USS WASHINGTON is the 14th VIRGINIA - class nuclear-powered attack submarine and the third ship in the Navy named after the state of WASHINGTON. WASHINGTON is the fourth of eight Block III VIRGINIA-class submarines. Approximately 20 percent of WASHINGTON were redesigned to lower acquisition cost and increase operational flexibility. The changes include a ship's bow redesign, replacing 12 individual launch tubes with two large-diameter VIRGINIA Payload Tubes, each capable of launching six UGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missiles.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: December 22, 2008|
|Keel laid: November 22, 2014|
|Launched: March 25, 2016|
|Commissioned: October 7, 2017|
|Builder: Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va.|
|Propulsion system: one nuclear reactor|
|Length: 377 feet (115 meters)|
|Beam: 34 feet (10.4 meters)|
|Draft: 30.5 feet (9.3 meters)|
|Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 6,950 tons Submerged: approx. 7,800 tons|
|Speed: Surfaced: approx. 25 knots Submerged: approx. 32 knots|
|Homeport: Norfolk, Va.|
|Crew: 15 officers, 117 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS WASHINGTON. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS WASHINGTON Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows PCU WASHINGTON preparing for commissioning at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on October 4, 2017.
The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows USS WASHINGTON at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on September 21, 2018.