USS Indiana submarine delivered to the United States Navy

This nuclear submarine recently became the fourth USS Indiana. (Courtesy photo)

The attack submarine USS Indiana has been delivered to the U.S. by its builder Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division.

The USS Indiana is the 16th Virginia-class submarine and will be commissioned later this year. Construction began in September of 2012, with sea trials successfully completed earlier this month.

“We are proud to deliver Indiana to the Navy,” said Dave Bolcar, Newport News’ vice president of submarine construction in a release. “For the nearly 4,000 shipbuilders who participated in construction of the boat, there is nothing more important than knowing that this vessel will support the Navy’s missions.”

The current USS Indiana is the fourth U.S. Navy ship to be named after the Hoosier State. It will be officially commissioned into service later this year.

The first modern battleship constructed by the United States was the first to be named USS Indiana and saw action in the Spanish-American War in the late 1800s.

The second USS Indiana was a planned battleship that was laid down in 1920. Construction was halted in 1922 following the adoption of the Washington Naval Treaty.

The third USS Indiana was a South Dakota-class battleship launched the month before the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. It saw action in numerous campaigns in the Pacific and was scrapped in 1963. The ship’s anchor resides outside the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne.

The Virginia-class submarines are the United States Navy’s most modern undersea class of vessels. The nuclear-powered boats are designed to fulfill a variety of missions. from seeking and destroying enemy submarines to the launching of cruise missiles and insertion of special forces into hostile territory.

The USS Indiana is the 16th of a planned 48 boats in the class that is replacing the aging Los Angeles-class submarines.


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