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 6, SSN 783 moored at Trident Wharf in Port Canaveral for an eight-day port call; Brief stop at Trident Wharf on Nov. 19; Returned home on Nov. 23; Underway again on Dec. ?; Brief stop off Groton on Dec. 12.
February 2, 2017 USS Minnesota recently arrived off the east coast of Florida for routine training; Conducted surface operations, 2 miles off the coast of North Beach in Hollywood, Fla., and Port Everglades from Feb. 6-9; Moored at Trident Wharf for a brief stop on Feb. 17.