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SSN 795 - USS Hyman G. Rickover

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Type, class: Attack Submarine, nuclear propulsion - SSN; Virginia class (Block IV)
Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut, USA
Awarded: April 28, 2014
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Namesake: Admiral Hyman G. Rickover (1900-1986)
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Technical Data: see: INFO > Virginia class Attack Submarine - SSN

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From the left, Director, Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program, Adm. John Richardson; Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Jonathan Greenert; Mrs. Darleen Greenert, sponsor for Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 795); Mrs. Elonore Rickover, widow of the late Admiral Rickover, and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus pose for a portrait at the naming ceremony for Hyman G. Rickover, following a USS Nautilus (SSN 571) Underway Anniversary observance held at Naval Reactors, on board the Washington Navy Yard - January 9, 2015
USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 795):

> see also: USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 709)
Hyman G. Rickover (January 27, 1900 - July 8, 1986):

Vice Admiral Hyman G. Rickover's naval career began in 1918 when he entered the United States Naval Academy. After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1922, he served in La Vallette (DD-315) and battleship Nevada (BB-36) until returning to Annapolis for instruction in electrical engineering at the U.S. Navy Postgraduate School. He continued instruction at graduate school in New York City, where he received the degree of Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in 1929.

After submarine training at the Submarine Base, Groton, Conn., Rickover served in submarines S-9 and S-48 until July 1933 when he transferred to the Office of the Inspector of Naval Material in Philadephia. Sea duty in battleship New Mexico (BB-40) followed and, when detached from the battleship in mid-1937, Rickover briefly assumed command of minesweeper Finch (AM-9) on the Asiatic Station. Later that year he was selected for engineering duty and served at the Navy Yard, Cavite, in the Philippines for the next two years. In June 1939, he was assigned to the Bureau of Ships, Navy Department, Washington, DC, where he served as Head of the Electrical Section following the outbreak of World War II.

After several years directing the Navy's procurement and allocation of electrical equipment for the vast shipbuilding and maintenance program during the global war, Rickover commanded the Naval Repair Base, Okinawa, in mid-1945 in preparation for the impending invasion of the Japanese home Islands. Following the armistice he served as Inspector General of the U.S. Nineteenth Fleet, then engaged in the deactivation and "mothballing" warships of the Pacific Fleet.

In June 1946, Rickover started a sixth-month tour with the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where he served as Assistant Director of the Operations. In 1947 he was assigned to duty in connection with nuclear ship propulsion in the Bureau of Ships and from there served as Chief of the Naval Reactors Branch, Division of Reactor Development, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) in Washington, D.C., until March 1949 when he served as Director of the Nuclear Power Division of the Bureau of Ships.

During these assignments, Rickover led the development of the land-based prototype of a mobile nuclear reactor at the AEC’s National Rector Testing Station near Idaho Falls, Idaho, a project that culminated in the first nuclear powered warship Nautilus (SSN-571), which was launched on 21 January 1954. Rickover went on to champion the development of the nuclear navy through several generations of nuclear-powered submarines and surface ships before retiring from active duty in 1982.

In addition to his contributions to the development of the nuclear navy, Rickover also led the scientific, technical and industrial team that developed and constructed the first nuclear powered electric utility central station in the United States at Shippingport, Pennsylvania. First authorized in July 1953, the station achieved initial criticality on 2 December 1957.

Admiral Rickover’s value to the nation is perhaps best exemplified by the fact that he served, by act of Congress, on active duty for 20 years beyond the mandatory retirement age of 62. When he retired on 19 January 1982, he had served for 64 years; longer than any other person.

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with President Lyndon B. Johnson

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with President James E. 'Jimmy' Carter

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retired VADM Hyman G. Rickover and Mrs. Rickover at the commissioning of USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 709) - July 1984
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