Los Angeles-class submarines now account for a large portion of the Navy’s current submarine fleet, yet they will be reaching the end of their service life as Virginia-class boats arrive.
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U.S. Navy Los Angeles-class submarines were built in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, yet remain critical to the services’ fleet today and remain in service to a larger extent than any other class as of today.
Although the Los Angeles boats will progressively and quickly retire in coming years, they form a key foundation of the Navy’s undersea power force and contain a handful of impactful technologies designed to counter Soviet subs in the Cold War.
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Why the Los Angeles-Class Matters
The primary intent or mission for the Los Angeles-class boats, an interesting essay from the Federation of American Scientists describes, is to conduct Carrier Battle Group protection and conduct anti-submarine warfare operations against what was called the Soviet Surface Action Group.
Upgraded Los Angeles submarines, for instance, could fire Mk 48 heavyweight torpedoes, ADCAP Torpedoes, Tomahawk cruise missiles, and Harpoon Anti-Ship Missiles.