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5 Virginia-Class Attack Subs Named For States

April 16 2012


Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has announced the names for the next five submarines that will be built in the Virginia class, reports the Dept. of Defense.

The boats will be named Illinois, Washington, Colorado, Indiana and South Dakota.

The names honor the contributions and support these states have provided to the military, said Mabus last week.

None of the five states has had a ship named for it in nearly 50 years, according to a Pentagon release. The most recent was...

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