USS Delaware (SSN 791) the U.S. Navy’s newest
Virginia-class fast attack submarine has successfully completed the initial sea trials. Viewers may note that Delaware was put to
water for the first time at the company’s Newport News shipyard on December 17 last
year. The American shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls
Inc. which is responsible for building Delaware stated that the latest submarine was submerged
for the first time and performed high-speed maneuvers on the surface and underwater. During the trials, Delaware spent three days
and validated all of its systems, components, and compartments. Dave Bolcar, vice president of submarine construction
at Newport News shipyard said, “Delaware performed well during sea trials,
which is a testament to the skill and craftsmanship of the incredible team of shipbuilders who
are working to uphold our high standards of quality. We look forward to continuing our testing
program to deliver the submarine to the U.S. Navy later this year.” The submarine is scheduled to undergo a round
of acceptance trials before it is delivered. In this video, Defense Updates analyses what
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bonus tank or aircraft or ship and three days of premium account. USS Delaware is the 18th Virginia-class SSN
and the 9 to be delivered by Newport News shipyard. Construction on Delaware started in September
2013 The boat is the final Virginia-class Block
III submarine to be launched. The U.S. Navy’s Block III fleet will consist
of 8 submarines. The U.S. Navy has already awarded a $17.6
billion contract for 10 Block IV Virginia-class boats in 2014. The Virginia class sometimes referred to as
SSN-774 class, is a class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarines in service with the
United States Navy. Virginia class is designed to replace older
Los Angeles-class submarines, many of which have already been decommissioned. Virginia-class submarines will be acquired
through 2043, and are expected to remain in service till 2070. Virginia-class submarines are designed for
a broad spectrum of open-ocean and littoral missions. Their primary purpose is to take out enemies
surface combatants and submarines and the secondary task is to execute land-attack missions. USS Delaware has a length of 115 m. To give viewers a perspective, its length
is slightly greater than that of a football field. It displaces around 7,900 tons. USS Delaware like all other Block III variant
is acknowledged to be able to move to depths of 240 m (800 feet) but allegedly capable
of going down to 490 m (1,600 feet). A single S9G reactor that produces around
30 MW powers USS Delaware. The reactor features improved corrosion resistance
and reduced life-cycle costs. It also has reduced size and weight enabling
the submarine to pack more weapons and sensors. The S9G reactor is designed to operate for
33 years without refueling. So USS Delaware has a practically unlimited
range, limited by only food supplies and maintenance requirements. The reactor produces enough power to propel
USS Delaware over 25 knots that is 46 km/hr or 29 mph, though the actual numbers are classified
and may be significantly higher. The Virginia class is the first to use photonic
sensors instead of a traditional periscope. The class is equipped with high-resolution
cameras, along with light-intensification and infrared sensors as well as an infrared
laser rangefinder. Block III variant of Virginia-class is has
redesigned elements and feature several types of sonar arrays. 1. It incorporates a Large-Aperture Bow (LAB)
water-backed array, which replaces the traditional air-backed spherical array. This is main sonar is one of the most powerful
sonars mounted in any of the submarines in the world. 2. Two high-frequency active sonars mounted in
the sail and bow. These supplements the main sonar array improving
anti-submarine warfare performance. 3. A fiber optic sonar array, consisting of 3
flat panels are present in either side of the hull. 4. For coverage above and behind the submarine,
a High-frequency sonar is mounted on both sides of the submarine’s sail. USS Delaware is also equipped with a low frequency
towed sonar array and a high frequency towed sonar array. USS Delaware is deadly as it is packed with
different kinds of weapons to knock out varied targets. 1. Two large-diameter Virginia Payload Tubes,
each capable of launching 6 Tomahawk cruise missiles for a total of 12 missiles. Tomahawk is a long-range, all-weather, cruise
missile that is used for land attacks. It has a long range of 1200 to 2500 km, enabling
them to be launched from far off. 2. Four 533 mm torpedo tubes for the Mk-48 torpedo. There is a capacity to carry up to 24 Mk-48
torpedoes in the weapon’s chamber. These torpedoes have a range in excess of
50 km or 31 miles and can be used to take out enemy submarines and surface vessels. 3. Like all Virginia class, Delaware can also
lay different types of mines including the MK-60 Captor Encapsulated Torpedo mines. 4. An integral lock-out/lock-in chamber is incorporated
into the hull for special operations. The chamber can host a mini-submarine, such
as Northrop Grumman’s Advanced SEALS Delivery System that can be used to transport special
warfare forces such as Navy SEAL teams. The sophisticated sensors and weaponry make
USS Delaware one of the most potent attack submarines. The main rival of the U.S – Russia has worked
to enhance its naval capabilities since 2000 and is deploying several classes of submarines. Russia plans to build a total of 8 Yasen M
class submarines. Yasen M is intended to destroy US aircraft
carriers. Kazan the first Yasen M class is undergoing
sea trials and is expected to be commissioned in 2020. 5 others Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Arkhangelsk,
Perm & Ulyanovsk are currently under construction, at the Sevmash shipyards at the White Sea
port city of Severodvinsk. The latest Kilo-class submarine of the Russian
fleet is also a force to take note of. Though Kilo class is nothing new and has even
around in some form or another since the 1980s, the newest 6 submarines of this class represent
a significant evolution. It must be noted that one of those submarine
Krasnodar was dubbed as Black Hole by some analysts. Out of the blue on May 29, 2017, a series
of cruise missiles tore through the air towards targets around Syria’s besieged city of
Palmyra. They were Russian missiles and they came from
the Krasnodar which remained undetected before the missile launch. The Russians are also building two other new
designs. Both are nuclear powered, The Borei class
are Russia’s new generation of ballistic missile submarines — the cornerstone and
most survivable part of its nuclear arsenal. Russia’s growing state-of-the-art submarine
fleet has been a source of concern for the U.S military. In June 2016, Vice Admiral James Foggo 3,
commander of the US 6th Fleet, wrote in the June issue of the US Naval Institute’s magazine
that, “an effective, skilled, and technologically advanced Russian submarine force is challenging”
NATO’s maritime dominance. Not only is Russia developing more powerful
submarines but is also deploying them in more patrols. In 2017, Admiral Vladimir Korolyov, the commander-in-chief
of the Russian navy, said his submarine crews spent more than 3,000 days under the water
last year alone. He added Russian subs are patrolling the seas
at levels last seen during the Cold War. Things have not changed since then. Keeping all these in view, it is paramount
that the U.S introduces the Virginia class attack submarines as per the plan and without
delay. USS Delaware is a welcome addition
in this regard.


  1. Imagine spending all that money to help the people of their various nations and the world? When the greenies talk about global warming or climate change, who do think has caused the most mayhem to our planet??

  2. I would love to know why my motherland refuses to buy LA class decommed subs…instead of the diesel electric subs that the UK has decommed and are fire hazards killing at least one officer on it's journey back to Canada? It would make more sense to buy American equipment, since Canadian companies and workers do take part in building some key items for the US and already are familiar with such capabilities. Oh wait, Canadians are stuck on stupid when it comes to national defense…they always think the USA will always come to it's aid.

  3. Where does this channel get it's information? And do you think you should be putting this info out into the world? Loose lips sink ships.

  4. Seawolf and Ohio class also have the photonic periscopes. Edit: Love the videos.

  5. He can pronounce Russian names, but not littoral. As in relating to, or situated or growing on or near a shore, shallow water. Not literal. Very annoying.

  6. Last time I checked there's only 365 days in a year SO HOW THE HELL COULD THEY SPEND 3000 DAYS UNDER THE WATER LAST YEAR ALONE?????????????????? SO YOUR TELL ME THE SPENT AROUND 8 YEARS UNDER WATER

  7. the inside of these Virginia class subs look more like the bridge of the starship enterprise compared to the inside of those Russian subs that looks like something that was transplanted from a German WW2 sub:)

  8. Defense Updates Channel holds a high standard in terms of quality; the only problem I have is the criticism of none American systems. Just present to the viewers what is at hand, and let us viewers judge not you (some of us are also experts in our own rights).

  9. I've had it with this channel! Way too many commercials, and even when I click on them it takes awhile to return to the video. Enough!!!!!! I'm Gone!!!!!!!

  10. Why can't 🇺🇸 USA build world first 5 the generation submarine like world first fifth generation fighters F22 raptor…

  11. IM NOT impressed!

  12. When you do American stuff use American customary units. Don't use metric. I don't want to watch American stuff and have to do conversion. If it's European stuff I get it, but if it's american stuff don't use metric. I don't care if the military does they're not the ones who are watching this video.

  13. Russia or China would have made a whole fleet of Subs for the cost of this one sub.. americans are getting ripped off by these contractors..

  14. Why are they decommissioning La classes?? No us warship should be decommissioned until we find out if China is going to make its move on Taiwan in 2020 like it claims. This is assuming we're going to get involved of course.

  15. Trump could drive the cigarette speed boat from Miami vice right through the straights of Taiwan with a bunch of fake tittie blondes yelling uck you Xi what you gonna do?

  16. Just one of these alone at 50 percent output could take out the whole Iranian crystal blue water navy…so fast could still make it home in time to watch Monday night football 🏈

  17. Ads has sucks my data. Force me to watch their products at least for 5 secs and very intens.

    The are the one who have to pay me, not in this opposite side.

    Sorry for left this great movie with unfinish seen.

  18. Ahhh ok. No wonder Putin is crying to the UN. Russian submarine catches fire. Kills 20. Russia tests a missile. It blows up kills 5 spreads radiation all over. Russian pilots collide in mid air both jets crash. USA tests it's 2 missiles works flawlessly. USA is about to put that sub in service. I hope Putin got his shittin pants on.

  19. I really like the video and also know the information about new technology but I think is not safe to provide about the tech details to the enemies so easy.

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