In a momentous ceremony, the United States Navy recently commissioned its 22nd Virginia-class fast-attack submarine, the USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 795), at a shipyard in Connecticut.

This event marks the addition of a cutting-edge vessel to the Navy’s formidable submarine fleet. It pays tribute to Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, a visionary leader whose contributions to naval propulsion technology have had a lasting impact.

Admiral Rickover: The Father of the Nuclear Navy

The USS Hyman G. Rickover is named in honor of Admiral Rickover, a towering figure in the history of the US Navy.

Admiral Rickover’s service spanned over six decades, and his enduring legacy as the “Father of the Nuclear Navy” is a testament to his pioneering work in naval propulsion.

SSN 795 Commissioning
Sailors assigned to the Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Hyman G Rickover (SSN 795) manned the ship during a commissioning ceremony on October 14 (Image source: DVIDS)

He played a pivotal role in harnessing the power of atomic energy for naval applications and collaborated closely with the US Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), pushing the boundaries of technology to enable nuclear submarine propulsion. His efforts culminated in the USS Nautilus (SSN 571) commissioning in 1955, the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine and a game-changer in naval warfare.

A Celebration of Excellence and Innovation

During the commissioning ceremony, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Lisa Franchetti emphasized the significance of this event.

“Adm. Rickover’s impact on our Navy was more than that of a visionary leader; it was that of a consequential leader. This commissioning not only honors his legacy but also celebrates our Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program’s 75 years of excellence,” said Franchetti.

In many ways, the USS Hyman G. Rickover reflects Admiral Rickover’s unwavering commitment to excellence. It is unmatched in its pursuit of innovation and sets the standard for the future of submarine technology.