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New submarine USS Indiana commissioned at Florida port

Posted: 5:22 PM, Sep 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-29 21:23:50Z

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A new fast attack nuclear-powered submarine that’s named after the state of Indiana has been commissioned in Florida.

The nearly 380-foot-long USS Indiana entered service Saturday following the  U.S. Navy commissioning ceremony  in Port Canaveral, Florida.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb spoke at the ceremony, calling the new vessel a “modern marvel.”

The sub can reach speeds of more than 25 knots, and it’s powered by a reactor that won’t need refueling during the ship’s entire planned life.

Construction began in 2012 on the USS Indiana, which is the Navy’s 16th Virginia-class fast attack submarine.

The submarine is the fourth vessel to be named after Indiana. Two others were battleships — one used during the 1898 Spanish-American War and the other during World War II.

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