New Submarine Joins U.S. Navy

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Aug. 8 (UPI) — The U.S. Navy took delivery of its latest nuclear-powered attack submarine after completion of its final round of sea trials, officials said.

The California, a Virginia-class submarine, was handed over to the Navy by the Newport News Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries on Monday, an HII release said.

“This is the day that shipbuilders work toward,” Becky Stewart, vice president for submarine programs at NNS, said. “Delivery marks the passing of ownership from the shipbuilder to the Navy and we couldn’t be more proud of this ship and the shipbuilders that built her.”

Construction of the California began Feb. 15, 2006, and the ship was christened Nov. 6, 2010, and launched Nov. 13, 2010.

The secretary of the Navy has scheduled formal commissioning of the California for Oct. 29.

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