USS North Carolina – Triple Sevens

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North Carolina (SSN 777), the fourth Virginia-class submarine, undergoes construction at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard in Newport News, Va., Sept. 14, 2006. North Carolina is scheduled to join the fleet in 2008. DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ryan Lee Steinhour, U.S. Navy. (Released)


  1. Whatever the faults of the Seawolf Class, and the advantages of the Virginia class, I have to say that ‘Seawolf’ sounds a might bit more ominous than ‘North Carolina.’

  2. I think the way we name ships is totally wrong. Naming things after states, cities, presidents, etc., is perhaps logical, but not cool. We should go one of two routes. First, ominous names. Like the British used to do with Dreadnought, Invictrix, Dauntless, Indomitable. Or the way the Romulans and Klingons name ships. But better, the second route is ironic ominous names. That way, we can totally head fake our enemies. They’d never know whether we were mocking them or about ready to destroy them. DD1001 ‘USS Sword of Righteous Anger’ CVN80 ‘USS Hammer Inevitable Vengeance’