USS Minnesota Commissioning 06 Sep 13

The United States Navy will commission its newest submarine, the USS Minnesota, this Saturday at the naval base in Norfolk, Virginia. It’s the final event of three major ceremonies that begin the life of any ship. Commissioning Committee Co-Chair Brian Skon says that the $2-billion fast-attack sub is the most advanced ship ever made. The USS Minnesota will have a total of 140 crew members, with 15 officers. It becomes just the third ship to bear the name “Minnesota.” The first was a wooden steam frigate launched in 1855 and used in the Civil War. The second Navy ship with the name “Minnesota” was commissioned in 1907. To celebrate the commissioning of the newest Minnesota, all local Navy veterans are asked to wear their caps on Saturday, and all citizens should wear something with the name “Minnesota” on it.