Monday, January 12, 2015
New Virginia-Class Sub To Be Named For Rickover
By Hugh Lessig, Daily Press, Jan 9
An upcoming Virginia-class attack submarine will be named for the late Hyman G. Rickover.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Friday that an upcoming Virginia-class attack submarine will be named for the late Hyman G. Rickover, the admiral known as the father of the nuclear Navy.
Virginia class submarines are built in a teaming arrangement between General Dynamics Electric Boat of Groton, Conn. and Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. The two yards take turns delivering them to the Navy.
The Hyman G. Rickover will be delivered by Newport News.
It will be the second Virginia-class boat named for an individual. The first is the John Warner, named for the former Virginia senator. It was christened in September at Newport News.
Although Virginia-class submarines are being built at a rate of two per year, Rickover won't make an appearance for several years.
After the John Warner, the next Virginia-class submarine will be the Illinois. That will be followed by Washington, a boat that marked a keel-laying at Newport News in November.
According to Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington will be followed by the Colorado, Indiana, South Dakota, Delaware, Vermont, Oregon, a submarine with an as-yet-undetermined name, then the Rickover.
A previous submarine has carried the Rickover name, and is familiar to the region's Navy community.
The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine, USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN-709) was commissioned in July 1984 and was home-ported in Norfolk. It was was inactivated in December 2006.