16 Apr '12, 6am

US Navy Names Five New Submarines: 06:27 GMT, April 16, 2012 Secretary of the US Navy Ray Mabus announced Apr. 1...

Secretary of the U.S. Navy Ray Mabus announced Apr. 13 the next five Virginia-class attack submarines will be named the USS Illinois, the USS Washington, the USS Colorado, the USS Indiana, and the USS South Dakota. Mabus named the Virginia-class submarines to honor the great contributions and support these states have given the military through the years. “Each of these five states serves as home to military bases that support our national defense and provides men and women who volunteer to serve their country,” Mabus said. “I look forward to these submarines joining the fleet and representing these great states around the world.” None of the five states has had a ship named for it for more than 49 years. The most recent to serve was the battleship the USS Indiana, which was decommissioned in October 1963. The selection of Illinois, designated SSN 786, is the second ship t...

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