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Updated: Nov 13, 2021

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New Jersey (SSN796) bow move from SMOF to MOF

Date Picture Taken 10/23/2020 9:30 AM

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NEWPORT NEWS, VA. Admiral Michael Mullen (ret), the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the 28th Chief of Naval Operations, will be the principal speaker tomorrow when the US Navy christens one of its newest Virginia-class fast-attack submarines, the future USS New Jersey (SSN 796), during an 11 a.m. ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Industry.

Mr. Frederick “Jay” Stefany, acting assistant secretary of the Navy (Research, Development, and Acquisition) and Vice Adm. Johnny Wolfe, Jr., Director, Strategic Systems Programs, will also deliver remarks, and the submarine’s sponsor, Dr. Susan DiMarco Johnson, will christen the ship by breaking a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow in a time-honored Navy tradition.

Governor Philip Murphy will also be present for the ceremony.

The color guard for the ceremony will be presented by cadets at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) at Sandy Hook, and includes Dylan Agnese, Lincroft, Jack Arhanic, Fair Haven, Tessa Campolattaro, Rumson, Sam Puleio, Tinton Falls and Brandon Weiss, Oceanport.

Several New Jersey natives, including the boat’s Chief Stephen Newton, formerly of Ocean Township, are among the boat’s pre-commissioning crew.

“Shipbuilding has always played a key role in shaping the future of our national security,” said Mullen. “The impressive community of men and women involved in the construction of the future USS New Jersey should be extremely proud as they continue a legacy of extraordinary USS New Jersey ships and the future of our maritime security.”

The future submarine is the third Navy vessel named in recognition of the state and is the 5th Block IV Virginia-class submarine to be built. The first USS New Jersey BB16 was commissioned in 1906 and sailed as part of the around-the-world cruise of the Great White Fleet. It spent most of its career in the Atlantic and West Indies, and was decommissioned in 1920.

The second USS New Jersey (BB 62) was commissioned in early 1943 before sailing for the Pacific where she served as a fast carrier escort and shore bombardment platform in the war against Japan, earning nine battle stars before the end of World War II. Although decommissioned in the post-war drawdown, the New Jersey returned to service three more times over the next 45 years for the Korean and Vietnam wars, and again for service in the 1980s at the end of the Cold War. New Jersey now serves as a museum ship in Camden, New Jersey and is the most highly decorated ship in US Naval history.

Virginia-class submarines are built to operate in the world's littoral and deep waters while conducting anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface ship warfare; strike warfare; special operations forces support; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare missions. Their inherent stealth, endurance, mobility, and firepower directly enable these submarines to support five of the six maritime strategy core capabilities – sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security and deterrence. Virginia-class submarines are replacing Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarines as they retire.

The ceremony will be live streamed beginning at 11AM tomorrow. The link is nns.huntingtoningalls.com/SSN796 or Facebook

Title New Jersey SSN796

New Jersey (SSN796) stern module move

Date Picture Taken 1/25/2019 7:18 PM

Photo by HII


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