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Attack submarines are designed to seek and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships; project power ashore with Tomahawk cruise missiles and special operation forces (SOF); carry out intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions; conduct irregular warfare (IW) missions; and engage in mine warfare.
There are three classes of attack submarines (SSN). The Los Angeles-class is the backbone of the submarine force with 45 subs now in commission.
The Seawolf-class submarine is a multimision vessel designed to be exceptionally quiet, fast and well-armed, with advanced sensors. The Virginia-class is the Navy's next generation SSN and is built to excel in a wide variety of missions including anti-submarine and surface ship warfare; special operations forces; strike; ISR; IW; and mine warfare.
USS Los Angeles (SSN 688)
USS Philadelphia (SSN 690)
USS Memphis (SSN 691)