USS New Jersey (SSN-796)

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USS New Jersey (SSN-796)
Lead boat of Virginia class USS Virginia (SSN 774) returns to the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard following the successful completion of its "alpha" sea trials in 2004.
The lead boat of the Virginia class, USS Virginia.
United States
NamesakeState of New Jersey
Ordered28 April 2014[2]
BuilderNewport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia
Laid down25 March 2019[3]
Launched14 April 2022[1]
Sponsored bySusan DiMarco
Christened13 November 2021[4]
  • Virtute Ignis pro Libertas
  • "Firepower for Freedom"
StatusUnder construction
Crest of USS New Jersey (SSN-796).jpg
General characteristics
Class and type Virginia-class submarine
Displacement7,800 tons
Length377 ft (115 m)
Beam34 ft (10.4 m)
Draft32 ft (9.8 m)
PropulsionS9G reactor auxiliary diesel engine
Speed25 knots (46 km/h)
Endurancecan remain submerged for up to 3 months
Test depthgreater than 800 ft (244 m)
  • 15 officers
  • 120 enlisted

New Jersey (SSN-796), a nuclear powered Virginia-class attack submarine, will be the third U.S. Navy vessel named for the state of New Jersey. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the name on 25 May 2015, at a ceremony in Jersey City, New Jersey.[5][6][7]

New Jersey's construction reached pressure hull completion in February 2021. The construction milestone signifies that all of the submarine’s hull sections have been joined to form a single, watertight unit. She was christened on 13 November 2021 and launched on 14 April 2022.[1] New Jersey is the first US Navy submarine designed for a mixed-gender crew.[4]

Ship’s Crest[edit]

New Jersey's crest features the submarine in the foreground with the Battleship New Jersey in the background, surmounted by the motto, “Virtute Ignis Pro Libertas.” This is a Latin translation of “Firepower for Freedom,” which was also the Battleship’s motto. On the side is the outline of the State of New Jersey with a portion of the famous painting Washington crossing the Delaware set inside the borders. The references to Washington’s victory at Trenton and to the Battleship New Jersey are meant to show that the submarine is the heir to a long tradition. The devil horns, tail, and wings on the outside of the crest are a reference to the Jersey Devil, the legendary creature said to inhabit the Pine Barrens, and also the namesake of the New Jersey Devils hockey club.


  1. ^ a b "Lo spettacolare time lapse del varo del sottomarino nucleare USS New Jersey - video (1 Maggio 2022) /The spectacular time lapse of the launch of the nuclear submarine USS New Jersey - video". 1 May 2022. Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  2. ^ "New Jersey (SSN-796)". 14 October 2021. Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Huntington Ingalls Industries Authenticates Keel of Virginia-Class Attack Submarine New Jersey (SSN 796)" (Press release). Huntington Ingalls Industries. 25 March 2019. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Virginia-Class Attack Submarine New Jersey (SSN 796) Christened at Newport News Shipbuilding" (Press release). Huntington Ingalls Industries. 13 November 2021. Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  5. ^ " News Release: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus Names Virginia-Class Submarine USS New Jersey". 24 May 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  6. ^ "US Navy's New Sub to Be Named USS New Jersey". 25 May 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  7. ^ "Latest Virginia-Class Submarine Named". 24 May 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2022.