USS South Dakota (SSN-790)

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USS South Dakota (SSN-790)
Virginia class submarine.jpg
An artist's rendering of a Virginia-class submarine underway.
Name: USS South Dakota
Namesake: The state of South Dakota
Awarded: 22 December 2008
Builder: Electric Boat
Laid down: 04 April 2016
Sponsored by: Deanie Dempsey[1]
Status: Under Construction
General characteristics
Class and type: Virginia-class submarine
Displacement: 7800 tons light, 7800 tons full
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 (240 meters)[3]
Complement: 134 officers and men[2]

USS South Dakota (SSN-790), will be a Virginia-class submarine. 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 ship is the seventh of the Block III subs which will feature a revised bow, including some technology from Ohio-class SSGNs.[4]

The keel laying ceremony took place on April 4, 2016. The ship's sponsor is Deanie Dempsey, wife of retired US Army General Martin Dempsey.[5]