USS Minnesota (SSN-783)

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For other ships with the same name, see USS Minnesota.
USS Minnesota (SSN-783) departs Norfolk in January 2014
USS Minnesota (SSN-783) departs Norfolk in January 2014
History
Name: USS Minnesota
Namesake: The state of Minnesota
Awarded: 14 August 2003
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding
Laid down: 20 May 2011[1]
Sponsored by: Ellen Roughead
Christened: 27 October 2012
Acquired: 6 June 2013
Commissioned: 7 September 2013
Homeport: Groton, Connecticut
Motto: Ex Septentrio Virtus ("From the North, power")
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Minnesota SSN 783.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Virginia-class submarine
Displacement: app. 7800 long tons (7925 metric tons) submerged
Length: 114.9 meters (377 feet)
Beam: 10.3 meters (34 feet)
Propulsion: S9G reactor
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h)[2]
Range: Essentially unlimited distance; 33 years
Test depth: greater than 800 feet (250 meters)
Complement: 134 officers and men[2]

USS Minnesota (SSN-783) is a fast attack submarine, the 10th of the planned 48-boat Virginia-class. It is the third United States Navy vessel named for the state of Minnesota, and the first to bear the name since 1921. Minnesota was laid down on 20 May 2011, and christened on 27 October 2012 in a ceremony attended by many top ranking officials in the U.S. Navy and Congress.[1][3][4] On 6 June 2013, Huntington Ingalls Industries announced that Minnesota had been delivered to the Navy, nearly 11 months ahead of schedule.[5] Minnesota was commissioned on 7 September 2013, but has spent little time at sea as she has been in port undergoing repairs for almost 2 years. A defective part was discovered, due to poor welding. The same issue has been discovered on two other boats in the class. The Navy is now examining other ships for the same issue and the U.S. Justice Department is investigating the contractor responsible for the problems.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs (20 May 2011). "Navy Lays Keel for PCU Minnesota". Navy News Service. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "The US Navy — Fact File". Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  3. ^ Frost, Peter, "Newport News Shipyard Will Lay Keel Of Submarine Minnesota On Friday", Newport News Daily Press, 20 May 2011.
  4. ^ http://www.startribune.com/local/175977691.html
  5. ^ Submarine Minnesota Delivered On Budget and Ahead of Schedule - Globenewswire.com, 6 June 2013
  6. ^ "How a $2.7 Billion Submarine Was Crippled by Defective Parts". Retrieved 2 April 2016. 

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