PCU Jimmy Carter Christened

In early June, the third last Seawolf-class submarine was christened at General Dynamics - Electric Boat, in Groton, Conn. Mrs. C a r t e r , Former President J i m m y C a r t e r , their daughter A m y and a crowd of more than 4,500, were on hand to witness. "Five years ago, this vessel's distinguishing characteristic, the Multi-Mission Platform, existed only in the minds of a few," said Electric Boat President and General Dynamics Vice President John Casey. "Today, this notion has become a reality, providing this ship and submarine force with astounding capabilities." The Multi-Mission Platform (MMP) is the submarine's most celebrated feature. Specifically, the platform is a hull extension, making the 453-ft.-long PCU Jimmy Carter 100 ft. longer than the other two Seawolf-class submarines, USS Seawolf (SSN 21) and USS Connecticut (SSN 22).

"The key to this production has been the Integrated Product and Process Development approach - also known as the Design/Build approach," said Casey. "An entire 100-ft., 2,500-ton hull section, nearly as complex as an entire Los Angeles-class submarine has come from concept to construction and integration with the overall ship in just under five years. That's an amazing accomplishment." The MMP provides Jimmy Carter with a wealth of capabilities. It has an ocean interface that allows for the operation of a Remotely Operated Vehicle, which will be able to retrieve and deploy weapons, countermeasures and sensors. It's also Special Operations-friendly. Jimmy Carter can accommodate a Dry Deck Shelter or an Advanced SEAL Delivery System for Special Operations Forces (SOF). It has a Reconfigurable Cargo Area, which allows for stowage of SOF supplies, and it features a Command Center Suite for mission planning. The Jimmy Carter can also berth up to 50 SOF personnel.

(By Journalist 3rd Class Steven Feller, Commander, Navy Region Northeast Public Affairs)

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 21,  Jul 2004 Connecticut

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