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The 19 Ships and Submarines in US Naval Fleet

4. Virginia-class Submarine
> Number of boats: 19

The Virginia-class nuclear-powered submarine is the newest in the U.S. Navy fleet, incorporating the latest tech in sonar avoidance, intelligence gathering, and weapons systems. Like the Los Angeles-class boat, it is an attack sub capable of seeking and destroying underwater and surface targets as well as firing Tomahawk missiles at land targets. Built by General Dynamics Electric Boat Division and Newport News Shipbuilding, the Virginia-class sub is the successor to the Los Angeles-class sub.

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3. Ticonderoga-class Cruiser
> Number of boats: 22

The Ticonderoga-class is an Aegis guided missile cruiser that was built by Mississippi-based Ingalls Shipbuilding and Bath Iron Works of Maine. Aegis combat ships are armed with technology that tracks and guides missiles to their targets. The ships were used to guide Tomahawk missiles to targets in Iraq during the First Gulf War and in Bosnia in 1995. The ships are undergoing upgrades that will allow them to operate until the mid-2030s.

2. Los Angeles-class Submarine
> Number of boats: 28

Constructed by Newport News Shipbuilding and General Dynamics Electric Boat Division, the Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack submarine is the primary underwater asset of the Navy. It is equipped with a dozen tubes for launching Tomahawk cruise missiles and is capable of underwater and surface combat, anti-mine operations, reconnaissance, delivering special forces, and supporting carrier battle groups.

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1. Arleigh Burke-class Guided missile destroyer
> Number of boats: 68

Named after a late admiral and chief of naval operations, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is, as the name implies, primarily used to lob missiles at enemy targets in the sky, on the water, or beneath the waves. The ships were built by Maine-based Bath Iron Works, a Northrop Grumman subsidiary.

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