The US Navy has laid the keel for its Virginia-class submarine, the future USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 795), at the General Dynamics Electric Boat facility.
SSN 795 is set to be the second submarine to be named after admiral Hyman G Rickover upon being commissioned into the US Navy.
The first vessel to be named in honour of the admiral was the Los Angeles-Class submarine USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 709), which was in service with the navy from 1984 to 2006.
Naval Nuclear Propulsion Programme director admiral Frank Caldwell Jr. said: “Admiral Rickover’s gift to our Nation’s defence, safe, reliable and militarily superior naval nuclear propulsion, is as vital to our warfighting edge today as it was at the beginning of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Programme 70 years ago.”
Construction work originally began on the submarine on 30 September 2015 and is currently on track to continue the Virginia-class programme’s trend of delivering the vessels within budget and ready for tasking by the navy fleet.
The 377ft-long future USS Hyman G. Rickover features a displacement of 7,800t and has the capability to accommodate 134 officers and personnel.
Virginia-class submarines have been developed to operate in the world’s littoral and deep waters.
The vessels are capable of carrying out anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike warfare, special operation forces support, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, as well as mine warfare missions.
The Virginia-class submarines feature high levels of stealth, endurance, mobility and firepower and can support five of the six maritime strategy core capabilities, namely sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security and deterrence.