I worked at Newport News shipyard. Toured a Los Angeles class once. They are certainly awesome.
I just hate when they interrupt a naming scheme for a class. The only Los Angeles class not named for a city was the Hyman G. Rickover. The only Ohio-class not named for a state was the Henry M. Jackson. Now the only Virginia-class (so far) not named for a state is the John Warner.
Agreed that it's a shrouded design, but there were front and aft covers that hid the screw itself. Until she's in the water, and the screw is hidden by the water, those covers will ensure that the screw will remain completely hidden from view.
Before my current assignment I was on the USS RHODE ISLAND. VA class boats are incredible machines...well, all US submarines are incredible, but the VA class takes it to a whole new level.
Interesting to see the huge budget that still is given for the US submarine force. Diverse mission set, for certain. Nuclear deterrence, mine warfare, anti-surface, anti-submarine, intel/surveillance/reconnaissance, special ops, strike... lots and lots of capabilities.