U.S. Navy Lays Keel for Pre-Commissioning Unit John Warner (SSN 785),
Virginia class SSN
U.S. Navy celebrated the keel laying of Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU)
John Warner (SSN 785) at Huntington Ingalls Industries - Newport News
Shipbuilding (HII -NNS) in Newport News, Va., March 16. The submarine
is named for former five-term U.S. Senator from Virginia and Secretary
of the Navy John Warner.
Artist Impression of a Virginia class submarine under water
(picture: US Navy)
In a time-honored Navy tradition, the initials of
Jeanne Warner, the submarine's sponsor, were welded onto a steel plate
that will be permanently affixed to the submarine's hull. Mrs. Warner
is a long-time supporter of military families and is active in many
local Virginia-based charities. Making the ceremony unique, the submarine's
namesake also had his initials welded onto the plate.
"The Navy and the submarine force are honored to have Mrs. Warner
serve as the sponsor for the future USS John Warner," said Capt.
David Goggins, Virginia-class program manager. "The event marks
the first major construction milestone for the submarine and helps forge
a special bond between Mrs. Warner, her submarine, and her crew that
will last for years to come."
John Warner's keel laying is the submarine's first major event since
it began construction in March 2010. The submarine is on track to continue
the Virginia-class program's trend of delivering submarines early to
their contract delivery dates and meeting the incredibly stringent standards
expected of U.S. submarines.
"John Warner's keel laying is a special day for our Navy, the Commonwealth
of Virginia and our shipbuilding partners," said Rear Adm. David
Johnson, Program Executive Officer for Submarines. "Building the
Virginia class is a team effort and the skill and commitment of the
entire shipbuilding team is evident in the first-time quality and operational
successes of these front-line platforms."
John Warner is the 12th submarine of the Virginia class and the second
of the block III construction contract. Virginia-class submarines are
built under a unique construction contract between HII-NNS and General
Dynamics Electric Boat.
Warner's keel laying is the first of several major shipbuilding milestones
for the Virginia-class program in 2013. PCU Minnesota's (SSN 783) commissioning
is scheduled for Sept. 7 and PCU North Dakota's (SSN 784) christening
is expected this fall. PCU Delaware (SSN 791) will begin construction
Virginia Class submarines are designed to dominate the world's littoral
and deep waters while conducting anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface
ship warfare; strike warfare; special operation forces support; intelligence,
surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare
missions. Their inherent stealth, endurance, mobility, and firepower
directly enable them to support five of the six Maritime Strategy Core
Capabilities - sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime
security, and deterrence.