Construction to Begin on US Navy’s Newest Submarine

22 May 2011 (Last Updated May 22nd, 2011 18:30)

Construction on the US Navy's newest submarine, USS Minnesota (SSN 783), will soon begin following the completion of the keel laying at Newport News Shipbuilding, US. The 377ft-long submarine will have a displacement capacity of 7,800t, dive to depths greater than 800ft and cruise at subm

Construction on the US Navy's newest submarine, USS Minnesota (SSN 783), will soon begin following the completion of the keel laying at Newport News Shipbuilding, US.

The 377ft-long submarine will have a displacement capacity of 7,800t, dive to depths greater than 800ft and cruise at submerged speeds of 25kt.

The submarine is designed with a nuclear reactor plant that will not require refuelling during the planned life of the ship.

USS Minnesota will be the tenth of a projected 30 Virginia Class submarines being built under a teaming arrangement between Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) and General Dynamics Electric Boat.