Navy secretary announces new USS Indiana sub
The Secretary of the Navy was in Indianapolis Friday morning for a ship-naming ceremony.
The ceremony at the Indianapolis War Memorial announced a third ship to be named for the state. An attack submarine will now bear the name of Indiana.
The first two to share the name were battleships. One earned nine battle stars for service in World War Two.
"Since she was decommissioned in 1947, the name Indiana has not graced our fleet and I'm glad we've changed that today. Construction will begin later this year on SSN-789, the new Indiana. She's scheduled to arrive in the fleet in 2017," said Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy.
The attack submarine will have enhanced stealth and special warfare enhancements that will enable them to meet the Navy's multi-mission requirements.