USS Texas Submarine

USS Texas (SSN-775) is a Virginia-class submarine, and the fourth warship of the United States Navy to be named after the U.S. state of Texas.

The contract to build her was awarded to the Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard (then called Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.) in Newport News, Virginia on 30 September 1998 and her keel was laid down on 12 July 2002. She was christened on 31 July 2004 by Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States. She was launched into the James River on 9 April 2005.

USS Texas SubmarineUnder the command of Captain John Litherland, Texas arrived at Galveston Bay on 4 September 2006 and was escorted into the harbor by Elissa. With a crowd of 10,000 in attendance, Texas was commissioned in Galveston, Texas, and joined the U.S. Atlantic Fleet on 9 September 2006. This commissioning mission is depicted in Season 2, Episode 4 of the Discovery Channel television series, "FutureWeapons."

The ship, under the command of Commander Robert Roncska, departed New London Naval Submarine Base at Groton for Pearl Harbor on 16 September 2009. On its way to Pearl Harbor, the sub traveled to the Arctic Ocean and surfaced near the North Pole's ice pack. Texas arrived in her new home port on 23 November 2009.

The sub departed Pearl Harbor for her first three-month operational patrol on 19 May 2010. The location of the ship's first deployment was not disclosed by the Navy.

Commander Andrew Hertel was relieved as the Commanding Officer on 1 February 2012 and as of May 2012, the submarine underwent a scheduled 20-month-long overhaul. More details