The USS Indiana, the Navy’s newest fast-attack submarine, will be commissioned in Florida in September. The ship will be the third Navy vessel, and first submarine, to be commissioned honoring the state of Indiana.
Construction on the USS Indiana began in 2015, and the ship’s crew moved onto the sub earlier this year. It is designed to operate in deep ocean and in coastal waters, and will be capable of anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike warfare and surveillance and reconnaissance, among other military uses. It’s part of the Virginia class of submarines and has a redesigned bow that houses tubes capable of launching six Tomahawk missiles.
The Indiana also features a specially-designed torpedo room that can be reconfigured to house more personnel and all their equipment for longer deployments. The USS Indiana will be the 16th Virginia-class submarine when it is commissioned on September 29 at Cape Canaveral. Click here for more information on the USS Indiana.