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Pearl Harbor getting fourth new Virginia-class attack submarine

By Star Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:27 a.m. HST, Jan 14, 2014

Pearl Harbor will be getting a fourth new Virginia-class attack submarine this summer, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa said in a news release issued Monday afternoon.

"I am encouraged by the Navy's announcement that the USS Mississippi will change its homeport to Pearl Harbor in July 2014," said Hanabusa, a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Hanabusa said in the release that the Mississippi is moving to Hawaii from Groton, Conn.

"This change follows the previously announced intention by the Navy to move 60 percent of its fleet to the Pacific, and ensures that Hawaii will continue to play a key role in our national rebalance to the Asia Pacific region," she said.

The change, along with the planned moves to Hawaii of the destroyers John Paul Jones and Preble "will put the number of ships homeported here at 31 by mid 2014," Hanabusa said.

More than 130 sailors operate the 377-foot-long Virginia-class submarines, which are capable of diving to depths greater than 800 feet and operating at speeds in excess of 28 mph when submerged.

However, submarine captains say the question no longer is how fast and deep a submarine can dive, but how slow and shallow it can go in the littorals, or near seas, where a lot of foreign diesel subs operate.

Virginia-class submarines are capable of very precise slow-speed ship control.

The Mississippi will join the North Carolina, Hawaii and Texas in Hawaii. Pearl Harbor is the sole Pacific home for Virginia-class subs, which cost more than $2 billion. Pearl Harbor also has 15 Los Angeles-class subs. 

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SteveToo wrote:
Great! Keeping the nations strong and safe.
on January 13,2014 | 04:45PM
kuroiwaj wrote:
Great. We'll have 19 mini nuclear plants around Hawaii.
on January 13,2014 | 05:23PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
And your point is?
on January 13,2014 | 06:00PM
johndoe wrote:
My thoughts exactly.
on January 13,2014 | 08:32PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Don't make China mad.
on January 13,2014 | 09:37PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
There is an editorial in Investor's Business Daily on page A19, of the January 13, 2014 edition, which has a viewpoint "Is The New China Copying The Old Imperial Japan?" It begins by stating that Japan in the 1920s began to translate it's growing economic power into military strength. We all know what happened at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The view summarizes that China is as confident of the future as Japan was, once in the 1930s. China is eager to teach Japan a lesson, as Japan once did China. America once again is confused by these radical changes in The Pacific. That is, until someone in the region tries something stupid--once again.
on January 13,2014 | 09:48PM
HD36 wrote:
China is not going to attack millitarily, because the US has spent more on military than almost all other countries combined. The Chinese are ussing their massive warehouse of over $1 trillion US Treasury Bonds to buy America. As an example, they just bought the largest gold vault and the building that went along with it in Manhattan from JP Morgan. Perhaps that was collateral for leased gold that never got returned. Through Chinese American Companies, sources have told me they have bought close to 60% of the financial district in Manhattan. The idea is, you control the financial district, make the RNB fully converible and backed by gold, the RNB along with a basket of other currencies gains reserve status, and there's no need to lend America money; no need to buy US Treasury Bonds, and a rush to the exit before the Fed Tapers further. Rome had collapsed from within economically before the empire lost any serious wars. Our national debt, including unfunded liabilities is well beyond $75 trillion. If interest rates weren't being manipulated the last 32 years by the Fed, the payments to service the national debt would far exceed the entire military budget.
on January 14,2014 | 07:05AM
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