The world’s most sophisticated submarine is launched in US!

In Norfolk Naval Station to be precise…
USS California (SSN 781) is the most modern submarine in the world. It will help the US hold the undersea dominion.

USS California (SSN 781) Christening

What do we know about it?  Here are the facts.

California is designed to excel in anti-submarine warfare; anti-ship warfare; strike warfare; special operations; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare missions.

The submarine is 377 feet long, has a 34-foot beam, will be able to dive to depths greater than 800 feet and will operate at speeds in excess of 25 knots submerged.

USS┬ California (SSN-781), is the eighth┬ Virginia-class submarine, and the eighth┬áUnited States Navy┬áship named for the state of┬áCalifornia. The contract to build her was awarded to┬áNewport News Shipbuilding (then called Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.) in┬áNewport News, Virginia, on 14┬áAugust 2003. Construction began in December 2006.California‘s keel was laid down on 1┬áMay 2009. She was┬áchristened on 6┬áNovember 2010, sponsored by Donna Willard, wife of┬áAdmiral Robert F. Willard. She was launched eight days later, on 14┬áNovember 2010.

California is the first┬ Virginia-class submarine built with the advanced electromagnetic signature reduction system; although it will be retrofitted into older submarines of the class.

California was delivered to the Navy on 7 August 2011, eight and a half months ahead of schedule.

The $2.3 billion ship was commissioned on 29 October 2011 in Norfolk, Virginia, with Dana Nelson in command and a crew of 134.


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