Minnesota, meet your new submarine

Much is being made of the decision by the Navy to name two new Virginia-class attack submarines the USS Minnesota and the USS North Dakota.

They’re one of us in the same way Rhoda Morganstern and Mary Richards were (are?) one of us.

So let’s learn more about the USS Minnesota.

  • It costs $2.1 billion. How much is 2.1 billion? That’s equivalent to the number of people would attend the Vikings games if they sold out the Metrodome every year for the next 6,120 years.
  • Its maximum diving depth is greater than 800 feet. That’s roughly twice as deep as Lake Superior (clarification: average depth) , the deepest of the Great Lakes.
  • It’s designed to launch Tomahawk cruise missiles with a range of about 1,550 miles, equivalent to driving from St. Paul to Detroit Lakes five times.
  • The sub will be launched in 2014, when children in Minnesota who were born on September 11, 2001 will be entering their freshman year.
    • Jeff Cutler

      You may wish to re-check your depth data for Lake Superior. According to http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/superior/facts

      “Lake Superior is the deepest of the Great Lakes. Along much of Minnesota’s North Shore, the lake is 700 feet deep (213 meters) within 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) of land. If placed at this depth, Montreal’s landmark, Mount Royal, would be a small island. The deepest spot, 1,332 feet (406 meters), is 40 miles (64 kilometers) off Munising, Michigan. One of the world’s tallest buildings, Chicago’s Sears Tower, could fit in that hole with only a few floors sticking above the water. ”

      Still, a sub that can dive 800 feet for an extended length of time is both impressive and frightening.

    • Nick I.

      I think it’s only fair for Minnesotans to back behind and cheer on this newly awesome war vessel like we have with the Coens and Diablo Cody before!

      Who’s with me?!


    • david z

      Lake Superior has a maximum depth of about 1300 feet, with an average depth around 450-480′. So the new sub would not be able to descend to the bottom of the lake (even if it could fit through the Soo locks).

    • Bob Collins

      The average depth of Lake Superior is approximately half the dive capability of the sub. C’mon,people! Trust your News Cut!

      I knew should’ve gone with Lake Mille Lacs instead.

    • bsimon

      Jeff Cutler writes

      “Still, a sub that can dive 800 feet for an extended length of time is both impressive and frightening.”

      Note that’s the published depth limit, which may or may not be the actual limit. (the smart money is on ‘not’)

    • c

      i wonder how far it can go on a gallon of gas? or is this nuclear or electric…?

      or chock full of a galley of men rowing?