US Navy receives nuclear-powered attack submarine Vermont
U.S. Navy has received the nuclear-powered attack submarine Vermont (SSN 792) General Dynamics Electric Boat on April 17.
Vermont is the 19th submarine of the Virginia Class, which provides the Navy with the capabilities required to retain undersea dominance well into the 21st century. Vermont is the first of the ten-ship group of Virginia-class submarines known as Block IV. These ships embody a Navy and industry commitment to affordably deliver new submarines to the fleet with unmatched stealth and strike capacity.
“The shipbuilders of Electric Boat are proud to deliver Vermont to our Navy, an extraordinarily capable ship,” said Kevin Graney, President, General Dynamics Electric Boat. “I am pleased to report that the Vermont has received some of the highest quality ratings in the history of the Virginia program. We wish Vermont and her crew a long and distinguished career in defense of our nation.”
Virginia-class submarines displace 7,835 tons, with a hull length of 377 feet and a diameter of 34 feet. They are capable of speeds in excess of 25 knots and can dive to a depth greater than 800 feet, while carrying Mark 48 advanced capability torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles.