USS North Carolina (SSN-777)
USS North Carolina during her commissioning ceremony in 2008.
|Namesake:||State of North Carolina|
|Ordered:||30 September 1998|
|Builder:||Northrop Grumman Newport News|
|Laid down:||22 May 2004|
|Christened:||21 April 2007|
|Launched:||5 May 2007|
|Acquired:||21 February 2008|
|Commissioned:||3 May 2008|
|Homeport:||Pearl Harbor, Hawaii|
|Motto:||Primus in Proelio ("First in Fight")|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Virginia-class submarine|
|Length:||114.9 meters (377 feet)|
|Beam:||10.3 meters (34 feet)|
|Depth:||800 ft (244 m)|
|Speed:||25 knots (46 km/h)+|
|Range:||Essentially unlimited distance; 33 years|
|Complement:||134 officers and men|
The contract to build her was awarded to Northrop Grumman Newport News on 30 September 1998 and her keel was laid down on 24 May 2004. She was launched on 5 May 2007.
North Carolina was commissioned on 3 May 2008. This class of submarine is unique in that it features a Photonics Mast Program (PMP) that freed ship designers to place the boat's control room in a lower, less geometrically-constrained space than would be required by a standard, optical tube periscope. It is additionally unique in the U.S. Navy for featuring all-digital ship and ballast control systems that are manned by relatively senior watchstanders and a pressure chamber to deploy SEAL divers while being submerged.
The contract to build her was awarded to Northrop Grumman Newport News (then called Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Company) in Newport News, Virginia on 30 September 1998 and her keel was laid down on 22 May 2004. She was christened on 21 April 2007 sponsored by Linda Bowman, wife of Admiral Frank L. "Skip" Bowman, the former director of Naval Reactors. Captain Mark E. Davis, a native of upstate New York, was the ship’s first commanding officer and leads a crew of approximately 134 officers and enlisted personnel.
The boat has physical connections to previous North Carolinas. Sections of the teak decking from the previous North Carolina are reused within the submarine, and several pieces from a silver serving set made for the armored cruiser ACR-12, then transferred through the state governor to the battleship will be used aboard SSN-777.
North Carolina joined the fleet on 21 February 2008, after problems with the boat's steam valve and internal piping system had forced two delays in the acceptance of the vessel. Welding issues in the internal piping system scuttled a first-planned December 2007 delivery, and the discovery of an inadequate steam valve forced a further delay from January to February 2008.
In 2010, North Carolina changed homeports from Naval Submarine Base New London to Naval Station Pearl Harbor. She left Groton for Pearl Harbor on 22 July 2010 and arrived at her new homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, on Monday, 15 November 2010 after her four-month transfer activities. During the transfer, the officers and crew of North Carolina conducted a series of exercises designed to test the boat's new combat systems and stealth capabilities. North Carolina is the third Virginia-class attack submarine to be homeported at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and is assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron 1. Received squadron 1 battle E for year 2015. 
- Worthington, Don (3 June 2007). "The USS North Carolina: Ceremony set for America's latest attack sub". The Fayetteville Observer. Archived from the original on 22 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-03.
“We call this physical legacy transfer. You don’t often get the opportunity to transfer history.”
- Tim Fish, 'US Navy finally takes delivery of North Carolina,' Jane's Defence Weekly, 5 March 2008, p. 31.
- "USS North Carolina to visit namesake". The News & Observer. 6 September 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
- Zeldis, Jennifer, Lt. (5/4/2008). "USS North Carolina Joins the Fleet". Fleet Public Affairs Center Atlantic, U.S. Navy. Retrieved 2008-05-06. Check date values in:
- This story was written Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ronald Gutridg, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs. "USS North Carolina to Homeport in Pearl Harbor".
- This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
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