USS Minnesota (SSN-783)
USS Minnesota (SSN-783) is a nuclear powered fast attack submarine, the 10th of the planned 48-boat Virginia-class. She is the third United States Navy vessel to bear the name and the second of two named for the state, while the other was named for the Minnesota River.
USS Minnesota (SSN-783) departs Norfolk in January 2014
|Namesake:||The state of Minnesota|
|Awarded:||14 August 2003|
|Builder:||Newport News Shipbuilding|
|Laid down:||20 May 2011|
|Sponsored by:||Ellen Roughead|
|Christened:||27 October 2012|
|Acquired:||6 June 2013|
|Commissioned:||7 September 2013|
|Motto:||Ex Septentrio Virtus ("From the North, power")|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Virginia-class submarine|
|Displacement:||app. 7800 long tons (7925 metric tons) submerged|
|Length:||114.9 meters (377 feet)|
|Beam:||10.3 meters (34 feet)|
|Speed:||25 knots (46 km/h)|
|Range:||Essentially unlimited distance; 33 years|
|Test depth:||greater than 800 feet (250 meters)|
After commissioning, Minnesota remained at the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyards in Groton, CT for over two years. A broken pipe joint was discovered in the vessel's nuclear reactor. The pipe had been tampered with in order to make the part appear within specifications. Although a failure of the pipe would not result in a reactor incident, it would affect the reactor's ability to produce steam used for propulsion. The same issue has been discovered on two other boats in the class. A Navy investigation determined that two other ships had the same issue, and the U.S. Justice Department commenced an investigation of the contractor responsible for the defective parts.
The crew of USS Minnesota mans the ship during her commissioning at Norfolk Naval Base on 7 September 2013.
- Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs (20 May 2011). "Navy Lays Keel for PCU Minnesota". Navy News Service. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
- Frost, Peter, "Newport News Shipyard Will Lay Keel Of Submarine Minnesota On Friday", Newport News Daily Press, 20 May 2011.
- Brunswick, Mark (26 October 2012). "USS Minnesota will be christened Saturday". Star Tribune. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
- Walsh, Paul (6 June 2013). "Navy receives $2 billion attack sub USS Minnesota". Star Tribune. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
- "Submarine Minnesota Delivered On Budget and Ahead of Schedule" (Press release). Huntington Ingalls Industries. GlobeNewswire. 6 June 2013.
- Mizokami, Kyle (29 March 2016). "Billion-Dollar Attack Sub Sidelined for Two Years Over Shoddy Work". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
- "After more than two years at EB, USS Minnesota transferred to sub base to prepare for fleet operations". 27 May 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
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