Virginia Class Submarines

For Submarine Construction, 2008 was a Very Good Year

NEW MEXICO is the Navy’s 6th Virginia-class fast-attack submarine in the initial contract for 10 subs.


USS VIRGINIA (SSN 774)



USS TEXAS (SSN 775)



USS HAWAII (SSN 776)



USS NORTH CAROLINA (SSN 777)



USS NEW HAMPSHIRE (SSN 778)


The VA-class submarine construction program has become the Navy's most successful shipbuilding program. These "high tech" subs help fulfill the Navy's mission to deter aggression and maintain freedom of the seas. New Mexico is most fortunate to be honored with such a submarine.

The Virginia Class submarine is the first U.S. Navy combatant to be designed for post-Cold War missions. It is capable of operating in blue water (open ocean) as well as in the littorals (close to shore). The Virginia Class is designed for a full range of mission capabilities such as:

  • Covert Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)
  • Special Warfare Operations
    • Dry Deck Shelters & UUVs
    • Advanced SEAL Delivery System
    • 9-Man Lockout
  • Anti-Submarine
  • Anti-Surface Warfare
  • Covert Precision Strike
  • Direct Support of Forces Ashore
  • Strike Group Support

Virginia Class Statistics:

  • Submerged Displacement: 7835 tons
  • Length: 377 feet
  • Beam: 34 feet
  • Speed: 25+ knots
  • Depth: 800+ feet
  • Weapon Payload: 38
  • Torpedo Tubes: 4
  • Vertical Launch Tubes: 12
  • Advanced Mobile Mines
  • Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUV)
  • No Periscopes – Two Photonic Masts
  • Propulsion – 40,000 hp, Advanced Propeller in Duct
  • Power – S9G Pressurized Water Reactor (no refueling)
  • Crew – 134 (118 when deployed, bunk limitation)
  • Cost – $2.7B, USS New Mexico fully funded
  • Design Life – 33 years