The U.S. Navy Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777) departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii on March 25 for a regularly-scheduled deployment.
Protecting freedom and democracy around the world never ends. #SilentService#ICYMI: The #USNavy Virginia-class fast-attack submarine #USSNorthCarolina (SSN 777), departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a regularly-scheduled deployment. pic.twitter.com/TUjR7KS1i3
— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) March 28, 2020
Commissioned on May 3, 2008, USS North Carolina is the fourth of the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class fast-attack submarines and the fourth warship to be named after the U.S. state of North Carolina.
Measuring 377 feet long and weighing more than 7,800 tons, the submarine is capable of executing a multitude of missions including anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface ship warfare (ASuW), and shallow water operations.
The boat is equipped to carry torpedoes and tomahawk missiles and possesses the capacity to insert special operations forces into a multitude of environments and battlefield scenarios.
The Virginia class, also known as the SSN-774 class, is a class of nuclear-powered cruise missile fast-attack submarines (SSNs), currently in the military service in the U.S. Navy.
Virginia-class submarines are flexible, multi-mission platforms designed to carry out the seven core competencies of the submarine force; anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; delivery of special operations forces; strike warfare; irregular warfare; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and mine warfare.
Their inherent stealth, endurance, mobility and firepower directly enable them to support five of the six maritime strategy core capabilities: sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security and deterrence.