HISTORY OF THE USS OREGON
ABOUT THE BOAT
  • Length: 377 ft.
  • Beam: 34 ft.
  • Displacement (Weight): 7,800 tons (equivalent to 65 blue whales)
  • Speed: 25+ knots (28+ miles per hour)
  • Maximum Depth: 800+ ft.
  • Crew: 15 officers, 117 enlisted

    ARMAMENT
  • 4 Torpedo Tubes
  • 2 Virginia Payload Tubes (VPT), each capable of holding 6 vertical launch Tomohawk missiles that can strike targets over 1,200 miles away.

    TECHNOLOGY
  • Sonar able to detect ships 3,000 miles away.
  • Photonics masts carrying thermal imaging and low-light cameras; replacing the telescope.
  • Nuclear reactor which powers the sub for the 30+ year lifespan of the ship.
  • Pump jet propulsion for quieter movement.
    • The USS OREGON will be named to honor the long-standing history its namesake state has had with the Navy

      About the Ship's Crest

      The USS OREGON (SSN 793) the twentieth Virginia-class nuclear-powered fast attack submarine.  The Virginia-class submarine is the U.S. Navy's newest undersea warfare platform and incorporates the latest in stealth, intelligence gathering and weapons systems technology.
      SSN 793 will be the second naval ship to bear the name Oregon.  The first USS Oregon was a battleship (BB 3) best known for its roles in the Spanish American War when it helped destroy Admiral Cervera's fleet and in the Philippine-American War; it performed blockade duty in Manila Bay and off Lingayen Gulf, served as a station ship, and aided in the capture of Vigan.  BB 3, known as the "Bulldog of the Navy", set a record of 66 days to sail from San Francisco to Havana, Cuba in response to the sinking of the USS Maine (ACR 1) in 1898.
      The next-generation attack submarines will provide the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation's undersea supremacy well into the 21st century.  They will have enhanced stealth, sophisticated surveillance capabilities and special warfare enhancements that will enable them to meet the Navy's multi-mission requirements.
      These submarines will have the capability to attack targets ashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert, long-term surveillance of land areas, littoral waters or other sea-based forces.  Other missions include anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare; mine delivery and minefield mapping.  They are also designed for special forces delivery and support.
      Each Virginia-class submarine is 7,800-tons and 377 feet in length, has a beam of 34 feet, and can operate at more than 25 knots submerged.  It is designed with a reactor plant that will not require refueling during the planned life of the ship, reducing lifecycle costs while increasing underway time.
      The submarine is being built in partnership with General Dynamics/Electric Boat Corp., at Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut.
      The christening ceremony for the boat should occur in September or October of 2019 in Groton, CT, when the sponsor of the submarine, Mrs. Dana Richardson, will break the bottle of champagne on the boat's hull.  The Navy expects to commission SSN 793 in the fall of 2021.
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