The USS Jimmy Carter: A Shadowy Figure Lurking Underwater


The USS Jimmy Carter: A Shadowy Figure Lurking Underwater

The USS Jimmy Carter, a Seawolf-class attack submarine, left her port in Bangor, Washington, on January 20, 2013. She then reemerged at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, less than two months later for what seemed to be a repair. The mysterious thing about this is that no one can tell for sure what the submarine has been doing throughout the entire period of time between her departure and reemergence. The vessel had almost 150 individuals aboard; nobody knows what they all were doing all that time. Vessels of Seawolf class are arguably America’s most secretive weapons. Information about them is deliberately designed to be difficult to find out.

All that is known about the USS Jimmy Carter is that she was on a mission, which was referred to as Mission 7. Mission 7 apparently was quite an important endeavor as all involved individuals earned Presidential Unit Citation, granted to those who perform “extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy”. Jimmy Carter is unique as she is the last attach submarines in the Seawolf class. A module of 2.500-ton weight and 100-foot length, called Multi-Mission Platform, was added by the Pentagon to the submarine. The hourglass-shaped compartment accommodates SEALs and undersea drones as well as making it possible for a team that’s specially trained to intercept undersea communication lines.

Judging by this alone, it is enough to say that the USS Jimmy Carter was made as the Pentagon’s most proficient spy. Coupled with the awarding of the Presidential Unit Citation, it should be easy to surmise that Mission 7 was hazardous and extremely difficult. The Navy is typically secretive regarding any kind of information about the Seawolf class. Washington nixed the program post-Cold War and when the possibility of the Russian coming up with their own high-tech submarines vanished.

The Pentagon bought three more ships at $3 billion each, instead of sticking to the planned 30 ships of a fleet. The Seawolf class is easily the most expensive attack submarine and the second most expensive undersea vessel. The USS Jimmy Carter, Connecticut, and other Seawolf-class submarines were then classified as the essence of Submarine Development Squadron Five, whose responsibility includes conducting tests on undersea listening gear and remote-controlled submersibles. Another clue to Jimmy Carter’s espionage mission is the retiring of USS Parche. Some suggest that the expansion made to Jimmy Carter’s midsection was done to accommodate Parche’s devices and gears.