USS Minnesota commissioned

N. Pham, The Virginian-Pilot AP photo The USS Minnesota was commissioned Saturday at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va. The Minnesota joined the Navy's fleet of attack submarines and is the 10th Virginia-class submarine. The 377-foot-long ship is capable of submerged speeds of more than 25 knots and can stay submerged for up to three months. The U.S. is building two Virginia-class submarines a year, at a cost of about $2.6 billion each. The ship will spend several months in Norfolk before moving to its designated home port of Groton, Conn. The submarine was built in Newport News, Va., under a teaming agreement between Electric Boat in Groton and Newport News Shipbuilding.

The USS Minnesota was commissioned Saturday at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va. The Minnesota joined the Navy's fleet of attack submarines and is the 10th Virginia-class submarine. The 377-foot-long ship is capable of submerged speeds of more than 25 knots and can stay submerged for up to three months. The U.S. is building two Virginia-class submarines a year, at a cost of about $2.6 billion each. The ship will spend several months in Norfolk before moving to its designated home port of Groton, Conn. The submarine was built in Newport News, Va., under a teaming agreement between Electric Boat in Groton and Newport News Shipbuilding.

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