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    Newest Attack Submarine With Tomahawk Capability Delivered to US Navy

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    The newest Virginia-Class attack submarine capable of launching six Tomahawk cruise missiles was delivered to the Navy on Friday, according to the shipbuilding company.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls has delivered the Block III Virginia-Class attack submarine Washington to the Navy, the company said in a statement.

    "Washington is the fourth of eight Virginia-class Block III submarines and the seventh of the class to be delivered to the Navy by Huntington Ingalls Industries/Newport News Shipbuilding," the statement said on Friday.

    The submarines' redesigned bow replaces 12 individual launch tubes with two large-diameter tubes, each capable of launching six Tomahawk cruise missiles, the shipbuilder said.

    Virginia-class submarines operate in the world's littoral and deep waters while conducting anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike warfare, special operation forces support, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, the statement noted.

    The Washington is the 14th Virginia-Attack Class submarine the Navy has accepted.

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