USS North Carolina (SSN-777)

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USS North Carolina during her commissioning ceremony
USS North Carolina during her commissioning ceremony
Career (US)
Name: USS North Carolina
Namesake: The State of North Carolina
Ordered: 30 September 1998
Builder: Northrop Grumman Newport News
Laid down: 22 May 2004
Launched: 21 April 2007
Acquired: 21 February 2008
Commissioned: 3 May 2008
Homeport: Template:Ship Homeport NL
Motto: Primus in Proelio ("First in Fight")
Status: in active service, as of 2024
Badge: 200px
General characteristics
Class and type: Virginia-class submarine
Displacement: 7,800 tons
Length: 114.9 meters (377 feet)
Beam: 10.3 meters (34 feet)
Depth: 800 ft (244 m)
Propulsion: S9G reactor
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h)+
Range: Essentially unlimited distance; 33 years
Complement: 134 officers and men

12 × VLS (BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missile) &

4 × 533mm torpedo tubes (Mk-48 torpedo)

USS North Carolina (SSN-777), a Virginia-class submarine, is the fifth ship of the United States Navy named for the 12th state.


The contract to build her was awarded to Northrop Grumman Newport News (then called Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Company) in Newport News, Virginia on 30 September 1998 and her keel was laid down on 22 May 2004. She was christened on 21 April 2007 sponsored by Linda Bowman, wife of Admiral Frank L. "Skip" Bowman, the former director of Naval Reactors. Captain Mark E. Davis, a native of upstate New York, was the ship’s first commanding officer and lead a crew of approximately 134 officers and enlisted personnel.

The boat has physical connections to previous North Carolinas. Sections of the teak decking from the previous North Carolina are reused within the submarine, and several pieces from a silver serving set made for the armored cruiser ACR-12, then transferred through the state governor to the battleship will be used aboard SSN-777.[1]

North Carolina joined the USN on 21 February 2008, after problems with the boat's steam valve and internal piping system had forced two delays in the acceptance of the vessel.[2] Welding issues in the internal piping system scuttled a first-planned December 2007 delivery, and the discovery of an inadequate steam valve forced a further delay from January to February 2008.

The ship's official commissioning ceremony was held on 3 May 2008, in Wilmington, North Carolina.[3] The submarine will now join the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Fleet based in New London, Connecticut.[4] Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye has said that North Carolina will be based at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.[5][6]



  1. Worthington, Don (2007-06-03). "The USS North Carolina: Ceremony set for America's latest attack sub". The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved 2007-06-03. "“We call this physical legacy transfer. You don’t often get the opportunity to transfer history.”" 
  2. Tim Fish, 'US Navy finally takes delivery of North Carolina,' Jane's Defence Weekly, 5 March 2008, p. 31.
  3. "USS North Carolina to visit namesake". The News & Observer. September 6, 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  4. Zeldis, Jennifer, Lt. (5/4/2008). "USS North Carolina Joins the Fleet". Fleet Public Affairs Center Atlantic, U.S. Navy. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  5. Cole, William, "Hawaii's Pearl Harbor To Become Hub For New Nuclear Subs", Honolulu Advertiser, January 9, 2009.
  6. Kakesako, Gregg K., "Navy Completes Challenging Retrofit Of Sub", Honolulu Star-Bulletin, May 6, 2010.
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