Defense.gov News Release: Navy Names New Virginia-Class Attack Submarine

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today that SSN 795, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Hyman G. Rickover.

Mabus named the submarine to honor U.S. Navy Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, the man credited for developing USS Nautilus (SSN 571), the world’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine.

via Defense.gov News Release: Navy Names New Virginia-Class Attack Submarine.

This is the second nuclear attack sub to be named after ADM Rickover. The first was an early Los Angeles class boat, now decommissioned.

We’re generally weary of the SecNav fooling around with the naming conventions for commissioned vessels, but in this case, we’ll make an exception. First, the submarine service has a history of naming the occasional ship after a prominent person, outside naming convention of a particular class of boats. Second, while Rickover was indeed highly political, he wasn’t particularly partisan.  Third, it could have been much worse.

4 thoughts on “Defense.gov News Release: Navy Names New Virginia-Class Attack Submarine”

  1. Father of the nuclear Navy – I am surprised he dint get the honor years before.

    I remember Lex lamenting the Nimitz-Class carriers all getting politician’s names, although Washington and Lincoln are OK

  2. One of the best things Ronnie Raygun did for the Navy was refusing to allow Rickover to stay. Rickover was a bright man, but much of what happened was in spite of of him, not because of him.

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