The USS Washington (SSN 787) is the first ship since World War II and the only submarine to be named after the State of Washington.
Although it is expected the USS Washington will be commissioned in Virginia and homeported in Hawaii, the ship represents the State of Washington. As Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ray Mabus, said during the USS Washington Naming Ceremony on 7 February 2013: “The men and women who serve on board this submarine represent your state and will be in parts of the world where they will be the only Americans many people will ever see. Your namesake will ply the waters of the globe, giving others the chance to see what the Navy can do and what Washington means to the Navy and the country.”
The commissioning ceremony is one of the most important traditional ceremonial milestones in the life of the ship, for it represents the acceptance of the ship by the United States Navy and her entry into the active fleet. Citizens of the State of Washington and other Americans will have the opportunity to join in the celebration of the WASHINGTON, a national security investment and to support and gain understanding of the United States Navy by attending events and the ceremony itself.
Other milestone ceremonies are the Naming, Keel Laying, Christening and Decommissioning. USS Washington was named in the Naming Ceremony on 7 February 2013 where the Governor of Washington proclaimed: “This is a Navy state, a Navy state by tradition. I want to thank the U.S. Navy and its leadership for being great partners with Washington State.” The Keel Laying occurred 22 November 2014. Her Christening is anticipated in January 2016 and the commissioning will take place sometime in the fall of 2016.
Washington is one of fourteen next-generation attack submarine, the Virginia Class Submarine. It will provide the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation’s undersea supremacy well into the 21st century. Their inherent stealth, endurance, firepower, and sensor suite directly enable them to support five of the six maritime strategy core capabilities – sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security, and deterrence. SSN 787 will be 7,800-tons and 377 feet in length with a beam of 34 feet. It can operate at more than 25 knots submerged. Her 134-member crew can launch up to 12 Tomahawk land-attack missiles and Mark 48 advanced capability torpedoes.
The USS Washington Commissioning Committee is an all-volunteer committee across the State of Washington and led by the Navy League of the United States, Bremerton-Olympic Council. The committee is comprised of former Navy and Coast Guard personnel, civic leaders and civilians who recognize the value and the need of the sea services. It will help honor Washington’s newest namesake ship.
A commissioning is a ceremony placing a ship into active service and is celebrated to honor ship, and the men and women onboard as it begins its history. The ceremony and events that surround it are rooted in centuries old naval tradition.
The USS Washington Commissioning Committee Objectives:
- Provide a memorable Commissioning Ceremony for the USS WASHINGTON
- Raise awareness within the State about the construction of SSN 787 and her commissioning.
- Promote lasting relationships between the State of Washington and the crew of USS WASHINGTON.
- Finance appropriate events and activities associated with these objectives by supplementing the limited funds provided by the Navy for customary and expected social activities.
USS Washington Commissioning Committee
P.O. Box 5598
Bremerton Washington 98312-5598
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