Virginia-class attack submarine will be named for the late Hyman G. Rickover.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus
announced Friday that an upcoming Virginia-class attack submarine will be named
for the late Hyman G. Rickover, the admiral known as the father of the nuclear
submarines are built in a teaming arrangement between General Dynamics Electric
Boat of Groton, Conn. and Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington
Ingalls Industries. The two yards take turns delivering them to the Navy.
The Hyman G. Rickover
will be delivered by Newport News.
It will be the second
Virginia-class boat named for an individual. The first is the John Warner,
named for the former Virginia senator. It was christened in September at
submarines are being built at a rate of two per year, Rickover won't make an
appearance for several years.
After the John Warner,
the next Virginia-class submarine will be the Illinois. That will be followed
by Washington, a boat that marked a keel-laying at Newport News in November.
According to Naval Sea
Systems Command, Washington will be followed by the Colorado, Indiana, South
Dakota, Delaware, Vermont, Oregon, a submarine with an as-yet-undetermined
name, then the Rickover.
A previous submarine has
carried the Rickover name, and is familiar to the region's Navy community.
The Los Angeles-class
fast attack submarine, USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN-709) was commissioned in July
1984 and was home-ported in Norfolk. It was was inactivated in December 2006.
Rickover, who died in
1986, was known for being brilliant and blunt. His obituary in The New York
Times noted his distaste for military protocol and tradition, and his tendency
to bypass the chain of command to achieve his goals.
An engineer by training,
he was responsible for the development of USS Nautilus, the world's first
nuclear-powered submarine. He began formulating his ideas for a nuclear Navy
just after World War II. He was trained in nuclear power at Oak Ridge, Tenn.,
and worked within the Bureau of Ships to explore the possibility of nuclear
ship propulsion, according to his bio at Naval History and Heritage Command.
A few years later, the
Times noted, his propensity for circumventing red tape was displayed when he
was chosen to head the Naval Reactors Branch under the Atomic Energy
Commission. At the time, he also headed the Nuclear Power Division in the
Navy's Bureau of Ships.
"Wearing both hats,
the captain sometimes wrote letters to himself asking for certain things; he
would then answer his letters in the affirmative. Thus there was virtually
always agreement between the Navy and the Atomic Energy Commission," the