USS South Dakota Our latest nuclear submarine The $2.6 billion USS South Dakota (SSN 790), seen here in a photo illustration, is the newest, most-advanced addition to the US Navy's Virginia-class fleet of nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarines.May 30, 2019.
The 135-person crew work on missions in shallow waters or depths of more than 800 feet. The lead vessel in Navy's "acoustic superiority program."The South Dakota, like other Virginia-class submarines, including the USS California (SSN 781), is equipped with four MK-48 launch tubes. The Tomahawk Land Attack Missile is another part of the Virginia-class submarine's arsenal. A simplified design that allows its Tomahawk missiles to be launched from two payload tubes, instead of 12 individual tubes. Subs in the Virginia class don’t rely on a periscope. Instead, they are guided with the help of photonic-mast sensors that send images to the control room.
The weapons launch console aboard its sister ship the USS Colorado.
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