Navy to announce name of the next Virginia-class attack submarine [UPH Wire]

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Ship Naming Announcement
Public Affairs Office of the Secretary of the Navy
Contact: Lt. Eric Durie
Phone: 703-697-7491 or 703-504-8931
E-mail: eric.durie@navy.mil
BACKGROUND: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will announce the name of the
next Virginia-class attack submarine at a ship-naming ceremony scheduled
for Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the Utah State Capitol building.
The ceremony, held to name SSN 801, will be conducted at 350 State St, Salt
Lake City, Utah.
Virginia-class attack submarines provide the Navy with the capabilities
required to maintain the nation’s undersea supremacy well into the 21st
century. They have enhanced stealth, sophisticated surveillance
capabilities and special warfare enhancements that will enable them to meet
the Navy’s multi-mission requirements.
These submarines have the capability to attack targets ashore with highly
accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert, long-term
surveillance of land areas, littoral waters or other sea-based forces.
Other missions include anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare; mine delivery
and minefield mapping. They are also designed for special forces delivery
and support.
Each Virginia-class submarine is 7,800-tons and 377 feet in length, has a
beam of 34 feet, and can operate at more than 25 knots submerged. They are
designed with a reactor plant that will not require refueling during the
planned life of the ship, reducing lifecycle costs while increasing
underway time. The submarine will be built under a unique teaming agreement
between General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) and Huntington Ingalls
Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division wherein both companies build
certain portions of each submarine and then alternate deliveries. Utah will
be delivered by GDEB located in Groton, Connecticut.
For more information about the Virginia-class attack submarine, visit
www.navy.mil/local/virginiaclass/
Secretary Mabus will be available for interviews following the announcement.
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