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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"
StatusOn sea trials
General characteristics
Class and typeVirginia-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 Block IV Virginia-class submarine, will be the third United States 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 attack submarine designed for a mixed-gender crew.[4] The first female submariners ever in the US Navy were on ballistic missile submarines, such as USS Wyoming (SSBN-742), back in 2011.

New Jersey was delivered to the Navy on 26 April 2024,[8] and is due to be commissioned on 14 September 2024.[9][10]

Ship’s Crest[edit]

New Jersey's crest features the submarine in the foreground with the Iowa-class 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.


  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". rainews.it. 1 May 2022. Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  2. ^ "New Jersey (SSN-796)". nvr.navy.mil. 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. ^ "Defense.gov News Release: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus Names Virginia-Class Submarine USS New Jersey". defense.gov. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  6. ^ "US Navy's New Sub to Be Named USS New Jersey". navaltoday.com. 25 May 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  7. ^ "Latest Virginia-Class Submarine Named". maritime-executive.com. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  8. ^ "Future USS New Jersey Delivers to U.S. Navy". Naval Sea Systems Command. Retrieved 26 April 2024.
  9. ^ "HII Christens Virginia-Class Attack Submarine New Jersey (SSN 796)". navalnews.com. 14 November 2021. Retrieved 30 May 2022.
  10. ^ Hutton, Stephen. "Welcome to the USS NEW JERSEY Commissioning Committee Website". USS New Jersey Commissioning Committee. Retrieved 19 April 2023.