Indiana may not have oceanic waters, but it soon will be put to sea.
The USS Indiana SSN 789 is being built at Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia. The christening of the attack submarine is planned for April 29 with a traditional breaking of a bottle against the bow.
A naming ceremony took place June 22, 2012, in front of the War Memorial in Indianapolis. It is the fourth Naval ship to bear the Hoosier moniker, and the first in more than 70 years to be named after the nation’s 19th state.
Classified as a Virginia-class submarine, it is the 16th of its kind and will deliver high-tech warfare capabilities, such as accurate long-distance missile launches and long-term surveillance.
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