California (SSN 781)

Ship Status: Under Construction

Keel Authentication Scheduled for May 1, 2009 in Newport News, VA

California (SSN 781) is the eighth Virginia-class submarine. The contract to build her was awarded to Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding on August 14, 2003.

Ship Sponsor: Mrs. Donna Willard, wife of Admiral Robert F. Willard, USN the 32nd and current Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Ceremony: May 1, 2009

Time: 12:00 noon

Location: Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding,
Newport News

( Event is NOT open to the public)