The virginia class also known as the ssn 774 class is a class of nuclear powered fast attack submarines hull classification symbol ssn in service with the united states navythe virginia class attack submarine is the us navys newest undersea warfare platform and incorporates the latest in stealth intelligence gathering and weapons systems technology. The ohio class submarines were constructed from sections of hull in 1994 the nuclear posture review study determined that of the 18 ohio ssbns the us navy would be operating in total the us navy has yet to confirm an ohio class replacement program. The ohio class is a class of nuclear powered submarines used by the united states navy the navy has 18 ohio class ballistic missile submarines ssbn and guided missile submarines ssgn the ohio class is named after the lead submarine of this class uss ohio. The uss california will be the first virginia class submarine with the advanced electromagnetic signature reduction system built into it that would replace some of the capabilities lost when the ssgn conversion ohio class submarines are retired from the fleet navys virginia class program recognized for acquisition excellence. For an overview of the strategic and budgetary context in which the virginia class program and other navy shipbuilding programs may be considered see crs report rl32665 navy force structure and shipbuilding plans background and issues for congress by ronald orourke
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