The Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) newest Virginia-class submarine Delaware returns to the Newport News Shipbuilding division following its first set of sea trials with three HII-built aircraft carriers visible in the distance at Norfolk Naval Station.
The submarine Delaware SSN 791, being in the final stages of construction, spent 3 days at sea completing tests of its systems, components and compartments. The submarine submerged for the first time and performed high-speed maneuvers on the surface and underwater.
The submarine is scheduled to undergo a round of acceptance trials before it is delivered.
More than 10,000 shipbuilders from Newport News and teaming partner General Dynamics Electric Boat and thousands of companies across 48 states have participated in Delaware’s construction since the very beginning in September 2013.