Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced the completion of 98 percent of work on the U.S. Navy’s newest Virginia-class attack submarine, the future USS Indiana (SSN-789).
The nuclear-powered fast attack submarine is in the final stages of construction at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. The submarine’s next significant construction milestone is initial sea trials. The vessel is on schedule to be delivered to the U.S. Navy later this year.
The statement came on Tuesday when the company celebrated the first meal prepared in the galley of the submarine. The 142-member crew welcomed the ship’s sponsor, Diane Donald, the wife of Adm. Kirkland Donald (U.S. Navy, Ret.), former director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion, and a member of HII’s Board of Directors.
Mrs. Donald and the crew dined on French onion soup and shrimp cocktail. The main course consisted of New York strip steak, butterflied lobster with bacon-wrapped scallops, baked potatoes and broccoli.“It was a privilege to join the Indiana crew for the first meal,” Donald said. “Building a submarine is a long journey with a lot of hard work required from the entire team of shipbuilders and crew, and sometimes it’s hard to see the progress.
“Today, I could see and feel Indiana coming to life. I’m so proud of Team Indiana and look forward to getting ‘our ship’ to sea and to the fleet.”
“Of all of the milestones we celebrate in the construction of a submarine, the first meal is one of the most special because it symbolizes the first of what will be thousands of meals served to the crew during the ship’s operational life,” said Dave Bolcar, Newport News’ vice president of submarine construction.
USS Indiana (SSN-789)
USS Indiana (SSN-789) is the sixteenth Virginia-class attack submarine of the U.S. Navy and is named for the State of Indiana.
She is the sixth of the significantly redesigned Block III Virginia-class, including a revised bow and Vertical Launching System (VLS) technology from the Ohio-class of guided missile submarines (SSGN).
She was constructed by Huntington Ingalls Industries in partnership with the General Dynamics Electric Boat division (GDEB) in Newport News, Virginia, with the initial contract awarded on 22 December 2008.
Her keel was laid on 16 May 2015 and she was launched on 9 June 2017. She was christened on 29 April 2017 and sponsored by Diane Donald, wife of Admiral Kirkland H. Donald, USN (ret). Her commissioning date is scheduled for 23 June 2018