Adml Rickover made a point to be personally on board during each nuclear-powered ship’s initial sea trials, and by his presence set his demanding stamp of approval on both the material readiness of the ship’s nuclear-propulsion plant and the state of training of her crew.
The Secretary of the Navy has approved October 7 2017 as the Commissioning Date for USS Washington (SSN-787) at the Norflok Naval Base in Norfolk VA.
At least 40 ships have been named after the state, its cities, places and people. While only two ships have been named after the state itself, starting with USS Washington (Armored Cruiser No. 11), which was commissioned in 1906, ten ships have been named after the man the state is named for. The newest ship to honor Washington will be the Virginia-class submarine Washington (SSN 787), which is conducting sea trials before its commissioning.