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 andwill attend the ceremony. She christened the submarine during ceremoniesSeptember 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 ChiefU.S. Atlantic Fleet; Vice Admiral George W. Emery, Commander, Submarine Force,U.S. Atlantic Fleet/Commander, Submarine Allied Command, Atlantic; Rear AdmiralRichard A. Buchanan, Commander, Submarine Group Two; Rear Admiral Robert E.Frick, Program Executive Officer for Submarines, Assistant Secretary of theNavy (Research, Development and Acquisition); and

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

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

Attack submarines are a vital part of the Navy’s “Forward…From the Sea”doctrine, bringing to bear proven shallow water operational capabilitiesincluding mine warfare; covert coastal surveillance and intelligence gathering;operations with special forces; and combat search and rescue. Further, thesubmarine’s ability to strike targets at, below and beyond the water’s surfacemakes it a potent asset in the nation’s arsenal.

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

by Congress and the second to the last of this class to be built at NewportNews Shipbuilding. The ship is equipped with the Tomahawk cruise missile systemfor a significant land attack and strike capability. Greeneville is animproved version of the Los Angeles Class, with a hardened sail and retractablebow planes for surfacing through the ice during Arctic missions. Greenevilleis 360 feet long, has a diameter of 33 feet and will displace 6,900 tonssubmerged. 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 theship’s commanding officer.

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