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Release No: 076-96
February 13, 1996


The Navy will commission its newest attack submarine, Greeneville (SSN 772), in a ceremony at 11 a.m., Friday, February 16, 1996, at Norfolk Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia.

Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee will be the principal speaker at the ceremony. Mrs. Tipper Gore, wife of Vice President Al Gore, is Greeneville's sponsor and will attend the ceremony. She christened the submarine during ceremonies September 17, 1994.

Among the honored guests at the ceremony will be Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton; Representative James H. Quillen; the Honorable G. Thomas Love, Mayor, Greeneville, Tennessee; Admiral William J. Flanagan, Jr., Commander in Chief U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Vice Admiral George W. Emery, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet/Commander, Submarine Allied Command, Atlantic; Rear Admiral Richard A. Buchanan, Commander, Submarine Group Two; Rear Admiral Robert E. Frick, Program Executive Officer for Submarines, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition); and

Mr. William P. Fricks, President and Chief Operating Officer, Newport News Shipbuilding.

Greeneville (SSN 772) honors a town in northeast Tennessee which is named for Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene. No other U.S. Navy ships have borne this name.

Attack submarines are a vital part of the Navy's "Forward...From the Sea" doctrine, bringing to bear proven shallow water operational capabilities including mine warfare; covert coastal surveillance and intelligence gathering; operations with special forces; and combat search and rescue. Further, the submarine's ability to strike targets at, below and beyond the water's surface makes it a potent asset in the nation's arsenal.

Greeneville is the 61st of 62 Los Angeles-class submarines authorized for construction

by Congress and the second to the last of this class to be built at Newport News Shipbuilding. The ship is equipped with the Tomahawk cruise missile system for a significant land attack and strike capability. Greeneville is an improved version of the Los Angeles Class, with a hardened sail and retractable bow planes for surfacing through the ice during Arctic missions. Greeneville is 360 feet long, has a diameter of 33 feet and will displace 6,900 tons submerged. The ship will carry a crew of 126 Sailors and 16 officers. Commander Duane B. Hatch, USN, a native of Wichita Falls, Texas, will be the ship's commanding officer.

Media wishing to attend the ceremony should contact the Atlantic Fleet Submarine Force Public Affairs Office in Norfolk, Virginia, at (804) 444-4848.

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