"I am encouraged by the
Hanabusa said the Mississippi is moving to
"This change follows the previously announced intention by the
Hanabusa said the
"The ship repair industrial base in
With this summer's moves, 19 submarines and 11 surface ships will be home-ported in
Approximately 4,450 civilians are employed by the shipyard, the state's largest industrial employer, along with 550 military members. Both groups work primarily on submarines.
More than 130 sailors operate the 377-foot-long Virginia-class submarines, which are capable of diving to depths greater than 800 feet and operating at speeds in excess of 28 mph when submerged.
However, submarine captains say the question no longer is how fast and deep a submarine can dive, but how slow and shallow it can go in the littorals, or near seas.
Virginia-class submarines are capable of very precise slow-speed ship control. The
The subs carry Tomahawk missiles, have 12 Vertical Launch System tubes, and four torpedo tubes.
They have "fly-by-wire" controls that improve ship handling in shallow waters, a reconfigurable torpedo room to accommodate 30 special operations forces, and a nine-man lockout chamber for the rapid deployment of commandos directly from the submarine.
The Mississippi, which was commissioned in 2012, will join the
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