PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The fourth ship to be called the USS Oregon officially joined the US Navy fleet during a commissioning ceremony Saturday in New London, Connecticut with Gov. Kate Brown in attendance.

The Virginia class submarine is 377 feet long and will carry a crew of about 140. It’s the first time in 3 years there was an in-person commissioning ceremony. The submarine was christened in 2019.

Connecticut Rep. Joe Courtney credited the crew with showing up to work every day and doing their jobs despite the unprecedented disruption.

It marks the first submarine named after the Beaver State in more than a century.

Gov. Kate Brown reminded the crew that compassion and love is at the heart of service.

Watch: The commissioning of the USS Oregon, May 28, 2022

“On behalf of the great state of Oregon, allow me to say thank you for your service,” Brown said. “Thank you for defending our nation with courage, commitment and conviction. Oregonians are deeply honored that the 20th Virginia class submarine will bear the name of our state.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report