Virginia Class

Representing a revolution in advanced design and construction techniques and mission flexibility, Virginia-class submarines are providing the U.S. Navy with the capabilities it requires to maintain undersea superiority well into the 21st century.

The Virginia class is the first U.S. Navy warship designed from the keel up for the full range of mission requirements in the post-Cold War era. Optimized for maximum technological and operational flexibility, these submarines will play a key role in the nation's defense with their stealth, firepower and unlimited endurance.

Under the terms of a $4.2 billion contract awarded by the Navy in 1998, a $8.4 billion multiyear contract awarded in January 2004 and a $14 billion multiyear contract awarded in December 2008, Electric Boat is sharing construction of the first 18 ships of the class with its teammate, Huntington Ingalls-Newport News Shipbuilding. Electric Boat delivered the lead ship of the class, Virginia (SSN774), on Oct. 12, 2004. It was commissioned into the fleet 11 days later, on Oct. 23, 2004, ushering in a new era of warfare from under the sea.

Virginia (SSN774) Rollout

SHIP CHRISTENED COMMISSIONED
USS Virginia August 16, 2003 October 23, 2004
USS Texas Juy 31, 2004
September 4, 2006
USS Hawaii June 19, 2006
May 5, 2007
USS North Carolina April 21, 2007
May 3, 2008
USS New Hampshire June 21, 2008 October 25, 2008
USS New Mexico December 13, 2008 November 21, 2009
USS Missouri December 5, 2009 July 31, 2010
USS California November 6, 2010 October 29, 2011
USS Mississippi
- Christening video
December 3, 2011 June 2, 2012
Ship statistics
Displacement: 7,700 tons (submerged)
Length: 377 feet
Hull Diameter: 34 feet
Speed: 25+ knots
Diving Depth: 800+ feet
Weapons:  Mark 48 advanced capability torpedoes, Tomahawk land attack missiles, Mark 60 CAPTOR mines, advanced mobile mines and unmanned underwater vehicles