USS Indiana Brought to Life, Commissioned in Port Canaveral

October 1, 2018 – USS Indiana, the third submarine to bear the name and third vessel to be named for the state, was brought to life by its sponsor, Diane K. Donald, wife of retired Adm. Kirkland Donald, the former director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion and commander, Submarine Forces, Sept. 29, 2018. Before giving the order to bring the ship to life, Indiana’s sponsor had a few words to impart to those in attendance and any potential future adversaries. “Today we celebrate the time-honored tradition of placing USS Indiana into the…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Delivers Virginia-Class Submarine Indiana (SSN 789) to U.S. Navy

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division today delivered the newest nuclear-powered fast attack submarine to the U.S. Navy. The future USS Indiana (SSN 789) is the 16th Virginia-class submarine built as part of the teaming agreement with General Dynamics Electric Boat and the eighth delivered by Newport News. “We are proud to deliver Indiana to the Navy,” said Dave Bolcar, Newport News’ vice president of submarine construction. “For the nearly 4,000 shipbuilders who participated in construction of the boat, there is nothing more important than knowing that this vessel…

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Future USS Indiana Delivered to Navy

The Navy accepted delivery of future attack submarine USS Indiana (SSN 789), the 16th submarine of the Virginia class, June 25. The ship began construction in 2012 and is scheduled to commission in September. This next-generation attack submarine provides the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation’s undersea superiority. “Indiana’s delivery marks the culmination of millions of man-hours of work by thousands of people across this country to bring the world’s foremost undersea asset to the fleet,” said Capt. Christopher Hanson, Virginia class program manager. “It is a…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Celebrates First Meal Aboard Submarine Indiana

Huntington Ingalls Industries celebrated the first meal prepared in the galley of the newest Virginia-class submarine, Indiana (SSN 789) Aprpil 3rd. 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…

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Christens Virginia-Class Submarine Indiana at Newport News Shipbuilding

April 29, 2017 – Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division today celebrated the christening of Indiana (SSN 789), the 16th Virginia-class submarine. With a single swing, ship’s sponsor Diane Donald performed the traditional honor of breaking a bottle of American sparkling wine across the submarine’s hull. Donald is the wife of Adm. Kirkland Donald (U.S. Navy, Ret.), former director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion. “It’s the honor of a lifetime to be here today,” said Donald. “While the size of the submarine alone is stunning, the complexity inside sets it apart…

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