New Virginia-class submarine to be homeported at Pearl Harbor

Sailors stand topside aboard the Virginia-class, nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780) as the boat approaches the pier at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut, Oct. 4, 2017. U.S. Navy file photo by MC1 Steven Hoskins

COMSUBPAC Public Affairs

Virginia-class (VACL) fast-attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780) will arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam today, Jan. 26 for a permanent change of home-port. The submarine has a crew of 140 Sailors and officers. Families of the crew have been arriving to island as early as November.

Missouri will be the sixth Virginia-class submarine homeported in Pearl Harbor. The submarine USS Missouri will pass the Missouri Battleship Memorial for a photo opportunity and render honors from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Ford Island.

Missouri is the fifth Navy ship to be named in honor of the state of Missouri. The last USS Missouri, the legendary battleship, saw action in World War II, the Korean War and the Persian Gulf War, and the battleship was also the site where Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz, Gen. Douglas MacArthur and many other U.S. and Allied officers accepted the unconditional surrender the Japanese at the end of World War II.

As the most modern and sophisticated attack submarine in the world, the VACL submarine can operate in both littoral and deep ocean environments and presents combatant commanders with a broad and unique range of operational capabilities. VACL submarines are flexible, multi-mission platforms designed to carry out the seven core competencies of the submarine force: anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, delivery of special operations forces, strike warfare, irregular warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and mine warfare.

Their inherent stealth, endurance, mobility, and firepower directly enable them to support five of the six maritime strategy core capabilities — sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security, and deterrence.

At 377-feet long, Missouri is slightly longer than a football field. The submarine has a 34-foot beam, will be able to dive to depths greater than 800 feet and will operate at speeds in excess of 25 knots submerged.

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