President of the US Joseph R. Biden, Jr., and First Girl Jill Biden, the ship sponsor, celebrated the commissioning of the Virginia-class quick assault submarine USS Delaware (SSN 791) Saturday, April 2, in a ceremony in Wilmington, Delaware. President Biden beforehand represented the state of Delaware for 36 years within the U.S. Senate. As a result of COVID restrictions in place on the time, there was no conventional commissioning ceremony held when USS Delaware was commissioned administratively on April 4, 2020. On that day, the submarine was underway and have become the primary U.S. Navy ship commissioned whereas submerged. Saturday’s ceremony adopted the script of a standard commissioning in each method and was held in commemoration of the milestone.

“This newest Navy ship to hold the Delaware title is a part of an extended custom of serving our nation proudly and strengthening our nation’s safety,” President Biden stated. “Not simply us, however our allies and companions world wide as nicely.”


“This vessel will all the time uphold the First State’s motto of ‘Liberty and Independence,’” she stated. “It’s troublesome to place into phrases what it means to be part of the united statesDelaware household. It’s an unimaginable honor that I take significantly. I’ve seen the center of this crew and it makes me proud and humbled to be your shipmate for all times.”

President of the US Joe Biden, First Girl Jill Biden, Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro, and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday stand through the nationwide anthem throughout a commissioning commemoration ceremony for the Virginia-class submarine USS Delaware (SSN 791) in Wilmington, Delaware April 2, 2022. (U.S. Navy photograph by Chief Petty Officer Joshua Karsten)

USS Delaware (SSN-791) is a Virginia-class assault submarine constructed for the US Navy. The contract to construct her was awarded to Huntington Ingalls Industries in partnership with the Electrical Boat division of Basic Dynamics in Newport Information, Virginia on 22 December 2008. This boat is the eighth and closing of the Block III submarines that function a revised bow, together with some know-how from Ohio-class SSGNs. Development on Delaware started in September 2013. She was christened on 20 October 2018 Delaware was the primary ever US ship commissioned whereas underwater. USS Delaware is homeported at Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut, the place it operates underneath Submarine Squadron 12 and its Commodore, Capt. Matthew Boland.

USS Delaware is 377 toes (115 m) lengthy, 33 toes (10 m) extensive, has a most draft of 32 toes (9.8 m) and displaces 7,800 tonnes (7,700 lengthy tons; 8,600 quick tons). She is propelled by nuclear energy, has a single semi-pump jet fashion propulsor unit and a complement of 15 officers and 117 enlisted crew members. Quick-attack submarines are multi-mission platforms enabling 5 of the six Navy maritime technique core capabilities – sea management, energy projection, ahead presence, maritime safety and deterrence. They’re designed to excel in anti-submarine warfare, anti-ship warfare, strike warfare, particular operations, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, irregular warfare and mine warfare.

President and First Lady Celebrate Commissioning of Virginia-class Submarine USS Delaware
The crew of the Virginia-class submarine USS Delaware (SSN 791) board the ship throughout a commissioning commemoration ceremony in Wilmington, Delaware April 2, 2022. (U.S. Navy photograph by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dakota David)