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Navy to Christen Submarine USS CALIFORNIA (SSN 781)

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  • Phelps Hobart
    Navy to Christen Submarine CaliforniaPlease, those attending the ceremony this Saturday, report back. Photos appreciated. Thanks, Phelps Hobart Vice President
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 4, 2010
      Navy to Christen Submarine California

      Please, those attending the ceremony this Saturday, report back. Photos appreciated.

      Phelps Hobart
      Vice President - USS CALIFORNIA (SSN 781)
      Pacific Central Region, NLUS

      Navy to christen attack submarine California

      The Associated Press
      Posted : Thursday Nov 4, 2010 9:33:42 EDT 

      NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The Navy plans to christen its newest Virginia-class attack submarine California this weekend.

      The 377-foot-long nuclear submarine is the Navy's eighth Virginia-class ship and will be the seventh ship to bear the California name.

      The Virginian-Pilot reports that Saturday's ceremony will be held at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Newport News. It will feature Jackalyne Pfaffensteil, the Navy's assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment.

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      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Thursday, November 04, 2010 4:32 PM
      Subject: FW: Live Web Cast of Christening

      The live web cast of the PCU CA christening is 11am EDT this Saturday 11/6th. The link is listed below. Fun to see!

      Forward to your submariner friends.



      From: Donna Willard
      Sent: Thursday, November 04, 2010 8:01 AM
      To: Karen Crawford
      Subject: Re: Live Web Cast of Christening

      11:00 est, but I think the link is available all day.

      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Wednesday, November 03, 2010 9:48 PM
      Subject: Fw: Navy to Christen Submarine California

      The new California!
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: DoD News
      Sent: Wednesday, November 03, 2010 11:23 AM
      Subject: Navy to Christen Submarine California

      Navy to Christen Submarine California
      Wed, 03 Nov 2010 14:14:00 -0500

      IMMEDIATE RELEASENo. 1011-10
      November 03, 2010

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      Navy to Christen Submarine California

                    The Navy will christen its newest attack submarine California, Saturday, Nov. 6, during an 11 a.m. EST ceremony at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Newport News, in Newport News, Va.  Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations, and environment, will deliver the ceremony's principal address.  Donna Willard, wife of Adm. Robert Willard, commander, U.S. Pacific Command, will serve as ship's sponsor.

                    California, the eighth ship of the Virginia class, is named after the "Golden State."  The selection of California honors the thousands of men and women from the state who serve in today's armed forces, and the millions of Californian veterans and their families.  As home to major Naval and Marine Corps installations, the selection of California also reflects the tremendous support provided to the Navy and Marine Corps by countless communities across the Golden State.  This will be the seventh ship to bear the name California.

                    Designated SSN 781, California is built to excel in anti-submarine warfare; anti-ship warfare; strike warfare; special operations; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare missions. Adept at operating in both the world's shallow littoral regions and deep waters, California will directly enable five of the six Navy maritime strategy core capabilities -- sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security, and deterrence.

                    Cmdr. Dana A. Nelson, a native of Clinton, Conn., and a 1992 graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy, will be the ship's commanding officer, leading a crew of approximately 134 officers and enlisted personnel.    

                    The 7,800-ton California is built under a teaming arrangement between Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Newport News and General Dynamics Electric Boat.  She is 377-feet long, has a 34-foot beam, and will be able to dive to depths of greater than 800 feet and operate at speeds in excess of 25 knots submerged.  California is designed with a nuclear reactor plant that will not require refueling during the planned life of the ship -- reducing lifecycle costs while increasing underway time.

                    The christening ceremony will be webcast live at the following location: http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/Northrop_Grumman/101109 .

                    Media may direct queries to the Navy Office of Information at 703-697-5342.  For more information visit http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4100&tid=100&ct=4 .

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