Submarine Honolulu Launched At Newport News Shipbuilding

National Security Advisor William P. Clark was the principal speaker at the launching of the attack submarine Honolulu at the Newport News Shipbuilding yard where the submarine was built. Jean Clark, wife of the National Security Advisor, was the ship's sponsor breaking the traditional bottle of champagne over the ships bow.

The Honolulu is a Los Angeles-class submarine, 360 feet long, 33 feet abeam, displaces 6,900 tons submerged, has a draft of 32 feet, is powered by a steam turbine utilizing a pressurized water reactor, and accommodates 12 officers and 115 enlisted men. It is the 37th submarine launched by Newport News Shipbuilding since 1960.

Edward J. Campbell, president and chief executive officer of Newport News Shipbuilding, remarked, "Hawaii began a new era of growth and prosperity as our 49th state in 1959, the year Newport News Shipbuilding made a spectacular entrance into the nuclear age with the launchings of three United States nuclear Naval vessels: the Polaris submarine Robert E. Lee, the attack submarine Shark, and the first nuclear aircraft carrier Enterprise—a remarkable achievement by anyone's standards."

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 45,  Nov 1983

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