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|Awarded:||29 June 1996|
|Displacement:||7568 tons light, 9137 tons full, 1569 tons dead|
|Length:||107.5 meters (353 feet) overall, 107.5 meters (353 feet) waterline|
|Beam:||12.1 meters (40 feet)|
|Draft:||10.9 meters (36 feet)|
|Complement:||15 officers, 101 men|
The Carter is roughly 100 feet longer than the other two ships of her class. This is due to the insertion of a section known as the Multi-Mission Platform (MMP), which allows launch and recovery of ROVs and Navy SEAL forces. The plug features a fairing over a wasp-waist shaped passageway allowing crew to pass between the fore and aft sections of the hull while providing a space to store ROVs and special equipment that may need to launch and recover from the submarine.
In addition, additional maneuvering devices are fitted fore and aft that will allow her to keep station over selected targets in odd currents. Past submarines that were so outfitted were used to place listening devices on undersea cables and listen on communications of foreign countries.