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The guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200), and the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) participate in a replenishment-at-sea while the guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG 92) and USS Preble (DDG 88) transit in formation.

Cruisers, Destroyers & Frigates

Forming the best battle groups on the seas

Because carriers and submarines are so important to Navy operations, they are often called "support vessels." But make no mistake, these ships are powerful and capable enough to operate on their own in almost any situation. They make certain no carrier, cargo/supply ship or oil tanker proceeds into an area where enemy action is possible. With lightning-quick communications, space-based radar systems, precision weapons and advanced engineering systems, these agile surface warfare ships can lead a strike or protect the fleet against aircraft, submarines and other ships.

The guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) transits the Atlantic Ocean.
Cruisers
Multi-Mission and Multi-Missile

Cruisers are seaborne platforms of sophisticated modern guided-missile systems. They can take out virtually any target in the air, the sea, beneath the waves or on the shore. Primarily deployed in battle groups, cruisers are near- and far-striking ships with multiple and mission-specific roles.

Get the specs and tech of the Ticonderoga-Class Cruiser.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) is on patrol in the Pacific Ocean.
Destroyers
Agile and Lethal

Destroyers have a proud tradition of anti-submarine warfare, but the Navy's modern versions are multi-mission nightmares for an opposing threat. Capable of operating in battle groups or on their own, they have similar guided-missile capabilities to cruisers and take part in a wide range of missions, including supporting carrier and expeditionary strike groups and surface strike groups.

Get the specs and tech of the Arleigh-Burke-Class Destroyer.

A visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) team approaches the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate - USS Taylor (FGG 50).
Frigates
Rugged and Ready

The USS Samuel B. Roberts struck a mine and USS Stark was hit by two Exocet cruise missiles.

Both survived and returned to the fleet. Frigates are tough vessels built to withstand punishment and keep operating. Their main role is to assist amphibious expeditionary forces and replenish groups and merchant convoys.

Get the specs and tech of the Oliver Hazard-Perry-Class Frigate.

 The Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer DDG 1000 is floated out of dry dock at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard.

Zumwalt-Class Destroyer – The Next Generation Warship

With its angular looks and wave-piercing "Tumblehome" hull form, the next-generation destroyer almost looks like science-fiction. It certainly doesn't look like any other warship. And it doesn't operate like one. Multifunctional, capable of operating in various environments and on schedule to be operational by 2016, the Zumwalt-Class is more automated than most warships. With that automation comes increased efficiency – to the point that a standard crew of only 130 is required. But make no mistake, even though the technical sophistication is high, it is built to be rugged and incredibly well-armed.

Get the specs and tech of the Zumwalt-Class Destroyer.