Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Set sail on USS Indiana at the Honeywell House

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2018

The Honeywell House will present “Ship Ahoy! The USS Indiana Launches” on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 7 p.m. Doug Lehman, local attorney and former officer in the United States Navy, will share about serving on the committee that organized the commissioning ceremonies for the new fast attack nuclear submarine.

Named for the State of Indiana, the USS Indiana is a Virginia-class attack submarine and is the sixteenth of her class. Christened April 29, 2017, the submarine was constructed by Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries located in Newport News, Virginia. The commissioning took place on September 29, 2018 at Port Canaveral, Florida and was attended by Vice President Mike Pence.

The Virginia-class, also known as the VA-class or 774-class, is a class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarines in service with the U.S. Navy. The submarines are designed for a broad spectrum of open-ocean and littoral missions. They were conceived as a less expensive alternative to the Seawolf-class attack submarines, designed during the Cold War era, and are replacing older Los Angeles-class submarines, 20 of which have already been decommissioned. The new submarine measures 377 feet in length and has a tested depth of over 800 feet and accommodates a crew of 134 men.

A fun fact about the USS Indiana, all sailors onboard are referred to as “Hoosiers” – as in Indiana natives. With this in mind, the phrase “Hooyah Hoosiers” can be heard onboard after a meeting is adjourned to when a mission is completed. The official chant used by the boat is “Indiana Strong! Hoosier Proud! Hooyah Hoosiers!”