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The Jimmy Carter (SSN 23) is the third and last Seawolf-class submarine and the first ship of the U.S. Navy named in honor of the 39th president of the United States who is the only submarine-qualified man that went on to become the nation's chief executive. He was the nuclear engineer officer on the Pre-Commissioning Unit Seawolf (SSN 575) in the 1950s.

The contract to build SSN 23 was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on June 29, 1996, and her keel was laid down on December 5, 1998. She was scheduled to be commissioned in late 2001 or early 2002, but on December 10, 1999, Electric Boat was awarded an $887 million extension to contract to modify the boat for highly classified missions and testing of new submarine systems.

Differentiating the Jimmy Carter from all other undersea vessels is its Multi-Mission Platform (MMP), which includes a 100-foot hull extension that enhances payload capability, enabling it to accommodate advanced technology required to develop and test an entirely new generation of weapons, sensors and undersea vehicles. The MMP provides the submarine with a wealth of capabilities. It has an ocean interface that allows for the operation of a Remotely Operated Vehicle, which will be able to retrieve and deploy weapons, countermeasures and sensors. It’s also Special Operations-friendly. The Jimmy Carter can accommodate a Dry Deck Shelter or an Advanced SEAL Delivery System for Special Operations Forces (SOF). She has a Reconfigurable Cargo Area, which allows for stowage of SOF supplies, and it features a Command Center Suite for mission planning. The ship can also berth up to 50 SOF personnel.

January 24, 2004 Cmdr. David Bartholomew, Jr., CO of the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Jimmy Carter was relieved of command because of a "loss of confidence" in his ability "pending further administrative or disciplinary action as appropriate." Capt. Robert D. Kelso, deputy chief of staff of Submarine Development Squadron 12 in New London, assumed temporary command of the ship.

June 5, PCU Jimmy Carter was christened during a ceremony at General Dynamics Electric Boat's floating dry-dock. Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter served as sponsor of the ship.

November 19, The Jimmy Carter returned to General Dynamics’ Electric Boat (EB) shipyard after its first, three-day underway, for Builder's (Alpha "A") trials. The ship was delieved to the U.S. Navy on Dec. 22.

February 19, 2005 USS Jimmy Carter was commissioned during a ceremony at Pier 17S on Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn.

August 12, The Jimmy Carter arrived in Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., after a brief underway for VIP cruise from Port Canaveral, Fla.

November 9, SSN 23 arrived for the first time at its new homeport of Naval Base Kitsap at Bangor, Washington. It replaced the USS Parche (SSN 683), which was decommissioned in October 2004.

August 16, 2006 USS Jimmy Carter, commanded by Cmdr. David A. Honabach, recently underwent a "deperm" at Magnetic Silencing Facility at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.

November 11, 2009 USS Jimmy Carter returned to Bangor after a four-month deployment. The Seawolf-class submarine is scheduled to enter the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for an routine overhaul.

March 2, 2012 Cmdr. Brian P. Elkowitz relieved Cmdr. Brian L. Davies as CO of the SSN 23 during a change-of-command ceremony at the Naval Undersea Warfare Museum in Keyport, Wash. During Davies' command tour, which began in June 2009, USS Jimmy Carter completed two deployment.

January 20, 2013 USS Jimmy Carter departed Service Pier, Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

March 5, SSN 23 arrived in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for a six-day port call to conduct emergent repairs; Brief stop at Pearl Harbor for personnel transfer on April 27.

April 29, The Jimmy Carter pulled again into Pearl Harbor for a three-day liberty port visit; Returned home on May 9.

June 3, USS Jimmy Carter moored at Pier 3, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton for a Drydocking Phased Maintenance Availability (DPMA); Entered the Dry Dock #5 on June 6; Undocked in August 2014; Underway for sea trials in early September.

October 30, USS Jimmy Carter made a brief stop off Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego, Calif., for personnel transfer; Brief stop off NB Point Loma again on Nov. 6.

January 23, 2015 The Jimmy Carter departed Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor for a routine training; Brief stop off NB Point Loma for personnel transfer on Feb. 24 and 26th; Returned home on March ?.

May 29, Cmdr. Melvin R. Smith, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Brian P. Elkowitz as CO of the USS Jimmy Carter during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor's Deterrent Park.

September 19, SSN 23 moored at Kilo Pier, Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego for a 12-day port call; Returned home on Oct. 13.

December 13, USS Jimmy Carter recently moored at Kilo Pier, NAS North Island for a brief port call.

February 11, 2016 The Jimmy Carter made a brief stop off Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego for personnel transfer; Brief stop off NB Point Loma again on March 9 and March 14.

October 8, USS Jimmy Carter departed Service Pier, Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.

October 24, The Jimmy Carter made a brief stop off NB Point Loma before participating in the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) CSG's Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), as part of opposition forces; Moored at N/S/O Sierra Pier in NB Point Loma from Oct. 31- Nov. 3; Brief stop off NB Point Loma on Nov. 22; Returned to Bangor on Nov. 26.

April 14, 2017 USS Jimmy Carter returned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor; Underway again on June 1?; Moored at N/S/O Sierra Pier in Naval Base Point Loma from June 16-1? and July 8-?.

September 11, USS Jimmy Carter moored at Service Pier on Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a three-month patrol.