US Navy christens Virginia-Class fast-attack submarine New Jersey

The ship’s sponsor, Susan DiMarco, christens the New Jersey pre-commissioning unit (SSN 796) on November 13 at Newport News Shipbuilding. Credit: Ashley Cowan / HII.

The US-based military shipbuilding company Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) held a christening ceremony for the US Navy’s Virginia-class fast attack submarine, the future USS New Jersey (SSN 796). ).

The ceremony took place at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding Division on November 13.

The event was attended by ship sponsor Susan DiMarco and other naval representatives and officials from the Newport News Shipbuilding division.

SSN 796 ​​is the third Navy ship to be named after the US state.It is the 23rd Virginia-class submarine and the fifth Virginia-class Block IV submarine.

Newport News Shipbuilding President Jennifer Boykin said: “The christening is a Navy and shipbuilding tradition celebrating the hard work and dedication of the women and men who are building this magnificent submarine, preparing it for the next construction phase, which includes launch, tests, sea trials and delivery to the Navy.

“When New Jersey joins the Navy fleet, it will deliver firepower for freedom, taking with it the skill of its shipbuilders, the spirit of its sponsor, the courage of its commander and crew, and the pride of its fellow sailors. New Jersey”.

Construction of the SSN 796 ​​began in March 2016 and the ship’s keel was authenticated in March 2019.

In February, HII completed work on the vessel’s pressure hull.

The United States Navy is expected to receive the submarine next year.

In a separate development, the US Navy has christened its Spearhead-class 13th Expeditionary Rapid Transport, the future USNS Apalachicola (T-EPF 13), at the Austal USA manufacturing facility.

Christened on November 13, the USNS Apalachicola Spearhead-class high-speed catamaran is scheduled to be delivered next year.

Austal USA President Rusty Murdaugh said: “The Apalachicola sister ships are successfully supporting naval commandos off the east and west coasts of the US, along with advanced deployments in the Middle East, Africa, Mediterranean regions. , South America and Asia.

“In the coming months, this highly complex, high-speed ship will join others in supporting our great Navy.”

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