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PCU Minnesota (SSN 783) Delivers Ahead of Schedule, Achieves Highest Readiness Scores of the Class


WASHINGTON (June 7, 2013) The Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Minnesota (SSN 783) is shown during sea trials. The last of the Block II Virginia-class submarines was delivered to the Navy June 6. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) — The Navy took delivery of the future USS Minnesota (SSN 783) from Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) June 6, 11 months early of the submarine’s contract delivery date of April 2014.

Minnesota took just 63 months to build. The fastest delivery yet for a HII-NNS-delivered Virginia-class submarine. “Minnesota’s delivery is a tremendous milestone for the submarine, our shipbuilding partners, the Navy and the nation,” said Rear Adm. David Johnson, program executive officer for Submarines. “Virginia-class submarines are a vital part of our nation’s security strategy. Their capabilities make them indispensible assets.”

Minnesota’s delivery is two months faster than USS California’s (SSN 781), the next most recent submarine delivered by HII-NNS. The submarine also had the shortest construction span from pressure hull complete to delivery, taking only 12 months, and is the most complete Virginia-class submarine at delivery. Finally, Minnesota had the highest readiness score of any Virginia-class submarine to date as measured by the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).

Minnesota will be commissioned Sept. 7 in a ceremony in Norfolk, Va.

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