PCU John Warner
PCU John Warner (SSN 785) Delivered to the
From Team Submarine Public Affairs.
Newport News, Virginia — (NNS)
— June 25, 2015 — The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of PCU John Warner (SSN 785) June 25, the
12th submarine of the Virginia Class.
John Warner is the second of eight Virginia-class Block III ships and the sixth
to be delivered to the U.S. Navy by Newport News Shipbuilding.
A dolphin jumps in front of
the Virginia-class attack submarine (PCU) John Warner (SSN 785)
The submarine is named after John Warner, the five-term U.S. Senator from
Virginia who served in both the Navy and Marine Corps, and was Secretary of the
Navy from 1972 to 1974. His wife, Jeanne Warner, is the ship's sponsor.
"Like the ship before her, USS North Dakota, John Warner delivered ahead of
schedule and within budget," said Rear Adm. David C. Johnson, program executive
officer for Submarines. "The crew of John Warner has upheld the standard of
excellence in the Virginia Class program."
John Warner successfully completed the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey
(INSURV) trials, which evaluate the submarine's seaworthiness and operational
capabilities, June 12. During the trials, the crew took the submarine to test
depth, tested the submarine's propulsion plant and material readiness resulting
in the highest INSURV score of the Virginia-class submarines. John Warner will
spend the upcoming weeks preparing for its Aug. 1 commissioning in Norfolk,
Block III submarines feature a redesigned bow, which replaces 12 individual
launch tubes with two large-diameter Virginia Payload Tubes each capable of
launching six Tomahawk cruise missiles, among other design changes that reduced
the submarines' acquisition cost while maintaining their outstanding warfighting
Virginia-class submarines are built to dominate the world's littoral and deep
waters while conducting anti-submarine; anti-surface ship; strike; special
operation forces; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular
warfare; and mine warfare missions. Their inherent stealth, endurance, firepower,
and sensor suite directly enable them to support five of the six maritime
strategy core capabilities - sea control, power projection, forward presence,
maritime security, and deterrence.
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acquisition, maintenance and life cycle support.
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