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USS Virginia

At least five United States Navy ships have borne the name Virginia, after the ??th state.

  • The first Virginia was a 28-gun frigate built in 1777 and captured by the British in the following year.

  • The third Virginia was a 74-gun ship of the line laid down in 1818 but never launched, and broken up on the stocks in 1874.

A sixth Virginia is expected to be the lead ship of a new class of attack submarine, and was under construction in 2003.

The CSS Virginia was the Confederate name for the USS Merrimac rebuilt as an ironclad[?].


Ten ships of the United States Navy (and two ships of the Confederate States Navy[?]) have been named USS Virginia in honor of the tenth state.

The first USS Virginia[?], one of 13 frigates authorized by the Continental Congress, eventually became HMS Virginia[?].

The second USS Virginia[?], a schooner built for the United States Revenue Cutter Service[?], saw action during the Quasi-War.

The third USS Virginia, 74[?], was one of nine ships of the line authorized by Congress in 1816.

The fourth USS Virginia[?], originally known as Pet and as Noe-Daquy, was captured during the American Civil War and commissioned in the Union Navy.

The fifth USS Virginia (BB-13) was the lead ship of her class[?] of battleship.

The sixth USS Virginia (SP-274)[?], a yacht purchased by the Navy and officially referred to only as SP-274, patrolled Lake Michigan out of Detroit, Michigan during World War I.

The seventh USS Virginia (SP-746)[?], a motorboat[?] acquired by the Navy and officially referred to only as SP-746, patroled the coast out of Machias, Maine[?] during World War I.

The eighth USS Virginia (SP-1965)[?], a two-masted auxiliary schooner acquired by the Navy and officially referred to only as SP-1965, patroled the coast out of Norfolk, Virginia during World War I.

The ninth USS Virginia (CGN-38) was the lead ship of her class[?] of nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser.

The tenth USS Virginia (SSN-774)[?], is the lead ship of her class of nuclear-powered attack submarines.

See also CSS Virginia (ex-Merrimac) and CSS Virginia II (an ironclad ram)[?].



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