On Saturday, November 06, 2010 the eighth Virginia-class submarine (VCS), USS California, SSN 781 will be christened at the Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding shipyard in Newport News, Virginia. Ship sponsor, Donna J. Willard will say the magical words, "I christen thee California".1
The event is by invitation, but a live video webcast is expected to begin around 1100. A link has been helpfully provided to pretest whether your browser will properly display the webcast—with technical support!
UPDATED 10/28/2011 DVIDS, Webcast: USS California Commissioning Ceremony
|California Commissioning Ceremony|
The live feed is active about an hour before the scheduled beginning of the commissioning ceremony (i.e. Oct 29, 2011 11:00 AM EDT).
UPDATED 08/08/2011 NavSea PR (pdf), Navy takes delivery of PCU California (SSN 781) more than eight months early
"...The next major event for California will be its commissioning Oct. 29 in Norfolk, Va. California’s commissioning is the second-to-last major acquisition milestone for the Virginia-class program in 2011. The christening ceremony for PCU Mississippi (SSN 782) will cap off the year this December, in Groton, Conn....."--NavSea--The Mississippi will be the last Block II Virginia-class platform to be delivered.
UPDATED 05/14/2011 GlobeNewswire, Photo Release -- California's Crew Moves Aboard and celebrates with a cake. The USS California is attached to submarine squadron two, Groton.
UPDATED 11/15/2010 NavyMil, California Christening Strikes Gold with Students
UPDATED11/04/2010 NavyMil, Christening of Submarine California to be Streamed Live Online
|USS California SSN 781 - Christening|
1. California's (SSN 781) keel laying ceremony occurred on May 1, 2009