USS John Warner (SSN-785)

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USS John Warner (SSN-785)
Virginia class submarine.jpg
An artist's rendering of a Virginia-class submarine underway.
Career
Namesake: John Warner
Awarded: 22 December 2008
Builder: GD Electric Boat and HII Newport News
Laid down: April 2009
Sponsored by: Jeanne Warner
Christened: 6 September 2014
Status: Ordered
General characteristics
Class & type: Virginia-class submarine
Type: Nuclear-Powered Submarine
Displacement: 7,800 tonnes (7,700 long tons)
Length: 114.9 m (377 ft)
Beam: 10.3 m (34 ft)
Installed power: S9G reactor; 33 year service life[1]
Propulsion: Pump-jet propulsor 40,000 shp (30,000 kW)[2]
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)[3]
Range: Essentially unlimited distance
Complement: 127 Sailors
Crew: 13 Officers and 104 Enlisted [4]
Armament: 12 × VLS (BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missile) & 4 × 533mm torpedo tubes (Mk-48 torpedo)

USS John Warner (SSN-785) will be a Virginia-class submarine. She will be the first in the class to be named after a person;[5] the previous 11 were named after states. John Warner was originally to be built by the Electric Boat division of General Dynamics in Groton, Connecticut. Recent announcement "John Warner (SSN 785)".  by Huntington Ingalls Industries- Newport News Shipbuilding anticipates keel laying in 2013 in Newport News, Virginia and delivery scheduled in 2015. This ship is the second of the Block III subs, which will have a revised bow and some technology from Ohio-class cruise missile submarines.[6]

Her name was announced on 8 January 2009,[7] five days after John Warner, a Republican from Virginia, retired after serving 30 years as a United States Senator. John Warner is one of a few U.S. Navy vessels to be named for a living person and only the three American nuclear-powered submarine with this distinction. The previous two are USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN-709), a Los Angeles-class submarine, and USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23), a Seawolf-class submarine.

Construction began on 29 April 2009 with the keel laying ceremony being held on 16 March 2013. In March 2013, the submarine was reportedly about 59% complete.[8] The submarine was christened on 6 September 2014.[9]

Supports 40 weapons, special operations forces, unmanned undersea vehicles, Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U.S. Naval Reactors". Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  2. ^ Ragheb, M (11 November 2010). "Nuclear Marine Propulsion" (pdf). Rensselaer Hartford. 
  3. ^ "US Navy Fact File". US Navy Fact File. 
  4. ^ "USS John Warner". NVR. 
  5. ^ "About the Submarine". Huntington Ingalls Industries. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Virginia Block III: The Revised Bow". Retrieved 2008-05-20. 
  7. ^ "Navy Names Virginia Class Submarine USS John Warner". DefenseLink.mil. 8 January 2009. Retrieved 2008-01-09. 
  8. ^ "Huntington Ingalls Industries". Globenewswire.com. 2013-03-16. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  9. ^ "Warner Christening". Retrieved 2014-09-06.