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USS Indiana (SSN 789) Commissioning

The official crest of the Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Indiana (SSN 789). (U.S. Navy graphic/Released)

The newest Virginia-class attack submarine, USS Indiana (SSN 789), will be commissioned at Port Canaveral, Florida, Sept. 29, 2018. It will be the 16th Virginia-class attack submarine to join the fleet. As the most modern and sophisticated attack submarine in the world, the submarine can operate in both littoral and …

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Five Things to Know About USS Colorado

USS Colorado's seal

The newest Virginia-class attack submarine, USS Colorado (SSN 788), will be commissioned at Naval Submarine Base New London, March 17, 2018. It will be the 15th Virginia-class attack submarine to join the fleet when it is commissioned, which you can watch here on the Navy Live blog. Below are five …

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10 Things to Know about U.S. Navy Submarines

KINGS BAY, Ga. (March 20, 2013) The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) returns to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay after three months at sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James Kimber/Released)

Happy birthday to our Silent Service! 117 years ago today, John Holland sold the 64-ton submersible Holland VI to the Navy, marking the beginning of our submarine force. Several months later, the submarine was commissioned as USS Holland (SS 1).     Here’s a look at how submarines have continuously …

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Five Things to Know About USS Illinois (SSN 786)

GROTON, Conn. (Aug. 1, 2016) The future USS Illinois (SSN 786) conducts sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of General Dynamics Electric Boat/Released)

The Virginia-class attack submarine USS Illinois (SSN 786) was commissioned during a ceremony at Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut, Oct. 29, 2016, which you can watch here. Here are five things that you should know about the U.S. Navy’s newest fast attack submarine: 1. Namesake: USS Illinois is named after the …

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The Mirage of a Transparent Ocean

The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) returns to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, March 20, 2013, after three months at sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James Kimber/Released)

By Rear Adm. Charles Richard Director, Undersea Warfare (OPNAV N97) Mankind is unique in the sense that when faced with a problem not solvable with our naturally gifted tools, we have the ingenuity to invent something that can assist in our endeavor. Humans are not amphibious yet, when the desire …

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Validating Sea Based Strategic Deterrence

KINGS BAY, Ga. (March 20, 2013) The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) returns to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay after three months at sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James Kimber/Released)

By Rear Adm. Charles A. “Chas” Richard Director, Undersea Warfare Division (N97) I’m an Alabama alum. I recognize that the director of Undersea Warfare advocating for strategic deterrence on Navy Live is a lot like going to Tuscaloosa and yelling “Roll Tide!” –You’re not going to find many people to …

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A Day I’ll Never Forget

Fleet Master Chief (Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education) April Beldo stands on the bridge of the USS Mississippi (SSN 782) after getting underway on the Virginia-class submarine Jan. 16, 2016.

By Fleet Master Chief April Beldo Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education (MPT&E) Fleet Master Chief Jan. 16, 2016, was an amazing day. In fact, it was one of the most memorable days of my life and my 32-year naval career. Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Bill Moran and I had …

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Inside the U.S. Navy’s Silent Service

ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 9, 2015) The Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John Warner (SSN 785) conducts sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries by Chris Oxley/Released)

For enemies of the United States, the U.S. Navy is a frightening adversary; but perhaps the most frightening thing about it is the fact that at any given moment, the Navy’s submarine force is patrolling the deep, carrying deadly weapons and skilled crews anywhere they are needed. The submarine force …

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