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|2.32k|| A photo illustration of the future Virginia-class attack submarine Oklahoma (SSN-802), 23 December 2016. |
The Navy will name its two newest Virginia-class (SSN-774) fast-attack nuclear submarines after the American heroes of the Greatest Generation who perished in the former Oklahoma (BB-37) and Arizona (BB-39), bringing those hallowed names back into active-duty service after more than three quarters of a century.
Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly proclaimed his decision to name the next two submarines, SSN-802 and SSN-803, respectively, on 23 December 2019.
"I am honored and humbled to name the next two Virginia-class nuclear fast-attack submarines to be built as the Oklahoma (SSN-802) and the Arizona (SSN-803)," Modly said. "It is my fondest wish that the citizens of the great states of Arizona and Oklahoma will understand and celebrate our Navy's desire to memorialize the 1,177 heroes who perished in Arizona and the 429 more in Oklahoma in Pearl Harbor, on 7 December 1941.
"Truly, there is no greater honor I can think of for the Navy, the Marine Corps, and the nation than to build and commission into active service two state-of-the-art American warships carrying the spirit of those heroes of the Greatest Generation, as well as that of their families and the Grand Canyon and Sooner states as they sail through a new American maritime century," Modly said.
Generations have visited the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Oahu, Hawaii, comprising the Arizona, Oklahoma and Utah memorials, in addition to six officer bungalows, three mooring quays, and the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. The memorial commemorates the history of World War II in the Pacific from the events leading to the 7 December 1941, attack to peace and reconciliation, and honors the thousands of Americans who served and died that day.
|USN photo 191223-N-DM308-002 illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul L. Archer courtesy of navy.mil.|
|830k||Oklahoma (SSN-802) goes ballastic.||Photo courtesy of General Dynamics|
|1.06k||The sail of Oklahoma (SSN-802) rests outside the Rafted Module Facility. Shipbuilders recently painted the interior and will continue working to outfit the sail until it is welded onto the bow unit of the submarine, June 2021.||Photo 12DCS21-185-9 by Ashley Cowan courtesy of nns.huntingtoningalls.com|
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