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Minnesota (SSN-783)


Virginia Class Attack Submarine: Named PCU Minnesota (SSN-783) construction began at Northrop Grumman Newport News in February, 2008. The ship was named on 15 July 2008, launched on 27 October 2012 and commissioned on 7 September 2013.

Specifications:Power Plant: One S9G pressurized water reactor, 29.84MW (40,000hp), one shaft with pumpjet propulsor, Improved Performance Machinery Program Phase III one secondary propulsion submerged motor. Displacement, 7,800 tons submerged. Length: 377 feet. Draft: 32 feet. Beam: 34 feet. Speed: 25+ knots submerged. Depth: Greater than 800 feet. Horizontal Tubes: Four 21" Torpedo Tubes, Vertical Tubes: 12 Vertical Launch System Tubes, Weapons: 38 weapons, including: Vertical Launch System Tomahawk Cruise Missiles, Mk 48 ADCAP Heavyweight Torpedoes, Advanced Mobile Mines, Unmanned Undersea Vehicles, Special Warfare: Dry Deck Shelter. Advanced SEAL Delivery System. Sonars: Spherical active/passive arrays. Light Weight Wide Aperture Arrays. TB-16, TB-29, and future towed arrays. High-frequency chin and sail arrays. Countermeasures: 1 internal launcher (reloadable 2-barrel) 14 external launchers. Crew: 113 officers and men.


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Virginia-class1.09kNewport News Shipbuilding is teamed with General Dynamics Electric Boat to build Virginia-class submarines. Newport News Shipbuilding builds the stern, habitability & machinery spaces, torpedo room, sail and bow. Electric Boat builds the pressure hull, engine room and control room. Newport News Shipbuilding and Electric Boat each perform work on the reactor plant as well as alternate on the final assembly, test, outfit and delivery. The team has been recognized as the best shipbuilding program in the Navy.
Virginia-class Infographic PDF.
Text & photo courtesy of huntingtoningalls.com.
Photo added 10/13/15.
Virginia Class886k A cut out of the Virginia class (SSN-774) submarine characteristics. Courtesy of csp.navy.mil.
Minnesota59k Minnesota (SSN-783) under construction, August 2009.Courtesy of nn.northropgrumman.com.
Minnesota77kThis is the first photo of any component going into the new Minnesota (SSN-783) currently being built. It's a new sort of missile launch tube -- Two of these babies can do what a dozen of the old sort of missile tubes could do. I wish I could explain how, but can't say for sure. I'm guessing they either hold six missiles per tube, or have a reloading system of some sort. Courtesy of areavoices.com.
Minnesota133kMinnesota (SSN-783) under construction. You can see that this photo was taken in Autumn 2010 by the changing hues of the metal. Photo courtesy of sb.northropgrumman.com via Bill Gonyo.
Minnesota351kNewport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, hosted a keel laying ceremony today, 20 May 2011, for the pre-commissioning unit Minnesota (SSN-783), a submarine named for the North Star State. Ellen Roughead, Minnesota native and wife of Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead, is the ship's sponsor and served as the keel authenticator for the ceremony. She authenticated the keel by chalking her initials onto a metal plate. Her initials were then welded onto the plate, which will be permanently affixed to the ship. Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding via Bill Gonyo.
Minnesota628kEllen Roughead, wife of Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead, and sponsor of the tenth Virginia-class submarine Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) Minnesota (SSN-783), delivers her remarks during the boat's keel laying ceremony.Photo # N-ZB612-258 by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst courtesy of navy.mil via Bill Gonyo.
Minnesota482kChief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead, and the ship's sponsor, Ellen Roughead, thank crew members and their families at the keel laying ceremony of the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Minnesota (SSN-783) in Newport News, Va. Photo # N-ZB612-424 by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst courtesy of navy.mil via Bill Gonyo.
Minnesota416kStern section of thr pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) Minnesota (SSN-783) under construction.Photo # 10521 courtesy of globenewswire.com & huntingtoningalls.com via Bill Gonyo.
Minnesota1.00kStern section of thr pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) Minnesota (SSN-783) under construction.Photo # 10522 courtesy of globenewswire.com & huntingtoningalls.com via Bill Gonyo.
Minnesota387kThe submarine Minnesota (SSN-783) is "pressure hull complete," signifying that all of the submarine's hull sections have been joined to form a single, watertight unit.Photo # 13914 courtesy of globenewswire.com & huntingtoningalls.com.
Minnesota428kThe attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit Minnesota (SSN-783) under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding on 5 October 2012.USN photo # N-ZZ999-002 by Chris Oxley courtesy of navy.mil.
Minnesota436kThe attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Minnesota (SSN-783) under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding on 5 October 2012.Photo # N-ZZ999-002 by Chris Oxley courtesy of navy.mil.
Minnesota520k Minnesota (SSN-783) was a hit with the wine during her christening ceremony at Newport News Shipbuilding on 27 October 2012. Photo by Ricky Thompson, courtesy of nns.huntingtoningalls.com.
Minnesota352kShip's Sponsor Ellen Roughead performs the traditional honor of breaking a bottle of American sparkling wine across the hull of the submarine Minnesota (SSN-783). Also pictured (left to right) are Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin and Cmdr. John Fancher, the ship's prospective commanding officer.Photo # 16387 courtesy of globenewswire.com & huntingtoningalls.com.
Minnesota594kAbout 1,800 people gathered for the christening celebration of Minnesota (SSN-783). The submarine is about 88 percent complete and is on track to complete in 62 months -- 11 months ahead of contract schedule.Photo # 16388 courtesy of globenewswire.com & huntingtoningalls.com.
Minnesota408kAdm. Kirkland Donald, director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion, delivers remarks during the christening ceremony for the attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Minnesota (SSN-783).Photo # N-QL471-163 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Billy Ho courtesy of navy.mil.
Minnesota1.60kNewport News Shipbuilding hosts the christening ceremony for the attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Minnesota (SSN-783).Photo # N-QL471-245 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Billy Ho courtesy of navy.mil.
Minnesota741kThe attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Minnesota (SSN-783) is christened at Newport News Shipbuilding on 27 October 2012. Photo # N-QL471-016 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Billy Ho courtesy of navy.mil.
Minnesota300k The attack submarine Minnesota (SSN-783) under construction on 1 November 2012 at Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding.USN photo # 121101-N-ZZ999-205 courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding.
Minnesota898kSailors assigned to attack submarine Minnesota (SSN-783) man the rails after the order to "bring the ship to life" is given during the commissioning ceremony for Minnesota.U.S. Navy photos # N-XQ474-161 & N-AP176-118 courtesy of Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneide via navy.mil.
Minnesota308kSpeakers' stand during the National Anthem.Photo courtesy of S. Dale Hargrave.
Minnesota175kAdm Jonathan Greenert CNO, SecNav Ray Mabius. Secretary of the Navy, Principal Speaker.Photo courtesy of S. Dale Hargrave.
Minnesota266kRaising the commissioning flag.Photo courtesy of S. Dale Hargrave.
Minnesota266kEllen Roughhead, boat's sponsor sees stero.Photo courtesy of S. Dale Hargrave.
Minnesota156kMinnesota (SSN-783) heading for the sea. Photo courtesy of S. Dale Hargrave.
Minnesota1.50kThe Minnesota (SSN-783) departs Naval Station Norfolk for its permanent homeport at Naval Submarine Base, Groton, Conn. on 8 January 2014. Minnesota was commissioned in Norfolk on 7 September 2013. The boat will be assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 4 in Groton.Photo # 140108-N-HU624-090 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Shannon D. Barnwell courtesy of navy.mil.
Photo added 10/13/15.

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