What is the USS Hyman G. Rickover?


The USS HYMAN G. RICKOVER (SSN-795) is the second nuclear-powered fast attack submarine named in recognition of Admiral Rickover. The new version of the RICKOVER is part of the Virginia Class of submarines which are multi-mission submarines that perform a variety of peacetime and wartime missions.


- Clandestine intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance
- Clandestine insertion and recovery of Special Operations Forces
- Clandestine strikes against land targets with Tomahawk cruise missiles
- Clandestine offensive and defensive mine warfare
- Anti-submarine warfare
- Anti-surface ship warfare

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During the Cold War, anti-submarine warfare against Soviet submarines was the primary mission of our nuclear attack submarines. In the post-Cold War era, our nuclear attack submarines focused more on performing intelligence gathering. With a change in the global strategic environment and a renewed emphasis on Great Power competition, anti-submarine warfare against potential enemy submarines has become a major mission for our nuclear attack submarines.

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Ship statistics:
Displacement: 7,700 tons (submerged)
Length: 377 feet
Hull Diameter: 34 feet
Speed: 25+ knots
Diving Depth: 800+ feet


Mark 48 advanced capability torpedoes, Tomahawk land attack missiles, Mark 60 CAPTOR mines, advanced mobile mines, and unmanned underwater vehicles

Sections of the hull of the USS RICKOVER were brought to the Electric Boat facility in Groton, CT in May 2020 to be joined together.

A guided video tour of the USS New Hampshire, a Virginia Class Submarine that is similar to the USS Rickover.


Voted the most realistic submarine movie, this documentary shows life on a submarine, explores the work of Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, and provides a glimpse of the training process for new sailors.


Watch a recording of "Understanding Naval Power in our 21st Century" with Former Commander of Submarine Forces Vice Admiral Jay Donnelly.