The United States’ Navy is one of the most highly equipped and efficient navy forces in the world. The credit for it goes to the gigantic ships that they’ve built over the years. These ships are not only huge in size but also are equipped with the most cutting-edge weapon tech out there. Such are the ships that are listed in this article.
Cyclone Class Patrol Ships
The ‘Cyclone’ class ships are tasked with one of the most difficult tasks of patrolling the country’s coastline every minute of the day. This requires structural resilience and quite a bit of tech to accomplish. USS Hurricane, an excellent ship of the ‘Cyclone’ class does all this and more.
The USS Pueblo
This is a ship that garnered the attention of the world for an extremely unfortunate incident during the Cold War. The USS Pueblo was an environmental research vessel working under the Navy intelligence as a spy ship. The North Koreans captured the ship by force and then proceeded to torture the crew.
USS Samuel B. Roberts
Here is another ship that suffered an unfortunate accident and almost sunk in the Persian Gulf. Mines are a threat that naval ships across the globe suffer from, they are hard to detect and cause immense damage to the ships. The USS Samuel B. Roberts almost sank after hitting an Iranian mine in the Persian Gulf.
Avenger Class: Mine Countermeasure Ships
To ensure that what happened with USS Samuel B. Roberts does not reoccur, the US Navy developed the ‘Avenger’ class of ships. The ship is made of wood and glass reinforced plastic to reduce the ship’s magnetic signature and avoid mine blasts.
The USS Constitution
The USS Constitution is one of the oldest US navy ships in existence today. It was a technological marvel in the 18th century and serves as a reminder of what has been accomplished from then to now. The ‘Constitution’ currently sits in Massachusetts.
The USS Santa Fe
The USS Santa Fe is a ‘Los Angeles’ class submarine, well, one of the thirty ever made. The ‘Los Angeles’ class of submarine are armed with the capability to launch Tomahawk Vertical Missiles. USS Santa Fe has been in commission with the US Navy since the year 1992 and is still used for recon purposes.
The USS Freedom LCS-1
The USS Freedom LCS-1 is a comparably smaller ship but is extremely maneuverable and quick ship. USS Freedom LCS-1 is called a ‘Littoral’ combat ship because of its deployment near the shore, the littoral zone. These ships were deployed in 2008 and are equipped with BAE Systems Mk 110 57 mm guns as well as a Mk 49 launcher.
The ‘Virginia’ Class Attack Submarines
The United States’ Navy deployed the ‘Virginia’ class of attack submarines to replace the older ‘Los Angeles’ class fleet of attack submarines. These submarines are equipped with newer tech and better navigation equipment. It really is an amazing technological feat considering it faces the scary depths of the seas.
The ‘Seawolf’ Class Attack Submarines
The ‘Seawolf’ class of attack submarines were under research during the Cold War. It was designed with stealth in mind. The aim was to develop an attack submarine that would be difficult to detect and be able to penetrate deep into enemy territories to gather intel for the Navy’s department of intelligence.
The ‘Independence’ Class Littoral Combat Ships
USS Independence is a combat ship that will be deployed by the United States’ Navy in the year 2019. It bears quite a few similarities with the Littoral combat ships much like the USS Freedom LCS-1. Both the ships, however, will be upgraded to “Fast Frigates” in 2019.
The ‘Ohio’ Class Ballistic Missile Submarine
The ‘Ohio’ class of submarines are intended to be “an undetectable, intercontinental ballistic missile launcher”. It has the capacity to carry twenty-four ‘Trident II’ intercontinental nuclear missiles. The ‘Trident II’ warheads are thirty times more devastating than the atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the Second World War.
The ‘Arleigh Burke’ Class Destroyer Ships
The Destroyer was one of the first lines of ships that came installed with the ‘Aegis’ automated weapons system. The Destroyer, a member of the ‘Arleigh Burke’ class is an extremely scary ship for the enemies. It can track up to a 100 targets at once and are capable of deploying countermeasures against ballistic missiles.
The ‘Ohio’ Class Guided Missile Submarine
The USS Ohio now holds about 154 ‘Tomahawk’ missiles but during the Cold War, it used to carry nuclear missiles. However, the nuclear capabilities of the USS Ohio had to be surrendered after signing treaties with Russia to end the Cold War.
The ‘Ticonderoga’ Class: USS Cape St. George
The USS Cape St. George, a ‘Ticonderoga’ class ship, was a major player in the ‘Iraqi Freedom Operation’. It generally is used in running military operations. With its capability to store 122 ‘Tomahawk’ missiles, the USS Cape St. George is any enemies’ worst nightmare.
The ‘Harpers Ferry’ Class Dock Landing Ships
The USS Harpers Ferry is transportation and supply ship which is primarily used by the US Navy to transport jets and other amphibious vehicles around. USS Harpers Ferry was also used in humanitarian missions in Burma in 2008 after ‘Cyclone Nargis’ devastated the country.
The USS Zumwalt
The USS Zumwalt is the latest weapon in the United States Navy’s arsenal with the capabilities of destroying guided missiles. The first ship, a DDG-100, was commissioned in 2016 and is designed for anti-aircraft warfare and naval gunfire support. The ship has abilities for deep-water combat.
The USS Emory S. Land
The USS Emory S. Land is a logistics and maintenance ship tasked with maintaining and refueling nuclear submarines in the high seas. To accomplish this tall order, the ship is sized like a small town with almost 53 storefronts on board. The USS Emory S. Land was commissioned by the US Navy in 1980 and is still functioning today.
The USS Blue Ridge Amphibious Command Ship
The USS Blue Ridge is under the U.S Seventh Fleet, providing continuous intelligence support. USS Blue Ridge is integral to the unbroken communication between all the ships under the U.S Navy. It also is the oldest deployable warship that the U.S Navy hasn’t decommissioned and is expected to stay in service till 2039.
The USNS Montford Point
The USNS Montford Point, the pack leader in its class, the Expeditionary Transfer Docks or ETDs, is a marvel. The ship was three years in making and $115 millions in research before becoming a reality and it was worth the wait. It is a transport ship, and not just cargo, it has the ability to get jets to land on to it.
The Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship
This assault ship was commissioned to the United States Navy in the year 1990 to provide land and naval warfare support. Today they are also used as aircraft carriers apart from being a lethal force once employed in enemy territories. It can transport an entire unit of United States Marine Corps Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and land them in hostile territory via landing craft or helicopters.
The USS Nimitz Aircraft Carrier
These nuclear-powered aircraft carriers are a cornerstone of humanity when it comes to vehicular development. It also boasts to be the largest ship in the world and needs to be refueled only once in its 50 years of service life. It was commissioned in the year 1975 and is still in service today.