John Warner (SSN 785)
John Warner (SSN 785) is the 12th Virginia-class fast attack submarine and the sixth to be delivered to the U.S. Navy by Newport News Shipbuilding. While other Virginia-class submarines have been named after U.S. states, SSN 785 holds the distinction of being the first to be named after a person—a man who has served his country throughout his entire adult life as a Navy enlisted sailor, a Marine lieutenant, Secretary of the Navy and a U.S. Senator. The Navy announced that SSN 785 would be named USS John Warner five days after Senator Warner retired.
Since construction began in 2010, 4,000 shipbuilders have been working hard to bring SSN 785 to life, constructing each frame and compartment with the detailed care demanded by a vessel that will dive in excess of 800 feet.
Meet the Namesake
John Warner has served his country throughout his entire adult life as a Navy enlisted sailor, a Marine lieutenant, Secretary of the Navy and a U.S. Senator for Virginia. On Jan. 3, 2009, he completed his fifth consecutive term and decided to retire, establishing a record of being the second longest-serving U.S. Senator in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
USS John Warner will have the capability to attack targets ashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert long-term surveillance of land areas, littoral waters and other sea-based forces. Other missions include anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare; mine delivery and minefield mapping; and delivery and support of Special Forces.