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Vermont III (SSN-792)

The third U.S. Navy ship named for the 14th state, admitted to the Union on 4 March 1791. Vermont was the first to enter after the ratification of the Constitution by all 13 of the original states. The name Vermont is a French term, meaning “green mountains,” and French explorer Samuel de Champlain used the term in 1612 to describe the area east of Lake Champlain. The first Vermont was laid down as a ship-of-the-line in September 1818 but served primarily as a store and receiving ship, from 1862–1901. The second Vermont (Battleship No. 20), was reclassified to BB-20 on 17 July 1920, and served from 1907–1923.


(SSN-792: class Virginia)

The Navy awarded Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics, Groton, Conn., a contract to build SSN-792 on 28 April 2014. Secretary of the Navy Raymond E. Mabus Jr., announced the assignment of the name Vermont to her during a naming ceremony at the United States Navy Memorial at Burlington, Vt., on 18 September 2014.

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Secretary of the Navy Mabus delivers remarks during the ship-naming ceremony he hosted to announce the name of the Virginia-class attack submarine SSN 792 as Vermont, at the United States Navy Memorial at Burlington, Vt., 18 September 2014. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales, U.S. Navy Photograph 140918-N-LV331-001, Navy NewsStand)

Detailed history under construction.

Mark L. Evans

20 August 2015

Published: Mon Aug 24 08:53:07 EDT 2015