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SSN 781 California

CALIFORNIA (SSN-781) honors the 31st State of the Union. Six previous U.S. Navy ships have been named CALIFORNIA; a screw sloop (1870-1873), Armored Cruiser No. 6 (1907-1918), a steam yacht (1917-1919)(later renamed HAUOLI), a motor boat (1917-1918), BB-44 (1921-1947), and CGN-36 (1974-1999).

The selection of California, designated SSN 781, honors the thousands of men and women from California who serve in today's Armed Forces, and the millions of Californian veterans and their families. As home to major Naval and Marine Corps installations, the selection of California also reflects the tremendous support provided to the Navy and Marine Corps by countless communities across the Golden State. This will be the seventh ship to bear the name California.

These next-generation attack submarines will provide the Navy with the capabilities it requires to maintain the nation's undersea supremacy well into the 21st century. They will have improved stealth, sophisticated surveillance capabilities and special warfare enhancements that will enable it to meet the Navy's multi-mission requirements. California will be able to attack targets ashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert long-term surveillance of land areas, littoral waters or other sea-based forces. Other missions include anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare; Special Forces delivery and support; and mine delivery and minefield mapping. With enhanced communications connectivity, the submarines also will provide important battle group and joint task force support, with full integration into carrier battle group operations. The Virginia class is 7,800-tons and 377 feet in length, has a beam of 34 feet, and can operate at more than 25 knots submerged. It is designed with a reactor plant that will not require refueling during the planned life of the ship - reducing lifecycle costs while increasing underway time.




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