On Sept. 10, 1998, then-Secretary of the Navy, John H. Dalton, announced his decision to name the lead ship of the new attack submarine class the USS Virginia (SSN-774), thus giving the Navy’s newest class of submarines the name Virginia-class.
Virginia’s keel was laid Sept. 2, 1999 and her pressure hull was completed on Nov. 15, 2002. Mrs. Lynda Johnson Robb, wife of former U.S. Senator Chuck Robb, daughter of former President Lyndon B. Johnson, and the submarine’s sponsor, christened Virginia during a ceremony at General Dynamics Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Conn., on Aug. 16, 2003. Virginia was delivered to the Navy on Oct. 12, 2004 and commissioned 11 days later at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va. on Oct. 23, 2004.
Virginia completed a successful deployment prior to completing her post-shakedown availability (PSA) a major milestone for the program. She is currently supporting the Virginia-class operational evaluation (OPEVAL).