US Navy sets commissioning of attack submarine on Saturday

The United States Navy will commission to service its newest fast attack submarine USS John Warner (SSN 785) in a ceremony Saturday, August 1 at Naval Station Norfolk, in Norfolk, Virginia. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Jeanne Warner, wife of Senator John Warner, is serving as the ship’s sponsor, the Pentagon said in a statement.

“The commissioning of USS John Warner marks the beginning of what is expected to be 33 years of distinguished service for this great submarine – a fitting tribute to a man who served his nation for so long as a sailor, a Marine, a United States Senator and, as one of my most esteemed predecessors as Secretary of the Navy,” Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said.

The Pentagon said this next-generation attack submarine provides the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation’s undersea supremacy well into the 21st century.

It has 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.

USS John Warner is also designed for Special Forces delivery and support.