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“The Virginia Vision” by Rear
Adm. Paul E. Sullivan. With this painting, Rear Adm. Sullivan
illustrates the revolutionary capabilities of the nuclear-powered
USS Virginia (SSN-774)-class fast attack submarine. Silently
submerged, one ship launches a Tomahawk cruise missile while
the other deploys an Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS) demonstrating
Virginia’s mission flexibility and advanced technologies.
Operating both at depth and close to shore, Virginia-class ships
have unprecedented open-ocean supremacy and littoral dominance.
Adm. Sullivan is the former Program Manager for the Virginia-class
Submarine Program (PMS 450), and was integral in the ship’s
initial design and construction. As an artist, he began painting
while stationed aboard a minesweeper, but with its limited space
and ventilation he had to abandon oil painting for watercolors.
He soon became fascinated with the unpredictability of watercolors
and continued on in that medium to paint several ship sponsor
gifts and two commissioning paintings. Rear Adm. Sullivan is
currently Deputy Commander for Ship Design Integration and Engineering,
Naval Sea Systems Command. USS Virginia was commissioned October
23, 2004 and is homeported in Groton, Conn.