In August 2015 the U.S. Navy will commission the USS John Warner. When Warner joins the fleet, it will be the most modern, sophisticated, and technologically advanced submarine in the world. While other Virginia-class submarines have been named after U.S. states, SSN 785 holds the distinction of being the first to be named after a person – a man who has served his country throughout his entire adult life as a Navy enlisted sailor, a Marine lieutenant, the Secretary of the Navy and as a U.S. Senator. USS John Warner is the 12th Virginia-class fast attack submarine and the sixth to be delivered to the U.S. Navy by Newport News Shipbuilding. Designed to meet the Navy’s requirements in a post-Cold War era, the Virginia class employ advanced technologies to increase firepower, sensors, and stealth. The 377-foot-long submarines are capable of submerged speeds of more than 25 knots and can stay submerged for up to three months at a time.
The commissioning ceremony will take place at the U.S. Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia, in August 2015. Norfolk is the largest naval base in the world and has hosted the commissioning of countless U.S. Navy ships. More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the event. Among the attendees will be the ship’s namesake, the Secretary of the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations, and various senators and congressional leaders.
This incredibly significant moment for our country and armed services will be documented in a special publication USS John Warner. This high-quality, softcover book will be designed by the publishers that created the official commissioning publications for USS Ronald Reagan, USS George H.W. Bush, USS New York, USS Arlington, USS Stockdale, and USS Virginia, and will extensively cover the U.S. Navy submarine force and U.S. Navy submarines, while also providing a keepsake record for military officials and defense contractors of the construction process that goes into manufacturing this complex vessel. The publication will be written by senior defense writers, and will include exclusive interviews with the ship’s personnel and leadership.