About the Submarine

John Warner (SSN 785) is the 12th Virginia-class fast attack submarine and the sixth to be delivered to the U.S. Navy by Newport News Shipbuilding. While other Virginia-class submarines have been named after U.S. states, SSN 785 holds the distinction of being named after a person—a man who has served his country throughout his entire adult life as a Navy enlisted sailor, a Marine lieutenant, Secretary of the Navy and a U.S. Senator.

Construction of the 377-foot submarine began in 2009 and is well underway, with the stern, sail, bow and other internal compartments being constructed as separate modules. The Virginia-class construction program has been lauded by the Navy as a model of efficiency and quality, consistently delivering the ships ahead of schedule. Newport News Shipbuilding is teamed with General Dynamics Electric Boat, pursuant to laws enacted by Congress, to build the Virginia-class submarines. Components and parts for the submarines come from subcontractors across America.

Ship's Namesake: John Warner

John Warner has served his country throughout his entire adult life as a Navy enlisted sailor, a Marine lieutenant, Secretary of the Navy and a U.S. Senator for Virginia. Continue reading