Latest submarine of Virginia class passes milestone
Groton — Electric Boat christened the Virginia-class attack submarine Vermont (SSN 792) on Saturday.
The Vermont is the 19th submarine in the class and first in the 10-boat Block IV that are designed to reduce loss of availability due to major scheduled maintenance. The Vermont is 377 feet long with a displacement of 7,835 tons and will carry a crew of 132 officers and enlisted personnel.
Ship sponsor Gloria Lynn Valdez smashed a bottle of Vermont sparkling water during the ceremonial christening to formally name the vessel. Valdez retired after 32 years of civilian service to the Navy and Department of Homeland Security. Vermont Gov. Phil Scott offered keynote remarks at the ceremony.
The Vermont is scheduled for delivery to the Navy next summer.
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