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Illinois Commissioning

The U.S. Navy with assistance from the First Lady Michelle Obama commissioned and brought to life the newest Virginia class submarine, USS Illinois (SSN-786), during a ceremony attended by more than 2,500 at Naval Submarine Base, New London on October 29, 2016.

Sailors assigned to the Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Illinois (SSN-786) salute after bringing the ship to life during a rehearsal for the submarine's upcoming commissioning ceremony scheduled for October 29. Illinois is the U.S. Navy's 13th Virginia-Class attack submarine and the fourth U.S. Navy ship named for the state of Illinois (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Darryl I. Wood)
Sailors assigned to the Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Illinois (SSN-786) salute after bringing the ship to life during a rehearsal for the submarine’s upcoming commissioning ceremony scheduled for October 29. Illinois is the U.S. Navy’s 13th Virginia-Class attack submarine and the fourth U.S. Navy ship named for the state of Illinois (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Darryl I. Wood)

Illinois, named in honor of the 21st state, is the 13th Virginia-class, fast-attack submarine to join the Navy’s operational fleet.

The first lady, who is the ships sponsor, expressed how proud she was of the crew and their families. «Thank you for giving me the incredible privilege of being associated with you and with your families and with the Illinois for the rest of my life. I will continue to keep you in my prayers every single day and keep you in my thoughts, and know that you have a sponsor that cares deeply». Obama gave the order to «man our ship and bring her to life» before the crew of about 130 men ran across the brow, onto the vessel.

«There are many out there who have been waiting a long time to address you-not as a PCU, but as a United States Ship-the USS Illinois-a warship», said key note speaker, Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson.

USS Illinois (SSN-786) is the third of eight Block III Virginia-class submarines to be built. The Block III submarines are built with new Virginia Payload Tubes designed to lower costs and increase missile-firing payload possibilities. The first 10 Block I and Block II Virginia-class submarines have 12 individual 21-inch/0.53-meter diameter vertical launch tubes able to fire Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMS). The Block III submarines are built with two-larger 87-inch/2.2-meter diameter tubes able to house six TLAMS each.

USS Illinois Commanding Officer, Commander Jessie Porter, highlighted the Illinois’ capability to dominate the undersea domain and enable military success in any engagement. «Over the coming years, this submarine -and others like her-will continue the impressive legacy that our submarine forbearers have established in making our country more secure», said Porter. «The Illinois has joined the fleet», said Porter. «The crew of Illinois has assumed our watch-a watch that will continue for the next 30 years-always waiting for the call, always ready».

During the ceremony, Obama had the opportunity to announce Illinois’ Sailor of the Year, Petty Officer First Class Ryan Mock.

The first USS Illinois (BB-7) was a battleship commissioned in 1901 and was part of President Theodore Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet that circumnavigated the world in 1907, introducing America as a global power.

USS Illinois (SSN-786) is a flexible, multi-mission platform designed to carry out the seven core competencies of the submarine force: anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; delivery of special operations forces; strike warfare; irregular warfare; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and mine warfare.

The submarine is 377 feet/114.8 m long, has a 34-foot/10.36-meter beam, and will be able to dive to depths greater than 800 feet/244 m and operate at speeds in excess of 25 knots/28 mph/46.3 km/h submerged. It will operate for over 30 years without ever refueling. Construction on Illinois began March 2011; the submarine’s keel was authenticated during a ceremony on June 2, 2014; and the submarine was christened during a ceremony October 10, 2015.

USS Illinois Joins U.S. Navy’s Fleet

 

General Characteristics

Builder General Dynamics Electric Boat Division and Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. – Newport News Shipbuilding
Date Deployed October 3, 2004
Propulsion One GE PWR S9G* nuclear reactor, two turbines, one shaft; 40,000 hp/30 MW
Length 377 feet/114.8 m
Beam 33 feet/10.06 m
Hull Diameter 34 feet/10.36 m
Displacement Approximately 7,835 tons/7,961 metric tons submerged
Speed 25+ knots/28+ mph/46.3+ km/h
Diving Depth 800+ feet/244+ m
Crew 132: 15 officers; 117 enlisted
Armament: Tomahawk missiles 12 individual VLS (Vertical Launch System) tubes or two 87-in/2.2 m Virginia Payload Tubes (VPTs), each capable of launching 6 Tomahawk cruise missiles
Armament: MK-48 ADCAP (Advanced Capability) Mod 7 heavyweight torpedoes 4 torpedo tubes
Weapons MK-60 CAPTOR (Encapsulated Torpedo) mines, advanced mobile mines and UUVs (Unmanned Underwater Vehicles)

* – Knolls Atomic Power Laboratories

The future USS Illinois (SSN-786) conducts sea trials (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of General Dynamics Electric Boat/Released)
The future USS Illinois (SSN-786) conducts sea trials (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of General Dynamics Electric Boat/Released)

 

Nuclear Submarine Lineup

 

Block I

Ship Yard Christening Commissioned Homeport
SSN-774 Virginia EB 8-16-03 10-23-04 Portsmouth, New Hampshire
SSN-775 Texas NNS 7-31-05 9-9-06 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
SSN-776 Hawaii EB 6-19-06 5-5-07 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
SSN-777 North Carolina NNS 4-21-07 5-3-08 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

EB – Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut

NNS – Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia

SSN – Attack Submarine, Nuclear-powered

The emblem of the USS Illinois (SSN-786)
The emblem of the USS Illinois (SSN-786)

 

Block II

Ship Yard Christening Commissioned Homeport
SSN-778 New Hampshire EB 6-21-08 10-25-08 Groton, Connecticut
SSN-779 New Mexico NNS 12-13-08 11-21-09 Groton, Connecticut
SSN-780 Missouri EB 12-5-09 7-31-10 Groton, Connecticut
SSN-781 California NNS 11-6-10 10-29-11 Groton, Connecticut
SSN-782 Mississippi EB 12-3-11 6-2-12 Groton, Connecticut
SSN-783 Minnesota NNS 10-27-12 9-7-13 Norfolk, Virginia
First lady Michelle Obama christens submarine named after her home state of Illinois
First lady Michelle Obama christens submarine named after her home state of Illinois

 

Block III

Ship Yard Christening Commissioned Homeport
SSN-784 North Dakota EB 11-2-13 10-25-14 Groton, Connecticut
SSN-785 John Warner NNS 09-06-14 08-01-15 Norfolk, Virginia
SSN-786 Illinois EB 10-10-15 10-29-16 Groton, Connecticut
SSN-787 Washington NNS 03-05-16
SSN-788 Colorado EB Under Construction
SSN-789 Indiana NNS Under Construction
SSN-790 South Dakota EB Under Construction
SSN-791 Delaware NNS Under Construction
Sailors assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Illinois (SSN-786) raise the flags during the rehearsal for the upcoming commissioning ceremony of USS Illinois, the U.S. Navy’s newest submarine on October 29 (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Darryl I. Wood/Released)
Sailors assigned to Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Illinois (SSN-786) raise the flags during the rehearsal for the upcoming commissioning ceremony of USS Illinois, the U.S. Navy’s newest submarine on October 29 (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Darryl I. Wood/Released)

Tubes for Block V

BAE Systems has received a contract from General Dynamics Electric Boat to begin work associated with the production of Virginia Payload Module (VPM) tubes for Block V Virginia-class (SSN-774) submarines.

The concept of the Virginia Payload Module
The concept of the Virginia Payload Module

This initial award will fund work surrounding certification, special tooling, and other items related to production readiness.

The VPM is an additional mid-body section being integrated into the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class submarines, beginning with the second boat of Block V. It contains four large-diameter payload tubes, each capable of storing and launching up to seven Tomahawk cruise missiles. Accessible while at sea, the VPM also offers an unprecedented amount of flexibility in the potential integration of future payloads.

«The new Virginia Payload Module will bring an additional 28 missiles to each Virginia-class submarine, tripling their payload strike capacity», said Joe Senftle, vice president and general manager of Weapon Systems at BAE Systems. «Increasing the firepower of the Virginia class is a cost-effective way for the U.S. Navy to maintain its strike capability after its four SSGN guided missile submarines retire».

BAE Systems has a long history of supporting the U.S. undersea fleet as the leading provider of propulsors and other submarine systems. Earlier this year the company announced it was selected to provide propulsors, spare hardware, and tailcones for Block IV Virginia-class submarines.

Work on the initial award will be performed at BAE Systems’ facility in Louisville, Kentucky. Contracts for the launch tube production are expected in early 2017, with deliveries through 2019.

Clock counts down

On the sixth floor of Tower A at the New London Facility a digital time clock counts down the number of days until a due date for the next Virginia Payload Module (VPM) arrangement design completion. That Design-Build team had 516 people working on VPM deliverables on this particular day. There were 143 designers, 308 engineers, and 65 personnel in purchasing, operations, planning, material procurement, finance and contracts working on VPM. By summer, there will be 650.

VPT (Virginia Payload Tubes), CMC (Common Missile Compartment) and VPM is another variation of tube designs tailored to a specific mission
VPT (Virginia Payload Tubes), CMC (Common Missile Compartment) and VPM is another variation of tube designs tailored to a specific mission

The ramp-up in people and countdown on product delivery are all part of ensuring the first VPM is ready for installation at the beginning of Virginia Block V in 2019. Target date for operating capability is 2026.

The schedule is set to ensure the U.S. Navy does not lose mission capabilities in the 2020s when SSGNs reach the end of their 42-year maximum service lives. When the last SSGN retires in 2028, the U.S. Navy faced losing 60 percent of its undersea strike capacity. The 19 Virginia submarines planned with VPM, with its capacity for 28 Tomahawk missiles, will help mitigate that loss. The 87-inch/2.2-meter width of its missile tubes also allows carrying unmanned undersea and aerial vehicles.

VPM will have four in-line, large-diameter missile tubes capable of launching 28 Tomahawk missiles or future payloads. The payload tubes are a complex undertaking requiring expertise from Structures, Fluids, Mechanical, Combat Systems, and Electrical departments. Installation may be three years away but making that date means buying materials, lining up vendors, and testing processes now.

One casting is 12-feet/3.6-meter wide by 12-feet /3.6-meter long and will weigh approximately 47,000 pounds/21,319 kg. Facilities upgrades and new fixtures are needed to support the modules’ tubes and inserting them in the hull. Also, a new barge will be required to transport it from Quonset Point to Groton. VPM will be approximately 84-feet/25.6-meter long. Incorporating the VPM into the existing 2B-5 module will result in a super module that is approximately 183-feet/55.8-meter long. That’s a big module to transport.

The current VPM is a descendent of the Multi-Mission Module concept that resulted from numerous configuration studies over several years. These configurations – part of the conform process under then-director Al Malchiodi – included removable payload tubes, a payload bay, in-line payload tubes in a wasp-waist hull or a full-diameter hull, and building a payload interface module.

By 2013 the Capability Development Document for VPM was approved by the U.S. Navy and the key performance parameters for cost, strike capability, and schedule were set. Delivering on those marching orders has been the goal of the VPM Program ever since.

2016 will be an exciting year as the prototype missile tube is built – VPM went from sketches to pouring castings. Also this year VPM will be validating the design of the integrated tube and hull, casting prototype, destructively testing the prototype castings, starting host ship arrangements, completing ship specifications, and updating cost estimates. In addition, the pressure hull confirmation model will be designed and built, harnessing the efforts of planning and people and then producing a steel product.

 

VPM Characteristics

Virginia Payload Module (VPM) An 84-foot/25.6-meter-hull section with a low-profile topside fairing
Payload Volume Four in-line large-diameter missile tubes capable of launching 28 Tomahawk missiles, or a wide range of future payloads
Flexibility 87-inch/2.2-meter-wide tubes allowing more payload options than standard 21-inch/0.53-meter tubes
Accessibility Internal hatches on each tube for access to payloads
Whole-Ship 461-foot/140.5-meter long; 9,700 long tons (LT)/9,856 metric tonnes displacement; 40 vertically-launched missiles
Availability Block V: Construction scheduled to start in 2019; initial operational capability targeted for 2026 long tons metric tonnes

 

Keel laying for Delaware

Dr. Jill Biden, the Second Lady of the United States and sponsor of the Virginia-class submarine USS Delaware (SSN-791), visited Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division on April 30 for the submarine’s keel-laying ceremony, during which she declared the keel «truly and fairly laid». The keel laying signifies the ceremonial start of construction for the newest U.S. Navy vessel named for «The First State».

Ship Sponsor Dr. Jill Biden's initials were welded onto a steel plate that will be permanently affixed to the submarine USS Delaware (SSN-791), symbolizing her lifelong relationship with the shipbuilders and crew (Photo by Chris Oxley/HII)
Ship Sponsor Dr. Jill Biden’s initials were welded onto a steel plate that will be permanently affixed to the submarine USS Delaware (SSN-791), symbolizing her lifelong relationship with the shipbuilders and crew (Photo by Chris Oxley/HII)

In her remarks, Biden addressed the crew of Delaware not just as the ship sponsor, but as a military mother and grandmother. «It’s our duty to make sure that you have everything you need to stay safe and do your jobs», Biden said. «You need the very best equipment and advanced technology that we can provide, and soon that will include the USS Delaware, thanks to the ingenuity and skill of the shipbuilders before us».

During the ceremony, Biden’s initials were welded onto a steel plate that will be permanently affixed to the submarine, symbolizing her lifelong relationship with the shipbuilders and crew.

Other ceremony participants included Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe; Senator Thomas Carper, Democratic Party-Delaware; Representative Randy Forbes, Republican Party-Virginia; Representative Bobby Scott, Democratic Party-Virginia; Vice Admiral Joseph Tofalo, commander of Submarine Forces, Submarine Forces Atlantic and Allied Submarine Command; Matt Mulherin, president, Newport News Shipbuilding; and Jeffrey S. Geiger, president, General Dynamics Electric Boat.

In his remarks, McAuliffe addressed the importance of the shipbuilding industry in Virginia. «I want to thank the greatest shipbuilders in the entire world that we have here right at Newport News», McAuliffe said. «No other state can say this: 28,500 shipbuilders – one out of five in the United States of America – are here in the Commonwealth of Virginia».

More than 4,000 shipbuilders support the construction of Delaware. The submarine will be the newest U.S. Navy vessel named for the country’s first state, following the dreadnought battleship USS Delaware (BB-28) that was delivered by Newport News in 1910.

«While Jill Biden’s initials may be the only ones visible today, this submarine also carries with it the names of her shipbuilders», Mulherin said. «Shipbuilders who sign their name to each and every job they perform, shipbuilders who put safety and quality above all else, and shipbuilders who I have the utmost respect for and complete and total confidence in».

Delaware is the final ship of the Block III submarines built under a unique teaming agreement between Newport News and General Dynamics Electric Boat.

«Through the effort of this team, the Virginia program has distinguished itself by setting new standards for cost-effective design and construction and advanced mission capabilities for the Navy», Geiger said. «It’s now a busy time for our team, and we are fortunate to be engaged in a sustained period of increased submarine production. The newest, the Delaware, stands out as a remarkable example of applied and integrated technology, along with the ships of the class that have come before it».

Construction on Delaware began in September 2013. The submarine is about 56 percent complete and is on track for delivery in 2018.

In her remarks, Biden addressed the crew of Delaware not just as the ship sponsor, but as a military mother and grandmother
In her remarks, Biden addressed the crew of Delaware not just as the ship sponsor, but as a military mother and grandmother

 

General Characteristics

Builder General Dynamics Electric Boat Division and Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. – Newport News Shipbuilding
Date Deployed October 3, 2004
Propulsion One GE PWR S9G* nuclear reactor, two turbines, one shaft; 40,000 hp/30 MW
Length 377 feet/114.8 m
Beam 33 feet/10.0584 m
Hull Diameter 34 feet/10.3632 m
Displacement Approximately 7,800 tons/7,925 metric tons submerged
Speed 25+ knots/28+ mph/46.3+ km/h
Diving Depth 800+ feet/244+ m
Crew 132: 15 officers; 117 enlisted
Armament: Tomahawk missiles 12 individual VLS (Vertical Launch System) tubes or two 87-in/2.2 m Virginia Payload Tubes (VPTs), each capable of launching 6 Tomahawk cruise missiles
Armament: MK-48 ADCAP (Advanced Capability) Mod 7 heavyweight torpedoes 4 torpedo tubes
Weapons MK-60 CAPTOR (Encapsulated Torpedo) mines, advanced mobile mines and UUVs (Unmanned Underwater Vehicles)

* – Knolls Atomic Power Laboratories

A Virginia-class submarine model marked to represent the USS Delaware (SSN-791)
A Virginia-class submarine model marked to represent the USS Delaware (SSN-791)

 

Nuclear Submarine Lineup

Block I

Ship Yard Christening Commissioned Homeport
SSN-774 Virginia EB 8-16-03 10-23-04 Portsmouth, New Hampshire
SSN-775 Texas NNS 7-31-05 9-9-06 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
SSN-776 Hawaii EB 6-19-06 5-5-07 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
SSN-777 North Carolina NNS 4-21-07 5-3-08 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

EB – Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut

NNS – Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia

SSN – Attack Submarine, Nuclear-powered

Newport News Shipbuilding's Eric Schmidt installs a pipe hanger in the aft trim tank of the Virginia-class submarine Delaware (Photo by Chris Oxley)
Newport News Shipbuilding’s Eric Schmidt installs a pipe hanger in the aft trim tank of the Virginia-class submarine Delaware (Photo by Chris Oxley)

 

Block II

Ship Yard Christening Commissioned Homeport
SSN-778 New Hampshire EB 6-21-08 10-25-08 Groton, Connecticut
SSN-779 New Mexico NNS 12-13-08 11-21-09 Groton, Connecticut
SSN-780 Missouri EB 12-5-09 7-31-10 Groton, Connecticut
SSN-781 California NNS 11-6-10 10-29-11 Groton, Connecticut
SSN-782 Mississippi EB 12-3-11 6-2-12 Groton, Connecticut
SSN-783 Minnesota NNS 10-27-12 9-7-13 Norfolk, Virginia
The bow unit of Virginia-class submarine Delaware (SSN-791) stands upright in one of Newport News Shipbuilding's submarine facilities (Photo by Chris Oxley)
The bow unit of Virginia-class submarine Delaware (SSN-791) stands upright in one of Newport News Shipbuilding’s submarine facilities (Photo by Chris Oxley)

 

Block III

Ship Yard Christening Commissioned Homeport
SSN-784 North Dakota EB 11-2-13 10-25-14 Groton, Connecticut
SSN-785 John Warner NNS 09-06-14 08-01-15 Norfolk, Virginia
SSN-786 Illinois EB 10-10-15
SSN-787 Washington NNS 03-05-16
SSN-788 Colorado EB Under Construction
SSN-789 Indiana NNS Under Construction
SSN-790 South Dakota EB Under Construction
SSN-791 Delaware NNS Under Construction
Virginia-class infographic
Virginia-class infographic

 

Block IV

Ship Yard Christening Commissioned Homeport
SSN-792 Vermont EB On Order
SSN-793 Oregon EB On Order
SSN-794 Montana NNS On Order
SSN-795 Hyman G. Rickover EB On Order
SSN-796 New Jersey NNS On Order
SSN-797 Iowa EB On Order
SSN-798 Massachusetts NNS On Order
SSN-799 Idaho EB On Order
SSN-800 Arkansas NNS On Order
SSN-801 Utah EB On Order
The concept of the Virginia Payload Module
The concept of the Virginia Payload Module

 

Block V

Ship Yard Christening Commissioned Homeport
SSN-802 (Unnamed)
SSN-803 (Unnamed)
SSN-804 (Unnamed)
SSN-805 (Unnamed)
SSN-806 (Unnamed)
SSN-807 (Unnamed)
SSN-808 (Unnamed)
SSN-809 (Unnamed)
SSN-810 (Unnamed)
SSN-811 (Unnamed)
Nearly 4,000 Newport News shipbuilders have worked on USS Washington (SSN-787). The submarine is on track to be delivered in 2016
Nearly 4,000 Newport News shipbuilders have worked on USS Washington (SSN-787). The submarine is on track to be delivered in 2016

 

Block VI

Ship Yard Christening Commissioned Homeport
SSN-812 (Unnamed)
SSN-813 (Unnamed)
SSN-814 (Unnamed)
SSN-815 (Unnamed)
SSN-816 (Unnamed)

USS Minnesota (SSN-783) got her first taste of the sea in early May 2013 during her sea trials

 

Block VII

Ship Yard Christening Commissioned Homeport
SSN-817 (Unnamed)
SSN-818 (Unnamed)
SSN-819 (Unnamed)
SSN-820 (Unnamed)
SSN-821 (Unnamed)
In Virginia-class SSNs, traditional periscopes have been supplanted by two photonics masts that host visible and infrared digital cameras atop telescoping arms
In Virginia-class SSNs, traditional periscopes have been supplanted by two photonics masts that host visible and infrared digital cameras atop telescoping arms

Christening of Illinois

October 10, 2015, General Dynamics Electric Boat christened the USS Illinois (SSN-786), the 13th submarine of the U.S. Navy’s Virginia Class. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.

First lady Michelle Obama christens submarine named after her home state of Illinois
First lady Michelle Obama christens submarine named after her home state of Illinois

The Saturday morning christening ceremony took place at Electric Boat’s Groton shipyard with the Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus as the ceremony’s principal speaker. First Lady Michelle Obama is the ship’s sponsor and she christened the ship by breaking a bottle of Illinois sparkling wine against the submarine’s bow before an audience of approximately 7,500 people.

USS Illinois (SSN-786) will be delivered to the U.S. Navy in 2016.

«We are honored to have the First Lady as our sponsor», said Electric Boat President Jeffrey Geiger. «I’m proud to show her that this submarine is the embodiment of our team, whose innovation, ingenuity and unrelenting work ethic is unmatched».

Virginia-class submarines are among the most effective platforms in the U.S. Navy’s portfolio. These submarines are equipped to wage multi-dimensional warfare around the globe. In addition to anti-submarine, anti-surface ship and counter-mine warfare, Illinois will support surveillance, special operations and covert strike missions.

Electric Boat has established standards of excellence in the design, construction and lifecycle support of U.S. Navy submarines. The company’s primary locations are in Groton, New London, Conn., and Quonset Point, R.I. Its current workforce is approximately 14,000 employees.

Submarine Illinois reaches another milestone, Pressure Hull Complete, on December 16, 2014, when all hull sections are joined to form a single watertight unit
Submarine Illinois reaches another milestone, Pressure Hull Complete, on December 16, 2014, when all hull sections are joined to form a single watertight unit

 

General Characteristics

Builder Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut
Propulsion One GE PWR S9G nuclear reactor, two turbines, one shaft; 40,000 hp/30 MW
Length 377 feet/114.8 m
Beam 33 feet/10.0584 m
Hull Diameter 34 feet/10.3632 m
Displacement Approximately 7,835 tons/7,925 metric tons submerged
Speed 25+ knots/28+ mph/46.3+ km/h
Diving Depth 800+ feet/244+ m
Crew 132: 15 officers; 117 enlisted
Armament: Tomahawk missiles two 87-inch/2.2-meter Virginia Payload Tubes (VPTs), each capable of launching 6 Tomahawk cruise missiles
Armament: MK-48 ADCAP (Advanced Capability) Mod 7 heavyweight torpedoes 4 × 21-inch/533-mm torpedo tubes
Weapons MK-60 CAPTOR (Encapsulated Torpedo) mines, advanced mobile mines and UUVs (Unmanned Underwater Vehicles)
Electric Boat workers prepare submarine Illinois for rollout on July 24, 2015
Electric Boat workers prepare submarine Illinois for rollout on July 24, 2015

 

Nuclear Submarine Lineup

 

Block I

Ship Yard Christening Commissioned Homeport
SSN-774 Virginia EB 8-16-03 10-23-04 Portsmouth, New Hampshire
SSN-775 Texas NNS 7-31-05 9-9-06 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
SSN-776 Hawaii EB 6-19-06 5-5-07 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
SSN-777 North Carolina NNS 4-21-07 5-3-08 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

EB – Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut

NNS – Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia

SSN – Attack Submarine, Nuclear-powered

Several Connecticut and Rhode Island officials, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus spoke at the ceremony at the Groton shipyard of Electric Boat
Several Connecticut and Rhode Island officials, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus spoke at the ceremony at the Groton shipyard of Electric Boat

 

Block II

Ship Yard Christening Commissioned Homeport
SSN-778 New Hampshire EB 6-21-08 10-25-08 Groton, Connecticut
SSN-779 New Mexico NNS 12-13-08 11-21-09 Groton, Connecticut
SSN-780 Missouri EB 12-5-09 7-31-10 Groton, Connecticut
SSN-781 California NNS 11-6-10 10-29-11 Groton, Connecticut
SSN-782 Mississippi EB 12-3-11 6-2-12 Groton, Connecticut
SSN-783 Minnesota NNS 10-27-12 9-7-13 Norfolk, Virginia
Float off begins for submarine Illinois on Aug. 7, 2015
Float off begins for submarine Illinois on Aug. 7, 2015

 

Block III

Ship Yard Christening Commissioned Homeport
SSN-784 North Dakota EB 11-2-13 10-25-14 Groton, Connecticut
SSN-785 John Warner NNS 09-06-14 08-01-15 Norfolk, Virginia
SSN-786 Illinois EB 10-10-15
SSN-787 Washington NNS Under Construction
SSN-788 Colorado EB Under Construction
SSN-789 Indiana NNS Under Construction
SSN-790 South Dakota EB Under Construction
SSN-791 Delaware NNS Under Construction
The emblem of the USS Illinois (SSN-786)
The emblem of the USS Illinois (SSN-786)

 

Block IV

Ship Yard Christening Commissioned Homeport
SSN-792 Vermont EB Under Construction
SSN-793 Oregon NNS Under Construction
SSN-794 Montana
SSN-795 Hyman G. Rickover
SSN-796 New Jersey
SSN-797 Iowa
SSN-798 (Unnamed)
SSN-799 Idaho
SSN-800 (Unnamed)
SSN-801 (Unnamed)
The first description of a U.S. warship christening is that of Constitution, «Old Ironsides», at Boston on October 21, 1797. As the ship slipped into the water, the sponsor, Captain James Sever, broke a bottle of Madeira over the bowsprit
The first description of a U.S. warship christening is that of Constitution, «Old Ironsides», at Boston on October 21, 1797. As the ship slipped into the water, the sponsor, Captain James Sever, broke a bottle of Madeira over the bowsprit

 

Block V

Ship Yard Christening Commissioned Homeport
SSN-802 (Unnamed)
SSN-803 (Unnamed)
SSN-804 (Unnamed)
SSN-805 (Unnamed)

It took her three tries before the determined First Lady Michelle Obama successfully cracked the bottle, causing an immediate eruption of sparkling wine

 

Alpha sea trials

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced on May 26 that the newest Virginia-class submarine, USS John Warner (SSN-785), successfully completed its initial sea trials on Saturday. Sea trials are aggressive operational tests that demonstrate the submarine’s capabilities at sea. John Warner, the first Virginia-class submarine to be named for a person, is being built as part of a teaming arrangement between HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division and General Dynamics Electric Boat.

The Virginia-class submarine USS John Warner (SSN-785) completed alpha sea trials on Saturday. All systems, components and compartments were tested. The submarine also submerged for the first time and operated at high speeds on the surface and underwater (Photo by Chris Oxley/HII)
The Virginia-class submarine USS John Warner (SSN-785) completed alpha sea trials on Saturday. All systems, components and compartments were tested. The submarine also submerged for the first time and operated at high speeds on the surface and underwater (Photo by Chris Oxley/HII)

«Alpha sea trials represent the first underway test of the quality of the craftsmanship that went into the construction of this great vessel and the skill of the crew that operates her», said Jim Hughes, Newport News’ vice president of submarines and fleet support. «Both the ship and the crew performed incredibly well, resulting in extremely successful trials that enable the ship to advance directly into its next set of tests. The USS John Warner is now well on its way to being another successful and early Virginia-class delivery».

All systems, components and compartments were tested during the trials. The new submarine submerged for the first time and operated at high speeds on the surface and underwater. USS John Warner (SSN-785) will undergo several more rounds of sea trials before delivery to the U.S. Navy by Newport News.

«The sea trials were a huge success», said Commander Dan Caldwell, the submarine’s prospective commanding officer. «The ship is in great material condition, and I could not be more proud of the way the crew performed. They have worked tirelessly for the last two years preparing to take this ship to sea, and it showed during sea trials. We look forward to completing the ship’s delivery and joining the operational fleet».

Construction of John Warner began in 2010. The boat is 99 percent complete and on schedule to deliver next month – more than three months ahead of its contracted delivery date.

 

Nuclear Submarine Lineup

Ship Yard Christening Commissioned Homeport
SSN-774 Virginia EB 8-16-03 10-23-04 Portsmouth, New Hampshire
SSN-775 Texas NNS 7-31-05 9-9-06 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
SSN-776 Hawaii EB 6-19-06 5-5-07 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
SSN-777 North Carolina NNS 4-21-07 5-3-08 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
SSN-778 New Hampshire EB 6-21-08 10-25-08 Groton, Connecticut
SSN-779 New Mexico NNS 12-13-08 11-21-09 Groton, Connecticut
SSN-780 Missouri EB 12-5-09 7-31-10 Groton, Connecticut
SSN-781 California NNS 11-6-10 10-29-11 Groton, Connecticut
SSN-782 Mississippi EB 12-3-11 6-2-12 Groton, Connecticut
SSN-783 Minnesota NNS 10-27-12 9-7-13 Norfolk, Virginia
SSN-784 North Dakota EB 11-2-13 10-25-14 Groton, Connecticut
SSN-785 John Warner NNS 09-06-14
SSN-786 Illinois EB Under Construction
SSN-787 Washington NNS Under Construction
SSN-788 Colorado EB Under Construction
SSN-789 Indiana NNS Under Construction
SSN-790 South Dakota EB Under Construction
SSN-791 Delaware NNS Under Construction
SSN-792 Vermont EB Under Construction
SSN-793 Oregon NNS Under Construction
SSN-794 (Unnamed)
SSN-795 Hyman G. Rickover
SSN-796 New Jersey
SSN-797 (Unnamed)
SSN-798 (Unnamed)
SSN-799 (Unnamed)
SSN-800 (Unnamed)
SSN-801 (Unnamed)
SSN-802 (Unnamed)
SSN-803 (Unnamed)
SSN-804 (Unnamed)
SSN-805 (Unnamed)

EB – Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut

NNS – Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia

She will be the first in the class to be named after a person
She will be the first in the class to be named after a person

Keel laying

The keel of the 15th Virginia-class nuclear-powered fast attack submarine named for Colorado was laid at the Rhode Island manufacturing plant for General Dynamics Electric Boat Division on Saturday, March 7, at 1:30 pm. Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams represented the state at the keel laying ceremony.

Commander Ken Franklin was designated to be the Commander of the USS Colorado
Commander Ken Franklin was designated to be the Commander of the USS Colorado

The construction milestone for SSN-788 was being marked at the North Kingstown shipyard. Annie Mabus, daughter of Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, is the ship’s sponsor. She authenticated the keel by chalking her initials onto a metal plate. The initials were welded and the plate was permanently affixed to the ship.

By the way, the submarine doesn’t have a traditional keel that runs the length of the ship. USS Colorado is built in modules. Construction on the nuclear-powered fast attack submarine began in 2012. Colorado is slated to be delivered in 2017. When complete, the USS Colorado (SSN-788) will be a high-tech attack submarine. It is the third Navy ship to bear the name Colorado. The first was an armored cruiser commissioned in 1905. The second USS Colorado was a battleship that took part in the invasion of Tarawa during World War II.

USS Colorado is so-called Block III submarine. The Third Block of the Virginia-class submarine began construction in 2009. Block III submarines feature a revised bow with a Large Aperture Bow (LAB) sonar array, as well as technology from Ohio-class SSGNs (two Virginia Payload Tubes each containing 6 missiles). The horseshoe-shaped LAB sonar array replaces the spherical main sonar array, which has been used on all U.S. Navy SSNs since 1960. The LAB sonar array is water-backed – as opposed to earlier sonar arrays, which were air-backed – and consists of a passive array and a medium-frequency active array. Compared to earlier Virginia-class attack submarines about 40% of the bow has been redesigned.

Annie Mabus, ship sponsor of the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Colorado (SSN-788), delivers remarks during the ship's keel laying ceremony. Annie is the daughter of the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), Ray Mabus. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales (Released)
Annie Mabus, ship sponsor of the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Colorado (SSN-788), delivers remarks during the ship’s keel laying ceremony. Annie is the daughter of the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), Ray Mabus. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales (Released)

 

General Characteristics

Builder General Dynamics Electric Boat
Propulsion One S9G nuclear reactor, one shaft
Length 377 feet/114.8 m
Beam 33 feet/10.0584 m
Hull Diameter 34 feet/10.5156 m
Displacement Approximately 7,800 tons/7,925 metric tons submerged
Speed 25+ knots/28+ mph/46.3+ km/h
Diving Depth 800+ feet/244+ m
Crew 132: 15 officers; 117 enlisted
Armament: Tomahawk missiles two 87-in/2.2 m Virginia Payload Tubes (VPTs), each capable of launching 6 Tomahawk cruise missiles
Armament: MK-48 ADCAP (Advanced Capability) Mod 7 heavyweight torpedoes 4 torpedo tubes
Weapons MK-60 CAPTOR (Encapsulated Torpedo) mines, advanced mobile mines and UUVs (Unmanned Underwater Vehicles)