USS VIRGINIA SSN 774
The Virginia (SSN 774) is the lead boat of the U.S. Navy's next-generation nuclear-powered attack submarines and the tenth vessel of the United States Navy to be named for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on September 30, 1998, and her keel was laid down on September 2, 1999.
August 16, 2003 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Virginia was christened during a ceremony at Electric Boat Corporation’s shipyard in Groton, Conn. Mrs. Lynda Johnson Robb, the wife of former Virginia governor and senator Charles Robb, and daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson, served as sponsor of the ship. Capt. David J. Kern is the prospective commanding officer.
October 23, 2004 USS Virginia was commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. She will be homeported in Groton, Conn.
November 23, 2005 USS Virginia, commanded by Cmdr. Todd W. Cramer, returned to Naval Submarine Base New London after a maiden underway period in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
January 12, 2006 SSN 774 entered the Electric Boat's shipyard for a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA).
June 27, 2008 Capt. Robert E. Clark relieved Capt. Richard P. Breckenridge as Commander, Submarine Squadron (COMSUBRON) 4, during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Virginia.
September 5, The U.S. Navy conducted multiple launches of Tomahawk cruise missiles from the USS Virginia in August, in the Gulf of Mexico, as part of the program's developmental and operational testing efforts. The test launches, the first ever for a Virginia-class submarine, included the launch and extended flight of multiple missiles to demonstrate the launch capabilities.
January 9, 2009 USS Virginia departed Groton to conduct a six-week Operational Reactor Safeguard Examination (OARS) and a Tactical Readiness Evaluation (TREE).
October 15, USS Virginia departed homeport for its maiden deployment.
April 13, 2010 SSN 774 returned to Groton, Conn., after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR). She traveled more than 37,000 miles and made port calls to Rota, Spain; Souda Bay, Greece; Fujaihra, U.A.E.; and Aksaz, Turkey.
April 29, Cmdr. Timothy Salter relieved Cmdr. James P. Waters, III as CO of the Virginia during a change-of-command ceremony on board the sub at NSB New London.
June 28, USS Virginia recently pulled to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to participate in International Fleet Review.
September 1, The Virginia arrived in Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, for a first-of-its-class major overhaul, consisting of various maintenance projects and several system upgrades.
May 5, 2012 PNSY delivered SSN 774 back to the fleet after completing the 19-month Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA).
February 15, 2013 Cmdr. Steven W. Antcliff relieved Cmdr. Timothy Salter as CO of the USS Virginia during a change-of-command ceremony at the Naval Submarine Library and Museum in Groton, Conn.
August 13, USS Virginia departed Naval Submarine Base New London for a scheduled deployment.
August 24, The Virginia moored at Middle Slip Jetty (MSJ) North in HMNB Portsmouth, England, for a week-long port call.
October 7, USS Virginia moored at HMNB Clyde in Faslane, Scotland, for a routine port call.
February 13, 2014 USS Virginia returned to homeport after a six-month North Atlantic deployment. The sub also made port calls to Haakonsvern, Norway.
March 28, SSN 774 departed Groton for a surge North Atlantic deployment. Returned home on July 3.
October 24, USS Virginia is currently at the floating dry-dock Shippingport (ARDM 4) for routine maintenance.
May 23, 2015 The Virginia moored at Shearwater Jetty on Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a scheduled port visit to commemorate the United States' Memorial Day.
November 1, USS Virginia is currently moored at Pier 17 North on NSB New London.
March 22, 2016 The Virginia moored at Her Majesty Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde in Faslane, Scotland, for a liberty port visit to Glasgow.
July 8, USS Virginia moored at Wharf 7, HMNB Devonport in Plymouth, England, for an eight-day port visit.
July 28, USS Virginia moored at Pier 10N on NSB New London following a six-month North Atlantic deployment. The sub traveled 35,000 nautical miles and also made port calls to Haakonsvern, Norway.
September 2, Cmdr. Jeffrey Anderson relieved Cmdr. Steven W. Antcliff as the 6th CO of SSN 774 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the sub at NSB New London.
From October 20-21, the Virginia was anchored at Naval Anchorage C in Chesapeake Bay, 4 miles southeast off Annapolis, Md., for a visit to U.S. Naval Academy in conjunction with the homecoming weekend.
October 28, USS Virginia made a brief stop off Mayport, Fla., for personnel transfer; Moored at Trident Wharf in Port Canaveral from Nov. 2-3; Returned home on Nov. 18.