The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of future attack submarine USS Indiana on June 25. The ship, six years in the making, is scheduled to be commissioned in September. “Indiana’s delivery marks the culmination of millions of man hours of work by thousands of people across this country to bring the world’s foremost undersea asset to the fleet,” said Capt. Christopher Hanson,. “It is a proud day for every person who had a hand in the submarine’s construction.”
A Block III submarine, the Indiana feature a redesigned bow with enhanced payload capabilities, replacing 12 individual vertical-launch tubes with two large-diameter payload tubes, each capable of launching six Tomahawk cruise missiles.
The Indiana is the fourth ship named after the 19th state and will be the first to be in active service since the end of World War II. The first USS Indiana, a battleship, saw action during the Spanish American War and participated in the blockade and battle of Santiago de Cuba.
The third USS Indiana was completed in April 1942, saw extensive combat in the Pacific theater of World War II, and earned nine battle stars. Submarines like the Indiana conduct special operations forces support, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and mine warfare missions.
Their inherent stealth, endurance, mobility and firepower enable them to support five of the six maritime strategy core capabilities – sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security and deterrence. They are unable to provide humanitarian assistance or disaster response.