USS Jimmy Carter
The newest US submarine, SSN-23, the USS Jimmy Carter
, a Seawolf class nuclear submarine, was commissioned today at Groton, Connecticut. The christening recognizes the submariner service of the 39th
President, a graduate of the US Naval Academy. Also at the commissioning was President Carter's classmate and former CIA Director, Admiral Stansfield Turner.
The ship has additional capabilities beyond the normal Seawolf-class attack submarine, able to function as a laboratory for new technologies as well as acting as a reconnaissance platform.[Edit: No definitive word yet on the reports that the Air National Guard will name a dental chair after GWB.]