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Virginia Class Attack Submarine: Named Arizona (SSN-803) on 23 December 2019.
Arizona will be built at Electric Boat in Groton, Conn.
SSN-803 through approximately SSN-812 are planned to make up the Fifth Block. Block V involves 10 boats and may incorporate the Virginia Payload Module (VPM), which would give guided-missile capability when the SSGNs are retired from service. The Block V subs are expected to triple the capacity of shore targets for each boat.
Construction on the first two boats of this block was expected to begin in 2019 but was pushed back to 2020, with contracts for long lead time material for SSN-802 and SSN-803 being awarded to General Dynamic's Electric Boat. HII Newport News Shipbuilding was awarded a long-lead materials contract for two Block V boats in 2017, the first Block Vs for the company.
On 2 December 2019, the Navy announced an order for nine new Virginia-class submarines – eight Block Vs and one Block IV – for a total contract price of $22 billion with an option for a tenth boat. The Block V subs were confirmed to have an increased length, from 377 ft to 460 ft, and displacement, from 7,800 tons to 10,200 tons. This would make the Block V the second-largest US submarine, behind only the Ohio-class (at 560 ft).
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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, 10,200 tons submerged. Length: 460 feet. Draft: 32 feet. Beam: 34 feet. Speed: 25+ knots submerged. Depth: Greater than 800 feet. Armament: 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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2.32k A photo illustration of the future Virginia-class attack submarine Arizona (SSN-803).
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-DM308-001 illustration by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul L. Archer courtesy of
449kWillie Hall grinds a primary shield tank for Virginia-class submarine Arizona (SSN-803).Photo # 2-DCS20-375-64 by Matt Hildreth courtesy of
1.87kThe stern unit for Arizona (SSN-803) under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding.Photo # 1-DCS21-147-47 by Ashley Cowan courtesy of
1.16kAngela Goodhart inspects welds on a sonar system unit for Arizona (SSN-803) under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding.Photo # 11-DCS21-247-20 by Ashley Cowan courtesy of
1.14kSunlight from an open bay door casts light on the stern unit for Arizona (SSN-803), circa March 2022.Photo # 2-DCS21-335-13 by Ashley Cowan courtesy of
512kThe stern unit for Arizona (SSN-803) rests outside the Modular Outfitting Facility, circa March 2022.Photo # 9-DCS21-388-8 by Ashley Cowan courtesy of

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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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