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HII Launches Virginia-class Submarine Massachusetts (SSN 798) at Newport News Shipbuilding

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HII Launches Virginia-class Submarine Massachusetts (SSN 798) at Newport News Shipbuilding

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HII Launches Virginia-class Submarine Massachusetts (SSN 798) at Newport News Shipbuilding
HII Launches Virginia-class Submarine Massachusetts (SSN 798) at Newport News Shipbuilding

HII announced that Virginia-class submarine Massachusetts (SSN 798) was recently launched into the James River at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division. Shipbuilders transferred the submarine from a construction facility to the floating dry dock, where it was later submerged and moved by tugboats to a submarine pier at the shipyard for final outfitting, testing and crew certification. Massachusetts is the 25th Virginia-class submarine and will be the 12th delivered by NNS, which is one of only two shipyards capable of designing and building nuclear-powered submarines for the U.S. Navy.

Virginia-class nuclear-powered fast attack submarines are built for a broad spectrum of open-ocean and littoral missions to replace the Navy’s Los Angeles-class submarines as they are retired. Virginia-class submarines incorporate dozens of new technologies and innovations that increase firepower, maneuverability and stealth to significantly enhance their warfighting capabilities. These submarines are capable of supporting multiple mission areas and can operate at speeds of more than 25 knots.

Virginia-class attack submarine Massachusetts (SSN 798) was recently launched into the James River at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division (Photo by Ashley Cowan/HII)
Virginia-class attack submarine Massachusetts (SSN 798) was recently launched into the James River at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division (Photo by Ashley Cowan/HII)

“Following the christening of this mighty submarine in May, witnessing Massachusetts launch into the river is a source of immense pride for our shipbuilding team,” said Jason Ward, NNS vice president of Virginia-class submarine construction. “We understand the importance of Massachusetts, and we will continue to execute with purpose to bring this important national security asset to life and deliver it to the Navy.”

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (HII) is the largest military shipbuilding company in the United States as well as a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. HII comprises three divisions: Newport News Shipbuilding, Ingalls Shipbuilding, and Mission Technologies. HII’s Newport News and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi, respectively, have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. As the nation’s largest military shipbuilder, and with a more than 135-year history of advancing U.S. national security, HII delivers critical capabilities extending from ships to unmanned systems, cyber, ISR, AI/ML and synthetic training. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s workforce is 44,000 strong.

 Virginia-class attack submarine Massachusetts (SSN 798) was recently launched into the James River at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division (Photo by Ashley Cowan/HII)
Virginia-class attack submarine Massachusetts (SSN 798) was recently launched into the James River at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division (Photo by Ashley Cowan/HII)

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