US Navy names new Virginia-class submarine as USS New Jersey

25 May 2015 (Last Updated May 25th, 2015 18:30)

The US Navy has christened its new Virginia-class attack submarine as USS New Jersey (SSN 796), in honour of the long-standing history its namesake state has had with the navy.

USS North Dakota

The US Navy has christened its new Virginia-class attack submarine as USS New Jersey (SSN 796), in honour of the long-standing history its namesake state has had with the navy.

To date, three naval ships have been named New Jersey, including a battleship commissioned in 1906, and another commissioned in 1943.

US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said: "As we sail deeper into the 21st century it is time for another USS New Jersey, time to keep that storied name alive in our navy and marine corps.

"She will sail the world like those who have gone before her, defending the American people and representing our American values through presence."

The Virginia-class submarines will feature improved stealth, sophisticated surveillance capabilities and special warfare enhancements.

With a displacement of 7,800t, hull length of 377ft, and a diameter of 34ft, Virginia-class submarines can cruise at speeds of over 25k, while diving to more than 800ft deep.

Catering to the latest mission requirements, including anti-submarine, surface-ship warfare and special operations support, the ships can carry the Mark 48 advanced capability torpedoes, Tomahawk land-attack missiles, and unmanned underwater vehicles.

"She will sail the world like those who have gone before her, defending the American people, and representing our American values through presence."

The Electric Boat division of General Dynamics (GD), Connecticut, US, is the lead design authority for the Virginia-class.

To date, approximately 28 Virginia-class submarines have either been delivered, are in construction, or are under contract for the US Navy.

Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HHI), recently completed the keel laying of the 16th Virginia-class submarine, Indiana (SSN 789).

NNS is working in collaboration with GD Electric Boat and completed 48% construction of the submarine, which is expected to be delivered in 2017.


Image: The USS North Dakota (SSN-784) Virginia-class submarine was commissioned in October 2014. Photo: courtesy of US Navy Photo / Released.