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Washington (SSN-787)


Virginia Class Attack Submarine: Named PCU Washington (SSN-787) on 7 February 2013. The contract to build her was awarded to Huntington Ingalls Industries in partnership with the Electric Boat division of General Dynamics in Newport News, Virginia on 22 December 2008. Keel laid on 22 November 2014. Commissioned on 7 October 2017.
SSN-784 through approximately SSN-791 are planned to make up the Third Block or "Flight" Block III subs will feature a revised bow, including some technology from Ohio class SSGNs.

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. 12 VLS & four torpedo tubes, capable of launching Mark 48 torpedoes, UGM-109 Tactical Tomahawks, Harpoon (missile)s and the new advanced mobile mine when it becomes available: 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: 134 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.
Virginia-class251kSecretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus delivers remarks at a ceremony on 7 February 2013 celebrating the naming of the Navy's next Virginia-class submarine Washington (SSN-787), at the Port of Seattle Headquarters in Seattle. Mabus thanked the people of Seattle for their support and contributions to the Navy and discussed the special bond that exists between a state and its namesake vessel.USN photo #130207-N-AC887-001, by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Sam Shavers, courtesy of navy.mil. via Ron Reeves.
Washington710kBow Unit being moved.USN photo #6DCS12-1830-13, courtesy of Ron Reeves.
Washington519kNewport News Shipbuilding employee and Washington state native Dustin Utecht welds the initials of Elisabeth Mabus, sponsor and daughter of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, onto a steel plate that will be permanently affixed to the submarine Washington (SSN-787) during a keel laying ceremony on 22 November 2014. USN photo courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding by Chris Oxley, courtesy of Ron Reeves.
Washington792kSecretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus and his daughter, Elisabeth Mabus, take part in the keel laying ceremony for the submarine Washington (SSN-787) in front of one of the ship's units. Elisabeth Mabus is the sponsor of the submarine, which is roughly 70 percent complete and is on track to complete next summer. USN photo # 141122-N-ZZ999-002 courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding by Dar Mook, courtesy of Ron Reeves.
Washington1.70k The bow unit of the submarine Washington (SSN-787) is transported out of the Supplemental Modular Outfitting Facility, 5 September 2015. Photo courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding by Ricky Thompson/HII via dmitryshulgin.com
Washington425kThe Washington (SSN-787) is pressure hull complete, a construction milestone signifying that all of the submarine's hull sections have been joined to form a single, watertight unit. The boat is currently 83 percent complete. Photo courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding by Ricky Thompson/HII via dmitryshulgin.com.
Washington331kWashington (SSN-787) awaits christening.Photo courtesy of S. Dale Hargrave.
Washington332kWashington (SSN-787) crew.Photo courtesy of S. Dale Hargrave.
Washington306kThe Official Party poses on the christening platform prior to the start of the ceremony.Photo courtesy of S. Dale Hargrave.
Washington374kThe christening bottle was immersed in a bucket containing water from Puget Sound, and the second swing was the clincher.Photo courtesy of S. Dale Hargrave.
Washington498kElisabeth Mabus, daughter of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, smashed a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of Washington (SSN-787) today, christening the submarine named for the Evergreen State. Washington will be the seventh Virginia-class submarine to be delivered by Newport News Shipbuilding. March 2017.Photo DCS16-148-5 by John Whalen/HII, courtesy of newsroom.huntingtoningalls.com via Ron Reeves.
Washington1.22kWashington (SSN-787) during her sea trials, 29 March 2017.Photo courtesy of newsroom.huntingtoningalls.com via Ron Reeves.
Washington492kAn undated photo of the future Washington (SSN-787). The Navy accepted delivery of the 14th submarine of the Virginia-class on 26 May. U.S. Navy photo # 160527-N-N0101-134 courtesy of Matt Hildreth by Huntington Ingalls Industries.
Photo added 10/09/17.
Washington749k A photo of the torpedo room aboard the Washington (SSN-787).U.S. Navy photo # 171003-N-JE719-037 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeffrey M. Richardson.
Photo added 10/09/17.
Washington541kA photo of the only washer and dryer aboard the Washington (SSN-787). U.S. Navy photo # 171003-N-JE719-023 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeffrey M. Richardson.
Photo added 10/09/17.
Washington348kSailors render a salute during the commissioning ceremony for the Washington (SSN-787) at Naval Station Norfolk on 7 October 2017. She is the U.S. Navy's 14th Virginia-class attack submarine and the fourth U.S. Navy ship named for the State of Washington.U.S. Navy photo # 171007-N-NX690-587 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua M. Tolbert.
Photo added 10/09/17.
Washington860kSailors run, bringing the ship to life, during the commissioning ceremony for the Washington (SSN-787) at Naval Station Norfolk. U.S. Navy photo # 171007-N-LK932-0196 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua M. Tolbert.
Photo added 10/09/17.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Washington (SSN-787) 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
The VIRGINIA Class America's Next Submarine
The Virginia Class—A New Submarine for the 21st Century
SSN-774 Virginia-class NSSN New Attack Submarine Centurion
NSSN VIRGINIA CLASS ATTACK SUBMARINE, USA
HISTORIC SUBMARINE DOCUMENTARY AND TRAINING FILMS
Making a Submarine - General Dynamics
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