NORFOLK (Oct. 28, 2011) Sailors assigned to the Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit California (SSN 781) board the boat as they bring her to life during a commissioning rehearsal ceremony the day before the Navys newest Virginia-class submarine is commissioned. California is the eighth Virginia-class submarine and will be homeported in Groton, Conn. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist John Osborne/Released)
Washington state will soon have a U.S. Navy submarine named after it. The Department of Defense announced the USS Washington, SSN 787, is one of five Virginia-class attack submarines to be named after states. The Puget Sound area is home to the Navy’s third-largest fleet concentration.
USS Virginia (SSN-774)... The Virginia class (or SSN-774 class) is a class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarines (SSN) in service with the United States Navy. The submarines are designed for a broad spectrum of open-ocean and littoral missions. They were conceived as a less expensive alternative to the Seawolf class attack submarines, designed during the Cold War era, and they are planned to replace the older of the Los Angeles-class submarines,
SUBIC BAY, Philippines (Nov. 10, 2011) The Virginia-class submarine USS Texas (SSN 775) moors alongside the submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) in Subic Bay, Philippines, for the first coordinated mooring by Emory S. Land with a Virginia-class submarine.