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Navy Names Attack Boat After Rickover


Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will name the fifth Block IV Virginia-class nuclear attack boat (SSN-774) after the father of the nuclear submarine — Adm. Hyman Rickover, according to a Friday announcement from the Department of Defense.

The service is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the first U.S. nuclear sub USS Nautilus (SSN-571) first journey under nuclear power.

The announcement from the Pentagon came ahead of Mabus’ formal announcement at the Washington Navy Yard.

USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN-795) will be the second Virginia boat to break with naming the class after states. Block III boat John Warner (SSN-785) is scheduled to deliver to the service next year.

Previous to SSN-795, the service named a Los Angeles-class attack boat, SSN-709, after Rickover.

The following is the complete Jan. 9, 2015 announcement from the Department of Defense.

Navy Names New Virginia-Class Attack Submarine

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today that SSN 795, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Hyman G. Rickover.

Mabus named the submarine to honor U.S. Navy Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, the man credited for developing USS Nautilus (SSN 571), the world’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine.

Virginia-class submarines provide the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation’s undersea supremacy well into the 21st century. They have enhanced stealth, sophisticated surveillance capabilities, and special warfare enhancements that enable them to meet the Navy’s multi-mission requirements.

Virginia-class submarines have the capability to attack targets ashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert long-term surveillance of land areas, littoral waters or other sea-based forces. Other missions include anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare; mine delivery and minefield mapping. They are also designed for special-forces delivery and support.

Each Virginia-class submarine is 7,800 tons and 377 feet in length, has a beam of 34 feet, and can operate at more than 25 knots submerged. It is designed with a reactor plant that will not require refueling during the planned life of the ship, reducing lifecycle costs while increasing underway time.

  • Ruckweiler

    The nucs I know who dealt with him when he was alive must be shocked. An engineering genius but a human failure.

    • StarEagle

      I am not shocked, but pleased. We could use a few more “failures” like the Admiral.

  • old guy

    Not so, I dealt with him on nuclear seaplanes, nuclear dirigibles, nuclear cargo ships, and nuclear advanced ships. He was uniformly annoying, brilliant and defensive about the Navy’s Nuclear Program. I know, from other sources that he was unfailingly supportive of his people, his program and his country. We could use more of his type, instead of the social namby-pamby flags we see today.

  • Sean

    Would be nice if we could return to our tradition of naming submarines after fish…

    But Rickover killed that tradition with the pithy comment that “fish don’t vote”!

  • Razor

    The submarine will, of course, be kept in service decades beyond the normal time of service, becoming increasingly less useful but always formidable until summarily retired.

    • old guy

      Just think. This would not be a problem, if Rickover had not kicked the “let’s co back to sail” Navy into the nuclear age.
      “The evil that men do lives after them, the good is often interred with their bones”.