Navy, Electric Boat Host Keel-Laying for Future SSN Hyman G. Rickover
QUONSET POINT, RI. — The U.S. Navy held a keel-laying ceremony for the Virginia-class submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 795) at General Dynamics Electric Boat, May 11, Naval Sea Systems Command said in a release of the same date.
The initials of the submarine’s sponsor, Darleen Greenert, were welded onto a steel plate that will be permanently affixed to the submarine. She is the wife of retired Adm. Jonathan Greenert, former chief of naval operations.
“Adm. Rickover’s gift to our nation’s defense — safe, reliable and militarily superior naval nuclear propulsion — is as vital to our warfighting edge today as it was at the beginning of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program 70 years ago,” said Adm. Frank Caldwell, Jr., director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. “The U.S. Navy and our nation are proud to honor his achievements and legacy with this submarine.”
The submarine began construction on Sept. 30, 2015, and is on track to continue the Virginia-class program’s trend of delivering quality submarines within budget and ready for tasking by the fleet.
This will be the second submarine to be named after Adm. Hyman G. Rickover to honor the pioneer of the nuclear navy. The first was the Los Angeles-Class submarine USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 709), which served from 1984 to 2006.
Rickover served for 63 years on active-duty service, making him the longest-serving member of the U.S. armed forces in history. In the late 1940’s, Rickover was made director of the Naval Reactors Branch of the Bureau of Ships and he subsequently led the efforts to develop what would become the USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine. Rickover also established and enforced strict safety standards, leading to the U.S. Navy’s safety record of over 162,000,000 miles safely steamed on nuclear power.
Other Virginia-class milestones this year include the commissioning of the USS Indiana (SSN 789) and the combined keel-laying and christening of USS Vermont (SSN 792), both currently projected to occur in the fall.