NORFOLK (Oct. 28, 2011) Sailors assigned to the Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit California (SSN 781) board the boat as they bring her to life during a commissioning rehearsal ceremony the day before the Navys newest Virginia-class submarine is commissioned. California is the eighth Virginia-class submarine and will be homeported in Groton, Conn. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist John Osborne/Released)
PCU North Dakota (SSN 784), First Block III Virginia Class Submarine Delivered GROTON, Conn. (Sept. 2, 2014) – The Navy accepted delivery of PCU North Dakota (SSN 784), the 11th ship of the Virginia Class, on Aug. 29, two days prior to its contract delivery date. North Dakota is the first of eight Virginia Class Block III ships. Approximately 20 percent of North Dakota was redesigned as part of the Virginia Cost Reduction work done to lower acquisition cost and increase operational…
US. Navy commissioned newest Virginia-class attack submarine North Dakota (SSN 784) during ceremony Oct.25,2014,at Submarine Base New London,Groton,Connecticut. North Dakota is the second ship named in honor of the state of North Dakota, and the 11th Virginia-class submarine. The first USS North Dakota (BB 29), was a Delaware-class battleship commissioned into the U.S. Navy in 1910, displacing 24,320 tons with a main armament of 10 12-inch guns. She was decommissioned in 1923.
The U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Submarine Force: A 60-Year Legacy of Excellence - In just a few weeks, USS North Dakota (SSN 784) will join the fleet when she is commissioned later this month. She is the first of the Block III series of redesigned Virginia-class submarines with improved capabilities to bring more might to the fight. As the 11th Virginia-class submarine joins the fleet, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus recently named our 19th future Virginia-class submarine: Vermont (SSN 792).
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The Virginia-class submarine Washington (SSN 787) is “pressure hull complete,” a construction milestone signifying that all of the submarine’s hull sections have been joined to form a single, watertight unit. The boat is currently 83 percent complete. Washington will be the U.S. Navy's 14th Virginia-class submarine and the seventh to be delivered by HII's Newport News Shipbuilding division. Photo by Ricky Thompson/HII