USS CALIFORNIA SSN 781
The California (SSN 781) is the eighth Virginia-class submarine, and the eighth United States Navy ship named for the state of California. The contract to build her was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding on August 14, 2003. Construction began on Feb. 15, 2006, with keel authentication occurring on May 1, 2009.
November 6, 2010 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) California is christened during an 11 a.m. ceremony at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va. Mrs. Donna Willard, wife of Adm. Robert F. Willard, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Dana A. Nelson is the prospective commanding officer; The ship was launched on Nov. 14.
July 2, 2011 The California returned to Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding after successfully completing its alpha sea trials.
August 7, U.S. Navy took delivery of PCU California from HII Newport News Shipbuilding more than eight-and-a-half months early to the contract date and nearly five months faster than NNS' previous delivery of New Mexico (SSN 779).
October 21, SSN 781 returned to Naval Station Norfolk after successfully completed a six-week weapons systems acceptance trials.
October 29, USS California was commissioned during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.
January 6, 2012 The California arrived at its new homeport of Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn.
January 29, 2013 USS California returned to Naval Submarine Base New London after an 11-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) at the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard.
February 1, Cmdr. Shawn W. Huey relieved Cmdr. Dana A. Nelson as CO of the California during a change-of-command ceremony at the Naval Submarine Library and Museum in Groton.
May 12, 2014 USS California departed Naval Submarine Base New London for routine training.
June 8, The Virginia-class attack submarine arrived in Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, for emergent repairs; Undocked on June 30.
July 2?, USS California departed Groton for its maiden North Atlantic deployment.
October 14, The California moored at Carrier Pier 3 in Arsenal de Brest, France, for a three-day port call.
January 12, 2015 SSN 781 recently moored at Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a routine port call.
January 24, USS California returned to NSB New London after a six-month deployment. The sub traveled more than 40,000 n.m. and also made port calls to Faslane, Scotland; and Haakonsvern, Norway.
April 24, Cmdr. John E. Sager relieved Cmdr. Shawn W. Huey as the 3rd CO of California during a change-of-command ceremony on board the sub at NSB New London.
August 7, The California departed Naval Station Mayport, Fla., after a routine port call; Brief stop off NSB New London for personnel transfer on Aug. 17; Returned home on Aug. 18.?
October 16, The eighth Virginia-class attack submarine returned to homeport after a month-long underway for routine training. En route to Groton, USS California embarked federal, state and local officials to kick off "Connecticut’s Submarine Century," a yearlong celebration to commemorate the arrival of the first submarine to NSB New London.
November 5, USS California departed Port Canaveral, Fla., after a routine port call; Returned to Groton on Nov. 23.
February 4, 2016 The California returned to Naval Submarine Base New London after underway for routine training; Underway again on Feb. ?; Brief stop off Groton on Feb. 9; Underway for local operations on March ?; Brief stop off Groton on March 7 and 9th; Moored at Pier 10N on March 14; Underway again on April 2?.
May 1, SSN 781 moored at Trident Wharf in Port Canaveral, Fla., for a brief stop to embark VIP guests.
May 2, USS California moored outboard the USS Cole (DDG 67) at Berth 21, Pier 7 in Port Everglades, Fla., for a week-long port visit to participate in annual Fleet Week celebration.
May 23, The California made a brief stop off Groton for personnel transfer; Returned home on May 25; Underway again on June 1?; Brief stop off Groton on June 21, June 24, July 11, 14 and 17th; Returned to NSB New London on July 20.
August 2, USS California departed homeport for a scheduled North Atlantic deployment.
November 5, The California moored at Her Majesty Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde in Faslane, Scotland, for a mid-deployment voyage repairs.
January 12, 2017 SSN 781 recently moored at Berth 3, Pier 1 on Naval Station Rota, Spain; Conducted an ordnance loading exercise, in coordination with Navy Munitions Command Rota and Naval Submarine Support Facility (NSSF) New London, on Jan. 13; Underway on Jan. 18.
January 31, The California made a brief stop off Groton to embark Nuclear Propulsion Examination Board (NPEB) personal for Operational Reactor Safeguards Examination (ORSE).
February 2, USS California moored at Pier 8N on Naval Submarine Base New London following a six-month deployment. The sub traveled more than 30,000 nautical miles and also made port calls to Haakonsvern, Norway.
March 16, The Virginia-class attack submarine returned to homeport after a nine-day underway.
March 31, Capt. Brian L. Sittlow relieved Capt. John E. McGunnigle, Jr., as Commander, Submarine Squadron (COMSUBRON) 4, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the USS California at NSB New London.
May 2, USS California moored at Wharf D1 in Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for a brief stop; Moored at Trident Wharf in Port Canaveral in conjunction with the Space Coast Submarine Birthday Ball from May 6-7; Returned home on May ?.
June 1?, The California departed homeport for Prospective Commanding Officer (PCO) operations; Moored at Trident Wharf in Port Canaveral for a brief stop on June 19 and June 26; Moored at Pier 6N in Naval Submarine Base New London on June 2?.
July 7, Cmdr. David Payne relieved Cmdr. John E. Sager as CO of the SSN 781 during a change-of-command ceremony at Dealey Center theater on NSB New London.
July 12, USS California departed Naval Submarine Base New London for routine operations; Moored at Trident Wharf in Port Canaveral for a brief stop on July 17; Conducted surface operations off Port Everglades on July 20; Brief stop off Groton on Aug. 4; Returned home on Aug. 11; Underway again on Oct. 6.
October 10, The California made a brief stop off Groton for personnel transfer; Brief stop off Groton again on Oct. 13 and Oct. 18.