National Geographic Channel MegaStructures: USS Virginia
The USS Virginia is the US newest class of attack submarines. Built as a more cost effective submarine than the old Seawolf class, the new submarine is also faster to build. The supersub is equipped with a nuclear powered reactor, advanced spying abilities to see and hear better, auto-navigation systems, various ballistic missiles and torpedoes, has stealth capabilities, is able to deploy navy seals, and can remain motionless in the waters for 3 months. The episode looks at the history of the USS Virginia. It looks at how Electric Boat first began the use of 3D computer aided designs to develop the designs for the new class of attack submarine, their joint cooperation with Northrop to manufacture the submarine, and the vital training that the submarine crew is subjected to.
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