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Jimmy Carter (SSN-23)

Radio Call Sign: November - Papa - Juliet - Charlie

Seawolf Class Attack Submarine: Laid down at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT. Launched: 5 June 2004, Commissioned USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23), 19 February 2005.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 12,130t., Submerged: 9,137 t.; Length 453'; Beam 40'; Draft 35'; Speed, Surfaced 25 kts, Submerged 35 kts; Depth limit 1,600'; Complement 133; Armament, eight 660-mm torpedo tubes, 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles or 50 Harpoon antiship missiles or 50 MK-48 ADCAP torpedoes or 100 mines; Propulsion System, One S6W reactor, one shaft at with 52,000 shp with pumpjet propulsion, Improved Performance Machinery Program Phase II one secondary propulsion submerged motor.
Differentiating Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) from all other undersea vessels is its multi-mission platform (MMP), which includes a 100-foot hull extension to enhance payload capability. The MMP will enable Jimmy Carter to accommodate the advanced technology required to develop and test new generation of weapons, sensors and undersea vehicles for naval special warfare, tactical surveillance and mine-warfare operations.
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Jimmy Carter87k James Earl Carter, Jr., commonly known as Jimmy Carter, was the thirty-ninth President of the United States from 1977 - 1981, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. Prior to becoming president, Carter served two terms in the Georgia Senate, and was the 76th Governor of Georgia from 1971 - 1975. Photo from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Jimmy Carter342k Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton (right) and Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jay L. Johnson (left) honor former President Jimmy Carter (center) following the unveiling of a model of the Seawolf-class nuclear attack submarine Jimmy Carter (SSN-23), 27 April 1998. USN photo # N-1523C-001 by Senior Chief Photographer's Mate Terry Cosgrove, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Jimmy Carter429k Former President Jimmy Carter (right) and Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton (left) admire a cake sculpted in the shape of a Seawolf-class nuclear attack submarine Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) that will be named in honor of the 39th president, 27 April 1998. USN photo # N-1523C-003 by Senior Chief Photographer's Mate Terry Cosgrove, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Virginia108kVirginia (SSN-774), port view with gangplank attached. Note the sonar section for another boat inside the hanger, the Jimmy Carter (SSN-23). Courtesy of Larry Bohn and Gary M. Kelch, Lieutenant, NR former crewmember of the Bergal SSN-667. Photo courtesy of SUPSHIP Groton.
Jimmy Carter68k General Dynamics Electric Boat moves the third and final Seawolf-class submarine, the Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) outdoors for the first time 7 May 2004. The move of the 453-foot, 12,139-ton submarine precedes its christening June 5 by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. Former President Jimmy Carter will also participate in the ceremony. Photo courtesy of General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Jimmy Carter80k Night time view of the Seawolf-class submarine, the Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) on 8 May 2004. Photo courtesy of General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Jimmy Carter631k The Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) was moved outdoors for the first time, 8 May 2004 at the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard. Courtesy of SUPSHIP Groton / General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Jimmy Carter190k General Dynamics Electric Boat moves the third and final Seawolf-class nuclear attack submarine, Jimmy Carter (SSN-23), outdoors for the first time on 4 June 2004. The move of the 453-foot, 12,139-ton submarine precedes her christening June 5th by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. Former President Jimmy Carter will also be in attendance and will participate in the ceremony. The new submarine honors the 39th president of the United States who is the only submarine-qualified man who went on to become the nation's chief executive. Differentiating the Jimmy Carter from all other undersea vessels is her Multi-Mission Platform (MMP), which includes a 100-foot hull extension that enhances payload capability, enabling it to accommodate advanced technology required to develop and test an entirely new generation of weapons, sensors and undersea vehicles. Photo # O-0000C-002 provided to U.S. Navy courtesy General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Jimmy Carter194k General Dynamics Electric Boat moves the third and final Seawolf-class nuclear attack submarine, Jimmy Carter (SSN-23), outdoors for the first time on 4 June 2004. Photo # O-0000C-003 provided to U.S. Navy courtesy General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Jimmy Carter305k General Dynamics Electric Boat moves the third and final Seawolf-class nuclear attack submarine, Jimmy Carter (SSN-23), outdoors for the first time on 4 June 2004. Photo # O-0000C-004 provided to U.S. Navy courtesy General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Jimmy Carter287k The crew of the Seawolf-class nuclear attack submarine Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) stand in ranks awaiting the christening of their submarine. USN photo # N-0247F-002 by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Steven Feller, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Jimmy Carter373kThousands of spectators gather at General Dynamics Electric Boat's shipyard to witness the christening of the U.S. Navy's newest and most advanced nuclear attack submarine, Jimmy Carter (SSN-23), the third and final Seawolf-class submarine.Photo # 0000C-002 provided to U.S. Navy courtesy General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Jimmy Carter469kThe precommissioning crew of the Seawolf-class nuclear attack submarine Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) stand in ranks awaiting the christening of their submarinePhoto # O-0000C-003 provided to U.S. Navy courtesy General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Jimmy Carter318k The Precommissioning Unit Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) is christened at General Dynamics Electric Boat Shipyard 5 June. Photo courtesy of General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Jimmy Carter269kFormer first lady Rosalynn Carter christens the U.S. Navy's newest and most advanced nuclear attack submarine, Jimmy Carter (SSN-23), at General Dynamics Electric Boat's shipyard in Groton, Conn. Standing with Mrs. Carter are, from left, Electric Boat President John P. Casey; former President Jimmy Carter, for whom the submarine was named; Secretary of the Navy, Gordon England; U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons (R-CT); Matron of Honor Amy Carter; Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri; and principal speaker Dr. James Schlesinger, who served in the Carter administration as the first Secretary of Energy.Photo # O-0000C-001 provided to U.S. Navy courtesy General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Jimmy Carter216k Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter smashes a bottle of Champagne against the sail of the Seawolf-class nuclear attack submarine Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) during the boat's christening ceremony at Groton, Conn., on 5 June 2004. USN photo # N-0247F-001 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Steven Feller, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Jimmy Carter22kCommemorative postal cover marking the Jimmy Carter's (SSN-23) christening ceremony. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Jimmy Carter17kCommemorative postal cover marking the Jimmy Carter's (SSN-23) first sea trials.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Jimmy Carter46kOil on canvas by the artist Jim Christley entitled USS Jimmy Carter Standing Out.
This work portrays the Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) as it stands out from Electric Boat Corporation, the builder, for its initial sea trials in the winter of 2004 and is based on the below photo.
Photo & text courtesy of subart.net.
Jimmy Carter287k Precommissioning Unit (PCU) Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) departs General Dynamics Electric Boat Shipyard 16 November 2004 and begins it Alpha Sea Trials. Photo # N-9693M-001 provided to U.S. Navy courtesy General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Jimmy Carter452kBow on view of the Precommissioning Unit (PCU) Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) as she conducts Alpha Sea Trials in November 2004. Jimmy Carter , the third and last of the Seawolf-class fast attack submarines, is the only one outfitted with a 100-foot-long hull extension providing Jimmy Carter with a wealth of new capabilities that make it a true multi-mission platform. Photo courtesy of General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Jimmy Carter495kA frothing wake from the Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) trails the sub as she conducts Alpha Sea Trials in November 2004. Photo courtesy of General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Jimmy Carter1.3mPort quarter view of the Precommissioning Unit (PCU) Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) conducting Alpha Sea Trials in November 2004. Jimmy Carter , the third and last of the Seawolf-class fast attack submarines, is the only one outfitted with a 100-foot-long hull extension providing Jimmy Carter with a wealth of new capabilities that make it a true multi-mission platform. Photo courtesy of General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Jimmy Carter375k The Seawolf-class nuclear-powered attack submarine Jimmy Carter (SSN-23), underway during sea trials 3 February 2005 off of Groton, CT. Built by General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn., Seawolf-class is the fastest, quietest, most heavily armed submarine in the world. Jimmy Carter is the third and final submarine of the Seawolf-class. A unique feature of the Jimmy Carter is a 100-foot hull extension called the Multi-Mission Platform, which provides enhanced payload capabilities, enabling the submarine to accommodate the advanced technology required to develop and test a new generation of weapons, sensors and undersea vehicles. The Jimmy Carter was delivered to the U.S. Navy on December 22, 2004 and is due to be commissioned on 19 February 2005. Photo # N-0000B-001 provided to U.S. Navy courtesy General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Jimmy Carter346kStarboard quarter view of the Seawolf-class nuclear-powered attack submarine Jimmy Carter (SSN-23), underway during sea trials 3 February 2005 off of Groton, CT. Photo # N-0000B-002 provided to U.S. Navy courtesy General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Jimmy Carter88k A view of the torpedo room of the Seawolf-class nuclear-powered attack submarine Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) as seen at the U.S. Navy Submarine Base in Groton, Conn., 18 February 2005. AP Photo/Bob Child.
Jimmy Carter73k Members of the crew sit at the controls aboard the Seawolf-class nuclear-powered attack submarine Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) at the U.S. Navy Submarine Base in Groton, Conn., 18 February 2005. AP Photo/Bob Child.
Jimmy Carter61k Officers' ward room aboard Jimmy Carter (SSN-23). AP Photo/Bob Child.
Jimmy Carter52k Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) has not yet slept here. The crew's sleeping quarters aboard the boat. AP Photo/Bob Child.
Jimmy Carter148k Artist's rendering of the Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) with the MMP.
During 1995-1997 Electric Boat (EB), the Defense Science Board, and the National Defense Industrial Association conducted several studies on future submarine warfare. In response, the Navy chose the third and last Seawolf-class submarine, the Jimmy Carter, still under construction, to "serve as a testbed for studying the evolution of submarine missions in the 21st century." In 1999, the Navy contracted with EB for a large-scale, mid-construction modification of the Jimmy Carter called the Multi-Mission Platform (MMP) consisting of an added hull section and modifications to the ship under construction. Without sacrificing the Jimmy Carter's considerable war fighting capabilities, the MMP will support "classified research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) efforts for notional naval special warfare missions, tactical undersea surveillance, and undersea warfare concepts." The changes will give the Jimmy Carter a new, more flexible interface with the ocean including the ability to launch and recover remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).
Text courtesy of RADM J. P. Davis, from the article "USS JIMMY CARTER (SSN23) Expanding Future SSN Missions," Undersea Warfare, Fall 1999, pp. 16-18. Drawing courtesy of SUPSHIP Groton / General Dynamics Electric Boat via eyeball-series.org.
Jimmy Carter227kDecorative bunting lines the railing of the Jimmy Carter (SSN-23), during the commissioning ceremony while she was docked at Pier 17 of the New London Sub Base. Photo courtesy of Tom Dougherty.
Jimmy Carter114kOffloading the MMP at Groton Shipyard
Photo courtesy of SUPSHIP Groton / General Dynamics Electric Boat via eyeball-series.org.
Jimmy Carter121k End loading the 100 ton forward upper module at Groton Shipyard.
The primary idea of the MMP modification is to insert a 100-foot section aft of the Jimmy Carter's (SSN-23) sail. This section has to provide:
An interface with the ocean for ROVs,
A pressure-resistant passage between the fore and aft sections of the rest of the ship for crew, cables, and pipes, and
Storage and deployment for mission systems.
The MMP must provide all these without seriously compromising the warfighting capabilities of the ship, including stealth and speed, while avoiding redesign and rebuild of the existing sections of the ship. MMP also provides new sensors on the outside of the hull.
Photo & text courtesy of SUPSHIP Groton / General Dynamics Electric Boat via eyeball-series.org.
Jimmy Carter139kFormer President Jimmy Carter presented this long glass to Lt Stephen C. Karpi during the commissioning of the Jimmy Carter (SSN-23). This long glass signifies a long standing naval tradition, which the Officer of the Deck is presented with the long glass he uses to stand his watch. USN photo # N-7441H-008 by PH2 Roadell Hickman, courtesy of csg2.navy.mil.
Jimmy Carter259k The crew assigned to the Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) bring her to life as they board the newly commissioned Seawolf-class nuclear-powered attack submarine at Naval Submarine Base Groton, Conn., 19 February 2005. Jimmy Carter is the third and final submarine of the Seawolf-class. U.S Navy photo # N-7441H-016 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Roadell Hickman, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Jimmy Carter297k Commanding Officer of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Jimmy Carter (SSN-23), Capt. Robert D. Kelso, addresses the guests during the commissioning ceremony for the submarine. U.S Navy photo # N-7441H-014 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Roadell Hickman, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Jimmy Carter236k The crew of the Seawolf-class nuclear-powered attack submarine Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) prepare to man the ship during her commissioning ceremony. U.S Navy photo N-7441H-012 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Roadell Hickman, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Jimmy Carter397k Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) crewmembers run across the deck of their submarine as they prepare to bring it to life during the commissioning ceremony. USN photo # N-7441H-011 by PH2 Roadell Hickman, courtesy of csg2.navy.mil.
Jimmy Carter160kFormer President Carter gets a closer look at his namesake, the Jimmy Carter (SSN-23), during the commissioning ceremony. Photo courtesy of Tom Dougherty.
Jimmy Carter230k Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn reacts after a speech during the commissioning ceremony for Seawolf-class nuclear-powered attack submarine Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) in Groton, Conn. U.S Navy photo # N-7441H-007 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Roadell Hickman, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Jimmy Carter141k Vice Adm. Munns presents the Seawolf-class nuclear-powered attack submarine Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) commissioning pennant to former first lady Rosalynn Carter at the Commanding Officer's Reception to celebrate the Carter's commissioning on 19 February 2005. U.S Navy photo # N-7441H-011 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Roadell Hickman, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Jimmy Carter379k A Sailor raises the Union Jack aboard the Seawolf-class nuclear-powered attack submarine Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) during the submarine's commission ceremony at the Naval Submarine Base Groton, Conn. 19 February 2005. U.S Navy photo # N-9954T-071 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class George Trian, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Jimmy Carter226k Former President Jimmy Carter shakes hands with Chief Hull Technician Michael Amador prior to departure for an overnight embark aboard the Seawolf-class nuclear-powered attack submarine Jimmy Carter (SSN-23). U.S Navy photo # N-1433S-017 by Journalist 1st Class Jennifer Spinner, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Jimmy Carter211k Former President Jimmy Carter stands topside aboard the Seawolf-class nuclear-powered attack submarine Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) prior to departure for an overnight embark from Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. on 11 August 2005. This was the first underway period on a submarine for the former president since ending his naval career in 1953. U.S Navy photo # N-1433S-043 by Journalist 1st Class Jennifer Spinner, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Jimmy Carter408k Escorted out to sea by the Alpha Marine Services built C-Tractor 3 tug, the Seawolf-class nuclear-powered attack submarine Jimmy Carter (SSN-23), departs Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay for a one-night underway that included an embark by former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn. 11 August 2005. U.S Navy photo # N-0653J-019 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Elizabeth Williams, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Jimmy Carter70k Former President Jimmy Carter speaks with Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Vice Adm. Charles Munns, as they ride out to sea on the bridge aboard the Jimmy Carter (SSN-23), 11 August 2005. U.S Navy photo # N-0653J-003 by Lt. Mark Jones, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Jimmy Carter129kSurrounded by a trio of Alpha Marine Services built C-Tractor 2/3/& 4 tugs, the Seawolf-class nuclear-powered attack submarine Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) arrives in Kings Bay following a one-night underway that included an embark by former President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn. U.S Navy photo # N-1433S-061 by Journalist 1st Class Jennifer Spinner, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Jimmy Carter100k The Seawolf-class nuclear-powered attack submarine Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) arrives in Kings Bay following a one-night underway that included an embark by former President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn. U.S Navy photo # N-1433S-077 by Journalist 1st Class Jennifer Spinner, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Jimmy Carter137k Former President Jimmy Carter looks over the navigation table in the control room of his namesake ship, Jimmy Carter (SSN-23). U.S Navy photo # N-0653J-006 by Lt. Mark Jones, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Jimmy Carter75k Former President Jimmy Carter addresses the crew of his namesake ship, the Seawolf-class nuclear-powered attack submarine Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) in the crew's mess. U.S Navy photo # N-0653J-001 by Lt. Mark Jones, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Jimmy Carter113k Former President Jimmy Carter salutes the sideboys after departing the Seawolf-class nuclear-powered attack submarine Jimmy Carter (SSN-23), 12 August 2005. U.S Navy photo # N-1433S-016 by Journalist 1st Class Jennifer Spinner, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Jimmy Carter113kCommemorative postal cover marking the Jimmy Carter's (SSN-23) Arctic Operations, November 2005.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Jimmy Carter410kBow view of the Seawolf-class attack submarine Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) as she sits moored in the Magnetic Silencing Facility at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor for her first deperming treatment on 16 August 2006. The deperming process reduces a ships electromagnetic signature as she travels through the water. U.S Navy photo # N-1683M-003 by Master Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jerry McLain, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Jimmy Carter342kStern view of the Seawolf-class attack submarine Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) as she sits moored in the Magnetic Silencing Facility at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor for her first deperming treatment on 16 August 2006. U.S Navy photo # N-1683M-003 by Master Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jerry McLain, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Jimmy Carter357kNight time finds the Seawolf-class attack submarine Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) all aglow as she sits moored in the Magnetic Silencing Facility at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor for her first deperming treatment. U.S Navy photo # N-1683M-004 by Master Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jerry McLain, courtesy of news.navy.mil.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Virtual Tour of USS Springfield (SSN 761) from PBS's Nova web site
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