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Navy Officials Visit IU Stadium To Learn About New 'USS Indiana'

The prow of the original USS Indiana battleship sits outside Memorial Stadium.

U.S. Navy officials met at Indiana University’s Memorial Stadium Tuesday morning to learn about the development of a new naval submarine.

The Virginia-Class submarine will be coined the USS Indiana, but it’s not the first vessel to be named after the Hoosier state.

Outside the IU football stadium's west entrance is the original prow from the USS Indiana battleship, and two of the ship’s aircraft guns. That USS Indiana was decommissioned about 70 years ago.

“It shows to our friends, our faculty, staff, alums, that we’re committed to honoring those who came before us, and fought for our freedoms," says Kirk White, IU spokesperson. White played a role in retrieving the prow for the IU display.

“All over the world, in every ocean, this submarine is going to operate for 32 years," says Navy Commander Jesse Zimbauer. "It’s going to have impact, and it’s going to be effective.”

Zimbauer will be stationed on the new submarine.

The new USS Indiana completed assembly right at the beginning of the New Year. The submarine will carry about 135 crew members and is fully fueled for its 32-year operation.

The submarine was named after the Hoosier state because most of the submarine’s assembly was done in Indiana.

The christening ceremony is scheduled for April and it’s expected to be commissioned in 2018.

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