Washington was admitted to the Union as the 42nd state on 11 November 1889.
(SSN-787: displacement 7,800; length 377'; beam 32'; draft 32'; speed 30 knots; complement 132; armament Mk 48 Advanced Capability upgrade torpedoes, Tomahawk cruise missiles; class Virginia)
The Navy awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va., partnered with Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics, Groton, Conn., a contract to build Washington (SSN-787) on 22 December 2008. Construction began on 2 September 2011; Secretary of the Navy Raymond E. Mabus Jr., hosted the submarine’s naming ceremony at Seattle, Wash., on 7 February 2013; Washington was laid down on 22 November 2014 at Newport News; launched on 25 March 2016; sponsored by Ms. Elisabeth Mabus, daughter of the Secretary of the Navy; completed her initial sea trials on 3 April 2017; and was delivered to the Navy on 26 May 2017. On 7 October 2017, Washington was commissioned at Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., Cmdr. Gabriel Cavazos in command.
Mark L. Evans
Updated 11 October 2017