Virginia (SSN 774) Class Submarine Program Achieves Multiple Milestones

Tuesday, March 06, 2007
The Virginia Class Submarine Program (VCSP) achieved Initial Operating Capability, when USS Virginia (SSN 774) successfully completed her Post-Shakedown Availability (PSA) and began regular fleet service.

Upon completion of Initial Operational Test and Evaluation, also known as Operational Evaluation, and certification by the Type Commander in the spring of 2009, VCSP will reach Full Operational Capability. The Virginia class is the first post-Cold War submarine and is designed to support multiple missions, from the littorals to the open ocean, and is a key asset in the war on terror. Some of these missions include precision strike operations; operational support to Special Operations Forces; and gather intelligence, perform surveillance, and conduct reconnaissance missions.

VCSP will also celebrate two important milestones over a two-week span this spring. First, North Carolina's (SSN 777) Christening at Northrop Grumman Newport News, in Newport News, Va. on Apr. 21, and then Hawaii's (SSN 775) Commissioning at the Submarine Base, New London in New London, Conn., on May 5.

By Team Submarine Public Affairs

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