The U.S. Navy plans to commission its 6th Virginia-class submarine on Sept. 29 at Port Canaveral in Brevard County, Fla., Florida Today reported Thursday.
The future USS Indiana, or SSN-789, is a nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarine that Huntington Ingalls Industries‘ Newport News Shipbuilding division and General Dynamics‘ Electric Boat subsidiary built as a Block III vessel.
The Indiana’s builders initiated its construction in 2015, leading to the submarine’s eventual christening in April 2017.
The Virginia class of submarines is intended to serve as a replacement for the Los Angeles class, which has been operational since 1976.
Each Virginia-class submarine will hold 12 Tomahawk cruise missiles designed for use on shore targets.