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 board the sub at Pier 3, 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 a routine underway; 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.