Photo Release -- Newport News Shipbuilding Launches Virginia-Class Submarine
Minnesota (SSN 783)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Nov. 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that the Virginia-class submarine
Minnesota (SSN 783) was launched into the James River Nov. 3 at the company's
Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division.
Minnesota In Floating Dry Dock
The 7,800-ton submarine Minnesota was
moved out of a construction facility
into a floating dry dock using a
transfer car system.
Four tugboats teamed up to
guide Minnesota to
NNS' submarine pier,
where final outfitting and
testing will take place.
Photos accompanying this releaseare available at
"Launch is a significant accomplishment in the life of a submarine," said Jim
Hughes, NNS' vice president of submarines and fleet support. "It's an
opportunity for our incredible shipbuilders to stand back and take pride in
their work. Thanks to their tremendous efforts and steadfast determination,
Minnesota's progress is nearly one year ahead of schedule and has been built
using about 600,000 fewer man-hours than the previous boat."
As many as 1,000 shipbuilders have worked on Minnesota, the 10^th
Virginia-class submarine. At about 92 percent complete, Minnesota is on track
to complete in 63 months. Construction began in February 2008, and Minnesota
was christened Oct. 27.
To achieve her latest milestone, the 7,800-ton Minnesota was moved out of a
construction facility into a floating dry dock using a transfer car system.
The floating dry dock was submerged, and Minnesota was launched into the James
River. Once in the water, tugboats moved the submarine to NNS' submarine pier,
where final outfitting and testing will take place.
"It is truly awe-inspiring having been able to watch the submarine go from
pieces and now launching for the final stretch of construction prior to sea
trials," said Cmdr. John Fancher, Minnesota's commanding officer. "When I
think of all the energy and craftsmanship of the shipbuilders that has gotten
us to this point, I am humbled. The crew is excited to get their boat into the
water, and I couldn't be more proud of them and all of their hard work and
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services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has
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