GROTON — The Navy’s newest nuclear-powered attack submarine was christened Saturday at a Connecticut shipyard, a $2.7 billion vessel packed with the latest war-fighting technology.
The USS Vermont was christened at Electric Boat, the Groton-based contractor that builds attack submarines with Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia. Vermont is the 19th vessel in the Virginia class of submarines, which are equipped with torpedoes and missiles and designed to carry out a wide range of missions, including surveillance work and the delivery of Special Operations forces.
The submarine’s sponsor is Gloria Valdez, who retired recently as a deputy assistant secretary of the Navy overseeing all naval shipbuilding programs. She said met with the crew and their families back in June and predicted they will make the technologically advanced submarine “extraordinary.” She later used a bottle of sparkling wine made from Vermont apples form the Putney Mountain Winery in Vermont to officially christen the vessel.
The vessel, which will carry a crew of more than 130 officers and enlisted sailors, is 377 feet long with a hull diameter of 34 feet and will displace 7,800 tons. It is expected to be delivered to the Navy early next year.