USS MINNESOTA SSN 783
The Minnesota (SSN 783) is the 10th and the last of the Block II Virginia-class attack submarine and the third United States Navy ship named for the state of Minnesota. The contract to build her was awarded to Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding on August 14, 2003. Construction began in February 2008 and the ship was named on July 15.
May 20, 2011 The keel was laid down for the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Minnesota during a ceremony at Newport News shipyard.
October 27, 2012 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Minnesota was christened during a 10 a.m. EST ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va. Mrs. Ellen Roughead, wife of former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. John W. Fancher is the prospective commanding officer.
November 3, SSN 783 was launched for the first time into the James River from a floating dry-dock at Newport News shipyard.
March 14, 2013 The crew of PCU Minnesota moved aboard the submarine for the first time on "In Service Day" at Newport News shipyard.
May 6, The Minnesota returned to Newport News, Va., after successfully completed its Alpha sea trials. Underway for Bravo trials from May 9-16.
June 6, U.S. Navy took delivery of PCU Minnesota from the HII Newport News Shipbuilding nearly 11 months ahead of schedule. Arrived in Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on June 24.
August 12, SSN 783 moored at Naval Ordinance Test Unit's wharf in Port Canaveral, Fla., for a brief port call before conducting a tactical certification cruise in the Florida straits off the coast of Brevard County.
September 7, USS Minnesota was commissioned during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk's Pier 12.
January 10, 2014 The Minnesota arrived at its homeport of Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., after a two-day transit from Norfolk, Va., and will be assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 4.
February 21, Cmdr. Brian J. Tanaka relieved Capt. John W. Fancher as CO of the USS Minnesota during a change-of-command ceremony at the main auditorium on Naval Submarine Base New London.
March 10, Electric Boat Corporation was awarded a $57 million modification to the previously awarded contract (N00024-03-C-2101) for the planning and execution of the USS Minnesota's Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Work is expected to be completed by February 2015.
January ?, 2015 The first female officer to serve aboard a U.S. Navy fast-attack submarine has reported to the USS Minnesota. Two more women will report by the end of month.
June 2?, USS Minnesota departed Electric Boat shipyard for sea trials after an extended 16-month availability.
May 27, 2016 The Minnesota moved from Electric Boat shipyard to NSB New London following an extended 27-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) due to emergent repairs to its propulsion plant.
August 1, USS Minnesota recently moored at Trident Wharf in Port Canaveral, Fla., for a two-week port call.
November 1, SSN 783 moored at Trident Wharf in Port Canaveral for a one-day port call.
April 27, 2017 The Minnesota returned to Groton after underway for routine operations; Underway again on May ?; Brief stop off Groton for personnel transfer on May 12.
May 27, USS Minnesota moored at Shearwater Jetty on Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a three-day port visit to commemorate the United States' Memorial Day.
July 31, USS Minnesota departed Pier 31N, Naval Submarine Base New London for routine operations; Moored at Pier 12S on Aug. 7.
September 6, The Minnesota is currently moored at Pier 17S on Naval Submarine Base New London.
September 1?, USS Minnesota departed Groton for its maiden North Atlantic deployment.
February 26, 2018 The Minnesota moored at Berth 1, Pier 1 on Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a five-day port call.
March 12, SSN 783 made a brief stop off Groton to embark Nuclear Propulsion Examination Board (NPEB) personnel for Operational Reactor Safeguards Examination (ORSE).
March 14, USS Minnesota moored at Pier 8N on Naval Submarine Base New London following a six-month deployment. She also made port calls to Brest, France; Faslane, Scotland; and Haakonsvern, Norway.
March 28, The Virginia-class attack submarine departed homeport for routine operations; Brief stop off Groton for personnel transfer on March 30; Moored at Pier 32S on April 4.
April 20, Cmdr. Thomas P. Flaherty, III relieved Cmdr. Brian J. Tanaka as CO of the Minnesota during a change-of-command ceremony on board the sub.
May 1, The Minnesota made a brief stop in Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for personnel transfer.?
September ?, USS Minnesota departed Naval Submarine Base New London for routine operations; Returned home on Sept. 29; Underway again on Oct. 14.
October 19, The Minnesota moored at Trident Wharf in Port Canaveral, Fla., for a five-day port call; Moored at Trident Wharf again on Oct. 29; Returned to Groton on Nov. ?.
January 30, 2019 USS Minnesota conducted acoustic trials off the coast of Port Everglades, Florida; Brief stop off Groton for personnel transfer on Feb. 6 and 8th; Moored at Pier 6N in Naval Submarine Base New London on Feb. 14.
March 14, The Minnesota moored at Pier 31N on Naval Submarine Base New London after a nine-day underway for Tactical Readiness Evaluation (TRE) at the AUTEC range.
June 1?, USS Minnesota departed Groton for a scheduled North Atlantic deployment.
September 20, USS Minnesota moored at Valiant Jetty on Her Majesty's Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde in Faslane, Scotland, for a scheduled port call.
October 18, The Virginia-class attack submarine recently moored at Haakonsvern Naval Base, Norway, for a routine port call.
December 20, USS Minnesota moored at Pier 6N on Naval Submarine Base New London following a six-month deployment.
September 8, 2020 Cmdr. Bradley C. Bozin relieved Cmdr. Thomas P. Flaherty, III as CO of the Minnesota during a change-of-command ceremony at the Flasher World War II Memorial in Groton.
December 18, The Minnesota moored at Pier 10S on Naval Submarine Base New London after underway for routine operations.
January 11, 2021 The Minnesota is currently moored at Pier 6N on Naval Submarine Base New London.
March 23, USS Minnesota made a brief stop approximately 3 n.m. off the coast of Groton for personnel transfer; Brief stop off Groton again on March 25.
July 19, USS Minnesota transited the Straits of Moyle southbound, just after midnight, en route to Faslane, Scotland; Moored at HMNB Clyde on Monday afternoon; Departed Faslane on July 30; Moored at HMNB Clyde again from Oct. 7-12; Moored at Berth 2, Pier 1 on Naval Station Rota, Spain, from Oct. 20-27.
November 26, USS Minnesota moored at Pier 8S on Naval Submarine Base New London following a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR.
January 6, 2022 The Minnesota departed Groton for a surge deployment and a homeport change to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
February 27, The Minnesota participated in a photo exercise (PHOTOEX) with the USS Billings (LCS 15) and Colombian Navy ships, while underway off the coast of Cartagena; Transited the Panama Canal southbound on March 3.
March 17, USS Minnesota moored at Pier S9 on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for the first time; Moved "dead-stick" to Dry Dock #2 on May 10.?
November 10, Cmdr. Isaac M. Pelt relieved Cmdr. Bradley C. Bozin as CO of the SSN 783 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the Battleship Missouri Memorial.