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New Attack Submarine Named U.S.S. Indiana
Updated September 27, 2016 7:17 AM
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(UNDATED) - There is a new attack submarine being built for the Navy called the U.S.S. Indiana.

The sub's captain has just made his fifth trip to the Hoosier State to meet some of the people who are helping build it.

"We're getting a pretty good sample of some of the 50 manufacturers that manufacture something that goes into building my submarine," said Jesse Zimbauer, commander of the Indiana.

Zimbauer said those manufacturers span the entire state.

"All the way from the Caterpillar plant, USSI and the different manufactures throughout the state."

The submarine, which is a Virginia Class vessel, is expected to be operational and on trial runs by this time next year. Until then, Zimbauer will help supervise its construction, train his crew and see first-hand some of the people who are helping see it gets to sea.

"I got to go to the place that manufactures the trucks that the submarine is transported on before we go water-borne."

"Every aspect of it is bringing back to my crew and saying, 'I walked the plant where that diesel was getting made and I shook the hands of the Hoosiers that made that piece of equipment."

The last U.S.S. Indiana was commissioned in 1941. The Navy expects to commission the vessel now being built in January or February 2018.

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