USS Virginia (SSN 774). Photo: Petty Officer 2nd Class William Pittman/US Navy
HII has recently begun the construction of the USS Oklahoma (SSN 802), the 29th Virginia-class attack submarine for the US Navy. This new submarine, once completed, will be the first of the Block V submarines. The Block V configuration includes a guided-missile capability to replace the retiring Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered fast attack submarines in the navy.
The USS Oklahoma (SSN 802) holds special significance as it is the first submarine and the second US Navy vessel to carry the name Oklahoma. The submarine is named in honor of the 429 sailors who lost their lives aboard the USS Oklahoma (BB-37) in December 1947. Mary Slavonic, the sponsor of SSN 802, along with her husband, acting US Navy Under Secretary Greg Slavonic, played an active role in supporting the construction of the USS Oklahoma (BB-37) Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Capt. Mike Hollenbach, the Virginia-Class Program Manager, expressed his pride in the workforce’s hard work and skill at the keel-laying ceremony, stating that the USS Oklahoma will provide a strong foundation for future Sailors who will serve the nation by patrolling the deep seas.
The Virginia-class submarines, with 21 active vessels in service, are equipped with enhanced stealth and surveillance capabilities to address the evolving demands of sea warfare. These submarines are designed to accommodate over 130 personnel, along with corresponding equipment and future payloads. Each Virginia submarine is armed with a vertical launching system, Mk 48 ADCAP torpedoes, Tomahawk missiles, and additional tubes for extra weapons.
In conclusion, the USS Oklahoma (SSN 802) represents a significant advancement in submarine technology and will play a crucial role in strengthening the US Navy’s capabilities in sea warfare.