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Former Commander-in-Chief Christens PCU Jimmy Carter

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Former Commander-in-Chief Christens PCU Jimmy Carter. New Submarine Honors Only U.S. President Qualified in Submarines

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Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter smashes a bottle of champagne against the sail of the Seawolf-class nuclear attack submarine PCU Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) during the ship’s christening ceremony.

With a dousing of champagne and a blessing for “all who sail in her,” former First Lady Rosalynn Carter christened PCU Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) at the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Connecticut on 5 June. Mrs. Carter, former President Jimmy Carter, their daughter Amy, and a crowd of more than 4,500 attended the christening of the third and last Seawolf-class submarine.

“This is a wonderful day for me – and to see my wife break the champagne on undoubtedly the finest and most formidable ship in the world was a great honor for me,” said President Carter. “And to have my name on it – I am very grateful.” VADM Kirkland Donald, Commander, Naval Submarine Forces, noted the eagerness of the crew to get Jimmy Carter out to sea, and he praised the men for all their personal and professional accomplishments.

“We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of this fine ship in our fleet and the remarkable capability that she’ll bring,” said Donald. “This crew is very eager to get under way. Over 40 Sailors earned their ‘dolphins’ – while training onboard other submarines – and they have a perfect retention rate of 100 percent and an exceptional advancement rate that’s well above the Navy’s average. Eighteen of their enlisted Sailors have been selected into officer commissioning programs. I think it reflects the caliber of this crew that Jimmy Carter is the recipient of the 2003 Atlantic Fleet Golden Anchor Award.”

Jimmy Carter’s most celebrated feature is a hull extension that makes the 453-foot-long submarine 100 feet longer than the other two Seawolf-class submarines, USS Seawolf (SSN-21) and USS Connecticut (SSN-22). This hull extension provides Jimmy Carter with a wealth of new capabilities that make her a true multi-mission platform (MMP). The new submarine has an ocean interface that allows the deployment of remotely-operated vehicles, which will be able to retrieve and deploy weapons, countermeasures, and sensors. Jimmy Carter is also Special Operations-friendly and can accommodate a Dry Deck Shelter or an Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS) for Special Operations Forces (SOF). It has a reconfigurable cargo area, which allows for stowage of SOF supplies, and includes a Command Center Suite for mission planning. The submarine can berth up to 50 SOF personnel.

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General Dynamics Electric Boat moves the third and final Seawolf-class nuclear attack submarine, Jimmy Carter (SSN-23), outdoors for the first time. Differentiating Jimmy Carter from the others of her class is a 100-foot hull extension that enhances her multi-mission payload capability and enables her to accommodate a new generation of advanced weapons and sensor technologies.

Electric Boat President and General Dynamics Vice President John Casey was particularly excited about Jimmy Carter’s multi-mission capabilities. “This is an exciting day to be in the submarine business,” Casey said. “This ship I’m standing on this morning represents a remarkable achievement for Electric Boat, the Navy, and our nation. Five years ago, this vessel’s distinctive role as a multi-mission platform existed only in the minds of a few. Today, this notion has become a reality, providing the ship and submarine force with astounding capabilities.”

“The key to this success has been the Integrated Product and Process Develop-ment approach – also known as the Design/ Build approach,” said Casey. “An entire 100-foot, 2,500-ton hull section, nearly as complex as an entire Los Angeles-class submarine, has come from concept to construction and integration with the overall ship in just under five years. That’s an amazing accomplishment.”

JO3 Feller is assigned to the Public Affairs Office of Commander, Navy Region Northeast.

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Former President Jimmy Carter (right) waves to the crowd as he and Navy Secretary Gordon England take their seats for the christening ceremony of Jimmy Carter. The new submarine honors Carter as the 39th President of the United States – and the only U.S. Chief Executive ever qualified in submarines. This christening was a homecoming of sorts for the
former Commander-in-Chief, who was stationed in the Groton, Connecticut area from 1948 to 1952 as a young submarine officer.