US Navy takes delivery of Virginia-class sub Delaware (SSN 791)

Delaware (SSN 791) sails the open waters after departing Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division during sea trials in August. Photo: Ashley Cowan/HII

The US Navy has taken delivery of its newest fast-attack submarine from Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding.

Delaware (SSN 791), which successfully completed sea trials earlier this month, is the ninth Virginia-class submarine to be delivered by Newport News and the 18th built as part of the teaming agreement with General Dynamics Electric Boat.

“Like the last two submarines we delivered to the Navy, Delaware has received some of the highest quality scores since the Virginia-class program began,” said Dave Bolcar, Newport News’ vice president of submarine construction.

The submarine is the second ship to be named for the country’s first state, the first being the dreadnought battleship USS Delaware (BB 28), which was delivered by Newport News in 1910.

More than 10,000 shipbuilders from Newport News and Electric Boat have participated in Delaware’s construction since the work began in September 2013. The submarine was christened by Jill Biden, the former Second Lady of the United States and the ship’s sponsor, during a ceremony in October 2018.

The future USS Delaware (SSN 791) will be commissioned next year.

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