USS Hawaii (SSN-776)

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USS Hawaii at commissioning
Career (US)
Namesake: US state of Hawaii
Ordered: 30 September 1998
Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat
Laid down: 27 August 2004
Launched: 17 June 2006
Commissioned: 5 May 2007
Maiden voyage: Jan 2008
Homeport: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Motto: Kūpale ‘Āina ("Defending the Land") [1]
Status: in active service, as of 2022
General characteristics
Class and type: Virginia-class submarine
Type: Fast attack
Displacement: 7800 tons light, 7800 tons full
Length: 114.9 meters (377 feet)
Beam: 10.3 meters (34 feet)
Propulsion: S9G reactor
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h)[2]
Range: Essentially unlimited distance; 33 years
Test depth: greater than 800 feet (250 meters)[3]
Complement: 134 officers and men[2]
Armament: 12 VLS tubes, four 21 inch (530 mm) torpedo tubes for Mk-48 torpedoes

USS Hawaii (SSN-776), a Virginia-class submarine, is the first commissioned warship of the United States Navy to be named for the 50th state. (A previous large cruiser, or battlecruiser Hawaii was launched, but never commissioned, and was named after the Territory of Hawaii in any case.) The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on 30 September 1998 and her keel was laid down on 27 August 2004. She was christened on 17 June 2006 by her sponsor, Governor Linda Lingle of Hawaii. Electric Boat delivered USS Hawaii to the US Navy on 22 December 2006, ahead of schedule.[4] She was commissioned on 5 May 2007 with Captain David A. Solms in command.[5] In August 2007, Commander Edward Herrington assumed command. In July 2009, she changed home port from Groton, CT (Submarine Group Two, Submarine Squadron Two) to Pearl Harbor, HI (Submarine Squadron One).[6]


  • 21 Aug 2007 Cmdr. Edward L. Herrington relieved Capt. David A. Solms as the commanding officer [7].
  • Jan 2008 Maiden deployment.
  • May 2008 Post Shakedown Availability [8].
  • 4 Dec 2008 US Navy announces USS Hawaii will be home ported at Pearl Harbor in 2009 [9].
  • May 8, 2009 - US Navy announces the ship has earned the U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation for their work in disrupting drug trafficking from February 20 to April 17, 2008.[10]
  • July 10, 2009 - The sub transits the Panama Canal enroute to its new post at Pearl Harbor.[11]
  • July 23, 2009 - The sub reaches Pearl Harbor.[12]
  • March 30-May 5, 2010- The sub receives a $2.5 million refit in drydock in Pearl Harbor.[13]

Commanding officers

PCU Hawaii

  • Cmdr Owen Travis May 2003 - Jun 2005 [14]
  • Cmdr David Solms Jun 2005 - May 2007

USS Hawaii

  • Cmdr David Solms May 2007 - Aug 2007
  • Cmdr Ed Herrington Aug 2007 - Jan 2010 [15]
  • Cmdr Stephen Mack Jan 2010 - Present [16]


  1. Commissioning book USS HAWAII (SSN 776), US Navy, 5 May 2007
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The US Navy -- Fact File". Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  4. Electric Boat Corporation's News
  5. Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Ira J. Elinson (2007-05-05). "Navy Commissions USS Hawaii". U.S. Navy. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
  6. USS Hawaii (SSN 776) Arrival Ceremony, July 16, 2009
  7. The USS Hawaii
  8. The USS Hawaii
  9. US Navy press release, Virginia-Class Sub Bound for Pearl Harbor, 05 Dec 2008. Retrieved on 13 Dec 2008
  10. Lt. Patrick Evans (2009-05-08). "USS Hawaii Earns Commendation for Disrupting Drug Traffic". U.S. Navy. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  11. Kakesako, Gregg K., "USS Hawaii Nearing New Pearl Harbor Home", Honolulu Star-Bulletin, July 11, 2009.
  12. Associated Press, "Sub Hawaii arrives at Pearl Harbor homeport", Military Times, July 23, 2009.
  13. Kakesako, Gregg K., "Navy Completes Challenging Retrofit Of Sub", Honolulu Star-Bulletin, May 6, 2010.
  14. Electric Boat Corporation's News Jan 2004, Hawaii PCO Readies Ship, Crew For Eventual Sea Duty, Page 9
  15. Lt. James Stockman (2007-08-25). "Hawaii Holds Change of Command". U.S. Navy. Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
  16. MCC Josh Thompson (2010-01-07). "Mack relieves Herrington as commanding officer of USS Hawaii". U.S. Navy. Retrieved 2010-01-22. 

Fast Facts

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register and various press releases.

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