If the visible power of the US Navy is based on its 10 super nuclear aircraft carriers, and the hundred cruisers and destroyers that accompany them, it is above all the fifty or so nuclear attack submarines of the Los Angeles class and Virginia which assures him an almost exclusive control of the seas of the globe.
However, as in many areas, the renewal of the submarine component has been neglected over the past 20 years, losing its appeal with the supposed disappearance of conflicts between nations, in the face of large-scale anti-terrorist operations such as in Afghanistan and in Iraq / Syria. If today the US Navy perceives on average 2 Virginia submarines per year, it withdraws from service 2,5 Los Angeles arriving at the age limit.
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