USS Delaware (SSN-791)

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USS Delaware (SSN-791)
United States
Name: USS Delaware
Namesake: State of Delaware
Awarded: 22 December 2008
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding
Laid down: 30 April 2016
Sponsored by: Jill Biden
Christened: 20 October 2018[1]
Status: Under construction
General characteristics
Class and type: Virginia-class attack submarine
Displacement: 7800 tons light, 7800 tons full
Length: 114.9 m (377 ft)
Beam: 10.3 m (34 ft)
Propulsion: S9G reactor
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)[2]
Range: Essentially unlimited distance; 33 years
Test depth: greater than 800 ft (240 m)[3]
Complement: 134 officers and men[2]

USS Delaware (SSN-791) will be a Virginia-class attack submarine built for the United States Navy. The contract to build her was awarded to Huntington Ingalls Industries in partnership with the Electric Boat division of General Dynamics in Newport News, Virginia on 22 December 2008. This boat is the eighth and final of the Block III submarines that feature a revised bow, including some technology from Ohio-class SSGNs.[4] Construction on Delaware began in September 2013.[5] She was christened on October 20, 2018[1]


She is to be 377 feet (115 m) long, 33 feet (10 m) wide, have a maximum draft of 32 feet (9.8 m) and will displace 7,800 tonnes (7,700 long tons; 8,600 short tons). She will be propelled by nuclear power, have a single propeller and a complement of 15 officers and 117 enlisted crewmembers.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Newport News Shipbuilding Division Christens Virginia-Class Submarine Delaware (SSN 791)" (Press release). Huntington Ingalls Industries. 20 October 2018. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "The US Navy -- Fact File". Retrieved 2007-07-05.
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  4. ^ "Virginia Block III: The Revised Bow". Retrieved 2008-05-20.
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  6. ^ "Naval Vessel Register - DELAWARE (SSN 791)". Retrieved 14 March 2017.