- Commanding Officer - Cmdr. Chris Tarsa
Executive Officer - Lt. Cmdr. Jesse Pruett
Chief of the Boat - ETCM(SS) Ronald Herman
|Length: 360 feet
||Breadth: 33 feet
||Displacement: 6,300 tons|
|Speed: Greater than 25 knots
||Depth: Greater than 800 feet
||Keel Laid: March 3, 1984|
|Launched: March 15, 1986
||Commissioned: June 3, 1989
||Complement: 127 officers and enlisted crew|
The nuclear powered fast-attack submarine USS Newport News (SSN 750) is the eighth vessel ever to bear the name of the Virginia shipbuilding city. Three previous ships, including the heavy cruiser Newport News, have seen Naval service. Two of the ships, however, were brought into the military for only short periods of time to provide transportation for troops and carry supplies overseas. The remaining four ships plied commercial water, carrying either passengers or freight. A bay steamer named Newport News was built at Newport News Shipbuilding in 1895. The 274 foot vessel served as passenger transport for the Norfolk and Washington Steamboat Company.
The smallest boat to bear the city's name was a wooden hull freight barge built at Staten Island, New York, in 1899. The crewed barge remained in service until 1941. A collier (coal carrying vessel) built in 1903 and originally named the Odenwald became a prize of war during World War I and was assigned to the U.S. Shipping Board in 1917. It served with the U.S. Navy's Overseas Transport Service until 1924 when it was retired. Another ship called SS Newport News was built by the Fruness Withy Line in West Hartlepool, England in 1907. That ship was changed to Belgian registry during World War I and was sunk by a German submarine in 1916.
An iron side-wheeled steamer ferry boat originally called the Kingston was bought by the Chesapeake Ferry Company in 1917 and renamed Newport News. It was brought to Norfolk where it became the fastest boat servicing Hampton Roads. The vessel burned and sank at a pier in 1924.
A second ferry boat to bear the city's name was initially called the Philadelphia when it was built in 1926 in Delaware. The Chesapeake Ferry Co. bought the ship in 1943 and renamed it Newport News. The Chesapeake company was dissolved in June 1948, but the ferry was operated by the Virginia Highway Department during the last two years of its service.
The SS City of Newport News was a steel passenger steamship originally named Archer, which made trans-Atlantic runs. It was purchased by the Navy in 1940 and rebuilt as an attack transport named the USS Fuller. The steamship was resold for civilian trade in 1946.
The cruiser Newport News was built at Newport News Shipbuilding in 1949 and was retired in 1975. Following three combat tours in Vietnam, the cruiser is currently berthed among the Navy's idle fleet of ships in Philadelphia.
Aug. 2, 2013 - Tarsa Relieves Hartsfield as Newport News Commanding Officer
Sept. 24, 2012 - USS Newport News Crew Recognized for Superior Performance
July 27, 2012 - The 2012 Naval Submarine League Award Winners Announced
Feb. 5, 2012 - SECNAV Names 2012 Outstanding Food Service Ney Award Winners
Feb. 21, 2011 - Newport News Deploys
Apr. 20, 2010 - USS Newport News Welcomes New Commanding Officer