Free Tickets Now Available For USS Indiana Commissioning at Port Canaveral Saturday
By Space Coast Daily // September 25, 2018
Commissioning at Port Canaveral Saturday at 10 a.m.
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Free tickets to Saturday’s commissioning at Port Canaveral of the USS Indiana, a Virginia-class nuclear-powered fast attack submarine, are now available.
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The Navy’s newest fast-attack submarine, the USS Indiana (SSN 789), will be commissioned at the Navy Port at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Port Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday at 10 a.m.
The commissioning ceremony is free and open to the public, but you must have a ticket to attend. Ticketed ceremony attendees will have an opportunity to tour the ship after the ceremony.
A public reception for ticketed ceremony attendees will be held at the commissioning site immediately after the commissioning ceremony. This reception is hosted by the Commissioning Committee and will feature Indiana food and beverage.
A USS Indiana Commissioning 5K Fun Run is set at Port Canaveral. Runners, walkers and joggers of all skill levels are welcome to participate and will start from Port Canaveral’s Exploration Tower. CLICK HERE to register and for more information.
It will be the 16th Virginia-class submarine to join the fleet.
Indiana will be the third U.S. Navy ship, and first submarine, to be commissioned with a name honoring the state of Indiana. Diane Donald, the wife of retired Adm. Kirkland H. Donald, is the ship’s sponsor.
Designed to operate in both coastal and deep-ocean environments, Indiana will present leadership with a broad and unique range of capabilities, including anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface ship warfare; strike warfare; special operation forces (SOF) support; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare missions.
Indiana is a part of the Virginia-class’ third, or Block III, contract, in which the Navy redesigned approximately 20 percent of the ship to reduce acquisition costs.
Indiana features a redesigned bow, which replaces 12 individual Vertical Launch System tubes with two large-diameter Virginia Payload Tubes each capable of launching six Tomahawk cruise missiles, among other design changes that reduced the submarines’ acquisition cost while maintaining their outstanding warfighting capabilities.
Indiana has special features to support SOF, including a reconfigurable torpedo room which can accommodate a large number of SOF and all their equipment for prolonged deployments and future off-board payloads.
Also, in Virginia-class SSNs, traditional periscopes have been replaced by two photonics masts that host visible and infrared digital cameras atop telescoping arms.
Through the extensive use of modular construction, open architecture and commercial off-the-shelf components, the Virginia class is designed to remain at the cutting edge for its entire operational life through the rapid introduction of new systems and payloads.
“This submarine is the most advanced to ever serve America,” said Vice President Pence. “The steel within her skeleton — all 7,600 tons — and the steel in the hearts of her crew form the unbreakable, unshakeable backbone of American freedom.
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ABOVE VIDEO: The U.S. Navy has announced that Port Canaveral will be the venue for the commissioning of the USS Indiana, a Virginia-class nuclear-powered fast attack submarine. (Huntington Ingalls Industries video)
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