LOS ANGELES, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Navy on Saturday named a submarine after the state of California, reflecting the tremendous support provided by the golden state to the Navy and Mrine Corps, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said.
"Naming this submarine after California reflects the tremendous support we provide to the Navy and Marine Corps here in the Golden State," Schwarzenegger said in a statement.
"It is a fitting tribute to the 2.1 million veterans and 200,000 active duty service members and their families that call California home, along with the countless local communities who support our military families and the defense industry and their suppliers who manufacture equipment and develop the technology needed to assist the global fight against terrorism."
The 7,800-ton submarine is 377-feet long, has a 34-feet beam, and will be able to dive to depths of greater than 800 feet and operate at speeds in excess of 25 knots submerged.
California is built to excel in anti-submarine warfare, anti-ship warfare, strike warfare, special operations, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare missions.
This is the seventh U.S. Navy ship to bear the name California. The last U.S.S. California, a nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser, was decommissioned on July 9, 1999.
The most famous U.S.S. California was a battleship, which served as the first flagship in the Pacific Fleet.