|PCU North Carolina (SSN-777), a Virginia-class submarine, will be the fifth ship of the United States Navy to be named for the 12th state. |
The contract to build her was awarded to Northrop Grumman Newport News (then called Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Company) in Newport News, Virginia on 30 September 1998 and her keel was laid down on 22 May 2004. She was christened on 21 April 2007] sponsored by Linda Bowman, wife of Admiral Frank L. "Skip" Bowman, the former director of Naval Reactors. Commander Mark E. Davis, a native of upstate New York, will become the shipís first commanding officer and will lead a crew of approximately 134 officers and enlisted personnel.
The boat will have physical connections to previous North Carolinas. Sections of the teak decking from the battleship BB-55 are reused within the submarine, and several pieces from a silver serving set made for the armored cruiser ACR-12, then transferred through the state governor to the battleship will be used aboard SSN-777.