The new nuclear submarine missile torpedo (PLAT) SSN-783 Minnesota (10th board type «Virginia») successfully graduated first driving tests.
PLAT built at the shipyard «Huntington Ingalls Industries» (Huntington Ingalls Industries, HII), where the construction of Minnesota conducted almost 5 years since its bookmarks in February 2008
During the test the first time BOARDS fulfilled scuba dive and developed as the highest speed on the surface and underwater. During the tests carried out to check all the systems on board the boat and aggregates.
Minnesota will test two more steps into the sea, one of which will be on board representatives of the commission for inspection and acceptance of U.S. Navy ships INSURV (Board of Inspection and Survey).
U.S. Navy boat transfer is expected at the end of this month, 11-month ahead of schedule, specified in the contract. Displacement BOARD Minnesota, which is terminating boat type «Virginia» in the form «Block II» (Block II), is 7800 tons.
Nuclear submarine of the U.S. Navy Minnesota SSN-783 sea trials
The program board type construction «Virginia» adopted instead of applets SSN-21. In 1997, «Newport News Shipbuilding» received an order for the construction of boats of this type. Top plate SSN-774 «Virginia» was commissioned in 2004.
On October 2012 built 9 BOARDS (SSN-774 — 782), construction of another 9 BOARDS (SSN-783 — 791). Total programmke plan to build 30 fee. Price serial ship is estimated at 2 billion dollars.
Board type «Virginia» designed for:
conducting independent operations against submarines and surface ships
attacking ground targets using cruise missiles sea bazirovaeniya (SLCM)
provide anti-submarine warfare (ASW) warships and convoys
struggle for communications with the aim of tying up traffic enemy
conduct covert special operations, including in shallow areas
carrying out other activities