Virginia (SSN-774), the nation's newest and most advanced nuclear-powered attack submarine and the lead ship of its class, returns to the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Conn., July 30, following the successful completion of its first voyage in open seas -- called "alpha" sea trials. Virginia is the Navy's only major combatant ready to join the fleet that was designed with the post-Cold War security environment in mind and embodies the warfighting and operational capabilities required to dominate the littorals while maintaining undersea dominance in the open ocean.
"Nuclear submarines provide a unique contribution to our nation's security and will be increasingly important in the decades ahead," said Electric Boat President John Casey. "The Virginia and the rest of the ships of its class are designed specifically to incorporate emergent technologies that will provide new capabilities to meet new threats."
Virginia will be delivered to the U.S. Navy this fall.