New Virginia-class submarine delivered to Navy
by Associated Press Wire
June 06, 2013 05:10 PM | 623 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The newest Virginia-class submarine built at Newport News Shipbuilding has been delivered to the Navy.

Huntington Ingalls Industries says the fast-attack submarine Minnesota is being delivered on budget and nearly 11 months ahead of schedule.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has scheduled Minnesota's commissioning for Sept. 7.

The 377-foot long sub is capable of submerged speeds of more than 25 knots and can stay submerged for up to three months at a time. It is also built for increased firepower, maneuverability and stealth.

Last month the submarine was submerged for the first time and operated at high speeds on the surface and under water.

Construction of the Minnesota began in February 2008.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Comments-icon Post a Comment
No Comments Yet
*We welcome your comments on the stories and issues of the day and seek to provide a forum for the community to voice opinions. All comments are subject to moderator approval before being made visible on the website but are not edited. The use of profanity, obscene and vulgar language, hate speech, and racial slurs is strictly prohibited. Advertisements, promotions, and spam will also be rejected. Please read our terms of service for full guides