USS Indiana to be Next Virginia-Class Attack Sub

By Scott Sarvay

Credit: U.S. Navy

USS Indiana to be Next Virginia-Class Attack Sub

April 13, 2012 Updated Apr 13, 2012 at 11:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – The U.S. Navy has announced the USS Indiana will be one of the next five Virginia-class attack submarines.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus also announced that the four others would be the USS Illinois, the USS Washington, the USS Colorado, and the USS South Dakota.

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 Indiana, designated SSN 789, is the third ship to bear the state name and is the home to the Naval Surface Warfare Center, the Navy's premier engineering, acquisition and sustainment organization which supports our maritime warriors.

These next-generation attack submarines will provide the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation's undersea supremacy well into the 21st century. They will have enhanced stealth, sophisticated surveillance capabilities, and special warfare enhancements that will enable them to meet the Navy's multi-mission requirements.

These submarines will have the capability to attack targets ashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert long-term surveillance of land areas, littoral waters or other sea-based forces. Other missions include anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare; mine delivery and minefield mapping. They are also designed for special forces delivery and support.

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