Navy’s USS Oregon submarine christened in Connecticut


The USS Oregon is a brand new attack submarine

USS Oregon christening in Connecticut on Oct. 5, 2019. (General Dynamics)

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Navy’s newest attack submarine, the future USS Oregon, was christened in Connecticut.

The ceremony on Saturday morning was at the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard in Groton. Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon delivered the keynote address. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, a Democrat, also attended.

The nuclear attack submarine was christened with wine from Oregon and water from Crater Lake National Park, is the third Navy ship to honor the state. The first USS Oregon was a brigantine ship purchased in 1841 and used for exploration until 1945.

Construction began in the fall of 2014 on this vessel. Electric Boat’s manufacturing facility is in Rhode Island.

A total of 28 Virginia-class submarines have been delivered, are under construction or under contract.

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