US Navy receives USS South Dakota
- September 30, 2018
The U.S. Navy has received delivery of the 17th Virginia-class submarine USS South Dakota (SSN 790).
The submarine, developed by General Dynamics, has been designed to provide the US Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the undersea superiority of the country.
The company commenced construction on the submarine in 2013, while the ship is slated to be commissioned with the US Navy early next year.
After commissioned, the future USS South Dakota will be the third vessel to be named after the US state and the seventh Virginia-class Block III submarine.
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.