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Commander, Submarine Group Two


 
 
100722-N-3090M-174 GROTON, Conn. (July 22, 2010) – Virginia-class
submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777) exits the Thames River
as it departs Naval Submarine Base New London for its new home port
in Hawaii. North Carolina is the third Virginia-class submarine to transfer
to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, following USS Hawaii (SSN 776) and USS Texas
(SSN 775). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class
Steven Myers.

USS North Carolina Departs Groton for New Homeport at Pearl Harbor

GROTON, Conn. - Virginia-class attack submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777) departed Submarine Base New London July 22, ultimately heading for her new homeport at Naval Station Pearl Harbor.

North Carolina will be the third Virginia-class submarine home ported at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, joining USS Hawaii (SSN 776) and USS Texas (SSN 775).

North Carolina's commanding officer is Cmdr. Wallace Schlauder. The submarine's keel was laid on May 22, 2004 and the submarine's official commissioning ceremony was held on May 3, 2008.

Measuring 377 feet long, weighing 7,800 tons when submerged and with a complement of more than 130 crewmembers, it is the fifth ship to be named in honor of the Tar Heel State. North Carolina's crew is excited to represent its namesake state both at home and abroad. She is one of the Navy's newest and most technologically sophisticated submarines.

This state-of-the-art submarine is capable of supporting a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, naval special warfare involving special operations forces, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, irregular warfare, and mine warfare.

Recognizing the importance of the Asia-Pacific region and the increased threat posed by the proliferation of submarines in the Pacific, the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review mandated that 60 percent of the U.S. Navy's submarines be home ported in the Pacific by the end of 2010.

 

100722-N-3090M-217 GROTON, Conn. (July 22, 2010) – Virginia-class submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777) passes the Ledge Light lighthouse  as it heads toward its new home port in Hawaii. North Carolina is the third Virginia-class submarine to transfer to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, following USS Hawaii (SSN 776) and USS Texas (SSN 775). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.

 

 

100722-N-3090M-156 GROTON, Conn. (July 22, 2010) – Virginia-class submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777) passes under the Gold Star bridge for the final time as it departs Naval Submarine Base New London for its new home port in Hawaii. North Carolina is the third Virginia-class submarine to transfer to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, following USS Hawaii (SSN 776) and USS Texas (SSN 775). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.