN-the USS Connecticut (SSN-22)-is a first for the Navy and provides exclusive coverage found only in this book. In place of the Seawolf class, the Virginia-class attack submarine is an advanced stealth, multi-mission nuclear-powered submarine for deep-ocean antisubmarine warfare and littoral (shallow water) operations.
Over the last thirty-five years, Jim Goodall has authored more than two dozen books and articles on military aircraft, naval ships, and submarines, with a focus on low observables, or, as known today, stealth.
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