Due to health concerns amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The April 4, 2020 commissioning ceremony and all related events
planned in the Port of Wilmington, Delaware are currently under review and subject to change.
As soon as we have more information we will post online.
Thank you for your understanding and support.
Navy League of the United States, Hampton Roads takes great pride in supporting the Navy in bringing USS Delaware (SSN 791) into the Fleet. The time honored tradition of Commissioning a boat includes several special events that surround the actual ceremony itself.
It is highly unusual for a ship to be commissioned outside of a Navy port where it has been built but Senator Tom Carper prevailed upon the United States Navy to bring the submarine to Wilmington so Delawareans could participate in the historic celebration.
Our nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia allows the citizenry at large to contribute to the efforts that are not funded by the Department of Defense. These contributions are tax deductible in accordance with State and Federal laws.
This commissioning will be our 5th Virginia class submarine to support and our 28th ship commissioning.
The Virginia-class is 7,800-tons and 377 feet in length, has a beam of 34 feet, and can operate at more than 25 knots submerged. It is designed with a reactor plant that will not require refueling during the planned life of the boat – reducing lifecycle costs while increasing underway time.LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COMMISSIONING >
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Celebrations surrounding the boat coming to life.See the Events
Role of these volunteers – leadership, financial awareness, community involvement.Meet the Members