SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Indiana residents were full of pride ahead of the commissioning for the first Navy vessel to bear the state’s name since the end of World War II.
The South Bend Tribune reports that the commissioning ceremony for the USS Indiana is taking place this weekend in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The nearly 380-foot-long sub can reach speeds of more than 25 knots.
The submarine is the fourth vessel to be named after Indiana.
Construction on the vessel began in 2012. Many Indiana manufacturers made parts for it, including Elkhart Brass, Hoosier Spring Co. and Dwyer Instruments.
Debbie Klosowski says she’s proud of her son, Tommy Chabot, who is one of the sub’s original crew members assigned to nuclear operations. Chabot’s family plans to attend the commissioning ceremony.