The U.S. Navy is the most powerful navy in the world. It has a collection of vessels that would make Poseidon blush and stop a Kraken in its tracks. Both new and old, some of these weapons systems are the gold standard for naval ships. Here are the Navy’s most powerful vessels. Only a wise person would know what the most powerful ship is on the last page. 9. Littoral Combat Ships
The US Navy’s USS Coronado (LCS 4). | Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images Littoral combat ships are designed for warfare close to the shores. These are fast and deadly ships that can travel up to 40 knots . For a vessel of that size, that is some serious speed. These are used for fast assaults, and generally carry a hefty armament for destroying other small vessels. They also have the ability to deploy small tactical teams to take over other vessels.
Next: The LCS’s big brother. 8. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
USS Stethem (DDG 63) | VCG/VCG via Getty Images The Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are a serious force in our Navy. They compose about 20% of all of our naval vessels. The U.S. Navy has been so impressed with their performance that they aren’t even phasing them out for a better destroyer (something they typically do all the time). They are actually building them at the same time. Each class of destroyer has their own distinct advantages, and the Arleigh Burke-class ship is designed for multi-surface warfare; it can attack vessels under, on, or above the sea.
Next: Probably the coolest looking ship on the water. 7. The Zumwalt-class destroyer
USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) | U.S. Navy/General Dynamics Bath Iron Works via Getty Images Looking like something out of a science fiction movie, the USS Zumwalt is the largest destroyer in the world. Its sleek design provides it with a stealth profile that registers on the enemy radar as a small fishing vessel. Ever looking to the future, the Zumwalt can be retrofitted for electromagnetic rail guns or laser weapons when they become available.
Next: You would never see this ship coming. 6. The Virginia-class Submarine
USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) | Jeremy Lambert/U.S. Navy via Getty Images The Virginia-class submarine is the U.S. Navy’s most powerful attack submarine. In fact, they are so efficient and advanced, we are building two a year. These puppies can do anything, from deploying a SEAL team from below the surface of the water, to launching cruise missiles. It is considered one of the most deadly weapons systems we have.
Next: A ship that is rightfully known as a “boomer.” 5. The Ohio-class submarine
USS Florida (SSGN 728) | David Nagle/U.S. Navy/Getty Images The Ohio-class submarines are our intercontinental ballistic missile launch platforms. They are designed for stealth, and are a strategic deterrent to other countries wanting to launch nuclear arms against the U.S. Even though these submarines have the capability of destroying entire countries, they are being tamed a bit. Due to […]