The United States Navy

Navy commissions fast attack submarine Seawolf (SSN 21) in Groton, Conn.

Picture of Seawolf underway during sea trials
The fastest, quietest, most heavily armed nuclear-powered attack submarine in the world, Seawolf (SSN 21), will be commissioned during a ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 1997, at Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Conn.

Seawolf is the first "top to bottom" new attack submarine design since the Skipjack-class in the early 1960s. The benchmark for underwater excellence, three Seawolf-class submarines have been authorized by Congress. Its inherent stealth, coupled with state-of-the-art sensors and advanced combat systems make it one of the world's most formidable weapons systems.

The Honorable John H. Dalton, Secretary of the Navy, is the principal speaker for the commissioning and his wife, Mrs. Margaret O. Dalton, is the ship's sponsor. In the time-honored Navy tradition, Mrs. Dalton will give the order to "man our ship and bring her to life!"

As the Navy continues to operate "Forward...From the Sea," Seawolf's flexibility and impressive capabilities provide the Navy with an undersea weapons platform to operate in any scenario against any threató from under arctic ice to shallow water. With mission and growth capability far beyond Los Angeles-class submarines, Seawolf's robust design supports missions such as surveillan