YOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 3, 2010) The Virginia-class attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) transits Tokyo Bay on the way to Fleet Activities Yokosuka, marking the very first time in the history of the U.S. 7th Fleet that a Virginia-class submarine visited the region. This is Hawaii's first scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Lara Bollinger/Released

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From Naval Sea Systems Command Team Submarine Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Virginia-class submarine program reached a significant benchmark with the approval of Milestone III, authorization of full-rate production and the declaration of full operational capability Sept. 3.

Milestone III and full-rate production approval for the Acquisition Category ID Program came with the signing of the Acquisition Decision Memorandum (ADM) by the under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

The achievement of this major acquisition milestone allows the program to continue construction of the submarine class beyond the established low-rate initial production of 14 submarines through the remainder of the class. Continued…





CAPT Michael E. Jabaley Jr., USN, Speaks at the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Luncheon in Hodgenville, Ky.

CAPT Michael E. Jabaley Jr., USN, Speaks at the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Luncheon in Hodgenville, Ky.

Hodgenville, KY – Yesterday marked the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth in Hodgenville, and his hometown celebrated with a luncheon in his honor. The guest speaker for the event was Navy Captain Michael E. Jabaley, Jr., former Commanding Officer of USS Louisville (SSN 724) and currently the Program Manager for the VIRGINIA-class Submarine Program. Jabaley spoke on Lincoln’s legacy to the United States Navy.

Lincoln Days Celebration, Inc. sponsored the event for the community as it does annually. Junior past-president Opal Dail said, “Captain Jabaley was the best speaker we ever had. I think everyone was very interested in what he had to say.” Continued…



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Captain Michael E. Jabaley Jr., USN, official photo.

Hodgenville, KY – Lincoln Days Celebration, Inc. has announced that Navy Captain Michael E. Jabaley, Jr., Program Manager of the VIRGINIA-class Submarine Program, will be the featured speaker at this year’s Abraham Lincoln Birthday Luncheon on February 12 in his birthplace of Hodgenville, Kentucky. This year will mark the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. Jabaley wil be filling some pretty big shoes. In 1909, at the centennial, then-President Theodore Roosevelt was the featured speaker. Continued…

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