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USS Minnesota

October 27, 2012 by  

USS Minnesota, Nearly five years after construction began on the nuclear powered Virginia-class fast attack submarine, the USS Minnesota, the U.S. Navy’s newest fighting vessel is being christened now at the ceremony streaming live.

The 7,800-ton behemoth will have a bottle of champagne smashed across its hull in Newport News, Va., at which point it will officially be christened the “Minnesota,” according to the sub’s website.

The vessel’s commissioning ceremony is expected in summer 2013, where it will officially become active in the U.S. Navy.

USS Minnesota is the name of two previous U.S. warships: A wooden steam frigate launched in 1855 and a Connecticut-class battleship launched in 1905.

The ceremony is not open to the public. Guests include builders and their families, Minnesota sailors and their families along with Navy and government representatives.

USS Minnesota

Adm. Kirkland Donald, director of naval nuclear propulsion, will serve as the keynote speaker.

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