In late 1998, the contract was let for building the first of the New Attack Submarine. This class, the Virginia-class fully embraces the new strategic concept in … From the Sea and Forward… From the Sea. It is the first U.S. submarine to be designed for battlespace dominance across a broad spectrum of regional and littoral missions as well as open-ocean, “blue water” missions. The Virginia-class achieves the right balance of core military capabilities and affordability.
General Characteristics, Virginia class
Builders: General Dynamics Electric Boat Division and Newport News Shipbuilding.
Power Plant: One nuclear reactor, one shaft
Length: 377 feet (114.91 meters)
Beam: 34 feet (10.36 meters)
Displacement: Approx. 7,800 tons (7,925.18 metric tons)
Speed: 25+ knots (28+ miles per hour, 46.3+ kph)
Cost: about $1.65 billion each (based on FY95 dollars and 30-ship class)
Virginia (SSN 774), under construction; delivery in 2004
Texas (SSN 775), under construction; delivery in 2005
Hawaii (SSN 776), under construction; delivery in 2006
North Carolina (SSN 777), named 11 December 2000; delivery in 2007
Crew: 134 Officers and Enlisted
Armament: Tomahawk missiles, VLS tubes, MK-48 torpedoes, four torpedo tubes, advanced mobile mines, and unmanned undersea vehicles.
030415-N-0000X-003 Groton Shipyard, Conn. (Apr. 15, 2003) — The nuclear powered attack submarine Virginia while under construction. Electric Boat Corporation of Connecticut is the lead design authority for the New Attack Submarine. The building of the first Virginia-class submarine started in 1998, four of this class are currently scheduled for construction, USS Virginia (SSN 774), USS Texas (SSN 775), USS Hawaii (SSN 776) and USS North Carolina (SSN 777). Virginia is scheduled to be commissioned in June 2004. U.S. Navy photo. (RELEASED) For more information go to:
November 13, 1998 SECRETARY OF THE NAVY NAMES NEW ATTACK SUBMARINE USS TEXAS Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton
Announced his decision today to name the second submarine of the Virginia-class for the state of Texas. “USS Texas (SSN 775) will serve with distinction in our submarine force and will carry on the great maritime traditions of its predecessors,” said Dalton. “Texans have always been innovators, patriots and leaders, and the crew of Texas will showcase those traits, as well as our core values of honor, courage and commitment, well into the 21st century.” This will be the fourth ship to bear the name Texas, and will be built at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. in Newport News, Va., joining the fleet in 2006. Virginia-class submarines will be able to attack targets ashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert long-term surveillance of land areas, littoral waters or other naval forces. Other missions include anti-submarine and anti- ship warfare, special forces delivery and support, and mine delivery and minefield mapping. With enhanced communications connectivity, these submarines will also provide important battle group and joint force support, with full integration into carrier battle group operations. The Virginia-class of attack submarines surpasses the performance of any current or projected threat submarine, ensuring U.S. undersea dominance well into the next century.