Commander, Submarine Group Two

120106-N-PN306-001 GROTON, Conn. (Jan. 6, 2012) Cmdr. Dana Nelson,
commanding officer of the Virginia-class attack submarine USS California
(SSN 781), observes his shipboard handlers as they navigate the submarine
pierside at its new homeport location of Naval Submarine Base New London,
Groton, Conn. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg/Released)

USS California Arrives at her New Homeport in Groton

GROTON, Conn. – Virginia-class attack submarine USS California (SSN 781) made her way up the Thames River Jan. 6 and arrived at her new homeport, Naval Submarine Base New London.

California joins Submarine Squadron 4 to further train and test the crew. The submarine officially joined the fleet during her commissioning on Oct. 29 at Naval Station Norfolk.

Cmdr. Dana Nelson, USS California's commanding officer, a native of Clinton, Conn., reflected on the submarine's new homeport.

"The crew of USS California and their families are happy to be in Groton, our new homeport," said Nelson. "What a great way to start the New Year."

Nelson is California's first commanding officer and leads a crew of about 134 officers and enlisted personnel.

A post-shakedown availability is scheduled for USS California, which will comprise maintenance, repairs, alterations and testing.

Construction on California began February 2006; the submarine's keel was authenticated during a ceremony on May 1, 2009, she was christened on Nov. 6, 2010, and delivered to the Navy more than eight months early to its contract delivery date on Aug. 7, 2011.

California, the most modern and sophisticated attack submarine in the world can operate in both littoral and deep ocean environments and presents combatant commanders with a broad and unique range of operational capabilities.