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Delaware (SSN-791)

Virginia Class Attack Submarine: Named Delaware (SSN-791).
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 30 April 2016.
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. SSN-790 will be built at Electric Boat in Groton, Conn.

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.
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Delaware539kSecretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus and ship's sponsor, Dr. Jill Biden, watch as Vice President Joe Biden puts on a Delaware (SSN-791) ball cap at the Pentagon announcing the name the future Virginia-class attack submarine Delaware on 19 November 2012 in Washington. Delaware state officials were on hand in the Pentagon Briefing Room to participate in the announcement. USN photo # 121119-N-AC887-004, by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Sam Shavers via
Delaware718kThe bow unit of Delaware (SSN-791) stands upright in one of Newport News Shipbuilding's submarine facilities.Photo # DCS14-254-76 by Chris Oxley courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding.
Photo added 11/12/17.
Colorado824kKeel laying ceremony for the Colorado (SSN-788) at the General Dynamics Electric Boat Quonset Point facility in North Kingstown, R.I. Saturday, 7 March 2015. The ceremony took place next to sections of the Delaware (SSN-791) and the South Dakota (SSN-790), left, and the stage was in front of the tail section of the Colorado. The ship sponsor is Annie Mabus, daughter of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. Photo EP-150309824 courtesy of Dana Jensen / The Day.
Delaware276kAntuan Barnes, a Newport News Shipbuilding senior reproduction clerk, sings the national anthem during the keel-laying ceremony for the Delaware (SSN-791). The keel laying signifies the ceremonial start of construction. Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, serves as the ship’s sponsor. Photo # DCS16-273-224 by Ricky Thompson/HII courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding.
Photo added 11/12/17.
Delaware796k4 photo PDF of Dr. Jill Biden as she writes her initials on the keel plate, welding & announcing that the Delaware's (SSN-791) keel has been "truly and fairly laid".Text & photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Delaware (SSN-791) 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
Making a Submarine - General Dynamics
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