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Plans ready for USS Jimmy Carter’s arrival

At $3.2 billion, the USS Jimmy Carter is the most expensive submarine ever built. - U.S. Navy photo
At $3.2 billion, the USS Jimmy Carter is the most expensive submarine ever built.
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The USS Jimmy Carter is on its way to its new homeport of Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor bringing with it a crew of 133 and an annual payroll of about $10 million.

For security reasons, Navy officials cannot divulge the exact date the submarine will arrive, but it has been said that it is expected early- to mid-November.

“We’re planning to have about 300 people out to welcome (the Jimmy Carter) at the pier,” said Lt. Herlinda Rojas, Submarine Group 9 spokeswoman.

A band from Bear Creek School in Redmond as well as a DJ from the Navy’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) are among the festivities planned for the sub’s arrival.

The Jimmy Carter is the third and last of the Seawolf class. The nuclear-powered attack submarine carries with it a price tag of $3.2 billion. It is the most technologically advanced submarine ever built.

“As the most advanced submarine in the Seawolf class, the Jimmy Carter has built-in flexibility and an array of new war fighting features that enable it to prevail in any scenario and against any threat — from beneath Arctic ice to shallow water,” according to the Web site, www.navysite.de. “Differentiating the Jimmy Carter from all previous undersea vessels is its Multi-Mission Platform (MMP), which includes a 100-foot hull extension to enhance payload capability.”

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