Virginia-class attack submarine to be named, but what to call it?
By Michael Welles Shapiro, firstname.lastname@example.org | 757-247-4744
8:39 p.m. EST, November 17, 2012
On Monday at 1 p.m. the Navy will give a name to its next Virginia-class attack submarine — until now referred to only by its hull number, SSN 791.
The boat is being built by Newport News Shipbuilding and General Dynamics Electric Boat, and it is likely be named for a U.S. state, in keeping with the latest Navy naming conventions.
But what might it be called, and who decides?
Ships are named by Navy secretaries — in this case former Mississippi Gov. Ray Mabus — under the direction of the president and considering the recommendations of Congress, according to a December 2011 report prepared by the Navy.
unhappycamper comment: Hull SSN791 cost We the People somewhere from $5 ~ $7 billion dollars a pop.