The Navy issued a press release today about the Secretary of the Navy naming five new subarines. Recently Secretary Mabus has been catching flak for his choices of vessel appellations, so I’m surprised, as was Bobo who sent us the link, that there was no USS Tryvon Martin. Anyway here are the new subs to join the fleet;
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today the next five Virginia-class attack submarines will be named the USS Illinois, the USS Washington, the USS Colorado, the USS Indiana, and the USS South Dakota.
Mabus named the Virginia-class submarines to honor the great contributions and support these states have given the military through the years.
“Each of these five states serves as home to military bases that support our national defense and provides men and women who volunteer to serve their country,” Mabus said. “I look forward to these submarines joining the fleet and representing these great states around the world.”
None of the five states has had a ship named for it for more than 49 years. The most recent to serve was the battleship the USS Indiana, which was decommissioned in October 1963.