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To: pabianice
Whoever wrote this got one minor detail off that I've spotted. The Virginia class designation is SSN. SSGN refers to the 4 Ohio class boomers they're refitting to launch Tomahawks.

At any rate, here's hoping this class doesn't go the way of the Seawolfs, which had tons of budget issues and mechanical problems, hence the USS Seawolf's nicknames 'PierWolf' and 'Building 21'. The last of the Seawolf class, USS Jimmy Carter, gets launched next summer.

2 posted on 09/26/2003 9:07:03 AM PDT by Severa (Wife of Freeper Hostel, USN STS3(SS))
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To: Severa
"..hence the USS Seawolf's nicknames 'PierWolf'.."

LOL! Just following in the tradition of the SSN 575 Seawolf in the early 80's, when it was know as the "Pier Puppy".
3 posted on 09/26/2003 9:11:52 AM PDT by PogySailor
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To: Severa
Whoever wrote this got one minor detail off that I've spotted. The Virginia class designation is SSN. SSGN refers to the 4 Ohio class boomers they're refitting to launch Tomahawks.

I believe they are SSGNs, in that they will carry vertically-launched (VLS) cruise missiles.

4 posted on 09/26/2003 9:15:58 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: Severa
At any rate, here's hoping this class doesn't go the way of the Seawolfs,..

Me too. I come from land based air defense and can see enormous benefits of making use of the utility a submarine has in both offense and defense. Utilizing both inner and outer space for national defense should be given equally important priorities within defense planning. A camel can't swim under water and it can't fly in orbit.

5 posted on 09/26/2003 9:35:21 AM PDT by elbucko
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To: Severa
"The Virginia class designation is SSN. SSGN refers to the 4 Ohio class boomers they're refitting to launch Tomahawks."

the "SSGN" is reference to (sub ship GUIDED nuke). it only indicates that it homes guided weaponry unlike what before was SSBN = ballistic. so the Virginia classes as they state ARE SSGN (also the first of our subs to START as SSGN's. also were doing more then just the 4 now as the retrofits. and the conversion your talking about on the Ohio's are converting them from SSBN to SSGN's
6 posted on 04/26/2004 6:57:30 AM PDT by Mindz
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