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SSN 23 - USS Jimmy Carter


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Type, class: Attack Submarine, nuclear propulsion - SSN; Seawolf class (modified)

Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut, USA



Awarded: June 29, 1996

Laid down: December 5, 1998

Launched: May 13, 2004

Commissioned: February 19, 2005



Homeport: Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Washington, USA

Namesake: James Earl 'Jimmy' Carter / 39th President of the USA (1977-81)

Ships Motto: SEMPER OPTIMA (always the best)

Technical Data: see: INFO > Seawolf class Attack Submarine - SSN



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Magnetic Silencing Facility, Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Washington - August 2006

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Magnetic Silencing Facility, Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Washington - August 2006

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Magnetic Silencing Facility, Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Washington - August 2006

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Kings Bay, Georgia - August 2005

Kings Bay, Georgia - August 2005

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commissioning ceremony - Groton, Connecticut - February 19, 2005

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commissioning ceremony - Groton, Connecticut - February 19, 2005

commissioning ceremony - Groton, Connecticut - February 19, 2005

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on trials - February 2005

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on trials - February 2005

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Groton, Connecticut - November 2004

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christening ceremony - Groton, Connecticut - June 5, 2004

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christening ceremony - Groton, Connecticut - June 5, 2004

christening ceremony - Groton, Connecticut - June 5, 2004

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roll out - Groton, Connecticut - June 2004

roll out - Groton, Connecticut - June 2004

roll out - Groton, Connecticut - June 2004

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roll out - Groton, Connecticut - June 2004


James Earl ‘Jimmy’ Carter, Jr.:


James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. (born October 1, 1924) is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981 and was awarded the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize. Carter, raised in rural Georgia, was a peanut farmer, served two terms as a Georgia State Senator and one as the Governor of Georgia, from 1971 to 1975. He was elected President in 1976, running as an outsider who promised truth in government in the wake of the Watergate scandal.

During Carter's term as President, he created two new cabinet-level departments: the Department of Energy and the Department of Education. He established a national energy policy that included conservation, price control, and new technology. In foreign affairs, Carter pursued the Camp David Accords, the Panama Canal Treaties, the second round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT II), and returned the Panama Canal Zone to Panama. On the economic front he confronted persistent "stagflation", a combination of high inflation, high unemployment and slow growth. The end of his presidential tenure was marked by the 1979-1981 Iran hostage crisis, the 1979 energy crisis, the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. In response to the Soviet move he ended détente, escalated the Cold War, and led the international boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

By 1980, Carter's popularity had eroded. He survived a primary challenge from Ted Kennedy for the Democratic Party nomination in the 1980 election. He lost the general election in a Republican landslide led by Ronald Reagan.

Carter was highly active after leaving the White House. He set up the Carter Center in 1982, as his base for advancing human rights. He has traveled extensively to conduct peace negotiations, observe elections, and advance disease prevention and eradication in developing nations. Carter is a key figure in the Habitat for Humanity project, and also remains particularly critical of Israel's role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


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Naval Career:


James Earl (Jimmy) Carter, Jr., who in 1976 became the fifth consecutive President with prior Navy service, was born in Plains, Georgia on 1 October 1924, to Lillian Gordy and James Earle Carter. Carter grew up in a rural atmosphere and attended public schools. Graduating from Plains High School in 1941, he attended Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, Georgia. After a year there, Carter transferred to Georgia Institute of Technology to study mathematics for a year in order to qualify for the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1943, Carter received an appointment to the academy and became a member of the Class of 1947. After completing the accelerated wartime program, he graduated on 5 June 1946 with distinction and obtained his commission as ensign.

After he graduated, Carter was stationed at Norfolk and assigned to USS Wyoming (E-AG 17), an older battleship that had been converted into a floating laboratory for testing new electronics and gunnery equipment. On Wyoming, Carter served as radar officer and CIC officer. Detached when Wyoming was decommissioned on 23 July 1947, he was assigned that day to another similarly used battleship, USS Mississippi (E-AG 128) as Training and Education Officer. After completing two years of surface ship duty, Carter chose to apply for submarine duty. Accepted, he began the six-month course at the U.S. Navy Submarine School, Submarine Base, New London, Connecticut from 14 June to 17 December 1948.

Upon completion of the course, Carter was assigned to USS Pomfret (SS 391) based at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii where he reported on board on 29 December. Pomfret left on a simulated war patrol to the western Pacific and the Chinese coast on 4 January 1949. On board, Carter qualified in a submarine on 4 February, and served as Communications Officer, Sonar Officer, Electronics Officer, Gunnery Officer and Supply Officer. On 9 March, he served as the approach officer for a simulated torpedo firing at target ships, and scored a "hit." The submarine returned to Pearl Harbor on 25 March. Soon after Carter's promotion to Lieutenant Junior Grade on 5 June 1949, Pomfret was sent in July to San Diego where the submarine operated along the California coast.

Detached from Pomfret on 1 February 1951, Carter was assigned as Engineering Officer for the precommissioning detail for USS K-1 (SSK 1). K-1, the first postwar submarine built, was under construction by Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, Connecticut. After K-1's commissioning on 10 November 1951, Carter served as Executive Officer, Engineering Officer, and Electronics Repair Officer. During this tour he also qualified for command of a submarine.

When Admiral Hyman G. Rickover (then a captain) started his program to create nuclear powered submarines, Carter wanted to join the program and was interviewed by Rickover. On 1 June 1952, Carter was promoted to Lieutenant. Selected by Rickover, Carter was detached on 16 October 1952 from K-1 for duty with the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission, Division of Reactor Development in Schenectady, New York. From 3 November 1952 to 1 March 1953, he served on temporary duty with the Naval Reactors Branch, U. S. Atomic Energy Commission, Washington, DC to assist "in the design and development of nuclear propulsion plants for naval vessels."

From 1 March to 8 October, Carter was preparing to become the engineering officer for the nuclear power plant to be placed in USS Seawolf (SSN 575), one of the first submarines to operate on atomic power. He assisted in setting up training for the enlisted men who would serve on Seawolf. During this time his father became very sick and died in July 1953. After his father's death in 1953, Carter resigned from the Navy to return to Georgia to manage the family interests. Carter was honorably discharged on 9 October 1953 at Headquarters, Third Naval District in New York City. On 7 December 1961, he transferred to the retired reserve with the rank of Lieutenant at his own request.


(source: US Naval History & Heritage Command)

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James Earl 'Jimmy' Carter, Jr. - 39th President of the USA

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Former President Jimmy Carter salutes the sideboys after departing USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23). President Carter and
wife Rosalynn embarked aboard the submarine for an overnight tour - Kings Bay, Georgia - August 2005



USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23):

Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) was laid down on 12 December 1995 at General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Conn.; launched on 13 May 2004; sponsored by Mrs. E. Rosalynn Carter, wife of former President Carter; and commissioned at Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., on 19 February 2005, Capt. Robert D. Kelso in command.

Jimmy Carter initially served as a test bed for studying the evolution of submarine missions in the 21st century. She supported classified research and development efforts for naval special warfare tasks, tactical undersea surveillance, and undersea warfare concepts. The Navy, with funding approved by the Congress to complete the Multi-Mission Project, tasked Jimmy Carter to provide additional volume and functionality to support the multi-mission opportunities. These changes did not directly impact the submarine’s organic warfighting capabilities, but gave her an enhanced payload capability with a more modular architecture. The required modifications delayed her scheduled delivery by approximately 27 months.

Jimmy Carter shifted from the Atlantic Fleet to the Pacific Fleet when she changed her home port from Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., to Naval Base Kitsap, Wash., from 3 August - 9 November 2005. Former President and Mrs. Carter boarded Jimmy Carter at Naval Submarine Base King’s Bay, Ga., 8-10 August. The distinguished visitors met and talked with crewmen, and briefly stood helmsman and plainsman watches. The boat also visited Port Everglades, Fla., during her voyage, from 25-31 August.

source: US Naval History & Heritage Command

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The contract to build Carter was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on 29 June 1996, and her keel was laid on 5 December 1998. Original schedules called for Carter to be commissioned in late 2001 or early 2002, but on 10 December 1999, Electric Boat was awarded a US$887 million extension to the Carter contract to modify the boat for highly classified missions and testing of new submarine systems, missions previously carried out by USS Parche (SSN-683). Jimmy Carter was christened on 5 June 2004. The ship sponsor was former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. One result of the changes was that the Carter was commissioned more than six years after the USS Connecticut (SSN-22) and almost 4 months after the commissioning of the first of the Virginia-class submarine subs, the USS Virginia.

Carter is roughly 100 feet (30 m) longer than the other two ships of her class. This is due to the insertion of a plug (additional section) known as the Multi-Mission Platform (MMP), which allows launch and recovery of ROVs and Navy SEAL forces. The plug features a fairing over a wasp-waist shaped passageway allowing crew to pass between the fore and aft sections of the hull while providing a space to store ROVs and special equipment that may need to launch and recover from the submarine.

Carter has additional maneuvering devices fitted fore and aft that will allow her to keep station over selected targets in odd currents. Past submarines outfitted this way were used to tap undersea cables, to intercept communications of foreign countries. Intelligence experts speculate that the MMP may find use in similar missions as an underwater splicing chamber for Optical fiber cables.

On 24 January 2004 Commander David Bartholomew Jr., commanding officer of PCU (Pre-Commissioning Unit) Jimmy Carter was relieved of command because of a "loss of confidence" in his ability "pending further administrative or disciplinary action as appropriate." Captain Robert D. Kelso, deputy chief of staff of Submarine Development Squadron 12 at Naval Submarine Base New London, took temporary command of the PCU until a new commanding officer could be named.

On 19 November 2004 Jimmy Carter completed alpha sea trials, her first voyage in the open seas. On 22 December, Electric Boat delivered Jimmy Carter to the US Navy, and she was commissioned 19 February 2005 at NSB New London.

Jimmy Carter began a transit from NSB New London to its new homeport at the Bangor Annex of Naval Base Kitsap, Washington on 14 October 2005 but was forced to return when an unusually high wave caused damage while the submarine was running on the surface. The damage was repaired and Carter left New London the following day, arriving at Bangor the afternoon of 9 November 2005.

On 16 June 2006 Commander David Honabach took command from Captain Kelso.

On 17 January 2008 Jimmy Carter was awarded the 2007 Battle Efficiency Award, commonly known as a "Battle E".

In June 2009 Commander Brian Davies took command from Captain David Honabach.

In November 2010 Jimmy Carter was revealed as the first US asset to provide intelligence after the North Korean bombardment of Yeonpyeong. Reports indicated that a UAV from the boat was used shortly after the incident.

In March 2012 Commander Brian Elkowitz relieved Commander Brian Davies as the Commanding Officer of Jimmy Carter.

Jimmy Carter was awarded the 2012 Battle Efficiency Award, commonly known as a "Battle E".

Jimmy Carter was awarded the 2013 Battle Efficiency Award, commonly known as a "Battle E".

In May 2015 Commander Mel Smith relieved Commander Brian Elkowitz as the Commanding Officer of Jimmy Carter.

source: wikipedia (2015)



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