|USS Massachusetts (SSN-798)|
The lead boat of the Virginia class, USS Virginia (SSN-774).
|Namesake:||Commonwealth of Massachusetts|
|Ordered:||April 28, 2014|
|Builder:||Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia|
|Class & type:||Virginia-class submarine|
|Length:||377 ft (115 m)|
|Beam:||34 ft (10.4 m)|
|Draft:||32 ft (9.8 m)|
|Propulsion:||S9G reactor auxiliary diesel engine|
|Speed:||25 knots (46 km/h)|
|Endurance:||can remain submerged for up to 3 months|
|Test depth:||greater than 800 ft (244 m)|
|Armament:||12 VLS tubes, four 21 inch (530 mm) torpedo tubes for Mk-48 torpedoes BGM-109 Tomahawk|
Massachusetts (SSN-798), a Virginia-class submarine, will be the seventh U.S. Navy ship named for the state of Massachusetts. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the name on November 8, 2015 in an opinion piece for The Boston Globe. It is the first ship named after the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since the battleship USS Massachusetts (BB-59) was decommissioned in 1947.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Naval Vessel Register". http://www.nvr.navy.mil/nvrships/details/SSN798.htm.
- Mabus, Ray (8 November 2015). "New sub USS Massachusetts critical to growing fleet". The Boston Globe. https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2015/11/08/new-sub-uss-massachusetts-critical-growing-fleet/9A1ebnaAD26JVxlFcDpOiJ/story.html. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
- Levenson, Eric (6 November 2015). "A nuclear attack sub will become the newest USS Massachusetts". Boston.com. http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2015/11/06/nuclear-attack-sub-will-become-the-newest-uss-massachusetts/PeYjJnFx1MOauAa8Vrlp6H/story.html. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
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