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Jimmy Carter (SSN-23)


James Earl Carter Jr. (1 October 1924–), the 39th President of the United States. See James Carter for additional information.  

(SSN-23: displacement 12,130; length 453'; beam 40'; draft 36'; speed 25 knots; complement 140; armament UGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missiles,UGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and Mk 48 Advanced Capability torpedoes—eight torpedo tubes; class Seawolf)

Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) was laid down on 12 December 1995 at General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Conn.; launched on 13 May 2004; sponsored by Mrs. E. Rosalynn Carter, wife of former President Carter; and commissioned at Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., on 19 February 2005, Capt. Robert D. Kelso in command.

Jimmy Carter initially served as a test bed for studying the evolution of submarine missions in the 21st century. She supported classified research and development efforts for naval special warfare tasks, tactical undersea surveillance, and undersea warfare concepts. The Navy, with funding approved by the Congress to complete the Multi-Mission Project, tasked Jimmy Carter to provide additional volume and functionality to support the multi-mission opportunities. These changes did not directly impact the submarine’s organic warfighting capabilities, but gave her an enhanced payload capability with a more modular architecture. The required modifications delayed her scheduled delivery by approximately 27 months.

Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) 2005-Missions
This illustration provides a glimpse at some of Jimmy Carter’s operational roles. (USS Jimmy Carter, Rear Adm. John P. Davis, Undersea Warfare, Fall 1999, Vol. 2, No. 1)
Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) 2005-050203-N-0000B-001
Jimmy Carter displays sleek lines as she makes speed during her sea trials, 3 February 2005. (Unattributed or numbered General Dynamics Electric Boat photograph donated to the Navy, U.S. Navy Photograph 050203-N-0000B-001, Navy NewsStand)
Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) 2005-050219-N-7441H-007
Former President and Mrs. Carter applaud during a speech as Jimmy Carter is commissioned, 19 February 2005. (Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Roadell Hickman, U.S. Navy Photograph 050219-N-7441H-007, Navy NewsStand)

Jimmy Carter shifted from the Atlantic Fleet to the Pacific Fleet when she changed her home port from Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., to Naval Base Kitsap, Wash., from 3 August–9 November 2005. Former President and Mrs. Carter boarded Jimmy Carter at Naval Submarine Base King’s Bay, Ga., 8–10 August. The distinguished visitors met and talked with crewmen, and briefly stood helmsman and plainsman watches. The boat also visited Port Everglades, Fla., during her voyage, from 25–31 August.

Detailed history under construction.

Mark L. Evans

21 July 2015

Published: Tue Jul 28 11:16:21 EDT 2015