Special Report

The 19 Ships and Submarines in US Naval Fleet

9. Cyclone-class Patrol ship
> Number of boats: 10 (tied)

Cyclone-class ships patrol coastlines, ports, and waterways, engaging in interdiction surveillance, a key component of the Navy’s close-shore littoral operations. Built by Louisiana-based Bollinger Shipyards, these patrol boats are also used by the U.S. Coast Guard and have been deployed in the Arabian Gulf region as part of the U.S. war on terror.

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8. Nimitz-class Aircraft carrier
> Number of boats: 10 (tied)

Named after Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, a World War II Pacific Fleet commander, the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was introduced to maintain U.S. Navy capabilities as the previous Kitty Hawk and Enterprise carriers were being decommissioned. The Nimitz, built by Newport News Shipbuilding, is powered by two nuclear reactors compared to the eight used by the Enterprise vessels and can carry far more aviation fuel and ordnance than the WWII-era carrier. The Nimitz is currently in the process of being replaced by the Ford-class aircraft carrier.

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7. San Antonio-class Amphibious transport dock
> Number of boats: 11

Amphibious landings have long been a core element of naval warfare, which is why the U.S. Marine Corps is part of the U.S. Navy, even though it is a separate uniformed service. The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, built by Mississippi-based Ingalls Shipbuilding, is one of numerous U.S. Navy vessels designed to deliver Marines and their equipment and supplies from sea to land using amphibious vehicles and vertical-takeoff and landing aircraft like helicopters and Ospreys.

6. Independence-class Corvette
> Number of boats: 12

The Independence-class corvette (small warship) is a high-speed and agile littoral combat ship designed for shallow near-shore waters, built by Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, and Austel, an Australia-based global shipbuilder. Both LCS classes, the Independence and Freedom, have been wracked with technical defects, including hulls that reportedly can crack at speeds above 15 knots in choppy waters.

5. Ohio-class Submarine
> Number of boats: 18

The Ohio-class nuclear powered submarine is the larger and more heavily armed sibling of the speedier and more confrontational Los Angeles-class boat. The Ohio-class boats tend to avoid sonar detection and are known as “boomers” because of their tremendous destroying firepower: up to 24 Trident II ballistic missiles that can hit targets thousands of miles away.

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