USS JOHN WARNER SSN 785
The John Warner (SSN 785) is the 12th and the second of the Block III Virginia-class attack submarine and the third United States Navy submarine named for living person, retired Virginia Senator John W. Warner. He served five consecutive terms becoming the 2nd longest serving U.S. Senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia in the 218-year history of the Senate. He also served as secretary of the Navy from 1972 to 1974. The contract to build her was awarded to Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding on December 22, 2008. The ship was named on January 8, 2009, and construction began on April 29.
March 16, 2013 The keel was laid down for the SSN 785 during a ceremony at Newport News shipyard.
September 1, 2014 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John Warner slowly and meticulously moved from the Module Outfitting Facility (MOF) Bay #1 to a floating dry-dock.
September 6, PCU John Warner was christened during a 6.30 p.m. EDT ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va. Mrs. Jeanne Warner, the wife of Sen. John Warner (Ret.), served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Daniel B. Caldwell is the prospective commanding officer.
September 10, SSN 785 was launched for the first time into the James River from a floating dry-dock and moored at Newport News shipyard's submarine pier, where final outfitting, testing and crew certification will take place over the next six months.
February 2, 2015 The crew of the PCU John Warner moved aboard the submarine for the first time at Newport News shipyard.
May 23, The Virginia-class attack submarine returned to Newport News shipyard after a two-day underway for Alpha sea trials.
June 25, U.S. Navy took delivery of PCU John Warner from the HII Newport News Shipbuilding two-and-a-half month ahead of schedule.
August 1, USS John Warner was commissioned during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony at Pier 12 on Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va.
September 18, Cmdr. Burt J. Canfield relieved Cmdr. Daniel B. Caldwell as CO of the SSN 785 during a change-of-command ceremony on Naval Station Norfolk.
November 16, USS John Warner pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a brief stop to conduct personnel transfer.
January 11, 2016 The John Warner departed Naval Station Norfolk for acoustic trials; Conducted surface operations, 2 miles off the coast of North Beach in Hollywood, Fla., and Port Everglades, from Jan. 14-19; Brief stop in Port Everglades for personnel transfer on Jan. 19; Brief stop at Naval Station Mayport on Jan. 22; Returned home on Jan. 2?.
March 1, USS John Warner arrived in Newport News shipyard for a five-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA).
August 21, The John Warner moored at Berth 4, Pier 3 on Naval Station Norfolk after a two-day underway for sea trials; Underway again from Sept. 9-? and Oct. 3-14.
November 4, USS John Warner departed homeport for routine operations; Brief stop off Naval Station Norfolk for personnel transfer on Nov. 7, Nov. 15 and 18th; Returned to Norfolk on Nov. 21; Underway again from Dec. 14-19 and Jan. 9.
January 17, 2017 SSN 785 moored at Trident Wharf in Port Canaveral, Fla., for a brief stop; Moored at Trident Wharf again on Jan. 19; Brief underway for VIP Cruise on Jan. 23; Departed Port Canaveral on Jan. 24; Conducted surface operations in the Port Everglades Op. Area from Feb. 5-6 and Feb. 9; Moored at Trident Wharf from Feb. 16-21; Returned home on Feb. 2?.
March 8, USS John Warner made a brief stop off Naval Station Norfolk for personnel transfer, while underway for routine operations; Moored at Berth 1, Pier 3 on March 10; Underway again for acoustic trials on May 5; Conducted surface operations off Port Everglades from May 11-12.
May 15, The John Warner moored at Wharf D1 on Naval Station Mayport for a three-day port call; Moored at Berth 6, Pier 3 in Naval Station Norfolk on May 25; Underway again on June 6.
June 19, USS John Warner made a brief stop in Port Everglades, Fla., to conduct personnel transfer; Brief stop off Norfolk on June 26; Moored at Berth 6, Pier 3 on June 30; Underway again from July 14-19 and Sept. 6.
September 25, The John Warner made a brief stop in Naval Station Mayport for personnel transfer.
November 2, SSN 785 recently moored at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., for ammo onload; Underway on Nov. 3; Brief stop off Naval Station Norfolk on Nov. 7; Moored at Berth 2, Pier 3 on Nov. 9; Underway again on Nov. 30; Brief stop off Naval Station Norfolk on Dec. 8 and Dec. 14; Moored at Berth 1, Pier 3 on Dec. 18.
January 5, 2018 USS John Warner departed Norfolk for its maiden deployment.
January 29, The John Warner moored at West Berth K14, NATO Fueling Depot in Souda Bay, Crete, for a four-day port call.
March 5, USS John Warner arrived off the coast of Catania, Sicily, to participate in NATO anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise Dynamic Manta 18; Brief stop off Naples, Italy, on March 20.
March 25, The John Warner moored at Berth 50, South Mole in Her Majesty's Naval Base (HMNB) Gibraltar, British overseas teritory, for an 11-day upkeep after a one-day delay; Brief stop off Toulon, France, on April 9.
April 14, USS John Warner launched six Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) on Syrian "chemical weapons facilities," early Saturday morning, while underway in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The strike was retaliation for the country's alleged use of chemical weapons last week.