The Submarine Force’s newest attack submarine, the future USS Oregon (SSN 793), delivered to the U.S. Navy on Feb. 26. PCU Oregon is the twentieth Virginia Class submarine that are co-produced at General Dynamics Electric Boat and Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) through a long-standing teaming agreement. Oregon is the eleventh Virginia Class delivered by GDEB and the second Block IV configured submarine.
“Oregon is in excellent condition and the captain and crew have expertly taken the ship through her paces,” said CAPT Todd Weeks, the Virginia Class Program Manager who rode the boat during its sea trials. Delivery of a Virginia Class Submarine is the culmination of almost 10 million work hours by the shipbuilders under the exacting standards imposed by Naval Sea Systems Command and Naval Reactors under the direct oversight of the Supervisors of Shipbuilding at both company locations. “Each organization works tirelessly with the others focused on getting ships to sea as the first step in ultimately arriving at its Squadron and homeport where it becomes a vital asset to the Nation.”
Virginia Class Submarines are built to operate in the world’s littoral and deep waters while conducting anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface ship warfare; strike warfare; special operations forces support; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare missions. Their inherent stealth, endurance, mobility and firepower directly enable them to support five of the six maritime strategy core capabilities – sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security, and deterrence.
The submarine’s sponsor is Mrs. Dana Richardson, wife of former Chief of Naval Operations, ADM John Richardson. Commissioning is scheduled for May 22 in Groton.
Oregon is the third U.S. Navy ship to honor the state. The first USS Oregon was a brigantine ship purchased in 1841 and used for exploration until 1845. The second Oregon (BB 3) was commissioned on July 15, 1896.
The Indiana-class battleship, USS Oregon (Battleship #3), was commissioned on July 15, 1896, at San Francisco, California, and served with the Pacific Station. Following the explosion of the battleship USS Maine on February 15, 1898, and growing tensions with Spain, she was ordered to the Atlantic to support the fleet.
Oregon made a dramatic voyage during the Spanish-American War, weathering storms, while encountering harsh gales while passing through the Straits of Magellan, arriving 66 days after she departed.
This journey gave evidence for building the Panama Canal as it would be prudent for the United States not to wait again for this transit if emergencies arose.
Oregon participated at the Battle of Santiago on July 3, 1898 and departed to support the Boxer Rebellion in June 1900.
During her transit, she was grounded and was repaired at Kure, Japan.
Following her repairs, she served in the area until decommissioned in April 1906 at Bremerton, Washington. Recommissioned in August 1911, Oregon was relatively inactive until World War I, where she guarded the Pacific coast and escorted a troop convoy to Siberia.
Decommissioned in 1919, she was loaned in 1925 to the State of Oregon as a museum ship.
In February 1941, she was redesignated IX-22.
Upon America’s entry into World War II, her hull was to be scrapped for steel needs, but she was retained as an ammunition barge and towed to Guam in 1944. Oregon was finally sold for scrapping in 1956.