This article comes from Asiatimes.com. “This month, the US laid down the keel of the USS District of Columbia nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), which marks the start of construction of the lead boat of the class. The new class is touted as the largest, most capable, and most advanced sub made by the US.
The 12 planned Columbia-class SSBNs will replace the 14 long-serving Ohio-class boats which were built from 1976 to 1997 as the US Navy’s undersea deterrent. The new class is planned to carry 70% of the US deployed nuclear arsenal, with the first-of-class slated to come into service in 2027 and the first patrol slated for 2031. Click here to read the rest of this article.